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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.
  • Applied Music Skills

    DESIGNATION: Level II elective

    GOALS:
    To provide an opportunity for students to begin or continue music studies in instrumental music and music technology.

    MATERIAL COVERED
    : Students take a one-half hour lesson once a week during one of their Applied Music blocks, or at an agreed upon time. During each term and during their Applied Music block, students are required to practice, focusing on their teacher’s lesson assignment for that week. Private lessons offered are: guitar, bass, drums, flute, piano, violin/viola, and jazz/rock performance (all instruments). Lessons in other instruments may be made available as the need arises. Private lessons are mandatory for Applied Music students and optional for any student who may take lessons for their own enjoyment and interest. Music technology offerings include: audio production, audio for video and film, and music notation software. Students must pass a jury given at the end of the term by their teacher and the Applied Music Director.
     
  • 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.
  • 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
     
  • Art in Landscape Skills

    Designation: Level II elective

    Goals: This is a course designed for the students to explore and discuss the relationship between art and the natural world. Students will explore, discover, create and practice art in nature. The syllabus will introduce the students to the unique ways of working within the interior and exterior landscapes to create works of art and help them make their own art inspired by the woods, interior landscapes and surrounding areas. All assignments are designed to allow for experimentation while learning appropriate techniques.
     
    Material Covered:  Specific weekly assignment will include exploring the distinct dimensions that we inhabit, recognizing impacts and witnessing the relationship change. Students will create works of art through various mediums such as rocks, sticks, leaves and other natural materials. Students will be required to document their work within a journal and through the lens of a digital camera. We exhibit our work in public/private spaces throughout the campus during the term and at the end of term art show in the Meeting House.
    Materials Needed: Journal & digital camera.
  • 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

    GOALS: This basic level class introduces students to the various methods of forming functional objects of clay, and the processes of glazing and firing finished pieces.

    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 nine Shimpo electric wheels, a slab roller, an extruder, and many hand tools. Firing is done in electric kilns and occasionally primitive sawdust firings. 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.

    TEXT:
    Books are available in the ceramics studio and online sources.
     
  • Creative Design Skills

    CREATIVE DESIGN
     
    Introduction to the Elements and Principles of Design
     
    Teacher Resource:  Universal Principles of Design (2nd ed.), by Lidwell, Holden, Butler
     
     
    If you’ve ever dreamed of designing advertisements, phone cases, pendants, or stationary / greeting cards then Creative Design is the skills course for you! Form meets function in this class, where you, the designer, craft the visual concept then turn it into a useable / wearable work of art. You will be  experimenting with materials such as graphic art pens, a variety of paper styles, rubber moulds, polymer, leather and fibers and tapping into resources such as product manufacturers and ready-made base supplies. Through a series of projects that build on the elements and principles of design, you will produce unique designs reflecting your personal vision of useful beauty.
     
    This art skills course aims to teach students the elements and principles of design.
    Through a required minimum of 3 highly-detailed projects and endless amounts of conceptual work, students will gain knowledge of these elements and principles. Projects include, but are not limited to:  advertising graphics, industrial design product (iPad / iPhone case), polymer jewelry and optical illusion 3D design.
     
    Elements of design covered:  Line, Color, Shape, Texture, Space, Form
     
    Principles of design addressed:  Unity, Balance, Hierarchy, Scale / Proportion
    Dominance / Emphasis, Similarity and Contrast, Environment
  • 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.
  • Introduction to Recording Skills

    DESIGNATION: Level II elective (Fall)

    GOALS:
    By the conclusion of the term, students will understand the activities necessary to prepare for and conduct a quality recording session, and have the basic skills to set-up and break-down the recording studio and the necessary equipment for the session, understand the use of microphones, the signal path, and the use of all components along that path up to and including the final recording destination, i.e., software including Garage Band and/or Pro-Tools LE or HD, as well as the ability to mix-down, edit, and add effects to tracks for the final recording.

    MATERIAL COVERED:
    This course introduces students to the fundamentals of digital audio recording. Students become acquainted with the “science” of sound and the tools used to capture it, i.e. equipment currently found in professional recording studios of today. In addition, they learn procedures associated with the recording production process, including an understanding of the necessary personnel, and the client/engineer/producer relationships. Topics include set-up procedure, equipment handling (cables, stands, instruments, microphones), microphone selection and placement, audio signal path, live panels, and patch bays, monitor set-up, electronic components (pre-amps, A/D converters, mixing consoles, effects, and plug-ins), and software (Garage Band, Pro Tools LE & HD). Recording projects involve live recording, loops, mixing and editing, and plug-ins.

