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Arts

The Arts Department believes that through education in art practices, students will develop skills useful for productive and fulfilling lives. Beyond development of artistic craft and technique, students gain the ability to engage and persist through challenges. They learn to envision, express, observe, reflect, stretch and explore an understanding of their presence and contribution to the world through their art.

Arts Course Details:
The arts program encourages both exploration of diverse media, and concentration for students who wish to create portfolios for advanced collegiate study. Passionate arts students may design customized “major” courses for academic credit in areas of expertise. Students graduating from Proctor are required to have acquired three (3) credits in the Arts. Credits may be acquired as follows:
  • Successful completion of Arts Skills Courses in any discipline = 1 credit each (Pass/Fail–no homework)
  • Successful completion of Arts Major Courses in any discipline = 1 credit each (Graded–homework assigned)
  • One of the three credits must be acquired through successful completion of an Arts Major Course.
  • Arts Credits earned prior to attending Proctor are applicable toward these requirements.
  • 3-D Design Skills I

    Designation: Level II

    Goals & Material Covered:  Using powerful 3D modeling software, students will learn the basics of 3D computer graphics, such as those seen in animated movies, shows, advertisements, and video games. Students who take this course will learn how to create lean and clean meshes, apply modern material shaders, utilize keyframed and motion capture animation, simulate realistic physics, and produce high quality renders of their work.

    Prerequisites: none
  • Applied Music Skills

    Designation: Level II
     
    Goal: To provide the opportunity for students to begin or continue studies in
    Instrumental Music; Vocal Music; or Music Technology.
    Course Description: Open to students of all levels, students dedicate one of their
    blocks during the school day to the study and practice of material involving their
    instrument or in a selected field of music technology. During each term and during their
    Applied Music block, Applied Music students are required to practice their instrument
    or work in a selected field of music technology, focusing on their teacher’s lesson
    assignment for that week. Each student is required to take a one half hour lesson
    once a week during one of their Applied Music Blocks; during a “free block”; or at an
    agreed upon time between 1:30 pm and 9:00 pm, Monday through Friday, depending
    upon teacher availability.
    Instruction is offered for woodwinds, brass, strings, guitar, piano, percussion, vocals,
    and in performance technique. Additionally, instruction is available in areas of Music
    Technology inclusive of Audio Production (utilizing software inclusive of Garage Band &
    Pro Tools); Audio for Video and Film; and in the use of the music notation software,
    Finale. Private lessons outside of the Applied Music program are also available
    with associated fees.
    This program can be an excellent developmental tool for students taking other music
    courses such as Jazz/Rock Ensemble (Skills & Major), Vocal Ensemble, and Audio
    Production. Additionally, students may elect to take private music lessons when their
    school schedule prohibits participation in the Applied Music program.
  • Applied Theater

    DESIGNATION:  Level 1 elective

    GOAL:  The goal of this performance oriented Level I elective is to introduce students to theater and allow them the freedom and creativity to explore different characters on stage as well as study the technical aspects of theater.

    MATERIALS COVERED:   Students will learn the basic rules of improvisation and will learn the about technical theater.  They will be tested on their understanding and use of these for improv, scenery, lighting, properties, costuming, and sound. Activities in this course consist of physical and vocal warm-ups, improvisation games and exercises, and short and long form improvisation scene work.  Students learn how to create a character, build their environment and create a story in the moment as well as technical work  in a production to establish the place, time period, and mood of the production.

    Pre-Requisite:  None.  Open to grades 9-12.
  • Applied Theater Skills

    APPLIED THEATRE SKILLS

    DESIGNATION: Level II elective

    GOALS: This course is designed to introduce students to the theatre – both
    technical and performance. Students will learn the basic skills and techniques of
    acting: coordination, concentration, physical and mental flexibility, spontaneity,
    self-confidence, creativity, character development, and an awareness of how we
    express ourselves through movement. Students will explore and engage in all
    technical aspects of the theatre – from lighting, to set design and construction, to
    costumes and props, and sound design.

