Students who study art within a liberal arts setting have the enviable opportunity to understand and use the connections among various disciplines. Since art is about everything, having a breadth of knowledge helps student artists to create meaningful work that can effectively locate itself within the cultural and intellectual context of the University and the world.
This might sound intimidating, but the passion and commitment to the field that we bring to our classes is paired with a delight in introducing beginners to the world of art. Because Redlands is a liberal arts university, all students must take one course in the arts. Many fulfill this commitment in our studio classes. This means that students with various levels of experience –some art majors and some beginners, populate our intro courses. As a result of this mixture, the courses are lively and interdisciplinary. Students are encouraged to apply skills from other areas to their work in art and art history.
Observation and drawing from life
Composition in two and three dimensions
Constructing innovative and original works of art
Using art tools in a safe and appropriate manner
Technical understanding of various art materials
Insightful and articulate critique of works of art
Development of professional portfolio in an area of concentration
Presentation and exhibit design
Grant, proposal, and artist statement writing