Arts and Events Spotlight

The arts are thriving at Tandem Friends!  With seven drama productions a year, two concerts, open mic performances, art shows, and other music performances around the community, there is always something going on.  Students can take classes in drama, music, visual arts, film and more.  

Check out our upcoming events, recent arts news, recent art photos and more here.

Arts News

List of 3 news stories.

  • Middle School Artists Selected for Summer Program

    Congratulations to the Tandem Friends Middle School artists who were accepted into this summer's Reflections, a Summer Regional Governor's School Program. 8th grader Maggie W. (selected last year when the program was postponed but getting to attend this summer), 7th grader Sofia S., and 6th grader Cyrus C. (alternate). Reflections is a 10-day summer program that offers conceptual and visual art experiences to 40 Middle School students gifted in visual arts, selected competitively from public, private and home-school students in Charlottesville City, Albemarle, Greene, and Nelson Counties. Well done, Maggie, Sofia and Cyrus - check out a few of their creative works.
  • 7th Graders Take on Pop Art

    The 7th graders have been studying the mid-century Pop Art movement in art class with teacher Julia Sapir (TFS '93). They created some really  sumptuous, Wayne Thiebaud-inspired confections with oil pastel. Check out some of their work - Hunter's is in pink and green, John's has the red background, and Beatrice's is the carrot cake with adjacent slice. They look delicious!
  • Art Students 'Draw Charlottesville'

    Upper School students in Lou Haney's Foundations of Art class recently worked on a project with Draw Charlottesville , a program that encourages artists of all ages and levels of ability to produce and share original sketches of buildings, neighborhoods, or places in Charlottesville that mean something to them. Draw Charlottesville then posts the drawings on their Instagram site to share diverse perspectives and show what's important to community members.

    Tandem students in the Foundations of Art class used Draw Charlottesville prompts to do some drawings that focused on place and perspective. Draw Charlottesville leaders Andrea Trimble and Jessica Penca then  virtually visited the class last week to give feedback to the students. Some of the drawings students created were featured on the Draw Charlottesville blog and Instagram site. Our students did an awesome job! Check it out at 

Arts Highlights