    MATERIALS COVERED: Activities in this course consist of physical and vocal
    warm-up games, improvisation, spoken word, monologue work, and scene work.
    Students will learn how to interpret and develop a character, analyze and
    memorize a script, and gain the self-confidence to express the emotion and
    situation of a scene realistically and believably.

    PREREQUISITE: None. Open to grades 9-12.
  • Applied Theater Skills - Improv

    DESIGNATION:  Level II elective

    GOAL:  The goal of this performance oriented Level II elective is to introduce students to the fun and games of improvisation and allow them the freedom and creativity to explore different characters on stage.

    MATERIALS COVERED:   Students will learn the basic rules of improvisation.  Activities in this course consist of physical and vocal warm-ups, improvisation games and exercises, and short and long form improvisation scene work.  Students learn how to create a character, build their environment and create a story in the moment.

    Pre-Requisite:  None.  Open to grades 9-12.
  • Applied Theater Skills - Technical

    DESIGNATION:  Level II elective

    GOAL:  The goal of this performance oriented Level II elective is to introduce students to the technical aspects of theater.

    MATERIALS COVERED:   Students will learn the basics of technical theater,  including scenery,lighting, properties,costuming,and sound. All of these areas work together in a production to establish the place, time period, and mood of the production.

    Pre-Requisite:  None.  Open to grades 9-12.
  • Architectural Design

    DESIGNATION: Level I elective (Fall)

    GOALS:
    The goal of this course is to give students practical knowledge in the design and construction of residential living spaces. Students consider the impact of location, design, orientation, and materials cost.

    MATERIAL COVERED:
    Each student designs a domicile that complies with local building ordinances. Students complete a set of plans for their structure, including site plan, three-dimensional conceptual drawing, Plan and Profile drawing, building sections, and construction details. The student’s peers review the design and drawing at the end of the term. Local architects and contractors are visited on site, and local homes of historic and aesthetic interest are also studied.

    TEXT:
    Architecture: Drafting and Design, Hepler & Wallach and The Visual Dictionary of American Domestic Architecture, Carley
     
  • Audio Production Skills

    Designation:   
    Level II - Skills
    Goals:
    As either a level I (Major) or level II (Skills) program, this course offers students the opportunity to discover the magic of producing audio in Proctor’s state-of-the-art recording studio. Students learn about digital audio recording and all the inherent skill-sets while designing audio for a variety of projects including music productionproduct promotionbreaking-newsunderscoring for film or slide shows; and voice-overs. Methods of capture include Live Recording; Loop Manipulation; and MIDI Recording.
     
    They learn to use the software and tools/equipment found in today’s professional recording studios, learning to capture, edit, mix, and master. They learn all aspects of the recording production process with an understanding of the necessary and importance of planning, dead-lines, personnel, and the client-engineer-producer relationships.  
     
    Material Covered:
    While producing a number of projects designed to develop skill-sets and guide students in understanding the tasks necessary for working with audio, students will learn to Record Live Performance; Loop Manipulation; and MIDI Recording. Proctor’s studio is equipped with high-performance microphones; preamps; control surfaces; and monitor systems. Our computers stations feature the recording industry standard software, Pro Tools LE & HD as well as the most current Garage Band and Apple’s Logic Pro. Also featured are an array of up-to-date audio interfaces and plug-ins.       
                                 
    LIVE RECORDING:
    • Set-up and break-down procedures in a recording studio and the necessary equipment for a recording session.
    • Use of microphones, the signal path, and the use of all components along that path up to and including the final recording destination using software including Garage Band and/or Pro-Tools LE or HD.
    • Mix-down, edit and add effects to tracks for the final audio production.
    LOOP MANIPULATION:
    • Become familiar with various libraries of audio loops found in our software and on-line.
    • Bring loops into audio recording sessions and edit for desired results for projects.
    • Synchronize audio with visual components, i.e., film and or slide show presentations.
    MIDI RECORDING:
    • Learn to use a variety of MIDI controllers (keyboards, etc.) to enter MIDI performances into audio sessions.
    • Create projects that combine all three capture methods: Live; Loop; & MIDI.
  • Boat Building Skills

    DESIGNATION: Level I or Level II elective
    PREREQUISITE: Woodworking or instructor’s approval.

