The Fine Arts
What are the Fine Arts?
The "Fine Arts" refers to skills or things which are primarily produced for beauty, rather than utility. The products of the Fine Arts (i.e. Drama, Film, Music, Painting, and Sculpture) are mainly intended for enjoyment and contemplation. In some cases they are also combined with utility as in Architecture or Commercial Art.
How are the Fine Arts studied at Living Water College?
The Fine Arts are studied at the College by continual practice under the guidance of experienced artists and in the presence of other students. What is most unique about the Fine Arts program at Living Water College is that Art is continually influenced bya trained intellect and a cultivated spirituality. The Liberal Arts will assist artists in recognizing truth and beauty in the imitable world around them and in their own inspirations. The Living Water program aims to furnish artists with the answers they are looking for: a means by which they can comprehend their impulse to create and properly communicate this beauty to others.
In the proposed one-year Film Program, students will be immersed in the many facets of film-making. They will receive practical training in pre-production, story and script development, directing, acting, camera, lighting, and sound. Students will produce films that combine right thinking with unbounded creativity, and the product of their work will impact the society around them.
The Fine Arts at Living Water College
These studies will be carried out in the same spirit of discovering truth as the Liberal Arts but aimed toward artistic excellence. Since the Liberal Arts courses devote much time to classroom discussion and academic studies, the Fine Arts courses will focus mainly on practice and direct coaching.
In their year of study, students will apprentice with mentors in order to gain professional experience in the field of film. Mentorship will help artists gain a realistic impression of the challenges and the specific skills this art demands, meanwhile cultivating practical skills.
There are enormous benefits to working with someone who has experience in the field. A good teacher can transmit a lot of valuable information, but nothing compares to watching a teacher work, and even working with them side by side. Historically, in trades which required habitual skill, such as construction, wood carving, baking, and martial arts, years of apprenticeship was necessary in order to become qualified in the art of the task. Today, these transmitted skills are hard to find, partly because our society has become more utilitarian and transient. However, personal apprenticeship is still necessary for the artist, and Living Water College of the Arts provides the opportunity, to the degree that it is possible within a one year program.
The college will keep an updated network of organizations, companies, and individuals who are committed to accepting and training our students to work in the film field during the mentorship period. Ideally, the students will be able to choose mentors whose work coincides with their own particular interest.