Shaping Pacific

Post your comments in the “comments box” in answer to each of the following three questions. Your answers will become a part of an overall strategic plan helping to shape the new directions for the arts and for Pacific.

  1. What forces are shaping the visual arts today? What leading indicators and changes are evident?
  2. Consider how changes in technology might affect the future of the arts.
  3. How may changes in the economy impact arts at Pacific?

14 thoughts on “Shaping Pacific

  1. 1. What forces are shaping the visual arts today? What leading indicators and changes are evident?
    The visual arts are shaped by the use of technology and how it is emphasized nowadays. Specifically in design because technology is being improved everyday. We can see this with the evolvement of web design and how it has come along. The use of ads online are also becoming more common and graphic design plays a huge roll in its development.

    2.Consider how changes in technology might affect the future of the arts.
    Technology has created new types of art such as web design and this can be an indicator of how much technology can expand the arts. It can help art reach a sea of audiences and make it possible for it to be shared around the world.

    3. How may changes in the economy impact arts at Pacific?
    Since art is usually the first thing that gets cut back on, the economy can make it harder for students at Pacific to experience art fully if it is the case that supplies in art are cut back. It will make it harder for the department to maintain all the technological aspects it needs as well.

  2. 1. The visual arts are most heavily affected by technology today, specifically computers. More and more art is being created or aided by computer technology like Photoshop. Entire paintings can be done digitally, three-dimensional objects can be formed, and pictures can be altered with the aid of computers.

    2. I feel that more art will be done either partially or completely digitally. Almost every photograph we see has been edited, even if it is something as simple as increasing the color contrast. At the same time, many people may reject this technology and return to more traditional media for their art, such as paints and clay.

    3. Arts are often one of the first programs that receive cuts when the economy takes a downturn. This can have a major impact on future artists, making it difficult to receive a quality education.

  3. 1. I see marketing as being a huge, if not the largest, driving force behind the course of art and it is evident everywhere through advertising. Numerous artists take jobs that are in one way or another related to marketing and their different styles and the current popular styles determine everything we see in commercials, in magazines and on billboards. The Internet is also shaping the art world through marketing and through design. I imagine it would be severely difficult or impossible to be a designer or artist and to promote work without a basic knowledge of the Internet and online networking. Web addresses have become ubiquitous and most professional artists have their own site and basic knowledge of html and coding.
    2. Changes in technology will directly and indirectly affect the future of fine and technical arts. Technology can bring new possibilities to art and also leave the older styles behind with the older technologies. For example, the invention of the digital camera has revolutionized photography and given new styles and possibilities for photographers but it has consequently become harder to find a functioning darkroom. But I do believe that no matter what technological advances appear, people will always be drawn to traditional techniques and value older stylistic approaches.
    3. From what I have observed, the arts and music departments are the first programs to suffer when a school or university starts to make budget cuts. I was at a university for two years as an art student and watched as the art department was slashed to a minimum and the classes and offices moved to the outskirts of campus. While the downsizing of the fine arts and theatre arts was occurring the sports departments were receiving new fields and equipment. My professor was unable to fund a trip to a museum for our class of 10 where the athletes and members of ROTC seemed to be perpetually on the road. I believe it is important to show the value of the art department and contribute to the rest of the school when needed.