    GOALS: While finishing the boat is the main goal of the course, equally important is that students learn to appreciate the process involved in creating a sailing or rowing craft.  Students are pushed to work in an artisan-like fashion to create work that reflects the best of their ability.

    MATERIAL COVERED: Boat Building is a two- to three-term course in which students are encouraged to build a boat that will challenge them, yet be within their skill capability.  In the past, students have built boats ranging from simple one-person cedar-strip canoes to lapstrake rowing skiffs, Small sailing boats, and Chesapeake LightCraft sea kayaks. Students taking three or more terms and completing a boat are awarded a Level I Art credit.
  • Ceramics Skills

    DESIGNATION: Level II elective

    PREREQUISITE:  
    None
     
    COURSE DESCRIPTION:
            This course explores the specific discipline of ceramics as a visual art. Ceramics is a term long course designed to provide students with an introductory/intermediate level of understanding ceramics. Students will learn about working with clay and the studio equipment through practice. Students will work to focus on learning some techniques while developing ideas that represent their personal style. Class time will be used for demonstrations, videos and personal practice.
     
    MATERIAL COVERED:
            Students learn to create pieces of their own design based on techniques acquired from demonstrations, online, and each other. Equipment in the studio includes electric wheels, a slab roller, extruder, and many hand tools. Firing is done in electric kilns and occasionally primitive sawdust firings. All supplies are charged home. Students are charged for the dry amount of clay and raw materials for glazes. We exhibit our work in public spaces throughout the school during the term and at the end of term art show in the Meeting House.

    PREREQUISITE:
     Ceramics Skills and instructor approval.
     
  • Digital Art Skills

    DesignationFall, Winter or Spring one-term elective course)
                           Introductory:  No prerequisites

    Goal:  This is an introductory course in Digital Art that focuses on the key areas of creating art by digital means. In addition to looking at the creative process, this course will provide students with a means of describing and discussing artwork (conceptual), and with the basic practices (techniques) for creating art. Students will work with a variety of software and applications to explore form, color, and structure in visual digital art. Students will learn to use Canva, Procreate and Sumo Paint to create work that reflects a firm grasp of basic color and composition as well as understanding self-expression through digital means. iMovie, Blender, and Photoshop will give students the opportunity to explore a variety of software as they develop their understanding of visual communication and process, and will develop the ability to conceive and craft visual works that apply color and design principles with purpose. All students will have the opportunity to synthesize/demonstrate their learning throughout the term and in a cumulative project/type of their choosing at the conclusion of the term.  
  • Digital Photography Skills

    DESIGNATION: Level II elective (Winter)

    GOALS:
    Students will learn how to use a digital camera for creative self-expression.

    MATERIAL COVERED:
    A new topic is studied each week. Subjects include nature, action, color, perspective, and abstract images. During the term, students are required to make one presentation to the class based on their own research. Students learn all the functions of their camera and use iPhoto to manage the images. This is not a software course, but rather for the digital artist. We exhibit our work in a slide presentation at the end of term art show in the Meeting House.

    TEXT:
    We use the Internet for research and ideas.

    REQUIRED
    : A digital camera.
     
  • Industrial Design Skills

    DESIGNATION: Level II elective (Fall)

    GOALS: This course will introduce the discipline of designing and the integration of traditional crafts with production techniques. We will be turning the clock back to and preceding the 19th century. Yankee arts and crafts in hand forged steel is the theme. Traditionally, and globally during the Industrial Revolution, moulding and casting came into vogue, but the needed arts of hand forging continued throughout and has stood the test of time. In many ways this is equally a decorative arts class. With that said, this is a good opportunity to learn how the fine arts can expand into “usable” art and not just for decoration.