    TEXT:
    Pro Tools for Musicians & Songwriters, Gina Fant-Saez, and handouts from a variety of sound engineering sources.
     
  • Jazz/Rock Concert Ensemble

    DESIGNATION: Level I elective

    GOALS
    : To encourage, inspire, and assist student musicians in becoming successful improvisers and performers on their instruments of choice in an ensemble setting. This will be done through the study and understanding of musical theory as it applies to performance, including rhythm, chord tones, and scales. Also, to explore and address the psychology of performance as it may relate to the fear of playing. Students will discover the wide variety of sources for notes and rhythms that will enable them to confidently perform solo improvisation over selected pieces of music. They will understand what makes a good solo and how it relates to the piece as a whole, and its place as it relates to both the other musicians in their ensemble and their audiences. They will discover the mind-set and the ability to express themselves musically on their instruments.

    MATERIAL COVERED:
    This is an auditioned course, open to student musicians, inclusive of vocalists, who enjoy performing music from a wide variety of contemporary music styles, such as R&B, pop/rock, gospel, funk, and jazz standards. The experience is designed to assist moderately to advanced student musicians in building their reading and performing musical abilities on their instruments, along with the development of their improvisational skills through the study of jazz theory as it directly relates to performance. It is highly recommended that students in this course take private music instruction. This ensemble will perform at both on- and off-campus events. In addition, the ensemble will schedule time to record their current repertoire. Students with moderate to high levels of performance ability are also encouraged and assisted with participation in All-State Competitions and other adjudicated auditions and performances. In addition to attending class, students are expected to spend time practicing their instrument on their own, working on the ensemble’s current pieces. We will make available instructional books and charts, along with individual lessons, for students who want to improve their abilities on their instrument. Much of what we create will involve students’ personal and developing artistic taste and expression.

    PREREQUISITE:
    Jazz/Rock Ensemble Skills
     
  • Jazz/Rock Ensemble Skills

    DESIGNATION: Level II elective

    GOALS:
    Students, through regular rehearsal sessions along with individual focus and practice, will develop and/or improve their skill on their particular instrument. Additionally, students will, through exposure to beginning music theory, improve their understanding of the music they are playing and discover beginning improvisational skills. They will also develop their ability to play as a member of an ensemble with consideration of their musical contribution to the same.

    MATERIAL COVERED:
    This course is open to all musicians, inclusive of vocalists, who enjoy performing music from a wide variety of contemporary music styles such as R&B, pop/rock, gospel, funk, and jazz standards. This course is required prior to auditioning for the more advanced Jazz/Rock Concert Ensemble. The experience is designed to assist young, beginning to moderately experienced musicians in building their musical abilities in reading and in performance on their chosen instrument, as it relates to their performance as a member of an ensemble. It is recommended that they also take advantage of the private music instruction available to assist with individual improvement on each of their respective instruments. Through discussions and previewing various musical examples, we will discover the students’ musical interests to establish a list of possible music to prepare. We will use relatively simple charts and exercises to determine students’ levels of proficiency in reading, improvisation, and performance.
     
  • Metal Engineering

    DESIGNATION: Level I elective

    GOALS:  This is an experiential course that aims to familiarize students with the principal operations of metal cutting machinery.  In addition to skills required to work with the machines there is a strong focus on project planning and problem solving, creativity and independence.  

    MATERIAL COVERED
    This course uses a project-based curriculum.  Students are taught skills with each of the machines, as they are needed for a given project.  Skills with the lathe include turning, drilling, boring, knurling, cutting tapers, internal and external threading, turning between centers, and shaping special purpose cutting tools. Skills with the vertical mill include planing, slotting, cutting square corners, rotary index head, and basic CNC programming.  Skills with the horizontal mill include planing, slotting, and cutting with various tool shapes. Skills in welding include gas, MIG, TIG, arc, brazing, silver solder. Other skills include use of the band saws, plasma cutting, grinding, broaching, precise measurement and basic mechanical drawing.