  4. I think that technology is a major force that’s influencing the visual arts. I think it’s encouraging the rise of pop-art, which unconsciously reflects a more cynical view of the world and our culture. And I think it rightly does so because America is dominated by flagrant consumerism. Technology was of course the response to our becoming more industrialized. And because of the way our country is built on the ideologies of capitalism, our very economic system encourages it, and so we find that there are less different brands of products because of mass production (I’m not majoring in economics by any means but this is what I gathered from our PACS class). Our country is so industrialized that we are industrializing all aspects of our society. I had watched a TED talk, where Sir Ken Robinson talked about the industrialization of education and the need to reform our public education system ( He had a very valid point. I mean, if we look at the public education system it is heavily based on factory settings. We switch stations at the ring of the bell and we impact knowledge into sections divided by subjects that are separated equally in a neat time table. We emphasize and teach them things that will help them be successful in our economy, that will help them get a job. And thus, art becomes the subject that suffers the most based on this learning system (what use do we have for artists when the economy demands for doctors?). Students are being mass produced to learn under a standardized system that does not take into account the values of learning and teaching differently. And based on this one uniform system students are also being evaluated without being able to demonstrate other areas in which they excel yet are not encouraged by the standardized teaching system. And basically what was found was that we are stifling the potential of children at a young age because we subject them to a standardized schooling system. At Pacific, the number of students majoring in arts compared to the number of students majoring in pre-dent or pre-pharm or business show this. Even when we compare the number of students majoring in graphic design and studio arts. We find there is a substantial disparity which shows a catering to industrial needs. And because of this I think that art is also losing its potential and its diversity because of the advent of technology and this accommodation to our economy. Like what was said before on the previous comments, even art is being industrialized and its being used to promote uniformity. Art reflects the concerns of people during a particular time in history and I think one of our concerns is the increasingly present role of technology in our society and the increasing influence of consumerism. I mean, we can see this in the in how technology has made the arts less of a professional demand or should I say how it has changed the profession of art. I mean, my drawing teacher himself said that he used to be a very successful textbook artist but now with the advent of technology one does not need to be an “artist” to create the pictures we see in textbooks. Now one cannot be so successful in such a pursuit. People want images that can be mass-produced and simple, to communicate things quickly and efficiently and one way to do this is to digitalize art. I mean, the existence of graphic design itself shows a shift in the focus and demand of art. And art is becoming more digitalized. I was once stuck watching kid shows at the hospital and I noticed most of the shows were CGI animated. I mean, there is now an “ubiquitous” role of technology in all professions, to quote a previous comment. And the fact is, jobs are disappearing. People are being replaced with machines. So I guess the real question is if this divergence from traditional art to digital art necessarily bad? I think that in a way it is because some traditional art forms are becoming endangered because they are losing their niche in our society. However I think its impossible to repress the ever-advancing role of technology. And despite what I’ve been saying, I can’t ignore that technology does have some advantages. In fact, if anything, it has given artists a new media to create art with. And technology has been known to enhance art, make it more impactful and compelling (like Avatar the movie). But its monopolizing effect should not be ignored. (Sorry I know this is quite lengthy and I didn’t exactly answer the questions in order so this might be a struggle to work through)

  5. 1. What forces are shaping the visual arts today? What leading indicators and changes are evident?
    I believe that technology is what is shaping the visual arts today. We can see the use of technology in arts almost everywhere, like advertisements, especially on the internet. We can also see the use of technology in pictures, most of the pictures we see on magazines, advertisements, etc. are being edited using Photoshop.
    2. Consider how changes in technology might affect the future of the arts.
    Changes in technology might affect the future of arts positively. There would be more variety in art, maybe it would be a way for more people to be interested in art since it’s made easier with technology, it would also be easier to see many different perspectives of art since it would be easier for everyone to share their art through technology.
    3. How may changes in the economy impact arts at Pacific?
    It would be very complicated to have all the supplies that are needed for art classes, not all the students at pacific would be able to afford attending an art class due to how expensive the art supplies are.

  6. What forces are shaping the visual arts today? What leading indicators and changes are evident?
    The same forces that have always been shaping the visual arts are still shaping them. New, creative minds entering the artistic side of society are what is shaping the visual arts. I don’t think that anything in particular is dominating the visual arts. Technology certainly gives artists and designers more opportunities and better ways to express whatever they are trying to express. So I guess in a way, technology is helping to shape the world of visual arts, although creative minds are really what is shaping the arts. Technology just gives us the means of expressing ourselves.

    Consider how changes in technology might affect the future of the arts.
    I would imagine that technology would give people more opportunities to create different mediums of artwork with a bigger variety of content as well. I can’t see into the future and guess what types of technology are going to be available to anyone, but I can assume that a great portion of technology will be advanced, based on how fast technology has already advanced in the two decades I have been alive.

    How may changes in the economy impact arts at Pacific?
    Honestly, I haven’t seen much economic impact on the arts at Pacific. We recently got new computers in our lab, and we got a flat screen TV replaced, as one was stolen last year. As people have said, arts are the first things to get cut in schools. However, this is a university, not a high school or middle school. It’s an art department, same as a physics department or business department. They’re full of people trying to get a degree. At a high-end university such as Pacific, I honestly don’t think we will see such dramatic cut backs because of the economy. However, I could just be naive.

  7. 1. I think that there is no specific force that shapes the visual arts world today. What shapes our creativity is what we have grown up around and or with. These include nature: seasons, plants, animals, weather, mythology, emotions, and imagination. However, I believe that there are leading indicators that steer current artists like how we were raised: family values and behaviors, as well as current events like wars and other news.

