The study of art enables one to learn the history, techniques, and processes
of making objects and images that have meaning. Art is a means of visual
expression and communication, as well as a means of developing visual literacy.
The department is committed to helping students become sensitive, intelligent
observers. It is committed to teaching students how to manipulate a broad
range of media with confidence and intent. Students are strongly encouraged
to take risks--with their materials and their ideas.
All members of the art faculty are working and exhibiting artists; the
philosophy is to create a learning environment where students study and
explore as artists. To this end, the studio emphasis of each course is complemented
by the study of art history, art vocabulary, and a critical process for
judging success. Students are taught to plan carefully, to articulate their
ideas, to understand their work in an historical context, and to evaluate
objectively both their own and others' work.
The art facilities include a multimedia lecture hall, a library, and seven
well-equipped studios. In addition to the 90-minute art classes, students
have access to the studios until 10 p.m. every night. The Tremaine Gallery,
located in the Main Building, features exhibits of well-known artists throughout
the year. These artists regularly come to campus to speak with students
about their work or to spend several days as artists in residence. In addition,
trips to off-campus museums and galleries are integrated into the curriculum.
Entering preps and lower mids must take a year of the arts (dance, drama,
music, photography, or studio art) to fulfill diploma requirements.