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.


focuses on the principles of composition through contour line, perspective, negative space, and gesture drawing studies. The materials used will include: pencil, colored pencil, charcoal, pastel, chalk, pen and ink, and conte crayon.


includes understanding value and intensity through activities using the color wheel. Students will continue to focus on the elements and principles of design as they learn how to handle water colors, acrylics, and tempera paints.


introduces the students to the proper clay building techniques. They use slab, coil, pinch, and work on the potter's wheel. The concepts of 3D composition are stressed-proportion, plane, and additive and subtractive processes.

Cultural Projects

are related to Mexico and the Latin American countries.

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. A research project will also be required.


focuses on developing students' drawing skills while using a variety of media including pencil, colored pencil, charcoal, pastel, chalk, pen and ink, and conte crayon. Studio activities include gesture drawing, contour line drawing, value, and perspective drawing. The elements and principles of art are stressed as students work from still life, landscape, portraits, self-portraits, and the figure.


focuses on using proper technique and creative independence while experimenting with different painting and printmaking media-water colors, acrylics, tempera paints, water-based pastels, and inks.


focuses on 3D design concepts through work on the potter's wheel, hand building with clay, plaster, and papier mache. Technical information includes proper methods of clay building, glazing, loading, and firing the kiln.


Arts focuses on work relating to different cultural influences from around the globe. They will experiment with paper-making, weaving, silk painting, batik, book-making and mixed-media. One project reflects and relates to the Upper School International trip.