Fine Arts Curriculum
The Fine Art Curriculum at Wyoming Catholic College has the goal of both of endowing in the student a unitive appreciation for the inseparability of true beauty and truth and also for seeing the impact of beauty and human creativity upon human culture and society and vice versa. The sequence includes two semesters of Music study and two semesters of study into Visual Arts for a total of 12-credit hours of instruction over a student's Junior and Senior years.
The study of the fine arts is integral to our curriculum, teaching students that beauty is inseparable from truth, and helping them to recognize and appreciate transformative ideas that have found artistic expression throughout history. The Fine Arts track develops attentiveness to the many traces of beauty in great artistic achievements — from ancient times to the modern era — in such manifestations as sculpture and architecture; icons and paintings; songs and symphonies. The courses weave theological and philosophical reflection into this historical framework, helping students to recognize through great masterworks that the power of truth elevates all cultural activities.
In the Music curriculum, students are acquainted with the elements and language of music: rhythm and melody; modes and keys; forms, periods, and styles. They learn how pitch, harmony, and rhythm are rooted in the physical nature of sound; learn of the historical development of Western music through major composers and works, from the Middle Ages to the present; and receive a grounding in sacred music of the Catholic tradition. The curriculum combines lessons in theory, practical exercises, and frequent listening to music in its mission to develop an educated ear in our students. Such knowledge and experience are key steps in the journey from being a merely passive listener to an active, critical, and appreciative one.
In the Visual Arts curriculum, senior students devote a year to the painting, sculpture, and architecture of Europe and its historical development from ancient Greece to early Christian Rome; from Byzantium to the Latin Middle Ages; from the Florentine Renaissance through the Baroque era; as well as forays into the more recent past. In tandem with its musical counterpart, this sequence demonstrates how the intellectual or spiritual questions, problems, and ideas of each age take on concrete, visible, cultural expressions — expressions that form the souls of the people who view, use, and inhabit them.