Department Chair: Tim Mullane
Making art is an intellectual process, and the visual arts are among the most complex forms of human communication. Art possesses the capacity to stir the mind, imagination and spirit. In the classroom art making is taught as a process comprised of visual analysis, skill development, intuitive discovery and critical thinking. The curriculum stresses perception and drawing, design concepts, problem solving, persistence and craft. Inventiveness and informed risk-taking are celebrated. In a world of continual change, a visual arts education encourages students to see complex problems from multiple perspectives. It also trains them to seek and expect multiple solutions. Students graduate with strong critical skills, a developed aesthetic judgment, and the ability use images and objects to communicate both the practical and the poetic.