We believe in a holistic and interdisciplinary approach to art education that integrates traditional skills and contemporary conceptual approach to art-making. Apart from an intensive studio practice and exposure to the foundations of liberal arts such as sociology, literature, philosophy and politics, the students will participate in the interdisciplinary seminars, develop their communication skills and learn to form a thesis. In this manner, our students will be more equipped to contribute meaningfully to the contemporary art field. Our art education programme is grounded upon a rich visual art experience for JSLH’s undergraduate students.
The programme is divided into four interconnected segments: study, skill, concept and creativity. Each of the courses will fall into one of these components which will run throughout the programme.
Study is the foundation for art creation. If traditionally study was understood as a visual analysis of the environment and its objects through sketches, drawing and clay-modelling, we expand this limited perspective to include the study of space, colours, body, text, etc.
Skill is a matter of contention among artists and art educators. It is either celebrated or criticised by practitioners and art teachers. We believe in the centrality of skills, but also in the need to rejuvenate its meaning and purpose. A skilful artist, nowadays does not only know how to draw, paint, sculpt or take photos, but also to amalgamate visuals and ideas, art-making processes and its conceptualisation.
Concept is central to contemporary art-making. In addition to courses on art history, theory and philosophy, the students will be exposed to the latest developments in the fields of cultural studies, critical theory and visual culture. Theory classes will include visits to art galleries and studios, and interaction with artists, curators, collectors and art dealers, which will give the students a first-hand exposure to the dynamics of the art world.
Creativity binds all the segments of the programme. Study, Skill and Concept should help the students to develop their unique visual language and artistic concerns. The courses in this segment will be dedicated to both traditional and contemporary media such as painting, video art, sculpture, installation art, performance, digital art etc.
STUDY: 2D Study: Drawing | 3D Study: Modelling | Colour Study | Study of Miniatures |Light and Image | Study of Space
SKILL: Ceramics and Glazing | Metal work | Print Making | Pottery | Stone Carving | Photography | Video Art | Postproduction: Photography and Videography
CONCEPT: History of Western Art | Introduction to Visual Culture | Introduction to Cultural Studies | Art and Politics | Contemporary Art in the Global South | Conceptual and post-conceptual Art | Decolonialising Aesthetics
CREATIVITY: Painting | Sculpture | Installation Art | Digital Art | Text and Image | Art and the Environment | Performance Art