Our Art department believes in the inherent unity between the practice and theory of art. Beyond the development of skills and training in techniques, the study of art involves gaining both an understanding of visual thinking and an awareness of the histories, issues and concepts that bear on the direction and role of the visual arts in our culture today. Our goals include the following:
Goal #1: Field Specific Knowledge
Students be familiar with and have a working knowledge of the “formal properties” of art.
Objectives: Students will be able to:
- Demonstrate knowledge of the fundamental or “formal properties” of art: line, positive/negative space, shade/tone, texture, color, etc.
- Understand basic techniques of “process” in a variety of media: drawing, painting, sculpture, printmaking, computer graphics, photography, ceramics, etc.
Goal #2: Critical Thinking
Art majors will be able to use a variety of criteria to give a “reading” of individual artworks
Objectives: Students will be able to have an awareness of how cultural frameworks from diverse groups influence the criteria of art critique