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Visual Art

Roll up your sleeves and stretch your imagination.

The Visual Arts program at Idyllwild Arts emphasizes formal skills, personal vision, creative insight, and character development; so that graduates from the program embody all these characteristics as mature, creative and engaged young adults.

Development of formal skills is integral to the program, but is a specific focus in the first two years. All incoming freshman are required to take Art Fundamentals, which is an overview of foundational principles, of which drawing is the most important. Without these formal skills we feel that students will not be able to fully explore the second aspect of their development as artist/scholars: a personal vision.

So as part of this exploration our students are encouraged to choose from a wide range of disciplines including: painting, drawing, sculpture, ceramics, printmaking, computer graphics, art and technology, photography and art history. They are also able to take classes in other departments, which includes fashion. This experimentation is part of an overall goal which is to develop a strong and informed personal voice, and culminates in a senior show, a capstone project, and for some a reflection on their time at Idyllwild Arts.

As Juniors students start to focus on portfolio development for college applications, and with it the ability to talk about their work. This is expanded on in Senior Seminar class which is also a forum to prepare for college. As part of this process all the top colleges send representatives to the school to give presentations and review portfolios. During these reviews students are asked to support their work in a thoughtful and informed way.

As our guiding philosophy we believe that being fully immersed in an art practice is integral to positive personal growth, and we have a highly qualified and engaged faculty of artist/educators who hold this as a guiding principle for their own teaching practice

This is a brief overview of the visual arts program, but cannot fully reflect what occurs everyday in the studios as students and teachers engage in this transformational practice.

David Reid-Marr
Visual Arts Chair

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