(Bluefield)--For the first time in many years, paint brushes, canvas, and easels have returned to the classroom at Bluefield State College. Adjunct instructor Rhoda Lowinger, a former faculty member at the National Art League in New York, is cultivating students' understanding of and appreciation for art.
Through the ARTS 101 course this semester, BSC students are introduced to visual arts. “The course is designed to develop an understanding of the process and product of visual arts activity,” she added. Topics like elements of art and principles of design, drawing, painting, photography, sculpture, and architecture will be covered.
Through the experience, students will understand the language of visual arts, and use various materials, techniques and processes to make art and communicate, according to Lowinger. “At the end of the course, students will be able to apply the knowledge they learn to create and appreciate their own art,” she noted.
“It's vitally important that students have an opportunity to experience art,” she continued. “Art is everywhere, on billboards, websites, magazines, and social media. Art, like music, is a universal language and provides a way for students to understand other peoples and cultures.”
Citing the well-known Chinese proverb, “Tell me and I will forget; show me and I may remember; involve me and I will learn,” she added, “Through ‘hands on' experiences like drawing and painting, students have the opportunity to practice what they learn during weekly lectures.”
Lowinger, who is also teaching a “Creative Expression” course this semester, will also teach a “Drawing” course during the spring semester.