Arts educators are also artists who are constantly practicing and learning to expand their own understanding and abilities.
Last weekend was Summer Arts Weekend in Boston. What a wonderful way to bring people together. In fact, communities all over the world are enjoying arts festivals of all kinds this time of year, a worldwide recognition of the importance of the arts in uniting communities.
The artistic process requires flexibility—the willingness to let go of something and to take a new direction. Artists are well poised, through their ability to stay open, responsive, and resilient, to adapt to complex challenges in their own world as well as in the world at large.
Line is one of the most fascinating and essential elements of artistic expression. Artists create emotional impact in their works by exploring the visual and aural qualities of line, which can be short, long, straight, curved, thick, thin, horizontal, vertical, diagonal, zigzagged, combined, or implied.
The concept of foreground and background is one way artists can consider perception in their works. They work to push and pull different areas or aspects of the work into and out of the foreground and background, placing emphasis on where they feel it belongs and ultimately leading the viewers or listeners eyes and/or ears on an engaging visual or aural tour.
An orchestra concert that includes Mahler’s Fourth Symphony is especially appealing, and the recent pre-concert rehearsal I observed brought me back to the symphony’s enjoyable, tuneful nature.
Artists create opportunity. They prepare the way, see the larger purpose, and take action. Ideas about where to begin come from an openness to the world around them—their own imaginations, nature, stories, everyday life experiences and events.
Great artists develop a remarkable ability to “lose” themselves when creating or performing their art.
Last week, I attended a Boston Symphony Orchestra performance of Benjamin Britten’s War Requiem. While I was immediately struck by the high quality and incredible beauty of the performance, I was also deeply drawn to the qualities inherent within the composition itself that makes it such a stunning tour de force.
Artists perpetually change the way we all look at things. They use their imaginations to transform our knowledge and understanding of the world. Once we experience expanded limits of our personal knowledge, whether we agree or challenge the learning, life from that point on will never be the same.