The Fine and Performing Arts Department encourages learning through the intellectual, creative, affective, social, physical, and manipulative modes. Art courses focus on creative activities to strengthen students’ aesthetic experiences, increase perceptual awareness, and build on the fundamental skills of art. Students are encouraged to create original art works to visually express ideas. In studying the aesthetic accomplishments of different cultures, past and present, students will gain insights into art as a powerful communicative force and will be able to make discriminating judgments. Students are required to keep a portfolio of their work as a self- and teacher-evaluative instrument.