The Kiski School has something for everyone when it comes to extracurricular activities and providing a well-rounded education. In addition to 12 different varsity sports, Kiski students have the opportunity to learn about the visual arts, performing arts, music, creative writing, and literature. These artistic endeavors become more than just creative outlets to occupy students in their free time. As they develop these skills, students can adapt them for use in the classroom, college, and beyond.
Benefits of Teaching the Arts in High School
Teaching creative writing and literature in school is essential to character development as well as basic writing and grammar skills. Telling stories and interpreting the stories of others let
us see the world and even our own communities through a different lens. For example, our Character Development Program introduces students to ideas and ways of thinking of others to demonstrate the importance of having an open mind. One of the benefits of including music and art in the curriculum is to continue this kind of character development and leadership.
Our students learn how to apply these artistic and creative skills in their classes as well. As part of the S.T.E.A.M. (A is for art) curriculum, students prepare science and tech projects to be visually appealing as well as functional. They also learn how to give engaging presentations for about their projects. Writing and expressing ideas with clarity is essential to success in college and future careers.
Teaching the arts gives students the tools they need to develop critical and analytical thinking skills. They learn how to collaborate with others on difficult projects and find creative solutions for difficult problems. Innovation usually happens when someone starts thinking outside the box, which is a skill Kiski students develop through art programs.
Kiski’s Art Programs
Kiski offers a wide range of programs to encourage artistic development and creative thinking in our students. We have glee club, a literary magazine, an art studio, a music program, and a drama program. In fact, as part of our program, the Kiski Players recently performed An Evening With Anton, which highlights the comedic works of the famous author and playwright, Anton Chekhov.
As Freshman, students are required to sample several different art programs and classes. Before they graduate they must complete two credits in the arts, which can be electives in visual art, theater, and music. Listed are some of the electives they can choose from:
Advanced Drawing and Painting
Jewelry and Metalsmithing
Architectural Design and Modelmaking
Industrial Arts and Design
Instrumental and Vocal Music
In addition to these classes, Kiski hosts two plays, at minimum of three musical concerts, and students can join a Jewelry Club, Art Club, Photography Club or Woodshop. Kiski also organizes field trips to art museums, Frank Lloyd Wright’s, Falling Water, and other cultural activities Pittsburgh has to offer.
Kiski continues to develop more programs to foster interest and skills in art, literature, and music. According to Kim Conover-Loar, the Fine Arts Chair, Kiski raised funds to install a Mac lab, purchase 3D printers, develop a metalsmithing studio, and updated the stage sound system and lighting.
“Student work is celebrated and displayed. Our leadership program incorporates arts activities as well as creative problem solving,” Conover-Loar said of Kiski’s art programs.
If you have any questions about Kiski’s art, literature, and music programs, please contact us today! In the meantime, this Chekhov quote sums up the goals of our School perfectly:
“Knowledge is of no value unless you put it into practice.” - Anton Chekhov
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Established in 1888, The Kiski School is one of the oldest, private, all-boys, college preparatory boarding schools in Pennsylvania and the United States. Home to 200 boys, Kiski offers an academically rigorous curriculum that includes AP and Honors courses, 12 varsity sports, and a community that allows boys to thrive through project-based learning and self-discovery. Kiski's beautiful, 350-acre campus is located in Saltsburg, Pennsylvania, 30 miles east of Pittsburgh, PA.