How does a Christian artist cultivate and shape culture?
Today's culture is filled with images and God has saturated our world with meaning. Through Redeemer's Art program, students are given the opportunity to use the arts to open their eyes, cultivate and seek God's calling and intended purpose for creation.
Art is a Bachelor of Arts degree program within the Art Department. It is offered as a general major and as a minor.
Right from the start, small class sizes allow for deep relationship building with peers and mentoring by faculty. It is a powerful context where students have space to discover their own voice and dare to accept God's challenge to be a culture-maker and shaper.
Your art classes are focused on the studio. Studio work integrates mind, body, and spirit in a unique way, balancing the study of technique (perspective, colour, materials) and the exploration of concepts and themes. You will approach the history of art, contemporary art practice and theory, with seriousness, developing strategies for navigating the difficult intersection of religious belief and contemporary art.
The Core Curriculum is a set of 10 courses that every student takes. The courses are woven through every major and gets you to think deeply and broadly about what you’re studying. Think about it this way…
The studio is where students' faith and vision come together, leaning to express their authentic voice through the work of their own hands. Students push their skills through courses like Figure Drawing, think deeply in courses like Faith and Art, and explore the rich history of art and culture in courses like Modern Art History.
In their final semester, art students prepare a Senior Exhibition where they set their own questions, respond to their deep passions, and create a cohesive body of work for public display in Redeemer's Art Gallery.
There is a museum/gallery trip each semester where students are encouraged to engage with challenging contemporary work to stretch, think and grow. Every other year, a trip to New York City is an opportunity for students to encounter the things they've studied face-to-face and be inspired by the work of others.
is a museum collections manager who specializes in collecting and interpreting East Asian art.
founded RE-create, an open arts studio for street-involved youth in downtown Hamilton, Ont. She is a registered art therapist with the Shalem Mental Health Network, of which RE-create is one of its outreach programs.
Four graduating art students reflect on their senior exhibitions and how their passions were deepened by studying inside and outside their majors.
As her final project for REL 110: The Drama of Scripture, student Ingrid Bouma chose to depict the biblical narrative through a series of extraordinary original...
Redeemer's senior art students share their experiences working and creating amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
Fuelled by a six-week residency at the Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity, Phil Irish’s latest exhibition, mount pile, explores the natural and artificial summits of...
Museum collections manager Michael VanHartingsveldt ‘11 has taught, travelled, worked and studied in five different countries since graduation.
New Life Christian Reformed Church reflects this Lent with the artwork of Redeemer art students’ Imago Dei show
Miranda Van Rooyen ‘17 draws inspiration for her senior art exhibit from her internship at art outreach centre RE-create.
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A basic introduction to concepts, techniques, and drawing media. Studio course, six hours a week. Materials fee applies.
Aesthetics and techniques are examined through the study of various traditions and approaches to painting. Visual vocabulary and formal compositions are developed through practical application in studio projects, and reviewed through critical assessment. Studio course, six hours a week. Materials fee applies.
An introduction to both analytical and expressive methods of drawing the human figure. Students will study the human figure using traditional and contemporary tools and resources, including models. Studio course, six hours a week. Materials fee applies.
This course is an introduction to the technical and aesthetic properties of digital photography with an emphasis on the use of a digital SLR camera as a tool for image making. Students will learn the technical aspects of photography as well as how to use the camera as a medium for art, expression, and creative problem solving. Students will learn to use their digital camera in full manual mode and will apply various editing techniques in Photoshop. This class will include hands-on studio and field location shoots as it introduces students to a new way of viewing God’s world, through the lens of a camera.
As an extension of ART-115, this course will focus on problems in painting at the intermediate level, with emphasis on exploration of the nuances of the painting language. Studio course, six hours a week. Materials fee applies.
This intermediate course introduces students to experimental and process-based
methods. Students will sharpen the conceptual foundations of their work and develop
innovative processes for the production of artworks. This course incorporates non-art
materials into the artistic process, understanding that materials bring their own
meanings and associations. Grounded in the processes of drawing, this course extends
to painting, performance, and relational aesthetics.
The study and practice of illustration in design including a brief history, industry production process, copyright, marketing, diversity of styles, and market sectors. Using industry standard original media, students will solve illustrative problems in key market applications.
This course is an introduction to the basic principles of computer-based graphic design.
Students will learn the formal, aesthetic, and communicative aspects of creating effective graphic images. Studio course, six hours a week.
Beginning with the era of pre-history and proceeding through Greek, Roman, Christian
and non-Western art, the course concludes with the Neo-Classical period. Emphasis
is placed on the understanding of the visual arts within their philosophical, theoretical,
historical, and cultural context.
The course traces artistic expression from romanticism to modernism, post-modernism
and contemporary art. Emphasis is placed on the understanding of the visual arts as
expressions of their philosophical, theoretical, historical, and cultural context.
A philosophical consideration of art and art criticism, drawing on both classical and contemporary thinkers. Topics include beauty, expression, representation, aesthetic distance, the identity of the work of art, the relation of art to morality, and the influence of art on perception.
In this conceptually-driven advanced studio course, students address significant themes of contemporary art and culture using the media of their choice (drawing, painting, photography, or digital). This course is structured to encourage spiritual reflection and the development of personal style through idea generation, material investigation, technical refinement, and research.
This course explores the diverse and dynamic globalization of contemporary art. Situating art practices within their cultural contexts, the course examines how non- Western religious, political, and philosophical perspectives are shaping the world today.
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.
Focusing on the business of art, this course combines business practices with art-related issues. It provides students with the skills and knowledge to progress to careers in the art community, a vital element of the so-called creative industries sector of the economy.
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. Materials fee applies.
For information on setting up an independent study see page 52 of the Academic Calendar.
The Art program does not have program-specific requirements for admission.
Applicants from Ontario will be considered for general undergraduate admission based on the following requirements: