Students prepare for new major, learn principles of art
As The King’s College prepares to offer a new major in Media, Culture and the Arts, students are getting a head start
NEW YORK, June 19, 2009—As The King’s College prepares to offer a new major in Media, Culture and the Arts, students are getting a head start by taking the college’s first art class, taught by New York artist Karelyn Siegler.
Siegler is teaching students the basics elements of two- and three-dimensional design, drawing fundamentals and color theory. More importantly, however, she said she wants students to know and understand the basic rules of art in order to know what works—and what does not—in their projects.
Siegler compares the technique of art to that of writing. An artist must possess a vocabulary of design in order to construct the basic elements into a beautiful image. Like a poet must know the language before he writes, a student of art must know the language of art before beginning a composition, Siegler said.
“There’s nothing scarier than looking at a blank canvas or blank paper,” she told her students. “If you don’t know where to start because you can’t form a word, then you sit there and you’re frightened.” Siegler thinks the best remedy to this fear is to know how to think creatively. She starts with the smallest elements—points, lines and shapes—then moves to increasingly complex designs. Like writing, this develops a vocabulary that can be used in the creative process.
It is this intellectual side of art that fits perfectly into the King’s curriculum, which is based on the ideas that shape the world. The artistic process, then, is crucial for Christians to understand if they want to engage culture. Siegler says that thinking creatively can “inform other aspects of your thinking processes.” Learning how to rearrange elements of art shows students how they can similarly study or present a complex economic or political idea.
Siegler wants her students to use their creative capacities to develop new solutions to complex problems. “I hope that this develops the ability in students to think creatively with concrete ideas,” she said. Doing so will help students use their King’s education to help shape, and eventually lead the arts.
The interdisciplinary program in Media, Culture, and the Arts at The King’s College prepares students for meaningful careers as cultural creators, critics, influencers and gatekeepers. The degree emphasizes crucial skill sets: writing, public speaking, worldview discernment with rigorous academic standards and an emphasis on ethical leadership. Media, Culture, and the Arts students will also be able to focus in areas of specific interest such as journalism, creative writing, theatre and art.
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