Photograph of Baltimore School for the Arts TWIGS student in sculpture class

TWIGS Curriculum

TWIGS offers free comprehensive training in the arts for Baltimore City children in grades 2-8, with exact age ranges varying from program to program. All classes are taught by professional working artists.


Develop your talents in dance by learning the fundamentals of ballet with our teaching artists. Classes are held 1-4 times a week depending upon class level. Dance is a program for students in grades 2-8.


Improve on the instrument you now play. We offer private lessons for piano, string, woodwind, brass, harp, and percussion instruments with a professional musician. You must show experience on an instrument and be willing to practice. You will also receive musicianship and ensemble training. Strings, piano, and harp lessons are for students in grades 2-8. All other lessons are for students in grades 5-8.


Learn to sing and read music. Students will work with a professional choral director. You must show interest and be willing to care for your voice and to practice at home. Eighth graders will also participate in vocal music workshops led by a BSA faculty voice teacher where they will receive more individualized vocal training. Classes meet on Saturdays. Vocal Music is a program for students in grades 6-8. Eighth graders will participate in an additional workshop.


Learn what it means to be an actor and express yourself through theatre games, improvisation, and acting techniques. Classes will be taught once a week by a professional actor. Theatre is a program for students in grades 5-8.


Learn how performances are produced by writing, designing, and creating a puppet play or through literary theatre. Our professional instructor will teach you about the behind-the-scenes production elements through creating a show in miniature. Students will meet once a week and learn about puppet artistry, including costumes, scenery, props, lighting, and sound. Stage Design and Production is a program for students in grades 5-8.


If you like to draw, paint, or work with your hands, we offer lessons with professional artists to develop skills in drawing, painting, and sculpture. Classes will be held once a week for 4th-7th graders and twice a week for 8th graders. Visual Arts is a program for students in grades 4-8.


A movie is only as good as its story. Learn the principles of storytelling; how to find a story; and how to develop characters for film. You will complete a series of assignments that can be used for the high school audition for our newly established Film and Visual Storytelling Program. Writing exercises are essential to this class. Classes will meet on Saturdays from October to January. Visual Storytelling is a program for students in grade 8.


An invitation only, multi-departmental, multi-grade level course introducing students to various computer programs and elements including 3-D printing, video editing, and photography.