Fine Arts AQDay

  • Fine Arts AQDay

    Fine Arts AQDay

Fine Arts AQDay - Friday, March 1, 2019

students playing instruments

Fine Arts AQDays are for high school students interested in theatre, music, art and creative writing.

Entertaining! Exciting! Fun! All words to describe AQ's 14th annual exploration in the arts. Play your instrument, sing, act, draw, paint, write, sculpt - it's here for you as you attend two interactive sessions (11 entertaining breakout sessions offered), featuring Aquinas professors. The day includes a tour of our beautiful 117-acre campus and a complimentary lunch. 

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Tentative Sessions Include:

  • Directions in Music: Courses and Careers - Gain insight into what AQ grads are doing with their music major.
  • Gesture Drawing - Learn some great drawing skills from Chris LaPorte, ArtPrize 2010 winner.
  • I'm a Singer. Hear me Whine, Trill and Roar - Studying voice in college can be even more fun and mind opening than you imagined.  An introduction to some holistic techniques for developing your singing body. 
  • Improv/Mask Work - Come play with adjunct professor Kyle Westmaas and students from AQ group Encore. Learn about physical games and short form structures to sharpen your wit and your ability to make decisions in the moment. 
  • Photograms - Photograms are the simplest silver gelatin, black and white photographs one can make. In this workshop, you'll place objects on light-sensitive photography paper and expose it with a square of light. The photo paper is put in a developer bath where you'll watch the image emerge before your magic!
  • Poetry - First time and experienced poetry lovers will enjoy this session with an opportunity to hone your skills with one of our accomplished creative writing professors.
  • Sculpture - If sculpting is your thing, you will love this session. Different types of sculpting will be offered. Prepare to get your hands dirty!
  • Short Fiction - The skill of prose writing is discussed and honed in this session. Learn a thing or two from our published professors. 
  • Songwriting - Investigate the process of sognwriting while you work with a master arranger and teacher. 
  • Theatre for a Social Change - Aquinas is one of the few colleges in the nation with this major, joining the craft of theatre with community engagement. Come learn about what falls under the umbrella of Theatre for a Social Change (including education, therapy and applied theatre) and what exciting, meaningful careers this major could launch you toward.
  • Yes, there is Fun in Music Theory! - A session to give you a taste of the 'meat and potatoes course' in the college music major.  Learn some of the tricks to help you understand Music Theory, as well as some of the tools to help speed your learning. 

Student Responses from previous Fine Arts AQDay Programs: 

"My favorite part of the day was playing guitar, drawing, and always being encouraged. I love when teachers want to work with students."

"I am happy to have attended this AQDay because it has made me feel more comfortable and secure in choosing to major in theatre."

Tentative Schedule of Events: 

Time Scheduled Event
8:30 to 9 a.m. Registration (Wege Ballroom) 

9 to 9:15 a.m.

Admissions Overview

9:15 to 9:25 a.m. Opening Act: Performance by current Aquinas student
9:30 to 10:20 a.m. Break out session I or Tour
10:30 to 11:20 p.m. 

Break out session II or Tour

11:20 a.m. to 12:20 p.m.  Complimentary Lunch (Wege)
12:30 to 1:20 p.m.  Break out session III or Tour
1:30 to 2 p.m.  Art, Music, Theatre and Creative Writing faculty round tables, featuring the Aquinas College Jazz Band - Wege Ballroom  

2 p.m.

Admitted Seniors also have the opportunity to audition for Music and Theatre Department Scholarships following the days events. Audition participants MUST be accepted to Aquinas, pre-register and complete a scholarship application online. 
Music Scholarship Auditions [ More information ]
Theatre Scholarship Auditions [ More information ]

(Theatre Scholarships awarded to Theatre Majors only)

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Due to space limitations at breakout sessions, parents are invited to tour campus, visit our library or enjoy a latte at "The Moose" with Admissions Representatives during those times.

If you would like to register via phone, or have already registered for Fine Arts AQDay and have questions, please call the Aquinas College Admissions Office at 1-800-678-9593 or (616) 632-2900. School groups are welcome and may contact Lindsey Hansen at 616-632-2878 or email her at