At all grade levels, Classical Prep scholars must take a fine arts course. In a world where technology and science take center stage, making arts part of the core curriculum can seem out-of-place. How can understanding the play of light on different surfaces or recognizing a great composer’s work help a student achieve in the “real world”? To a liberal education, these are the “real world”.
Liberal education embraces all parts of humanity, refusing to reduce the mind to something that only needs to be outfitted with technical studies, realizing that the most modern sciences of cosmology and the study of consciousness are themselves largely concerned with taking theoretical leaps into the great mysteries of the universe.
In the arts, as in these cutting-edge sciences, the complexity and diversity of human thought join to welcome in the mysterious beauty that is the human mind – and recognize that the surest way to greatness is the ability to navigate these winding roads with a mind that has traveled these paths before.
For practitioners of more lively art, learn more about Classical Prep’s Music program!
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“Creativity is just connecting things. When you ask creative people how they did something, they feel a little guilty because they didn’t really do it, they just saw something. It seemed obvious to them after a while. That’s because they were able to connect experiences they’ve had and synthesize new things. And the reason they were able to do that was that they’ve had more experiences or they have thought more about their experiences than other people. Unfortunately, that’s too rare a commodity. A lot of people in our industry haven’t had very diverse experiences. So they don’t have lots of dots to connect, and they end up with very linear solution without a broad perspective on the problem. The broader one’s understanding of the human experience, the better design we will have.”
“I found I could say things with color and shapes that I couldn’t say any other way.”
“Music gives us a language that cuts across the disciplines, helps us to
see connections and brings a more coherent meaning to our world.”
– Ernest Boyer, President, Carnegie Foundation