WORTHINGTON Art at Minnesota West uses a combination of hands-on studio classes and art history.

Students learn visual elements of art, the principles of design and their application. They learn both two-dimensional (drawing, painting, imaging) and three-dimensional (sculpture, architecture, site-specific art, craft and design) techniques and media. They learn to identify historical and contemporary styles, periods and movements. They learn about significant artists and works of art. Taking art allows students to demonstrate life skills, communicate theories and opinions with others in a positive manner, and implement the design process of brainstorming, planning and goal achievement.

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 greater understanding of their role in society including implications of knowledge and actions, emphasizing the worth of the individual, appreciation of multi-culturalism and benefits of diversity in society.

Students take art to sometimes fill a general requirement or to pursue a degree in art. Some take multiple studio classes to help with stress and anxiety and to boost confidence.

Art has enriched life experiences. Art has shaped society, values and awareness of what is going on in the world. Art has allowed us to access places near and afar. Art has become the catalyst to make the mundane extraordinary and remarkable. Art allows a combination of technique and intuition that allows us to go beyond a black and white answer. Art opens up greyish transparencies that lead to unique visions and truths.

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Leah Bukovacan Gossom is an art Instructor at Minnesota West.