Students get creative in fine arts department

By Danielle Alio
March 17, 2010

For students who may be interested in exploring their artistic or musical creativity, the fine arts department at Cabrini College is a good way to start.  Students can take courses in music, private lessons or studio art courses.

A major in fine arts is not currently available, but one can choose to minor in it.  There are two sections to the department.

“The department is music and art and so we offer courses in drawing and painting.  We offer courses of enrichment for the general student body, which are the survey of music, American music, jazz and its culture, specialized music, which is music of Asia, and we have chorus, which is open to the student body,” Dr. Adeline Bethany, fine arts professor, said.

Bethany is one of the full-time faculty members of the fine arts department.  She specializes in the music section of the department. She is also the coordinator of the cultural events series.

“I am the coordinator of the cultural events series, which brings to the campus four professional concerts a year and three or four professional art exhibits per year. Coming up, on April 11, we are presenting Resident Arts from the Academy of Vocal Arts and they are professional singers.  It’s for our students and the public and it’s free,” Bethany said.

Students may elect private music lessons for a half hour a week each semester:

  • Voice lessons
  • Guitar lessons
  • Piano lessons

Joe Napoli, guitar instructor, teaches, on average, 15 or more students a semester and thinks a lot more students would be interested in private lessons if they knew about them.

“A lot of students don’t even realize. I see them walk by with the door open during a lesson and they look surprised like you can do that here,” Napoli said.

In addition to music, the fine arts department has studio art courses as well as a minor available to students.

“Aside from the upper level drawing and painting courses, we offer a course for students who want to take a studio art class as an aesthetic as part of their requirement called Introduction to Drawing and Painting. It’s a nice class because it’s really geared towards students who never had the opportunity to draw or paint at all and I have people come into the class who have and have not had any prior experience,” Nicholas Jacques, assistant fine arts professor, said.

Jacques said that students are always looking to major and minor in studio art, but once they see that the college does not offer a major or certain courses, they look into other schools to attend.

“Some students come here not realizing that we don’t offer print-making, we don’t offer figure drawing, we don’t offer a lot of other courses that a school like Rosemont would, a school that actually has a studio art major,” Jacques said.

Since Rosemont is a SEPCHE school, Jacques said that he would advise some students to take courses there that are not offered at Cabrini because they are free of charge to fulfill their minor.

One may wonder why there is not a major in music or studio art.

“Music majors are very expensive.  You really need a building dedicated because you need so many practice rooms, and you need lots of faculty because each instrument is different. It’s a very expensive major to bring in, but I think what we do is good,” Bethany said.

At one time, studio art was a major of its own at Cabrini but was discontinued.  “I think one of the reasons they discontinued the major was the fact that we don’t have the facilities that we really need to be able to offer the amount of classes that a major requires.  We have two studios in this building, one of which is in use every single day of the week all day with the exception of Friday.  We would need probably two other full size studios to be able to run a printmaking class at the same time I am teaching Drawing I in my studio.  That’s one of the issues,” Jacques said.

Jacques also said that there are definitely students who want to take more fine arts courses and the need is there.

“I would think it would be a natural progression. If the numbers stay up, they can add more courses whether they are lessons or music courses too.  So I think if there is more interest, logically, they will add more courses as well,” Napoli said.

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Danielle Alio

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