An essential component of the school’s curriculum, arts courses at TA focus on artistic expression, creative problem solving, critique and revision, collaboration, improvisation, and responsible habits of work. Thetford Academy’s Arts program encompasses a wide range of mediums, including visual, performing, culinary, and practical arts.

TA’s arts curriculum provides students a variety of opportunities for hands-on learning during the school day. Whether baking a pastry, painting a picture, building furniture, playing an instrument, or singing and acting on a stage, students express their creativity and display talents they may otherwise never have realized they possessed.

Many classes culminate with community performances or public presentations of student work, providing student artists with an authentic audience and real-world assessment of their hard work and commitment to their craft. One art credit is required for graduation.

Arts Faculty

Ray Chapin, English Drama

Ray Chapin

English and Drama

Arts, Humanities | Drama, English

Jennifer Gernhard, Arts

Jennifer Gernhard

Culinary Arts and Health Education

Arts, Experiential | Culinary Arts, Physical Education, Health, and Wellness

John Luce

Drama and Choral Teacher

Arts | Drama, Music

Gregory Mellinger, Arts

Gregory Mellinger

Instrumental Music Teacher

Arts | Music

Karyn Neubauer

Visual Art and Yoga

Arts | Visual Arts

Christopher Schmidt, Design Technology

Chris Schmidt

Design Technology and Outdoor Education

Arts, Experiential, STEM | Design Technology, Engineering & Technology, Outdoor Education