ART 352: Art and Faith

How does our faith bear upon our understanding of art? What is the significance of art in our post-modern culture? How can the church become more in tune with the aesthetic dimension of life? What are the challenges facing Christian artists today? These and other questions exploring the relationship between faith and artistry will be discussed.

Upon completion of the course, the student will be able to:

  • Evaluate, develop and apply theology to art theory (theology for the arts).
  • Demonstrate ways in which the arts can contribute towards the renewal of Christian theology (theology through the arts).
  • Articulate a theological understanding of the place of the arts in Christian worship.
  • Explore the function, nature and purpose of art through the perspective of Biblical theology.
  • Examine the role of visual art in worship and Christian experience
  • Critically examine the place of the arts in scripture and the history of the Church.
  • Imagine creative ways of integrating art and worship and conceptually develop art suitable for a variety of corporate worship contexts.

ART 380: Directed Studio & Exhibition

Each student arranges, in consultation with an Art Department faculty member, the content of studio work and its exhibition or a significant project in art history, art criticism, or art education.

Strongly recommended for art majors; open only to students in their final year.

Upon completion of the course, the student will be able to:

  • Use problem solving and critical thinking to resolve a public statement and develop a cohesive body of work to be presented in a conclusive exhibition.
  • Manage a larger project development process leading up to an exhibition that includes a drawing process, gallery design, studio experimentation, promotional planning, artwork execution and framing
  • Sharpen self-reliance and independent creative practice.
  • Pursue questions and passions, developing innovative formal solutions to these questions.
  • Deepen the processes of research and experimentation by integrating the streams of theory, practice and communication in the culminating exhibition.
  • Articulate ideas and concepts behind their work and provide relevant art historical, social, and cultural context.