The Arts

"Art, in one or more of its varied forms, holds an important place in education directed primarily toward the development of the individual personality."
Theodate Pope Riddle, Founder

The Arts at Avon Old Farms

At Avon, the arts are more than paint on a canvas, pixels on a screen, notes in the air, or chords in the hand – our boys experience a journey of creative discovery through personal programs allowing them to explore their undiscovered talents.

    We believe that boys who create music and visual art grow immeasurably. The lessons boys learn – from the on-campus studio to a European chorale tour – have an impact on day-to-day accomplishments and can extend to society at large.

    Avon Old Farms possesses a top-tier curriculum in visual and performing arts. Our rich and varied programs provide many opportunities for boys to express themselves creatively. From our top choral group, The Riddlers, to our exquisite visual artists, students are consistently honored on local, regional, and national levels for their talent. Avon Old Farms is a place for young men, despite experience level, to explore drawing, painting, singing, or acting.

    Avon is Where I...

    "If it was not for taking arts at Avon, I would not be doing what I love for the rest of my life. I am forever grateful to the Avon art department for making me the man I am today."

    Nicholas Birnie '14, Graphic Design Student

    Visual Arts

    An Avon boy can explore his creativity through:

    • Drawing and painting
    • Ceramics
    • Photography
    • Woodworking
    • Design


    An Avon boy can attune to his inner rhythm through:

    • Choral groups
    • Voice lessons
    • Chamber orchestra
    • Band and jazz band
    • Instrumental lessons


    An Avon boy can claim his piece of stage through:

    • Set production
    • Lighting and sound
    • Stage managing
    • Assistant directing
    • Acting

    A Heritage of Fine Art

    Our founder, Theodate Pope Riddle, knew the transformative power of art: her impressive collection at the Hill-Stead Museum includes paintings by Monet, Degas, Manet, Whistler, and Cassatt, as well as numerous works on paper and Japanese woodblock prints, sculpture, and more.

    Toreadors, by Édouard Manet (French, 1832-1883)