Arts

Explore the connection between the mind and the heart. 

The Visual & Performing Arts department at Thornton Academy teaches critical thinking in addition to providing the skills and craftsmanship to translate ideas into beautifully executed work. Students stretch themselves with courses in Visual Art, Dance, Music and Theater. Each year students earn top scores in AP Visual Art and Music Theory, and teachers dedicate themselves to preparing students for the most selective art and music colleges in the country.

 

Next performances at Thornton Academy!

The TAMS Drama Club presents Shrek Jr. the Musical! January 26-28, 2024
Purchase tickets to Shrek here.

Watch our Virtual Open House featuring arts faculty, students, and alumni

 

Arts Program Highlights

Teacher assists student in pottery class
chamber singers perform on stage at garland auditorium
dancers doing the can can
four artists with their goats in space illustrations
two students with violins in costume
final bow at the little mermaid musical

Arts Facts

STUDENTS ENROLLED

1,070

THEATER PROGRAM ESTABLISHED

1906

DANCE COURSES

4

VISUAL ARTS CLASSES

18

MUSIC CLASSES

14

AUDITORIUM SEATS

500

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In The News

Meet the arts faculty

Dana Altman

Visual Art Teacher

Katie Buttarazzi

Arts and English Teacher

Emma Campbell

Dance Teacher, Arts Department Chair

Joshua Dracup

Middle School Visual Arts Teacher, Upper School Visual Arts Teacher

Kristin Farwell

Dance Teacher - Arts

David Hanright

Performing & Visual Arts Teacher

Matthew Lagarde

Music Teacher - Arts

Catherine Murray

Performing Arts Teacher

Josh Pulsifer

Arts Teacher

Lori Smith

Arts Teacher

Jodi Thomas

Visual Arts Teacher

Lindsay Waller

Music Teacher