A note from the Department of Visual Arts
How is the world of visual art and culture vital to changing, reflecting or addressing society, and how are we responding to these tenets given the times in which we live?
The Studio Art (STDA) and History of Art and Visual Culture (HAVC) programs at the Marilyn I. Walker School of Fine and Performing Arts are embracing the many realities of online learning. Our creative community is comprised of artists, faculty, staff and students. Together, we are preparing emerging artists and scholars for the future by cultivating original expression and academic excellence.
In STDA, we remain committed to mentoring our student artists to be dynamic in their thinking and versatile in their studio practice. From drawing and painting to photography and new media in which video and digital resources have become key, the program’s commitment to providing a robust studio experience remains unprecedented. In HAVC, students studying art history and examining visual culture can expect to learn the significance of scholarship and how it enriches a society eager to learn about its creative legacies as well as the diversity and originality of its cultural values. This year, we are engaging professionally with digital media to ensure our students are poised to thrive in this virtual space. Our goal is to mentor artists and students as they critically engage with the world at the same time as they create objects, texts and images of quality, integrity and sophistication.
We invite you to learn more about our programs and our course pathways which are designed to encourage your creativity and provide transferable skills integral to your success in the future.
Inspiring facilities and creative atmosphere.
Our classroom spaces include a darkroom; a digital media lab; and separate foundation, drawing, and painting studios. Our new art gallery is also an important teaching space where students have the opportunity to view art, to exhibit their own work, and to learn about the “behind the scenes” operations of an exhibition space. Small class sizes ensure students receive individual guidance and timely feedback on their work, and a location in downtown St. Catharines puts them in the heart of a thriving and vibrant arts community.
“The smaller studio and class sizes allowed me to make great connections with my professors and the VISA faculty.”
Bachelor of Arts, Visual Arts, 2016