Art

How does a Christian artist cultivate and shape culture?

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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.

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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.

Art The Core

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…

  • Creatives can speak more holistically when they have encountered science, history, philosophy, business and religion.
  • Curators can arrange impactful collections when they understand the diverse stories and histories of their patrons.
  • Artists who understand marketing and teamwork are more effective collaborators and more successful in their business ventures.

See how the Core fits into your degree

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Learning
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In the Classroom

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.

Beyond Campus

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.

Explore the benefits of Experiential Learning

After Redeemer

Alumni of Redeemer’s art program are making a positive impact in our society and in our communities.

Michael VanHartingsveldt '11

is a museum collections manager who specializes in collecting and interpreting East Asian art.

Betty Brouwer '88

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.

Alumni have gone on to careers as...

  • Illustrators
  • Fashion designers
  • Creative directors
  • Graphic designers
  • Curators
  • Art therapists
  • Photographers
  • Digital media managers
  • Interior designers
  • Architects
  • Teachers

Alumni have done further studies to earn...

  • MA in Art History
  • MA in Art Business
  • MA in Arts Education
  • Master of Architecture (MArch)
  • Master of Fine Arts (MFA)
  • Registered Art Therapist (RCAT)
  • MA in Art Management

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Art Stories

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When Art Meets Everything Else

Four graduating art students reflect on their senior exhibitions and how their passions were deepened by studying inside and outside their majors.

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Painting the Biblical Story

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...

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Paint and Pandemics: Thinking, Feeling and Coping Through Art

Redeemer's senior art students share their experiences working and creating amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Artist Feature: Brookelyn Heintzman

Getting to know senior art student, Brookelyn Heintzman

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Trashing Mountains

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...

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Anything but Typical

Museum collections manager Michael VanHartingsveldt ‘11 has taught, travelled, worked and studied in five different countries since graduation.

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Worshipping God through Creative Experience

New Life Christian Reformed Church reflects this Lent with the artwork of Redeemer art students’ Imago Dei show

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The Art of Listening

Miranda Van Rooyen ‘17 draws inspiration for her senior art exhibit from her internship at art outreach centre RE-create.

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Visual Arts: Reclaimed Tools for Worship

Redeemer art professors see changing attitudes toward the use of art in the church

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