Column: Much to learn in Minnesota West’s arts program – The Globe
WORTHINGTON— Art at Minnesota West uses a combination of hands-on studio classes and art history.
Students learn the visual elements of art, design principles and their application. They learn both two-dimensional (drawing, painting, imagery) and three-dimensional (site-specific sculpture, architecture, art, craft and design) techniques and media. They learn to identify historical and contemporary styles, periods and movements. They discover important artists and works of art. Making art allows students to demonstrate life skills, communicate theories and opinions with others in a positive way, and implement the process of brainstorming design, planning, and making Goals.
Students will practice artistic expression and appreciation through participation, insight, intuition and conceptualization. They will combine known concepts and ideas in new ways. Students will gain a better understanding of their role in society, including the implications of knowledge and actions, with an emphasis on the value of the individual, appreciation of multiculturalism, and the benefits of diversity in society .
Students choose art to sometimes fulfill a general requirement or to pursue a degree in art. Some take multiple studio classes to combat stress and anxiety and to build confidence.
Art has enriched life experiences. Art has shaped society, values and awareness of what is happening in the world. Art has given us access to places near and far. Art has become the catalyst for making the mundane extraordinary and remarkable. Art allows for a combination of technique and intuition that allows us to go beyond a black and white response. Art opens greyish transparencies that lead to unique visions and truths.
Léa Bukovacan Gossom is an art teacher at Minnesota West.