    MATERIAL COVERED: Students will experience design on paper. Most designs though will evolve as students realize their limitations and equally their opportunities. Starting off with square headed nails and twisted hooks in forged steel, they will then move into the artist pursuit of custom one of a kind works.  Whether the projects are candle stick holders, candelabras, coat racks, key hooks, they will also be encouraged to blend other industrial arts into the process, ie.; wood, other metals, stones and possibly plastics.
  • Jazz/Rock Ensemble Skills

    Designation: Level II (Skills)
     
    Jazz/Rock Ensemble is a level I course open to all moderately to advanced student musicians, inclusive of vocalists, who have interest in performing music from a wide variety of contemporary music styles including but not limited to R&B, pop/rock, gospel, funk, and jazz.  
     
    Goals/Objectives:
    Student musicians learn to improve their reading and performing abilities on their instruments while also developing improvisational skills through the study of some music theory.  It is highly recommended that students in this course also take advantage of the private music instructionavailable within the Applied Music/Private Lesson programto assist with individual improvement on each of their respective instruments.  
     
    Artistic expression through musical performance can be one of the most fulfilling activities in a person’s life. Through inspiration and motivation, coupled with musical instruction, the goal is to provide students with an opportunity for this expression with the hope of further developing a profound love of music! 
    This ensemble may perform at on and off campus events. In addition, the ensemble may schedule time in Proctor’s state-of-the-art recording studio to record selections of their current repertoire.
     
    Material Covered:Students participate regularly in rehearsal sessions and employ dedicated focus and practice to facilitate their musical development.  Additionally, through exposure to music theory, they become familiar with the mechanics of music in order to explore and discover the joy of improvisation. 
    They learn scales, melodies, rhythms, chord structure and progressions and develop the ability to integrate this information into their performance. 
    They also develop an understanding and a consideration for how their musical contribution impacts the ensemble while learning to adjust that contribution for the best possible ensemble sound.
  • Metal Sculpture Skills

    COURSE:  Fine Art, Metal Sculpture

    DESIGNATION: Level II (skills) elective (Fall, Winter or Spring)

    GOALS:
      To learn the safe and proper techniques of blacksmithing.  Study the art history of Steel Sculpture.  Experiment and create quality finished steel sculpture.  Each student will have a portfolio of three to five sculptures showing they are competent in the material covered.  Students will be able to show and discuss the compositional elements of their art and others in critiques. 

    MATERIAL COVERED:
     Forging, Welding, and Cutting Steel.
     
  • Oratory Art Skills

    DESIGNATION: Level II elective 

    GOAL: Oratory is the art of speaking in public eloquently or effectively. This course aims to reduce students’ anxiety in a variety of public presentations by studying the art of improvisation and providing a basic background in the theories and principles of public speaking.


    MATERIAL COVERED: This course provides students the opportunity to practice public speaking through the development and delivery of various speeches, performance poetry, and oral storytelling. Students will learn techniques to improve their posture, diction, annunciation, and projection. Through practical application, students will become aware of their own personal speech habits. Presentations may include, but are not limited to: slam poems, moth stories, formal and informal speeches, and mock interviews. Students will look at award-winning contemporary performance artists, study the tradition behind oral storytelling, and learn how the art of listening is the basis for all effective communication.
  • Photography

    DESIGNATION: Level I elective

    PREREQUISITE:  Has taken at least two terms of B&W Photography Skills and is competent, 
    or is new to Proctor, and has a portfolio of work to show the faculty member they will be working with that they are capable artists.

    COURSE DESCRIPTION:
            Photography is a term long course designed to provide students with an introductory and intermediate- level of understanding photography as a visual art. Students will learn to operate a manual 35mm camera, process film, develop prints, present and evaluate work, and refine their visual awareness, understand elements of design, and appreciate the work of master photographers and the impact photographs have upon society. We will have class discussions, demonstrations and practice. Personal style and creative self-expression is encouraged through the darkroom process of printing black and white photographs.
     
