Arts classes range from Introduction to Studio Arts, where ideas are fostered through a student’s personal vision and approached through formal and conceptual means, to Architecture where living and working spaces are planned, to AP Studio Art where the most motivated and able students create art to go into a portfolio that is assessed against student work from the whole country. Our photographers also capture in a split second images that are long lasting. The history of art and architecture informs the creative process and serves as a source of insight. Westminster’s visual arts teachers are working artists, architects and photographers and they bring to the classroom a multitude of experiences. Whether they’re painting or sculpting in the Hamilton Art Studios, working at drafting boards in the Engineering and Design classroom, creating digital art in a computer lab in Armour, or building sets, hanging lights, or choreographing dances in Werner Centennial Center, Westminster students find innumerable ways to explore their creativity. In addition, students frequently get the opportunity to learn from visiting performers and artists in master-class settings.
The arts studios at Westminster are inspiring spaces where students are encouraged to practice their creative process. Through practice, experimentation and revision, students learn new skills, and advance their abilities while overcoming artistic challenges and self-doubt. The practice encourages problem-solving, collaboration with peers, honoring personal lived experiences, researching global issues and learning how to utilize art as activism. Students find their authentic creative voice in the visual arts at Westminster, and hone their skills to express their unique human experience in our community.
For many students, Westminster studio arts offer an opportunity for students to explore their creative spirit; for many others, our program nurtures a lifelong interest, leading some students to recent acceptances into selective college art programs such as Rhode Island School of Design, The Art Institute of Chicago, Carnegie Mellon, Syracuse University, Parsons New School, Savannah College of Art and Design, and Trinity College.