The mission of the Arts Department is to empower all students to discover and foster their creativity by giving them skills and tools to develop and explore their own personal self-expression.

We strive to create an open and encouraging artistic environment.

The Arts

The Marvelwood School Arts Program thrives and continually expands, thanks to the wide-ranging talents of the dedicated arts faculty as well as the School's location within a supportive arts community and proximity to top museums and theaters in the region and in New York City. The self-expression afforded by The Arts makes these opportunities essential components of the Marvelwood experience.

Curricular and extra-curricular options in studio art, music, theatre, photography and film/video challenge and encourage the creativity, technique and talents of our students with a combination of hand-ons, performance/production time, history, theory and critiques.


Visual Arts

Marvelwood's Visual Arts offerings explore different media and ensure students have guidance and resources for self-expression in 2D and 3D forms. All Visual Arts programs are electives and can be added to a student's course load as determined by the student and his/her advisor.

In addition, after-school arts programs and club activities include visual arts workshops. Visits to museums in New York City, and in the museum-studded Berkshire Hills bring studies to life.


Art students on a field trip
to the Storm King Art Center

Digital Media

Digital arts are becoming more and more important as technology improves and becomes integrated into classroom curriculum and leisure time. Students contribute their work to Marvelwood's photography library for use on the website, in news stories and press releases, on the School's Youtube Channel, and more. Creative college applicants use digital media to bring their resume alive. And moving into the college years, a creative and technical understanding of digital tools becomes essential.







Arts Events

Arts Department

Chris Forkey

Chris Forkey

Roles: Faculty & Staff
Departments: Music, History, Arts
Misty Jordan

Misty Jordan

Titles: Director of Residential Life, Performing Arts Department Chair, Summit Dorm Head
Roles: Faculty & Staff, Coach
Departments: Performing Arts, Arts
Thomas Libetti

Thomas Libetti

Roles: Faculty & Staff
Departments: Arts
Jesse Ofgang

Jesse Ofgang

Titles: Music Department Chair
Roles: Faculty & Staff, Coach
Departments: Music, Arts
Levon Ofgang

Levon Ofgang

Roles: Faculty & Staff
Departments: Music, Arts
Paul J. Tines

Paul J. Tines

Titles: Assistant Head of School for Advancement, Dean of the Arts
Roles: Faculty & Staff
Departments: Arts, Advancement, Administration
Pamela West

Pamela West

Titles: Visual Arts Department Chair, Co-Director of Summer Programs
Roles: Faculty & Staff
Departments: Arts, Summer Program
Dennis White

Dennis White

Titles: Technical Director, Drama Department
Roles: Faculty & Staff, Coach
Departments: History, Arts, Technology
Ben Willis

Ben Willis

Titles: Yearbook Coordinator
Roles: Faculty & Staff
Departments: Photography, Film, Arts