Experiential Learning

Exploring Identity Through Art

Artward Bound is a nationally recognized program that is unique to Holderness School. This ten-day program strives to breakdown the perceived boundaries of what it means to be artistic.

Every year, we invite working artists from all over the country, who specialize in a variety of media, to work closely with and perform alongside our students and faculty. They teach, inspire, and guide our students as they unleash their creative spirit. Our hope for our sophomores is that they discover the role art can play in exploring their identities and understanding their places in the world.
With the 9th, 11th, and 12th grades engaged in their own Special Programs off campus, it is a time that binds the sophomore class together; the campus becomes their creative playground, and they discover their artistic passions while forging new friendships.

Visiting Artists

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  • Alison Grace Rapetti

    Grace Rapetti is a seasoned singer/songwriter and certified music therapist in Rockport, MA. She graduated magna cum laude from the Berklee College of Music and is a renowned singer, songwriter, and performer who has written and recorded with numerous legendary artists. John Mayer, a personal mentor and co-writer, considers Grace’s writing “rare stuff." She has sung and shared stages with Willie Nelson, Carol King, Bobby McFerrin, The Eagles, Annie Lennox, and West African sensation, Angelique Kidjo. Grace was a six-year member of the 2017 international acapella champions, Women of the World. She has sung on the legendary stages of Carnegie Hall and the Blue Note in NYC. Grace toured nationally with the punk band Big D and the Kids Table, and throughout the world with an African Hi-Life band. She was featured in Rolling Stone and on NPR for her version of the Beck’s “Old Shanghai." In June 2016,  Grace sang the national anthem at the Democratic Convention for Massachusetts. Her voice is recognized worldwide on Disney ringtones for T-mobile Japan, and you can find her both teaching and learning on subjects like songwriting and hospice music therapy on, Berklee Online, and Writer’s Digest.
  • Anthony Febo

    Anthony Febo, or just Febo, has been on stage since the seventh grade, first embracing the emceeing aspect of writing. Febo rapped for five years, and has now moved on to spoken word poetry. Febo takes truth and sugarcoats it with metaphors and witty word play. Febo is a member of the spoken word trio L.I.F.E. which consist of Masada Jones and Joey B. They include their diversity in not only life, but in poetry to combine and create some of the most captivating performance poetry in all of Lowell.
  • Ara Cardew

    Ara Cardew is a master potter with over twenty years experience in all areas of stoneware and porcelain pottery production, including throwing, slipware, glaze development, decoration, and firing. Ara apprenticed with his grandfather, Michael Cardew, and managed the family pottery, Wenford Bridge Pottery, Cornwall, England for many years. Locally he has been a production potter for Miranda Thomas, Simon Pearce, and Tariki. His teaching emphasis is on forms and decorations of the English slipware tradition.
  • Lisa Travis

    Lisa Travis is the former Director of Dance at New Hampton School. She has been teaching and choreographing for the past 25 years, after studying dance at the Boston Conservatory of Music. Lisa has performed with modern dance companies in California and Rhode Island and has danced with Emmy Award winner Billbob Brown since 2002. She is the founder and artistic director of Terminal Hip Dance Theater, a colloborative performance group based in Plymouth, NH. Lisa choreographs musicals for private and public high schools in NH, PSU's Department of Theater, the Papermill Theater. Most recently she was a guest choreographer for the Vietnamese National Opera and Ballet.
  • Marlene White

    Marlene White is a Painter/Video artist who enjoys the act of painting. Her studio is located in the middle of Knowland Park in Oakland California. It is here that she finds solitude, between the stillness of night and the daily buzz of urban life. This balance provides a tunnel for her creative mind... “It is here that I find The Breath Of The Brush, where the brush meets the heart." Marlene feels that art can break barriers, and build bridges. She enjoys teaching her process of combining video and painting because she truly believes, that painting is an evolving, living entity and through the marriage of painting and video, the magic is endless. Visit her work and process at
  • Pat Remy

    A product of the Boston indie music scene, Pat Ramey is a singer-songwriter with a blend of styles ranging from Folk to Blues to Reggae and Electronic music.
  • Sam Jackel

    Sam has had the distinct pleasure of training at I.O.- Chicago (Night Fight), Theatre99 - Charleston, SC (RedTeam), Annoyance (Chicago, NYC), and now The PIT-NYC (Jeanpool). He has toured with his highly successful 2-prov show P.S. I'm Right Behind You with Peter Galle to Detroit Improv Festival, Denver Improv Festival, and Fallback Comedy Festival (Rochester, NY). He can be seen currently with the SFM team Lovers, Gas Station Horror, SideCoach, and more to come.
  • Sara Goodman

    Sara Goodman is a textile artist with a studio in Center Harbor, NH on Squam Lake. Over 12 years ago Sara stopped using chemical dyes and dedicated herself to using only natural dyes in her work. She felt the times demanded a closer examination of process and an effort to do whatever she could to work sustainably in terms of her methods and materials. Her work has been featured in major textile art publications and shown in national and international exhibitions such as Julie’s Artisans Gallery in New York, the Cambridge Artists's Collective in Massachusetts, the Textile Society of America conference held at SCAD in Savannah, Georgia and Living with Craft at the Sunapee Craft Fair in New Hampshire. She is a juried member of the League of NH Craftsmen. Sara has traveled throughout the world in the pursuit of textiles: to Guatemala, Mexico, Japan, Indonesia, Nepal, India, and China. This travel has eventually involved her in projects with local artisans; for example helping to get the Symplocos Project off the ground in Indonesia. Go to to learn more.
  • Stacey Lucas

    Her real name is Stacey Lucas, but the name Veggie Art Girl traces back to her roots at her first artsy job, where she drew large vegetables on chalkboards in a grocery store. Stacey saved every penny from that job to put herself through college. Stacy blogs at
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