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TAFA Summer Intensive

The Texas Academy of Figurative Art and IFW Summer Academy (July 10-21, 2017) is a two-week (60 hour) intensive art program that has great appeal to aspiring young artists. The program exposes teens to the principles of realist art through a classically-based curriculum. It offers high school students the hands on experience to anchor their drawing and painting skills in classical methodology as well as enhances their portfolio preparations. Key faculty who will be teaching this two-week course are: Ron Cheek, Founder of TAFA; Andrew Boatright, a gifted realistic painter who apprenticed under Ron; and Michael Planta, a student instructor who offers critiques to new students. (Special accommodations will be made by TAFA to prevent student exposure to nudity).


Anticipated outcomes:

  • Students will increase their knowledge of 19th and 20th century realistic artists and their work
  • Students will develop determination, rigor and skills required by realistic drawing and painting
  • Students will participate in an exhibit of their work at the end of the 2 week period, which includes an artist’s outcome statement, as relating to the process and impact of learning during the experience, and the creation of a plan to integrate the experience into their studies during their remaining years of high school
  • Students will participate in panel discussions during lunch hours, led by professional artists (topics will include: wealth creation in the real-world-profession of visual arts, opportunities for visual art focused studies beyond high school, practical and soft visual arts skills applicable in arts related job markets)
  • Students will increase their self-confidence and desire to pursue art education after graduating from high school

Welcome Back to the Fort

– A Study of Community

Join the excitement and celebrate with some of the important people from around the Fort, as they prepare for a surprise birthday party for Major Ripley Arnold on January 17, 1850! The celebration at Fort Worth’s Historic Masonic Lodge Temple encourages students to use their imaginations as they experience a rich living history that centers on the roots of our local community. Participants will create period hats to wear to the program – a prairie bonnet, a coonskin cap or a military hat – to demonstrate learning. Participants will also bring Major Ripley Arnold birthday cards to celebrate, as with the introduction of the postage stamp in the 1840’s, greeting cards were becoming a common form of communication at that time. IFW has also created a bi-lingual book, Welcome Back to the Fort, for this program that will be provided to all students attending, highlighting vocabulary from life at The Fort.



From Cowboy to Doughboy

– North Texas in World War 1

In honor of the Centennial Commemoration of World War I, we will be presenting a program at the Fort Worth Library for the exhibition From Cowboy to Doughboy – North Texas in WWI: Mobilization for “The Great War.” Students will experience an interactive tour through the exhibition with local historical figures brought to life by theater students from Trimble Tech High School’s Theater program, a library tour educating students on the vast resources the library has to offer, and readings of actual letters from home in Texas to soldiers serving in the war, as well as poetry and essays from the time, set to period music, read by actors from Trimble Tech in period dress. Topics covered in the WW I exhibition and the ImagineGuide educational guide provided by Imagination Fort Worth to the teachers attending for classroom use: A WWI Timeline; Pre-War and Mexico Texas Border Conflicts; The Army & Camp Bowie; Multi-Cultural Aspects of WWI & North Texas; Regional Culture; Army Air Service and Royal Flying Corps Airfields; The Home Front; World Overview.


Stay Tuned to Learn more about these programs…

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  • Fort Worth District-Wide Pre-K Puppet Experience Targeting Literacy