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.