major endeavor of the art education program is to provide each student with the
opportunity to develop aesthetic awareness, guiding the student in individual
growth of creativity and artistic skill. Students of the arts are introduced to
artistic principles and theories enabling each student to grow in appreciation
of varied cultural experiences, to increase their skills in visual expression
and to gain an understanding of the visual beauty of Gods gift of our natural
The art faculty seeks to challenge the students to recognize
their creative abilities. Students are introduced to the inter-weaving of art
and society through the study of past and present artwork and artists, with the
goal of fostering an appreciation of the work of other cultures and individuals.
Visual Arts can provide students with the tools and knowledge for lifelong discovery
of their individual expression of ideas. Art can become a unique and powerful
channel of communication and expression for each student. The Visual Arts allow
the student to explore his or her own potential, to think creatively, to solve
problems with ingenuity and to respond to events and experiences of our society
with creative confidence and enthusiasm, preparing them for the challenging world
of the 21st Century.
The global importance of the arts is summed up in this
statement by President John F. Kennedy in his address at Amherst College, Oct.
1963. I look forward to an America that will not be afraid of grace and
an America which will reward achievement in the arts as we reward
achievement in business and statecraft. I look forward to an America which steadily
raises the standards of artistic accomplishment and which will steadily enlarge
cultural opportunities for our citizens. And I look forward to an America which
commands respect throughout the world not only for its strength, but also for
its civilization as well.