Art Track

“Drawing is not what one sees but what one can make others see.”Edgar Degas

“Drawing is the artist's most direct and spontaneous expression, a species of writing: it reveals, better than does painting, his true personality.”Edgar Degas

Drawing is a fundamental skill for artists. It is the way we begin to interpret the world through mark and value. It is the preparation, the thinking, the imagining, the finding, and the solving. But drawing is also more than this. It is a way to record, to clarify what we experience and see, a way to relate, and also a way to express. The product can be sketched or refined in its final execution. For this track, the focus will be on drawing as a foundation through observation and multi-media exploration. Students will be introduced to techniques and dialogue to expand their understanding of the broader meaning of drawing. Drawing as the beginning and the constant in art will be explored through historical references and study examples.  Students will strengthen their drawing skills, explore idea development, and delve into personal expression. Group critiques and individual evaluation of student work are components of the workshop.

Track available in:

  • June 9-14 (Session 1)

Cost of attendance: $625.00
* This includes the $100 supplies fee

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Track Instructor

Christa Kagin, Associate Professor of Art

Christa Kagin

Christa Kagin was born and raised in Kansas. She is a wife and mother of three children. She began her studies in art at Southwestern College, a liberal arts college similar to Benedictine. She then pursued art history in Florence, Italy and art therapy studies as a Rotary Scholar at the University of London, Goldsmith’s College. She earned her Master of Arts in Expressive Therapies from the University of Louisville, in 1999, and also received the Clinical Excellence Award. 

As a registered art therapist she has worked in juvenile justice facilities in Kentucky, long and short-term residential psychiatric facilities and as a consultant for foster care transitions. Specializing in trauma, and working also with dual diagnosis, grief and depression, Christa has worked with children and adults. Her current work is in private practice. She is the co-author of  Implementing the Expressive Therapies Continuum: A Guide for Clinical Practice, Routledge Press.

Christa’s primary medium is watercolor, though she is also a mixed media and encaustics painter. Her current work explores time, the temporal identity of self and the connections of life and memory.

Christa currently chairs the Art department and teaches painting, drawing, art history and art therapy. She has been an educator in primary school as well as the graduate and undergraduate levels.

In all endeavors, therapy, education or creating art, it is her desire that people find a way to connect visual arts to their spiritual lives, wholeness and overall well-being. Central to this is belief in the power and love of Jesus Christ to transform, heal and make new.