The Arts at Forman

Two art credits are required for graduation, but almost everyone takes more. Because Forman students tend to gravitate toward the arts, we offer an exceptionally robust program and house it in a state-of-the-art facility. 

Arts and Academics

Art Courses

Dozens of courses in Studio Art, Cinematic Arts, Photography, Music, and Theatre, invite students to channel their creativity, appreciate various forms of human expression, and express themselves in disciplined ways. Skills learned in the arts translate into improved grasp of concepts in core disciplines as well as better time management skills.

Art Teachers

Over the past decade, Forman has responded to students’ interest in the arts by doubling the size of our arts faculty. Forman’s skilled art teachers are often working artists and performers themselves. 

Spaces for the Arts

The VPAC, or Visual and Performing Arts Center, is one of the newest buildings on campus – a symbol of the pride of place the Forman community reserves for the arts. With a theater large enough to hold the entire student body, it is also a place where the Forman community comes together. Take a look:

The theater seats 300 and includes a scene shop, dressing rooms, and costuming area.

Rock, Blues, Jazz, and Vocal Ensembles perform on and off campus and at local festivals.

Forman holds three full scale productions each academic year: one comedy, one drama, and one musical.
The dance studio is equipped with a sound system and a wall of mirrors. The class culminates in a public recital.

Offering photographers and filmmakers technologies old and new, the VPAC features a dark room and a green screen.

The ceramics studio has indoor and outdoor throwing areas, electric potters wheels, an electric kiln, and a raku kiln.

 

The Arts and Students with Learning Differences

For reasons that are still being explored, students with learning differences tend to excel in the arts. For that reason, we give our students every opportunity to funnel their creativity in ways that are productive.