    TEXT:
     Project handouts
     
    PREREQUISITE: Metal Engineering Skills
     
  • Metal Engineering Skills

    DESIGNATION: Level II elective

    GOALS:
      This is an experiential course that aims to familiarize students with the principal operations of metal cutting machinery.  In addition to skills required to work with the machines there is a strong focus on project planning and problem solving, creativity and independence.  

    MATERIAL COVERED
    This course uses a project-based curriculum.  Students are taught skills with each of the machines, as they are needed for a given project.  Skills with the lathe include turning, drilling, boring, knurling, cutting tapers, internal and external threading, turning between centers, and shaping special purpose cutting tools. Skills with the vertical mill include planing, slotting, cutting square corners, rotary index head, and basic CNC programming.  Skills with the horizontal mill include planing, slotting, and cutting with various tool shapes. Skills in welding include gas, MIG, TIG, arc, brazing, silver solder. Other skills include use of the band saws, plasma cutting, grinding, broaching, precise measurement and basic mechanical drawing.

    TEXT:
    Project handouts
     
  • 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.
     
  • 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.

    GOALS:
    This advanced level photography course is designed for the student who wants to solidify skills, create more personal photographs, and build a portfolio. The syllabus is customized to the student’s level. All assignments are designed to allow for experimentation while learning appropriate techniques.

    MATERIAL COVERED:
    Specific weekly assignments include portraits, action, architecture, self-portraits, photo essays, studio work, and other subject areas. Printing techniques such as burning and dodging and contrast control are covered. Neatness and attention to detail are critical for success in this course. 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

    GOALS
    : Through class discussions, demonstrations, and practice, students learn the basics of 35 mm black and white film photography. Personal style and creative self-expression is encouraged through the darkroom process of printing black and white photographs.

    MATERIAL COVERED:
    Students use their own cameras to shoot film, and then work in the school darkroom developing the film and printing negatives. Most of the term is dedicated to learning the darkroom techniques of developing film and printing high quality photographs. Topics include composition, action, depth of field, and others decided by the student. 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.

    TEXT:
    The school library, books in the departmental library, and the Internet provide resources for ideas and problem solving.

    PREREQUISITE
    : 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
     
  • Vocal Ensemble Skills

    DESIGNATION: Level II elective

    GOALS: Students, through regular rehearsal sessions along with individual focus and practice, will develop and/or improve their skill on their particular instrument.  Additionally, students will, through exposure to beginning music theory, improve their understanding of the music they are playing and discover beginning improvisational skills. They will also develop their ability to play as a member of an ensemble with consideration of their musical contribution to the same.

    MATERIAL COVERED: This course is open to all musicians, inclusive of vocalists, who enjoy performing music from a wide variety of contemporary music styles such as R&B, pop/rock, gospel, funk, and jazz standards.  This course is required prior to auditioning for the more advanced Jazz/Rock Concert Ensemble. The experience is designed to assist young, beginning to moderately experienced musicians in building their musical abilities in reading and in performance on their chosen instrument, as it relates to their performance as a member of an ensemble.  It is recommended that they also take advantage of the private music instruction available to assist with individual improvement on each of their respective instruments. Through discussions and previewing various musical examples, we will discover the students’ musical interests to establish a list of possible music to prepare.  We will use relatively simple charts and exercises to determine students’ levels of proficiency in reading, improvisation, and performance.
  • 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

  • William Wightman

    Arts Department Chair
    603-735-6610
    Bio
  • Gregory Allen

    Fine Arts Department Faculty
    603-735-6603
    Bio
  • Kathryn Austin

    Arts Department/Field Hockey
    603-735-6607
    Bio
  • Gordon Bassett

    Arts Department
    603-735-6602
    Bio
  • Brooks Bicknell

    Arts and Social Science Departments, Spain & Costa Rica Programs Coordinator
    603-735-6802
    Bio
  • David Fleming

    Art Faculty/EAC Co-Director
    603-735-6610
    Bio
  • Jennifer Fleming

    English Faculty/EAC Co-Director
    603-735-6637
    Bio
  • Jill Jones Grotnes

    Arts Department/Girls' Lacrosse
    603-630-6606
    Bio
  • Gavin King

    Choreographer - Spring Musical
  • Corbett Leith

    Arts Department/Kayak Racing
    603-735-6608
    Bio
  • Jennifer Summers

    Theater Facilities Manager
    603-735-6617
    Bio
  • Leaundre Williams

    Dance & Vocal Instructor
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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