Fine Arts at St. Ignatius
The St. Ignatius Fine Arts Department continues to fulfill a long standing tradition in Jesuit Education from the earliest days of the Society of Jesus in the Ratio Studiorum: the expression of an individual human being's deepest experiences of God and creation. This creative process requires serious contemplation by the individual and a dialogue with others that stimulates further reflection on the truth of one's conclusions. Not only does the person express his/her life experiences by creating a work of art, but offers these creations for an audience to understand, appreciate, evaluate, and critique. Through the arts a student is challenged to expand beyond the self - spiritually, emotionally, and intellectually - when he/she becomes totally involved in the creative process of communicating on a deeper affective level through theater, painting, sculpture, photography, dance, music, and the collaboration of all the arts in theatrical production. The components of art education encompass: artistic perception, creative expression, historical and cultural context, and aesthetic valuing.