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Visual & Performing Arts

Fine Arts classes at TJ give students an opportunity to work with a variety of media and materials while also learning the history of the art, theatre, or dance that they are studying. Some courses are introductory, but students can also pursue a subject in greater depth by taking a Level 2 class or higher. The fine-arts faculty are practicing artists, each specializing in the visual or performing.
 
Fine-arts classes meet twice weekly for 60 minutes; some advanced classes may meet for two hours once per week. Field trips and/or attendance at local performances may be required. (Substitute performances or other homework may be assigned if a performance or field trip is missed.) Most classes continue through early May, finishing before AP exams, but Scenic Design requires additional meetings as needed to meet production deadlines.

Prerequisites: Painting and Drawing 1 is a prerequisite for more advanced studio courses in the visual arts, though students may take a placement test to be considered for a higher-level course.

Student Shows: Student work is exhibited at showcases in December and May, and the school’s Cabaret Night provides an opportunity for individual and group performances.

Outside the regular fine-arts curriculum, the school encourages students to pursue their instrumental or vocal music or other artistic interests. The school can help boarding students locate teachers to study with and ensembles to play in, as student schedules permit.

SEQUENCE OF COURSES

7th

Two required semester-long courses:

  • Visual Art (first semester)
  • Fundamentals of Drama (second semester)

8th

Two required semester-long courses:  

  • Beginning Tap Dance (first semester)
  • Visual Art (second semester)

9th-12th

One year-long elective: Over four years, students may elect to take a variety of fine-arts courses, or they may choose to explore one of the three divisions—visual or performing arts—in depth.

Fine Arts classes at TJ give students an opportunity to work with a variety of media and materials while also learning the history of the art, theatre, or dance that they are studying.