Visual & Performing Arts

TJ’s fine-arts instructors will guide and encourage you to develop and fulfill your academic and artistic potential. The fine-arts curriculum at Thomas Jefferson (TJ) includes courses in visual arts, performing arts, and digital arts. Studio courses allow students to explore their own artistic interests, such as painting, ceramics, printmaking, graphic design, animation, drama, set design, dance, vocal music, and musical theatre. Visits to galleries, museums, studios, or performances are incorporated into each course.

Fine-arts classes take place for 60 minutes on Wednesday and Friday afternoons. The seventh and eighth grades are introduced to each division of the program: visual arts, performing arts, and digital arts. Students in grades 9 to 12 elect to take the courses in which they have the greatest interest, satisfying certain requirements along the way.

The studio-art facilities, completed in 2008, enhance both the teaching and practice of fine arts at TJ. Students work in light-filled spaces, both indoors and out, both during and outside of class.