Dasha Berringer, a junior studying art, began painting in high school after her parents bought her a set of oil paints. She loves aesthetic cinematography and is an oil painter.
Berringer said, “And that’s just history; I was an oil painter — that’s all I did all the time throughout high school and now college.”
Berringer explained that she is drawn to art because, unlike other creative mediums, art allows her to create a visual that can portray a concept or idea.
“The BYU-Idaho Department of Art provides an aesthetic, conceptual and technical foundation in the visual arts for students who possess a wide range of interests, experiences, and abilities. We prepare students for professional careers, graduate school and facilitate personal enrichment and lifelong learning,” according to the BYU-Idaho website.
Students majoring in art have the option to choose from the following emphases: art education, art history, book arts, ceramics, drawing, graphic design, illustration, painting, photography, printmaking and sculpture.
There are currently thirty-eight faculty members and approximately 1,300 major students in the art program.
According to Berringer, the art work that is created at BYU-Idaho is on par with work from major art institutions.
“I went to this school for the art program,” Berringer said. ‘There were a lot of schools I was looking at but I was looking specifically at the professors and the art that was coming out of the school, and it was superior to a lot of the work that was coming out of the really nice art academies.”
Art is relative to the individual and each person will have their own perception and process for creation. “I come up with a theme or an idea, and I will brain dump,” Berringer said. “I draw or write down as many things, visuals or words, that correlate with my concept, and then I will filter through those ideas until I find one that I like. And when I pick one I like, then I will start developing more visual compositions for that image.”
Berringer explains that there is a lot of prep work that needs to go into the sketch book before painting will start.
The students in the BYU-I art program create beautiful, aesthetic pieces of work which can be viewed in the Spori Art Gallery and throughout the Jacob Spori building.