An artist’s interpretation—representation of a thought, a scene, an event, or an object—might be in the form of sound, video, painting, drama, dance, or sculpture.
As we begin a new academic year when students of all ages are starting or returning to school, it’s important to consider what it is we’re trying to provide in a 21st century education.
Artistic expression is much more than a skill or a line of work. It’s an imaginative, inspired, and innovative way of communicating and living life.
This quote by Nobel Prize winning author André Paul Guillaume Gide was particularly relevant last weekend as the country celebrated more than two hundred years of independence.
Listening to Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony, gazing at Michelangelo’s Pietá or da Vinci’s Mona Lisa, hearing Leonard Bernstein’s music in a production of West Side Story, or reading the works of William Shakespeare may well leave you in a state of wonder and amazement. How long does it take for artists to create such masterpieces?
Artists allow themselves to fall deeply into the artistic process. Time seems to stand still and self-expression takes over. This kind of involvement allows their innermost thoughts and feelings to find an outlet. Engrossing themselves deeply in the artistic process helps artists to slow down, and that allows creativity to flourish.
Artists have unique sets of skills learned through the materials, elements, structures, and rules of their art forms. They know, however, that their greatest art is created when they take those basic techniques and break them apart just enough to take them to the edge and create something innovative and new. It requires a thorough knowledge of the artistic process and the willingness to step out of their comfort zones.
One of the most important aspects of artistic expression is passion. When you consider passion from an artist’s point of view, it’s important to note the profound experience that takes place in the process of creating and performing art.
The display of works in the recent exhibit of John Singer Sargent watercolors at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston was a delight to the eye.
People make New Year’s resolutions because it feels like it’s a chance to begin again. New Year’s resolutions are essentially a creative process.