Teaching through the arts
At Perpich, arts classes are not electives nor do arts activities stay in a tidy spot on the daily schedule. The arts infuse our classwork throughout the day. Arts are academic and academics are art.
In Analysis and Criticism, a writing-intensive course in the English Department, students watch foreign films and write weekly analytical papers about them. The course uses the art form of cinema as a basis for learning to write discerningly and to reflect on cultures that are not our own.
The materials science course allows interested students to explore the properties and applications of a variety of chemicals and substances used in both media and visual arts.
Art even sneaks through the door of the calculus classroom where one project is to use calculus equations to create 3D paper art projects. World languages naturally employ the arts and cultures of the countries where Spanish and French are spoken.
Our Shakespeare course isn’t merely a class to read the Bard, but requires students to get up from their desks to play in acting spaces using actors’ vocabulary, the acting process and theatrical performance strategies to experience Shakespeare on a deeper level.
History, too, uses cinema, literature and music to examine and understand the United States’ past. Museum studies and art history are courses that meet social studies requirements.
Please glance through the course catalog
to find many other examples of how our faculty teach in and through the arts.