Throughout the ages, the importance of art has been reaffirmed by virtually every generation. Art defines civilization, captures and communicates a society’s ethic, records history, documents the present and imagines the future.
This alone validates the need for the training and development of artists. But beyond the creation of art itself, the education of art students at Lyme Academy College of Fine Arts (Lyme) prepares them to apply their creativity to develop profoundly meaningful contributions to the world in which they live and work.
Lyme was founded on a basic principle – mastery of representation, figurative art that infuses, empowers and distinguishes its art education curriculum. Students learn that the core of their personal artistic creativity must come from their ability to portray the world as it is before they can express their individual visions of the world as their creativity imagines it.
The vigorous assimilation of Lyme’s unique approach brings this special education into a lifelong way of thinking for our students and our community. Lyme not only stimulates artistic expression but also teaches the critical and analytic thinking that makes artistic creativity relevant and applicable to a world where adapting to new opportunities, myriad choices and the complexities of change has become imperative. In addition, our partnership with the University of New Haven allows students to engage in collaborations that bridge the arts with the disciplines of the sciences, mathematics, engineering and business. Coupled with a program of study abroad that exposes students to global influences, Lyme offers an education in art that exceeds art for its own sake.
This educational triumvirate – training in classical art as the foundation for ultimate creative self-expression, alignment with the diverse academic offerings of a dynamic University and an opportunity for international study and experience–is a transformation in art education that is the hallmark of Lyme.
Todd Jokl, M.F.A., Ed.D.
Campus Dean, Lyme Academy College of Fine Arts
University of New Haven