Pablo Picasso is quoted as saying, “The purpose of art is washing the dust of daily life off our souls.” Given that we are created in the image of the greatest artist ever, it is certain that we were each meant to see and express the beauty around us. Too often, we get bogged down by the “dust of daily life” and forget to view the art that surrounds us. Whether in the natural world, man-made design or fine art, the Elements of Art and Principles of Design, help us to understand and view the world in a refreshing way that allow us to shake off that dust. Using both a lecture and hands-on approach, each student will be encouraged to consider art with a new outlook. Whether a born artist, or fulfilling a needed credit requirement, students will be encouraged to find their own creative outlet, as well as to view art with a new-found sense of understanding and clarity. Realizing that all skills improve with practice, art assignments are given with the expectation that students will improve as they progress through class. Encouragement is stressed and the expectation of perfection is discredited as each student gains in their ability and self-confidence. If your desire is to understand what goes into creating pleasing art and visual designs, as well as improve your artistic skills, this class is for you!
We are created by the most amazing artist ever, and each of us is made in his image, which means we are artists! Working from this belief, The Academy seeks to approach art in an encouraging, explorative manner that will increase the knowledge and skills of the most enthusiastic artist, as well as help the most reluctant artist find a creative outlet that brings joy. Since art is a process-based subject, there is not a set foundation of skills needed to begin studying art, only a desire to learn and a willingness to try. Our artistic skills, like so many in life, improve with exposure and practice. Working with this philosophy, it is our belief that students of multiple ages can successfully participate in the same classes, regardless of their abilities. Each art class offered at The Academy introduces the information and skills needed for students to gain knowledge and grow their artistic skills. What students do with that knowledge will be an individual process, and they will be graded based on that. Each student is expected to do their individual best and to improve throughout the course of the class. For some students the starting level will be minimal, and they will gain from exposure to more advanced student’s work. Advanced students will continue to develop their skills, while they set an example to less-experienced students. Through dialogue, critique, and encouragement, each artist will contribute to their own and their classmates’ growth in skills and perspective.