    2. I feel that technology will take art more to the high-tech computers, and away from the more hands-on artwork. Studio art will become less known, besides major artists like Van Gogh and Picasso, and more graphically designed pieces will be in the spotlight. With everyone being on the computer and interested in the newest technology available, anything not on the computer is left behind, including the arts. With this said, art will have to be easily accessible on the computer, which does express the same effect as if seen in real person.

    3.The arts in this time period have been seen as the less importance over other professions such as a physician or engineer. Due to the economic standing the United States is in, citizens think that art is always first to go because of this. Saying this, parents want their kids to major in the profession that will earn them the most money, so they don’t have to suffer in a bad economy. They do not want their child to pursue an art career, thus lowering the number of art students at Pacific. This would really be a disappointing discovery because if less and less students attend, the art program at Pacific will cease to exist.

  8. 1. Our advances in technology and communication, as well as the trends and topics that are popular today are affecting the Visual Arts. With so many new types of computers and media we have many more opportunities to produce work in different areas that were not available, or easy and viable in the past. In my high school I had the opportunity to use our school’s 3D printer; when I went home to tell my parents about it they were amazed that not only was the technology available, but that just any art student at my school had the opportunity to use it. Examples like this show how as we advance as a society the way we can produce work and communicate to others through it are vastly expanding. Also, the content that the Visual Arts are addressing today is much different than what would be expressed in another time. What we want to express our personal opinions about today, in our time of national debt, war, cultural diversity, growing population, diminishing environment, increasing technology and business, overwhelming media, and several other factors, has got to be different than what artists and designers in the stone age, or the renaissance, or the revolutionary war, would want to be expressing. Everything that makes up our society today influences us, and in turn influences the work of today’s artists and designers.
    2. Well as I already discussed some above, the advancing changes in technology allow for new work and mediums to be created that were previously impossible. But another thing I did not mention above is that technology allows us to share our work. In the past the only way to see art was to travel to the galleries or museums where it was being shown; nowadays, you can have a whole online gallery of your work, as well as physical pieces shown in galleries.
    3. When economic times get tough, things that are not necessities are often given up. In grade schools across the countries art programs are being cut, as it is often considered not the essential part of an education. Hopefully, at our University they will not do the same, but as we are a smaller program within Pacific, I would make sure we are still given equal opportunities. I think the arts is an important part of any education and so we should be careful to protect it.

  9. 1.What forces are shaping the visual arts today? What leading indicators and changes are evident?
    I believe the young people of today are shaping what is becoming of visual arts right now. I feel that my generation is responsible for any turning point that results in visual art. We are also the ones responsible for what future the department of visual arts hold. The leading indicators and changes that are evident is the fact that the young generation of today is tech-savvy, so therefore they know what advances visual arts hold in the future.
    2.Consider how changes in technology might affect the future of the arts.
    The changes of technology can affect the future of arts in the way that there will definitely be more competition. The future of arts will be based on who can bring something to the table and who can think ‘outside the box’. People do not want to see something in the visual arts department that they have seen many times- they want to see something new and fresh. Therefore, a sense of competition will be evident if technology changes within the arts.
    3.How may changes in the economy impact arts at Pacific?
    It can impact us in the way that we won’t be able to proceed onto bigger and better things due to lack of resources. Without proper resources, we as students, cannot fully reach our artistic potential if we do not have the proper instruments. We cannot progress into the careers of our lives, if there are other students from other schools who have been treated with advanced resources.

  10. 1. The visual arts today has dramatically improved over the last decade. I think the main reason for these changes in the visual arts is due to the advancement in technology. Ten years ago, programs that had been developed using computers and technology were just becoming popular within the arts. Most preferred old fashioned had-to-pen work, but as soon as more and more artists learned to work with the programs and technology presented to them, the visual arts field advanced tremendously. We can see these advances prevalent in many pieces artists create, mainly using programs such as Photoshop, to alter and enhance their images.
    2. Wow! I did not even read this question before answering the first. Just to go off of what I said before, technology is improving at such a drastic rate, that it will definitely improve the future of the arts in all areas.
    3. Changes in the economy can alter arts at Pacific in many areas. Less art materials will be available to students if funding dropped, which would directly affect students ability to learn efficiently if less materials are available. The economy could improve, in which case the arts department at Pacific could improve, with resources/materials available to students, etc. No matter the change in economy (good or bad), there’s no doubt that it will directly affect student’s ability to receive a quality education.