    MATERIALS COVERED:
            Topics include composition, depth of field, portraiture and still life. New topics are introduced through a slideshow in our slocumb classroom. The aesthetics of fine art photography and production of high quality prints are emphasized. We exhibit our work in public spaces throughout the school during the term and at the end of term art show in the Meeting House.
     

    PREREQUISITE:
    Photography Skills, instructor approval, and a 35mm film camera (the school has some cameras to loan).
     
  • Photography Skills

    DESIGNATION: Level II elective

    PREREQUISITE:  None

    COURSE DESCRIPTION:
            Photography is a term long course designed to provide students with an introductory and intermediate- level of understanding photography as a visual art. Students will learn to operate a manual 35mm camera, process film, develop prints, present and evaluate work, and refine their visual awareness, understand elements of design, and appreciate the work of master photographers and the impact photographs have upon society. We will have class discussions, demonstrations and practice. Personal style and creative self-expression is encouraged through the darkroom process of printing black and white photographs.
     
    MATERIALS COVERED:
            Topics include composition, depth of field, portraiture and still life. New topics are introduced through a slideshow in our slocumb classroom. The aesthetics of fine art photography and production of high quality prints are emphasized. We exhibit our work in public spaces throughout the school during the term and at the end of term art show in the Meeting House.
     

    PREREQUISITE:
     Photography Skills, instructor approval, and a 35mm film camera (the school has some cameras to loan).
     
  • Studio Art Skills

    DESIGNATION: Level II elective

    GOALS:
    This course offers an avenue of creative expression on the process from concept to completion. Other goals are to explore the excitement of personal aesthetic expression, the skill of the craftsperson, and the importance of art in the experience.

    MATERIAL COVERED
    : The elements of art and design are explored through basic hands-on experiences and the extensive use of various media and techniques, including acrylics, watercolors, charcoals, pastels, found objects, and more. Students are asked to examine well-known works; they analyze, interpret, and evaluate the social and cultural roots of artistic expression.
     
  • Textile Skills

    DESIGNATION: Level II elective

    GOALS:   TEXTILE ART refers to fine art whose material consists of natural or synthetic fiber and other components, such as fabric or yarn. It focuses on the materials and on the manual labor on the part of the artist as part of the works' significance, and prioritizes aesthetic value over utility.

    This course will make a logical transgression from one type of fiber and textile use to the next. A series of creative projects will combine skill development with the artistic expression that makes each piece unique and personally significant.

    MATERIAL COVERED:   This art skills course aims to teach students the basic characteristics and functions of fibers and how they, when manipulated, become textile. Through a series of highly-detailed projects and endless amounts of skill-building work, students will create pieces of textile art using an “assemblage” approach, drawing from all of the practiced skills. Sewing construction, embroidered design, crochet edging, weaving, and finally original fabric design are all techniques that the students can expect to explore in this skills course.
     
    PREREQUISITE: None
     
  • Video Skills I

    DESIGNATION: Level II
     
    GOALS: To learn the basics of making short movies with simple tools and techniques using digital camcorders and Adobe Premiere Pro.
     
    MATERIAL COVERED: Adobe Premiere Pro delivers powerful and precise editing tools that work with virtually any format, from DV and native HDV to fully uncompressed HD. With real-time multi-stream effects architecture, multi-cam editing tools, advanced color correction, and intuitive integration with other Adobe professional video and audio applications, Premiere Pro gives users more creative options and technical control than ever before. Students will be introduced to the basics of Premiere Pro and work on projects and tutorials to familiarize themselves with the program's intricacies. In creating your own projects you will learn: importing, and editing clips, creating and editing sound tracks, adding transitions, effects, and texts, and sharing completed videos.
     
    This class counts as a Technology/Art skills class.
     
  • Vocal Ensemble Skills

    Designation: Level II

    Goal: To provide the opportunity for students to begin or continue studies in Vocal Music. 

