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Art, by definition, is a representation of human creativity. To me, art is much more than that. Art is an emotion. Art can be seen, felt, touched, smelt and even heard. Yes, art can be heard! Artists incorporate, so painstakingly, the five senses. There’s times I look at art by Vincent Van Gogh and with the help of his brushwork, one can feel and hear what is being portrayed. Art is known to have very implicit meanings; it’s not always just a picture as it is. Every painting, drawing and sketch has a story behind it, however, a few may be just an appreciation of beauty as it appears. There’s been the controversy that art is more of a talent than it is a skill. An interview with the one and only Teacher Lawrence, an art teacher at Taibah International School, yielded that art is in-born in each and every person that has ever walked this planet. I know it might sound crazy that everyone is an artist, but it’s simply due to the fact that people do not put into account the multitude of ways through which art manifests.

Art is limitless. There is art in everything; the mere ability to identify and appreciate the design of a particular item is art. Sure, art is mostly defined as a drawing or painting, but there’s art in writing, medicine, fashion, music, engineering, architecture, make up art, interior design and so much more. The possibilities are endless! So, yes, there’s art flowing through each and every one of our veins. Teachers are however tasked with the challenge of guiding youngsters into the type of art that’s most suitable for them. Personally, drawing has never been a strength of mine, but with the encouragement of my English teachers, when I hold my pen against paper to do some writing, words flow like a stream from my brain, through my body to the extremities of my fingers and out into the pen and on the paper. I, too, am an artist. I have deep regard for my art in writing. I, unlike a gargantuan number of critics, believe that writing too deserves appreciation like the conventional type of art. It is also important to be keen on the specific type of art in which one has passion. “If you can’t figure out your purpose, figure out your passion. For your passion will lead you right into your purpose,” said an American Bishop and author named T.D. Jakes. In life, all it takes to know the type of art that’s yours is knowing your passion, and knowing how and why you want to express it; after all, art is mainly an expression of feelings. It’s humanly impossible to be good at every aspect of art, but perfecting what you’re good at makes you revere your niche. World-renowned painters, too found their niche and that’s why millions of the population across the globe travel miles and miles to admire their pieces of priceless work.

Art, as a representation of human creativity, can be abstract, realistic or symbolic. Firstly, a form of abstract art is cubism which is most popular in the iconic Pablo Picasso and Gorges Braque art pieces whereby they extract objects and places then together in an abstract form. An example can be taken from the Weeping Woman by Pablo Picasso whereby he puts together different items to form an image of a woman with a meaning behind it. This art piece is undoubtedly a sight for sore eyes. More so, the message portrayed by the artist is entirely subjective to the viewer which instils a sense of intrigue in the plethora or viewers’ minds. Another eye-catching piece is Guernica, another Pablo Picasso piece, that properly puts together various objects so as to illustrate the horror of the Spanish Civil War. Additionally, realism art is a representation of creativity in an honest way without fictitious or supernatural objects. Among the most valuable pieces of symbolism art is the legendary Mona Lisa by Leonardo da Vinci whereby he used imagination, feelings and dreams to come up with this glorious representation of a woman. Interestingly, it’s not just the beauty of the image itself that draws admirers in, but rather the time and technique put into the painting. For example, it’s almost as if Leonardo da Vinci’s choice to make the woman’s eyes dark was more like an instrument of intrigue. Amongst the many interpretations people have, the eyes are the most fascinating because they get me thinking about what he meant to show through them. Furthermore, realism art is the type of art that puts into use honesty without the inclusion of any kind of supernatural or imaginative aspects. An example can be taken from The Desperate Man which was a self-portrait that was painted by Gustave Courbet, a world-renowned French painter. The painting fits the title as the man is going through agony which is shown by his facial expression, the rugged appearance of his clothes and the hand placement; all that scream danger. All these artists were able to put across a message which longevity and adoration of their works by many people.

It’s been proven that the best art starts with one’s origin. The representation of creativity is best done with the culture with which one is best conversant with; their own culture. Art, alone, is culturally diverse; it ranges right from the craftwork like masks and ornaments made in Africa to the classical pieces painted by European artists and even to the Chinese tradition of making animal statues. Not forgetting, the new modern culture whereby people put together different items from our surroundings to form sculptures. An example can be taken from a piece worked on by our own Teacher Lawrence and a couple of friends of his whereby they put together paper and plastic bottles so as put across a statement of environmental protection. So, yes art is culturally diverse, but not just in the sense of paintings or sculptures, but also in the sense of dance, music, dressing, literature and even make-up across different cultures. In my opinion, art is nothing less than a mighty entity that connects people of a particular culture with their past and shows the various values of tradition. Art is simply amazing; a literally force to be reckoned with. If by the end of this you haven’t fallen in love with art, you may need to loosen up the chains around your heart.

By Mercy J. Babirye

Year 11 Griffins

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