Whether in the studio or on the stage, art is all around us at Kents Hill School. Our world-class program in visual arts, music, and theater is designed to promote and develop the critical skills of confidence, creativity, and curiosity. In the classroom, students choose from a wide range of courses from introductory to the Advanced Placement (AP) levels. Students are required to take four trimesters of courses in the arts, but most go beyond the requirement with a full two years or more of work in materials such as oil and acrylic paint, pencil and charcoal, wood, clay, and digital printing. In the visual arts, we offer an average of 20 elective courses per trimester, including Environmental Art and Design, Sculpture, Creative Woodworking, New Media, and 3-D Design.
Our visiting artist-in-residence brings notable practicing artists from around the world to campus to teach classes in their specialties in visual arts, music, or performing arts. They are an inspiring presence on campus and a resource for students and teachers. The Gruss-Bard Gallery at the Bibby and Harold Alfond Dining Commons provides students the opportunity to design, curate, and execute their very own art opening. In addition to a rotation of student, faculty, and alumni work, the gallery showcases work from local and national practicing artists.
For students who want to pursue their artistic passions beyond Kents Hill, expert faculty members serve as guides through every aspect of the college search process including portfolio development, application, and decision. Recent college acceptances include Berklee College of Music, California College of the Arts (San Francisco), Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising (Los Angeles), Maryland Institute College of Art, Massachusetts College of Art and Design, Rhode Island School of Design, Savannah College of Art and Design, and School of the Art Institute of Chicago.