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Fine Arts

TJ’s Fine Arts programs span from Pre-K through 12th grade.

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Fine Arts Focus at TJ

The Fine Arts are an integral part of Thomas Jefferson’s liberal arts program. From developing creative problem-solving skills to connecting your child to culture of the wider world, the Fine Arts are key to helping your child become a well-rounded individual.

Starting in Pre-Kindergarten and Kindergarten, children learn to distinguish artwork in the studio from classroom craft activities. In Lower School, they learn the principles of design and the elements of art. In Middle School, they continue to progress in their art knowledge and skills. Their studies in Art History come to life through their studio projects.

In Upper School, the art elective gives students a broad range of studio experiences across a range of media, similar to a college art degree program. In the Art History Interim course, students learn the main artistic conventions and modes of major artistic eras, and how historical events and trends are inextricably linked with artistic expression over time. Students are encouraged to develop their own individual creative expression and may focus on the media and genres that suit them best.

Beyond creating beautiful works of art, your child will also have opportunities to compete in numerous local, regional, state, and national competitions each year. TJ students, for example, have won top awards several years in a row at the Ozark 7 Conference Art Show and Juried Competition. Local galleries may also select your child’s work for exhibit.

Learn more about TJ’s Fine Arts programs at every grade level

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TJ’s Music program starts in Pre-Kindergarten and continues through your child’s senior year.

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Theatrical Performance & Drama

Through our vibrant Theatrical Performance and Drama program, your child has ample opportunities to perform on stage.

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TJ students have won numerous local, regional, and national awards for Fine Arts, including top awards every year at the Ozark 7 Art Contest.

At the regional George Washington Carver Art and Essay Contest, our students won several awards.

Our students also won numerous awards in both the Joplin Chamber of Commerce Art and Essay Contest and the VFW Patriotic Art and Essay Contest.

Natalie Wiseman
Middle & Upper School Art
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B.A. Missouri Southern State University


Amanda Almich
Middle & Upper School Art
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B.A. William Woods University


Mark Cole
Lower & Upper School Art & Publications
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B.S. Missouri Southern State University, M.A. Pittsburg State University.



Thomas Jefferson Independent Day School delivers a rigorous liberal arts college preparatory curriculum in a supportive and nurturing environment.