    Course Description: This course is open to students of all levels of experience in Vocal Music. Students dedicate one of their blocks during the school day to exploring their vocal abilities, while learning and reinforcing the principles of healthy vocal technique, and applying these principles to their designated vocal repertoire. The teacher and student will work together to design repertoire that is appropriate for the student’s voice and that will best help the student to accomplish their technical goals for the term. Additional areas of focus, individually created for each student’s level of experience, will include studies in music literacy, song interpretation, and performance skills. 

    During their Applied Music block, Applied Music students are required to practice the assigned vocal exercises and repertoire based on their teacher’s lesson assignment for the week. Each student is required to take a 30min lesson once a week during their Applied Music Blocks; during a “free block”; or at an agreed upon time Monday through Friday, depending on teacher availability. 

    This program can be an excellent developmental tool for students taking other courses such as Jazz/Rock Ensembles (Skills & Major), Audio Production, or those who plan to audition for the musical. It also provides the opportunity to explore various genres of music and experiment with your voice.  Additionally, private voice lessons are also available outside of the Applied Music program with associated fees, when their school schedule prohibits participation in the Applied Music program. 


  • Woodworking Skills

    DESIGNATION: Level II elective

    GOALS:
    The goal of this course is to introduce students new to woodworking to the fundamental principles of wood anatomy, two- and three-dimensional design, aesthetics, and proper and safe machine use. Students are expected to design or build, from a set of plans, a project that is suitable to their ability level. Students may also elect to take this course as many times as they like. Returning students will be expected to push themselves to design and build projects requiring greater sophistication. It is also an expectation that returning students will strive to work with greater independence.

    MATERIAL COVERED:
    Students learn the fundamentals of cabinet design, wood technology, the safe use of hand and power tools, basic joinery, and the processes required to finish wood. Students are also exposed to fundamental drafting practices.
     

Faculty

  • Photo of William Wightman
    William Wightman
    Arts Department Chair
    603-735-6610
    Bio
  • Photo of Gregory Allen
    Gregory Allen
    Fine Arts Department Faculty
    603-735-6603
    Bio
  • Photo of Kathryn Austin
    Kathryn Austin
    Arts Department/Field Hockey
    603-735-6607
    Bio
  • Photo of Gordon Bassett
    Gordon Bassett
    Arts Department
    603-735-6602
    Bio
  • Photo of Brooks Bicknell
    Brooks Bicknell
    Arts and Social Science Departments, Spain & Costa Rica Programs Coordinator
    603-735-6634
    Bio
  • Photo of Spencer Corkran
    Spencer Corkran
    Computer Science Faculty
  • Photo of David Fleming
    David Fleming
    Art Faculty/EAC Co-Director
    603-735-6610
    Bio
  • Photo of Jennifer Fleming
    Jennifer Fleming
    English Faculty/EAC Co-Director
    603-735-6637
    Bio
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    Candace Gatzoulis
    Vocal Music Instructor
  • Photo of Adam Jones
    Adam Jones
    Technology Chair and Integration Specialist/Social Science Department
    603-735-6635
    Bio
  • Photo of Jill Jones Grotnes
    Jill Jones Grotnes
    Arts Department/European Art Classroom Coordinator/Girls' Varsity Lacrosse
    Bio
  • Photo of Corbett Leith
    Corbett Leith
    Arts Department/Kayak Racing
    603-735-6608
    Bio
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  • Photo of Rachel Montroy
    Rachel Montroy
    Temp Ceramics Teacher
  • Photo of Laura Ostrowsky
    Laura Ostrowsky
    Woodlands Manager / Science Faculty
    603-735-6823
    Bio
  • Photo of Jennifer Summers
    Jennifer Summers
    Theater Facilities Manager
    603-735-6617
    Bio
  • Photo of Michael Walsh
    Michael Walsh
    Arts Department/Boys' Hockey & Golf
    603-735-6680
    Bio
Located in  Andover, NH,  Proctor Academy is a private coeducational day and boarding school for grades 912. Students benefit from a rigorous academic program, experiential off-campus programs, fine and performing arts, competitive athletics, and a wide selection of extracurricular activities.
204 Main Street  .  PO Box 500  .  Andover, NH 03216
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