  11. 1) Technology greatly influences the way visual arts is portrayed and shared. Improvements in technology all over the world, makes it possible to spread anything anywhere. New tools are made available for artists and designers to use to further perfect the creations. Already, people from all over the world are sharing information

    2) Improvements in technology will only help artists and designers with their work. Technological advances can provide new tools and mediums to work with. Discovering new ways of distributing information and projects can also help new artists and designers spread around their work.

    3) In the beginning of my eighth grade year, band programs and art classes were not offered due to the on going budget cuts. This was detrimental to my music education and I was put at a disadvantage in high school. The same would have applied to students who had an interest in art. An economic drop can also draw attention and support away from the art community to help resolve more immediate issues.

  12. 1)What forces are shaping the visual arts today? What leading indicators and changes are evident?
    I think as we advance and make improvements on what tools we can use help change visual arts today. He have things like technology which makes work look either manipulated or refined, and how the tradition pencil or brush has turned into a computer stylus. Nowadays, instead of finding things mostly done by had, you see work plastered on posters, or newspapers done by digital means. The traditional calligraphy being something known as typography today. Now it feels like society is relying on technology to broadcast their work and “refine” it with touches and lighting. No longer do we just like art the way it is, and we have geared towards making designs precisely through digital means.
    2)Consider how changes in technology might affect the future of the arts.
    Technology may change arts in the way that people will look into trying to see more precise and perfect works. There will be more clash with traditional work. The expectations for a digital piece of art will be high as far as how things should be rendered and people will try to look for a sort of perfection in pieces or illustrations. But not only that, but it will provide enhancements and ways that art can be shown to others and advertised to others in the art world. Not only can technology be used to help art, but it will also be a gateway to showing beauty to many other people out there.
    3)How may changes in the economy impact arts at Pacific?
    With the drop of the economy, it will slowly take arts and music away from many other people out there. Art supplies cost money, and instruments cost money, the arts and music programs in the future, with the sudden drop of our economy, will slowly be wiped out. Either that, or the arts programs will not benefit and gain the money needed to get the proper tools. Without that, no one who is looking for an art career will receive the proper experience from an art class.

  13. What forces are shaping the visual arts today? What leading indicators and changes are evident?
    I think technology is the biggest driving force in today’s society. That is what is one of the main sources for artistic inspiration, and it is definitely showing through in modern works. I have been seeing a lot of technology related artworks lately. The leading indicators and changes evident are that more modern and futuristic pieces are popping up everywhere in the art world.

    Consider how changes in technology might affect the future of the arts.
    I think with the more availability to digitalize art and put it out on the internet, artists will likely take the opportunity to utilizes the expanding resources they have. There will, of course, still be those who prefer more traditional media and keep older techniques alive. Ultimately, technological advances are just going to expand the arts and ways artists can work.

    How may changes in the economy impact arts at Pacific?
    I think it might cause the art supplies that we have to buy increase a little in price, but it shouldn’t be too drastic of a change if prices inflate a little. Going to a school like Pacific makes me less aware of how serious budget cuts and stuff are outside of campus and such so I can’t say I have a very clear prediction of what may happen.

  14. 1. What forces are shaping the visual arts today? What leading indicators and changes are evident?
    I think today’s culture and technology are shaping the visual arts of our time. For one thing, there are more artists creating art in a medium that hasn’t been available in prior centuries. There have been movements in the history of art that was made possible as technologies have improved, so its no surprise we’re moving in a direction where figures and subjects look more realistic and more crisp. The leading indicators of technology and culture change are evident in the new forms of advertising and the media. Graphic designers are needed in to capture attention in culturally acceptable ways.
    2. Consider how changes in technology might affect the future of the arts. Changes in technology can only bring good to the world of art. New technologies would need to be explored first before we could start creating art at its full potential. Art in the future would capture more perfect curves and angles, as well as provide more options on how to place and manipulate type and shapes to capture interests.
    3. How may changes in the economy impact arts at Pacific? Changes in the economy slightly impacts the arts at pacific only in terms of materials, not on the infinite creativity of the students. There are compassionate professors at Pacific who understand the financial situations might be in, and they do their best to help students. A poor economy may mean a few less sheets of paper or tubes of paint, but the quality of teaching students get isnt affected by the economy.

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