The Arts

Creativity lives here.
 

THE ARTS ARE WHAT MAKE US MOST HUMAN, most complete as people, by helping us see what we are looking at, hear what we are listening to, and feel what we are touching. Making art enriches our lives and gives expression to the innate urgings of the human spirit. In total, the Pomfret Arts Department offers classes in seven distinct disciplines, including dance, digital media and design, music, painting and drawing, photography, sculpture and ceramics, and theater. All freshmen participate in a yearlong Arts Immersion course, which exposes them to the breadth and depth of our creative offerings.
 

We gain an understanding of ourselves and each other through the power of music, dance, and theater. By studying the performing arts, you not only hone skills of communication and collaboration, you create community. The benefits of performance are immediate and can last a lifetime. Through witnessing the beauty of the human body in motion, exploring the interplay of melody and harmony, and the desire to tell a gripping story, we celebrate all aspects of performance as a path to understanding, meaning, and joy.
 

Whether the stroke of a brush or the spin of the potter’s wheel, Pomfret students use the visual arts to communicate beyond words and numbers. In a program created and guided by accomplished artists, you will discover and develop your ability to translate a creative impulse into a compelling visual expression.
 

Drawing on the principles of design thinking, the digital arts are about tinkering, improving, refining, perfecting — until you arrive at the best possible solution. The curriculum consists of courses that focus on design, composition, color, movement, and audio. Your ideas flourish in the digital arts by being translated into 2D and 3D imagery and interactive compositions, including motion graphics and sound.

 

Meet the Faculty

We are practicing artists committed to helping you discover and express your unique vision of the world through art.
 

Lindsay Lehmann

Lindsay Lehmann

Arts Department Head, Photography Teacher, School Photographer
Shay Albert

Shay Albert

Digital Arts Teacher
Ryan Burns

Ryan Burns

Director of Music
Mackenzie Christensen

Mackenzie Christensen

Music Teacher
Jean Paul Jacquet

Jean Paul Jacquet

Painting and Drawing Teacher
Nina Joly

Nina Joly

Director of Dance
Brandon Kaplan

Brandon Kaplan

Music Teacher, Violin/Viola Instructor
Chip Lamb

Chip Lamb

Arts Teacher, Theater Director, Scripps Endowed Chair for the Arts
Sarah MacLeod

Sarah MacLeod

Ceramics Arts and Sculpture Teacher
Frederick  O'Neal

Frederick O'Neal

Music Teacher, Guitar Instructor

Graduation Requirement(s)

Entering Grade 9
7 terms 

Entering Grade 10
5 terms

Entering Grade 11
3 terms

Entering Grade 12
2 terms

All freshmen participate in a yearlong Arts Immersion course, which satisfies one-half of the arts requirement. Students must also take one term of digital arts. The following is the recommended sequence for subsequent years in our art programs: two as a sophomore, one as a junior, and one as a senior.

Please Note:
Art requirements are not reduced for art classes completed at a previous high school.