Fine Arts

Visual Arts

The foundation of the visible world is built with specific elements of aesthetic law: color, value, texture, form and space. The visual arts communicate using these laws in all their different aspects and traditions. Visual artists apply the principles of contrast, balance, movement and pattern, transcending the physical realm and compelling audiences to look at the world through a different lens.

These principles are important to learn, but a mastery of them will not necessarily make you an artist. A Visual Artist is one who embodies and personalizes these laws-- through time and discipline-- and is able to apply them in a way that is unique and almost subconscious.

We believe these principles were created and established by God. More than just academic discoveries, they represent the very nature and character of this Creator. We believe all artists are called to be part of this revelation of Beauty, Truth and Goodness to the world.

Noemie Jean-Bourgeault

Studio Arts

As we live in two worlds simultaneously: the outer world of the sciences and the inner world of the senses, it’s challenging to find a common language that communicates with both. Art does this by speaking to our capacity for delight and wonder-- affecting us spiritually, mentally and physically. This makes the role of the creative artist in society very important.

In medical experiments with the sick and elderly, a few hours of looking at beautiful images was found to increase antibody and serotonin levels and enhance the entire immune system. By contrast, aggressive and provocative art has lead to depression, addiction and violent behavior. American sculptor Richard MacDonald says that ‘Art transcends all human boundaries. It is a gift of almost inexplicable, magical energy. When our hearts, through our senses, are touched by art, our lives are enhanced.’

If artists today are encouraged to create with skill and fine craftsmanship and produce captivating, inspiring and beautiful art, it will have a positive effect on society: uplifting the soul, creating a change in the heart, a thirst for more beauty and an enthusiasm for life-- even a longing for The Divine.

Eleanor Cardozo

Street Art

It is environment that informs an artist of what to use in the context of mediums and how to use medium in response to a surface. Street Artists must continually adapt to the ever-changing environment: there are constant changes in physical weather and countless options for installation. It is adaptability that makes these artists so wild, courageous and even dangerous as they challenge the global community to lay aside our constant pursuit of comfort and explore what can exist outside our walls.

We have the incredible gift and ability as artists to restore-- to bring beauty to forgotten spaces. This stirs something in the soul. Suddenly people open up and residents feel welcomed to engage in conversation... in community. These conversations evoke a sense of vulnerability as people respond to the art-- and we begin to hear the stories of those around us. This artist-engagement with our community enables us to create with head-and-heart inspiration. We allow the God given emotions fueled by the collective community story to inform the ‘how’ and ‘where’ when we create.

Andrew Frazer

Fashion

According to anthropologists, all people from all cultures dress the body in some way-- be it through clothing, tattooing, cosmetics or other forms of body painting. For obvious reasons, even those who consider themselves ‘anti-fashion’ have not escaped it’s vast reach. Fashion is the interplay of the necessary versus unnecessary; the need to protect ourselves versus the desire to decorate ourselves. It has transcended boundaries throughout the ages, demanding that all of humanity participate in it’s creation, whether by choice or out of necessity.

This generation of designers and companies must set ourselves apart. We must commit to create innovative, beautiful and affordable clothing from sustainable materials, with respect and care for those manufacturing our fabrics and designs. This will be a true work of art.

Ange Nennie

School of Fashion and Design in Missions

Do you have a passion for fashion? Are you always modifying and designing your own clothes? Do you believe that the fashion industry can be transformed? Then this is the school for you! This brand-new school in YWAM, the School of Fashion and Design in Missions, aims to mold and equip each student to be able to disciple and influence with values and principles through fashion and through design, in this area, in society and in the nations. You will learn the tricks of the trade in classes like Sewing, Pattern-Making, Drawing, as well as receive teachings in Trend Analysis, Culture Analysis, History of Fashion, Fashion and Design, Fashion in Missions, Identity, Exclusive vs. Original, Developing Creativity, Stage Wardrobe, and so much more!

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Fashion School in YWAM

The Art Ministry at YWAM North in the city of Corrientes, Argentina is setting new trends in the world of fashion. It all started in October 2008, when a YWAM North staff member, Hakamiah Galeano, took part in a competition called “The Third Annual Week of Fashion and Design” organized by the provincial government in the provincial capital. Hakamiah created three original designs which placed second in the competition, and through these first designs, the brand “RaceFusion” was born. RaceFusion is part of the art company called “Art's Creative Heart”, which is part of the Arts Ministry at YWAM North Corrientes.

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