The art program at TFS develops the student's observation skills, creative intelligence, and ability to express themselves through a variety of art media. Students gain self-confidence and courage as they master the skills necessary to create their own unique art forms. The art room is run like an art studio. Each student is responsible for being prepared to work and to participate in class projects and discussions, and to take care of their materials and work space. The art program stresses the elements and principles of design and also includes discussions and research about art history, art criticism and aesthetics.


Grades 7 - 8

The seventh and eighth grade art program is an exploratory course giving the students a better understanding and working knowledge of many art techniques. The course offers activities that continue to build on their previous knowledge of the elements and principles of design: Line, color, value, shape, form, space, texture, unity, variety, balance, contrast, emphasis, rhythm, and pattern. Students keep a sketchbook and a portfolio of their work throughout the year. Each year long course is divided into four areas of study: Drawing, Painting, Ceramics/Sculpture, and Cultural Projects.

Grades 9 - 12

The ninth through twelve grade students in studio art continue to build on the foundation of concepts and techniques that students experimented with in the Lower and Middle School programs. Each year long course of study is divided into four areas. These areas include Drawing, Painting/Printmaking, Ceramics/Sculpture, and Cultural/Folk Arts. Creativity and individuality are always encouraged and stressed. Students keep a sketchbook/journal for idea formation and a portfolio of their work. Critiques are an integral part of the learning process.