InterArts courses provide opportunities to hone artistic skills, discover new art forms, and explore unexpected talents. Creative projects are integrated into the InterArts curriculum, side by side with the writing, speaking, and analytical assignments that are at the heart of all liberal arts courses.
InterArts students also have the opportunity to work for credit or volunteer in the art classrooms of a public Montessori school adjacent to Trinity's campus. The InterArts students serve as guides and mentors to the children and help to mount an exhibition of the children's work in Trinity's Broad Street Gallery.
IART 101. Art and Artists
How does art get made? What is the nature of the artistic process? How do emotions, themes and ideas translate into artistic form? Through readings, discussion, written reflections and art viewings, this seminar explores creativity as a dynamic process sourced in the encounter between artist and world. In addition to studying a broad range of important artists, students are encouraged to develop their imaginative and intellectual resources and to experiment with various media as they participate in creative projects that call upon the skills learned in their arts practice courses. This course fulfills the requirement of a first-year seminar.
IART 102 and 103. Arts Colloquium
The Arts Colloquium provides a unique opportunity for InterArts students to attend a series of featured arts events at the College, each of which is followed by a seminar discussion with a member of the Trinity Arts faculty. During this year-long Colloquium, InterArts students explore a common set of questions about artists and the art-making process relevant to the events they attend. Students submit a final paper to the InterArts director at the end of the Spring Term and attend a culminating Colloquium session with participating members of the Arts faculty.
Arts Practice Courses
InterArts students are required to take two arts practice courses of their own choosing—in dance, theater, music, visual arts, creative writing, or film. If at all possible, students in the program take at least one of their arts practice courses during their first semester at Trinity.