Visual Fine Arts
In the Visual Fine Arts Program, students develop a breadth and depth of both technical skills and conceptual concerns through the use of a wide range of materials and resources. Drawing, painting, sculpture, mixed media, printmaking, installation and other traditional and contemporary forms are explored incorporating preparatory studies, research, written reflection, statements and complex series of inter-related pieces. Observation, memory and imagination are engaged while building a strong foundation in the elements and principles of Art. Using the annual ArtQuest theme, and other cultural and personal concerns, students are challenged to investigate, inform, comment and inspire. Critical thinking, creative problem-solving and unique solutions are actively supported with critique used to hone awareness of aesthetic preferences and to evaluate work. Diverse perspectives on arts history and heritage are interwoven and include frequent gallery and museum visits. A wide range of arts-related career and higher education opportunities are presented, often with guest artists and speakers. Community building, cooperation, collaboration, personal responsibility and accountability, discipline and focus are all considered essential parts of the curriculum with the goal of living a meaningful and artful life at its heart.