Philosophy

The Fine Arts department offers a structured introduction to the visual arts and to techniques, methods, and concepts common to the creative disciplines. It aims to develop visual literacy, encourage artistic perception and cultivate resourcefulness and character. The curricula form the base that establishes the fundamental studio practice and principles for all visual art expression. In addition to presenting traditional vocabulary, theory, media and technique, the foundation program encourages creative thinking, problem solving and visual thinking. Most importantly, and beyond the pedagogy of art, we share with the maturing art student at all levels, the power of the convergence of intuitions, sources and thinking of aesthetic gratification. We believe that becoming one with the artist through her work, the student transcends the material of art and even the artist herself, and connects with a world of understanding outside ourselves. That is one of the most powerful experiences that can be shared with the student.