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“If a boy can learn to draw and paint adequately or spin a pot on the wheel, he gains confidence to approach other new challenges.”

For four decades, Ned Reade has introduced generations of boys to the joys and challenges of art. And even after all that time, he remains invigorated.

“I hate it when kids say ‘I’m no good at art.’ Most of them have never really had instruction! So I teach art in a step by step process, much like teaching a language. You start with building blocks. Language begins with words and phrases and evolves into sentences and paragraphs. In art the building blocks are line, value, design, technique, and color. A line takes shape, patterns form, the composition evolves.”

However, nothing is more frightening for an artist than a blank piece of canvas or paper or a lump of clay. When the class starts a new project, Ned begins with a demonstration. He can hear the “Aha!” moment hit the students gathered around him when they see the brush strokes morph into a tree or the still life take shape. After the demo, the boys do a few sketches to help them work out ideas and approach the project with confidence.

Working in pottery exposes the boys to clay’s unique elastic nature. “Before we advance to the wheel, we start with hand-building projects such as creating masks or boxes. The box project assignment is deceptively simple: create a box with a lid. But the possibilities are endless as the boys realize a box doesn’t have to be a square or rectangle. I’ve seen kids create cars, an oversized Oreo, a NYC brownstone, a snare drum. They tend to embrace something they understand intuitively or experientially. Almost every project in art reveals a slice of a boy’s personality.”

“I enjoy doing the projects alongside the boys, especially in the advanced classes, so they can see me struggling as well. No matter how much experience you have, producing art is hard work.” Ned believes the fun comes in finding the solution. How do you draw clear glass or convey loose folds of drapery? How can you shade properly to create a spherical object? Or spin a graceful urn on the wheel and maintain a consistent thickness?

The boys love it when the process of creating art transports them into the “zone,” when they’re so focused and engaged that they lose track of time and the world around them. “You don’t have to have ‘talent’ or a background in art; you just need persistence, practice, focus, and motivation. As with any endeavor, the more time you dedicate to practicing that craft or skill, the better you’ll become.”

A Commitment to Character

As we prepare young men for the world beyond Trinity-Pawling, we seek to convey this fundamental lesson: Character is the single most influential force to propel us forward - whether academically, physically, socially, or spiritually.

Trinity-Pawling has so much to offer!

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Not Just In the Classroom

What makes Trinity-Pawling unique? The Effort System is at the heart of everything we do.

The Pride

At Trinity-Pawling, every boy is a three-season athlete.  Whether he is learning the basics or has been excelling for years, he is part of the School's century-old athletic tradition.  T-P competes in the Founders' League, a highly competitive arena showcasing some of the nation's best prep school talent. T-P offers 13 interscholastic sports with 30 teams.

We're Seriously Creative

The Arts are an integral part of every Trinity-Pawling student's education. Whether they wish to develop existing talents or experiment with an entirely new form of expression, each student will have at least one year of music, theater, visual art or art history.


As a parent or guardian of a Trinity-Pawling student, you are a welcome member of the community. Your involvement through event attendance, participation in the Parents' Association, or simply staying connected is appreciated.

This could be you!

Over 100 years ago, Frederick Luther Gamage, Trinity-Pawling's Founding Headmaster, said, "Whether a boy succeeds or fails in the first instance at everything he tries is irrelevant.  The only boy who truly fails is the boy who fails to try."  Today, a century later, 315 boys live learn and grow together in an environment that fosters commitment, effort and character across the board.

Stay Connected!

Trinity-Pawling has a rich tradition of alumni connectivity. We want you to participate in the life and vitality of the School. Through this engagement, alumni will help Trinity-Pawling propel forward.

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