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Art, Curriculum Overview

The major endeavor of the art education program is to provide each student with the opportunity to develop aesthetic awareness, guiding the student in individual growth of creativity and artistic skill. Students of the arts are introduced to artistic principles and theories enabling each student to grow in appreciation of varied cultural experiences, to increase their skills in visual expression and to gain an understanding of the visual beauty of God’s gift of our natural environment.

The art faculty seeks to challenge the students to recognize their creative abilities. Students are introduced to the inter-weaving of art and society through the study of past and present artwork and artists, with the goal of fostering an appreciation of the work of other cultures and individuals.

The Visual Arts can provide students with the tools and knowledge for lifelong discovery of their individual expression of ideas. Art can become a unique and powerful channel of communication and expression for each student. The Visual Arts allow the student to explore his or her own potential, to think creatively, to solve problems with ingenuity and to respond to events and experiences of our society with creative confidence and enthusiasm, preparing them for the challenging world of the 21st Century.

The global importance of the arts is summed up in this statement by President John F. Kennedy in his address at Amherst College, Oct. 1963. “I look forward to an America that will not be afraid of grace and beauty… an America which will reward achievement in the arts as we reward achievement in business and statecraft. I look forward to an America which steadily raises the standards of artistic accomplishment and which will steadily enlarge cultural opportunities for our citizens. And I look forward to an America which commands respect throughout the world not only for its strength, but also for its civilization as well.”