The Core - Visual and Performing Arts

core_vpacore_logoThe visual and performing arts weave together knowledge, skills, and personal and cultural values. Through studying the visual and performing arts, students learn about the interaction of art, society, and the self, and the ways in which that interaction has been influenced by history, (social) context, and theory. Study of the visual and performing arts also encourages students to develop empathy, discernment, and respect for the expressions of individuals and groups and their visions of the world. As they engage in creative work, students develop intuitive, creative, expressive, and aesthetic faculties, and learn to connect these faculties to reasoning skills.

Through their study of the visual and performing arts, students will:

  • Know the major artistic and cultural achievements of Western and non-Western civilizations
  • Examine notions of quality and excellence in the visual and performing arts and the ways in which these aesthetic value judgments have been made historically
  • Acquire competence to produce, interpret, analyze, speak, and write about the visual and performing arts