FAITH AND LEARNING
The dilemma for the contemporary Christian artist is how to have a relevant voice in an ever-changing and increasingly visual culture. In our culture, an educated working visual vocabulary is not superfluous, it is a necessity.
Our program is based on our belief in Christ’s lordship over all creation and our calling as artists to speak visually as witnesses to a creator, God, and to ourselves be creative.
Visual art is an expansion of life…
“Instead of the thorn will come up the cypress;
Instead of the brier shall come up the myrtle;
And it shall be to the Lord for a memorial,
For an everlasting sing which shall not be cut off”
Our Art Department seeks to become a department of destination that fosters artistic expression with a purpose. Here students engage in a collegial department, becoming artists of distinction and Christians of consequence -- having a cogent voice and becoming desirable members of the larger community because they are adept artists concerned with improving the quality of life and serving others.
The Department of Visual Arts presents art courses for those with specific interest in this creative discipline. The Department engages students in a style of relationship-based teaching within an artistic community that is dedicated to nurturing artists and Christians of consequence. This promotes an atmosphere of cooperative learning and greater appreciation of the arts within the College community. The art curriculum at Roberts Wesleyan College is designed to expand students’ breadth of experience and understanding in the visual arts. In addition, the art program at Roberts Wesleyan College is an accredited member of the National Association of Schools of Art and Design.
It is essential for advanced study that students of visual arts master the foundations of visual language. During the first year, all art students investigate conceptual and technical problems within our Foundations Program. In the Fall semester, students encounter the basic principles of drawing and design in Art 102 Foundations Drawing, and Art 103 Foundations Two Dimensional Design. Spring semester investigates three dimensional media in Art 104 Foundations Three Dimensional Design, and electronic media in Art 105 Foundations Electronic. These four courses provide an outstanding foundational basis on which the student can then pursue advanced study.