WE WERE MADE TO CREATE. TO BE CREATIVE. TO COMMUNICATE AND EXPRESS ALL THAT IS WITHIN US–ALL THAT IS TRUE, BEAUTIFUL, AND GOOD.
Philosophy & Approach
The Pacifica Arts Department gives students opportunities to express their creativity and talents through the cycle of Classroom, Exhibition, and Critique. In the classroom, students are taught the fundamentals of technique and theory by experts in their fields and are challenged to implement these skills in their own created works. They are then urged to take the next step and share their work with an audience of students or community members. This process, whether or not it results in applause or congratulations, instills courage and determination in students to explore, deepen their understanding, and pursue their individual voices.
Through these experiences, students learn about the beauty of God’s creation and the complexities of human life. Ultimately, they will be empowered to make a meaningful impact on our society and culture.
The classroom is a dynamic learning environment where students are able to learn, take risks, and grow as artists. As students are guided by skilled instructors, they are introduced to the fundamentals of technique, encouraged to explore God’s created world, and inspired to create works of their own. In the classroom, students become comfortable with the creative process and find their voices as artists.
Public exhibition and performance are vital components of the creative process. Throughout the school year, students are encouraged to make use of the myriad opportunities to exhibit their work. When students share substantial and meaningful work, it establishes a connection between artist and audience and creates an opportunity for dialogue.
Reflection and critique serve as a catalyst for growth. Faculty and student-led critique provides an opportunity to celebrate successes and identify areas for improvement. Not only is this process built into classroom rhythms, but it is also a significant part of each exhibition and performance. The practice of offering and receiving critique builds character, refines artistic expression, and propels the artist toward greater excellence.