• HAPPY NEW YEAR! Fall saw us holding several meetings amiidst the pandemic! We made some outstanding Warrior Spirit Basketball posters for our gym and we created an awesoem Christmas Ornament before the holiday!

    Our next activity is planned for EITHER Wednesday, January 20th or Friday,  January 22nd. Members should sign up for and plan to attend nly ONE of these events, as we must social distance. We will watch THE MONUMENTS MEN, the true story of how a group of allied art professionals came together during the end of World War II under the Roosevelt aministration to locate and recover thousands of artworks looted by the Germns as they swept across Europe. It stars George Clooney, Matt Damon, John Goodman and  Bill Murray...great movie! 

    The fee to attend is $1.00, so that we may frnish refreshments. The movie runs a little long, so pickup time will be 6:00 p.m. for this event. PICKUP IS ALWAYS IN THE BACK  OF THE SCHOOL AT THE BUS LANE!

    It is never too late to join our club! The event is open to all TMS students.




    THE ART CLUB IS ALIVE AND WELL! We had about 60 students sign up as being interested in October, so we met in two spearate groups (social distancing) on Tuesday, November 3rd and Friday, November 6th. Our first activity will be held on two afternoons - Tuesday, October 17th and Tuesday, October 20th - until 5:30 p.m. in Miss Caldwell's Room, Room 218. We will make some Warrior Spirit posters to hang in the gym for basketball season. Students should sign up only for one of the two days - space is limited to 10 students on each day - first come, first served! There will be other times and days for activities, however at this time we must limit the attendance due to the nature of activity and social distancing!

    You will find a lot of general information about the Art Club below! 



    ART ROCKS!!, the TMS Art Club

    Several faculty members have begun planning for limited club meetings this year. Dr. Woodley has stated that clubs may meet virtually, or clubs with larger attendance will need to meet in smaller groups. So Miss Caldwell has announced to her classes that she is exploring options for assembling an Art Club! We will not meet regularly on the third Friday of each month as in past years, and our two primary annual activities - helping to construct the Homecoming Float and creating scenery for the TMS Musical - will not be taking place this year. Some of our regular school activities in terms of fundraising have been postponed out of concern for money and materials exchanging hands during the pandemic. 
    We do plan to hold our annual Valentine's Day Candygram Sale in February and announcements will be made at that time for Art Club members who would like to assist.


    Depending on the program or activity, these Friday meetings generally end at 4:30, 5:30 or 6:00 p.m. Students ar not allowed to leave the room during the meeting without permission or walk off campus - they must remain in the room for the duration of the meeting unless previous arrangements have been made. 

    All school and class rules apply during our meetings. No student may walk home (or otherwise change their normal method of transportation home) from the meeting unless he or she walks home daily UNLESS  a)first bringing a written note from the parent to school by that Friday morning, and  b)having the office first verify the change in transportation with the parent by phone before the meeting. Phone requests only to alter transportation will not be accepted. Failure to abide by these guidelines, or students who are consistently picked up cery late, may result in loss of the opportunity to participate in club activities.

    Below is the general club information given to any student who signs the form outside the Art Room door as being interested in obtaining more information about the Art Club (under no obligation). Students may join the club at any time throughout the year and may pick and choose which club activities they are interested in participating in.


    ART ROCKS!!     The TMS Art Club!_____________________________________________

    Students do NOT have to be taking Art at TMS to participate in the Art Club! There is no cost or “dues” to join the club. If you participate in only ONE activity the entire year, you will be considered as being an Art Club member! If you do take Art, you will receive notices about upcoming club activities while in class. If you do not take Art, then you need to pay close attention to the morning and afternoon daily announcements to know when the club is meeting, as well as frequently check the Announcement Board outside of the Art Room. Handouts offered throughout the year relating to club activities may usually be picked up just inside the Art Room door.  

    Generally speaking, we hold regular club meetings on the third Friday of each month except in May. If you would like to attend our meetings you will stay in your 7th period class and leave your class to come to the the Art Room ONLY when Third Round Buses are called (at about 3:10). Backpacks are deposited in the Art Room and students may nrong a snack from home to enjoy in the room between 3:10 and 3:30. Snack time ends promptly at 3:30. The tables must be clean and all trash thrown away by that time. Students should secure their ride home BEFORE the day of the meeting please!

    All school and Art Room rules apply during meetings. This includes no cell phone use (after snack time), no leaving the room without permission, no wandering the halls or returning to your locker, and visiting the restroom one person at a time. Horseplay will not be tolerated. Members are expected to show respect and be on their best behavior, especially when we have a presentation or guest speaker. If a special program is scheduled for an Art Club meeting, students may not talk or draw during the presentation.

    Several times a year we will have after-school projects that DO cost a small fee, depending on the materials we use. This is usually from $3 to $5 for each activity. To register for the project students should obtain a permission slip from Miss Caldwell and return it to the Art Room with payment BEFORE the afternoon of the activity.

    Projects we have done in the past include Origami (paper-folding), making a colorful paper and metal mobile, drawing an Manga (Japanese cartooning) self-portrait, creating marble magnets, assembling locker decorations for our athletes, building a mock gingerbread house using graham crackers, candy, and hot glue, and decoupaging flower pots. Other activities have included watching art-related movies, hosting guest speakers, and making various posters to hang throughout school.

