The Arts

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The Arts


The arts are an integral part of Suffield Academy’s core curriculum, where teachers work closely with individual students to discover their interests and strengths. Education in the arts provides learners with non-academic benefits such as promoting self-esteem, motivation, aesthetic awareness, cultural exposure, creativity, improved emotional expression, as well as social harmony and appreciation for diversity.

The arts free us from certainty and help develop a tolerance for coping with life’s ambiguities. Leonardo da Vinci once described the arts by categorizing people into three classes: those who see, those who see when they are shown, and those who do not see. Arts education therefore helps teach us to see. Suffield has a long and proud tradition in the performing arts and theater. Legendary faculty members, including Joe Connors and Gordy Glover, directed performances in the former theater barn behind Gay Mansion and played leading roles in the construction of the Jeanice Seaverns Performing Arts Center 30 years ago. The foundation built by many Suffield alumni and faculty members helped lay the groundwork for today’s thriving programs.  


Tremaine Visual Arts Center is a bright, uplifting 7,000 square foot space that is the home of Suffield’s Department of Visual Arts. The sky-lit upstairs studio is used for painting, drawing, and digital media courses. The bottom floor of the building has an extensive ceramics studio, the Violich Photography space and darkroom, and the Lee Roberts ’74 Gallery. Ceramics Studio is located on the lower level and houses a variety of ceramics classes along with workshops and open studios.

The Violich Photography space is home to a state of the art dark room and studio.

The Jeanice Seaverns Performing Arts Center is the site of Suffield’s theater which is used extensively for dramatic and musical productions, dance performances, guitar shows, and other meetings and performances throughout the year. This 8,400 square foot theater has sophisticated lighting and sound systems.
The Set Design Shop is attached to the Jeanice Seaverns Performing Arts Center. This 2,400 workspace is used to build theater sets and has hosted woodworking and architectural classes. It has sophisticated equipment to support all of these purposes.

The Williams Performing Arts Studio is home of Suffield’s dance program and also has a professional recording studio.

The Guttag Music Center houses eight acoustically engineered spaces for private study and music lessons. The Guttag Center also has offices for Suffield’s performing arts teachers. Private Music Rooms are acoustically engineered spaces for independent practice and private study.