|Where do you find the arts at Proctor? Their locations reveal something unique about the programs! |
Visual art and ceramics are found in Slocumb Hall, a renovated livery stable in the center of campus. Photography is in Shirley Hall; voice and chorus are in the stone chapel; woodshop and boatbuilding are in the Alan Shepard Boathouse, music ensembles and recording are offered in the new, state-of-the-art recording studio. On it goes: jewelry, drama, directing, dance, metalworking, digital photography and architectural design each have their own space on our sprawling, village campus.
At Proctor, the arts are decentralized, woven into the fabric of community life. What set the arts apart, however, are not facilities and buildings. It is people. Here, in Andover, New Hampshire, 300 students are enriched by 10 highly talented teachers who offer 35 elective courses! The arts are elevated in the curriculum, so that each trimester you can choose a new arts elective, (or stay with one of your passion!) Build a canoe, play in a jazz/rock band, mix a professional recording, craft fine jewelry….the choices are yours to make, to customize your artistic experience.
Many Proctor students choose to concentrate in a specific genre….to prepare a portfolio for admission to the nation’s finest art institutes…..to create a foundation for a lifetime in the arts. This is encouraged, and accomplished by designing academic “major” courses, with time to produce advanced work.
Today, we are proudly tracking the careers of more than 120 alumni/ae in the arts. Eighteen graduates are in television, film and theater (including Oscar-winning cinemtographer Robert Richardson); sixteen are professional musicians (including rock star Matt Nathanson); fifteen are professional photographers, and fifteen enjoy careers in visual arts. Other alumni/ae are jewelers, ceramicists, sculptors, animators and fashion designers.
The strength of the arts is a magnet—attracting serious student artists to Proctor. Let us know of your interests and passions before your visit, and we will introduce you to the people and facilities that set Proctor apart as your choice. We look forward to meeting you!
Read more about the ninth grade Introduction to the Arts curriculum.