    If you stay after school for any activity, you must make sure you have a ride to pick you up at the designated time before you come to school on that day. The office will not let you call home to arrange a ride or remind your parent to pick you up! You should not wait to call home as the meeting ends to request your ride. Pickup will be made at the back of the school near the bus lanes. If your ride arrives repeatedly late, you will not be able to stay after school for Art Club activities!


    Here are brief descriptions of some of our regular activities:

    Selling Smens and Smencils – We do this every Wednesday morning outside the gym or cafeteria (alternating).  Art Club members can volunteer and will be scheduled to help two or three together at a time. The schedule will be posted outside the Art Room and volunteers will receive a reminder a couple of days before you are scheduled to assist. We start at 7:00 and finish when the bell rings at 7:40. If you do not get to school until after 7:00 you can come to our cart when you do arrive – or you can arrange to get here at 7:00 and Miss Caldwell will give you a pass to come to the Art Room a little earlier. If you normally eat breakfast, you can eat first and then come out to help at the cart. If you are a 6th grade students you may leave the cart when the 6th graders go to their lockers. Instructions will be given to you before your scheduled day. Keep in mind that you will be selling materials and handling money – not socializing – so friends can’t “hang out” at the cart with you while you are selling!

    Other Fundraisers – We take orders for “Boo-Grams” at Halloween and “Candygrams” at before Valentine’s Day. These are $1.00 bags of candy that are delivered to students during lunch on the holidays. Due to the school schedule, club members may not always take orders for or distribute these but they can help assemble the bags after school in preparation for delivery.

    Homecoming Float Decorations – Students are needed in August and September to help paint the objects that are assembled on the Thompson Middle School Homecoming Float. We generally work on these after school for 2 to 3 weeks at a time, 3 or 4 days a week.

    Holiday Cheek Painting – We are invited prior to the Halloween and Christmas holidays to offer holiday cheek designs to customers at America’s Thrift Store in Alabaster. There is no experience required and there are many image references on hand. We use professional stage paint and brushes as well as makeup crayons and washable markers.  We set up inside the store in the front of the store and this is a service offered to store customers – we do not charge customers or accept donations. We generally work in two-hour shifts and students may choose their shifts. Written parental permission is required prior to the event and the student must be dropped off and picked up at the store by a parent or guardian. Miss Caldwell is on hand to supervise throughout the entire event.

    Making Sports Banners – We occasionally make large signs to go over the bleachers in the gym during basketball season. These are created and hung after school. We would probably meet two or three afternoons for this activity and you may have some clever slogans or design ideas!

    Making Locker Magnets for Athletes (or other school groups) – We design a little sports-related picture that we can decorate containing the athlete’s name  and glue a magnet on the back of it so that it will stick onto student lockers. We trace and cut out various pieces for it and assemble them all, then attach them to the lockers in the same afternoon.

    Making Posters for General School Activities – These are poster board size posters that anyone in the school may request from us throughout the year to advertise an upcoming event. These can be worked on during Warrior Time or after school.

    Painting Scenery for the School Musical or Play – We start this major activity in the late fall or early winter. Mrs. Hardee (Choir) selects the musical and decides how many scenes she needs, and how she wants them to change onstage from one scene to the next. She tells Miss Caldwell her ideas and sketches are prepared, enlarged, and re-drawn onto large sheets of Styrofoam boards, which club members then paint. You do not have to have any painting experience to help paint scenery for the musical! We paint on most afternoons for several weeks at a time and students may sign up when they can work. It is preferable to have no more than 8 students in an afternoon, so we usually do this on a first come/first served basis with the schedule posted outside the Art Room. Shows we have created scenery for in the past include The Wizard of OzPeter PanBeauty and the BeastGuys and Dolls, and Hairspray!

     Watching Art-related Movies or Documentaries – We offer at least one art-related movie duriong the year after school and light snacks for $1 per person. These will be announced in advance and will be shown in the Art Room, or in a larger space, depending on how many want to attend.

    “Open Studio” – You may stay after school and free-draw, bring your own sketchbook or artwork to share, and bring your own art materials if desired, or use Miss Caldwell’s supplies to work on an activity of your choice.

    Assisting with Preparing, Hanging, and Taking Down the Art Displayed in the school – The display will change every few weeks depending on how much new student work we have to display. This can also be done after school or during Warrior Time.

    Going to Arts and Crafts Shows on the Weekends – This would not be an official school-sponsored field trip, but we would meet in the school parking lot and go in cars…prior parent permission and parent chaperones would be needed.

    Going to the Birmingham Museum of Art or any Art Museum – This would also be a Saturday or a Sunday visit with chaperones.

    If you are interested in joining ART ROCKS!! please stop by the Art Room and let Miss Caldwell know, or sign the interest sheet posted outside the Art Room so that Miss Caldwell may alert you about upcoming meetings and events! Be sure to listen for Art Club announcements in the mornings and afternoons, and stop by to see the latest activities on the calendar outside of Miss Caldwell’s Room (Room 218, just to the left of Mrs. Glass's 6th Grade Art Room and across the hall from Mr. Preston and Mrs. Lee’s rooms, in the 200 Hall).


    ANY QUESTIONS? CONTACT CLAIRE CALDWELL, 7th/8th Grade Art Instructor and ART ROCKS!! Sponsor at Claire.Caldwell@acsboe.org or call 205-685-8100!