Just A Few Images…

TAFA has wrapped another academic year. Below are just a small handful of images of student and faculty work from the 2014-15 academic year. More images will be forthcoming.  

TAFA 2015 Teen Workshop

We completed our 2nd TAFA Teen Workshop this summer. Many promising young teen artists were encouraged to find a classically-based program at TAFA. They worked hard for two intensive weeks in July making still life paintings, Old Master drawings, and self-portraits. The teens displayed strong drawing and painting skills as they were introduced to the concepts […]

TAFA Summer Fundraiser Launch

Texas Academy of Figurative Art Summer Fundraiser 2015! July 3rd-August 3rd GoFundMe: http://www.gofundme.com/y5d664v TAFA is a registered nonprofit 501(c)3. All donations are tax deductible. You’ll receive a tax donation receipt for every gift. Your funds go directly to three areas of need. Educational Supplies Books: 2 Charles Bargue Drawing Course by Gerald M. Ackerman   $100 ea. […]

Happy 4th of July!

Washington Crossing the Delaware, by Imanuel Leutze 1851 Happy Fourth of July Weekend! Please remember how great it is to be an American and to thank a serviceman, woman, or veteran this weekend.

Evening Figure Lab Starts Wednesday 5/20

Evening Figure Drawing Lab begins this Wednesday, 5/20 from 6-9pm and runs for ten weeks. You can draw or paint in this student-led evening figure class. Open to the public. $20 per evening.  

TAFA Lecture and Workshop

TAFA extends a big thank you to last weekend’s panel members Dr. C.D. Dickerson, Mr. John Hartley, and Mr. Ron Cheek for their engaging lecture on Contemporary Figurative Art Education. Dr. Dickerson has been recently appointed curator and head of sculpture and decorative arts at the National Gallery of Art.  John Hartley is a contemporary artist & […]

TAFA Lecture and Workshop May 1st and 2nd

JOIN US THIS WEEKEND!  TAFA hosts a weekend of art events – an art education lecture and figurative workshop – on May 1st and 2nd. Friday evening May 1st, 6.30pm-8pm, Panel Discussion on the topic Art Education and Contemporary Methods in TAFA Gallery followed by a time for questions and answers. Light refreshments provided. Panel Speakers will include: Ron Cheek, Artist and […]


Very successful opening night at TAFA Gallery! Over two hundred people came out to view the exhibition RECONFIGURE featuring an overview of the TAFA curriculum.  TAFA gallery is adjacent to the TAFA studio – just south of downtown Fort Worth. You can see the exhibition, M-F, 9am-4pm by appointment through May 9th. Contact us: tafastudio@me.com Thank you to visitors for the TAFA Gallery […]

TAFA Gallery opening, March 28th

The Texas Academy of Figurative Art opens its gallery Saturday, March 28th with the exhibition RECONFIGURE. The exhibition features figurative, realist art by TAFA artists. TAFA Gallery brings realist art to Fort Worth by displaying works of timeless beauty and technical sophistication. Ron Cheek, TAFA Director, hopes the gallery will be a premiere destination for figurative art: “Our students are very committed artists, […]

TAFA Featured in 360 West February Edition

TAFA finds the spotlight in the February 2015 edition of the regional arts and culture magazine 360 West. Director Ron Cheek spoke to Laura Samuel Meyn about the school’s unique approach: “At TAFA we don’t elevate skills above theory; we just keep it in balance.” The article captures the heart of the school as the training ground […]