Art is a funny word. Well, maybe not comedic funny but interesting in interpretation. If you ask people “what is art?” or “what does art mean to you?” the answers show a variety of reasons to that funny word. Is it only paintings and drawings?
According to Webster’s Dictionary the definition of ‘art’ is vast. It begins with “the human ability to make things; creativity of man as distinguished from the world of nature.”It goes on to mention craftsmanship, skill, creative work such as in dance, theater, music, drawing painting, sculpture, etc. Even text in writing is a form of art.
So it becomes an interpretation by an individual to express a broad topic. It isn’t an easy subject to define after all. Would we know it was missing if we had no art? It is so ingrained in our every day that nothing would exist as we know it. “We need more math and science” is the mantra throughout the land. “We’ve got to stay ahead in a technological world! We must cut art programs because they are not as necessary to our ever expanding quest to move ahead and advance in a technological world!”
Whoa, back up and slow down for a minute. How can anyone expect to get ahead (wherever that is) without art. It is the only thing that makes sense. It is the foundation for all we are, do, say and think. Let’s picture an average day. You awaken to the sound of beautiful music coming from the alarm clock that someone had to design. You throw back the covers that someone designed and get out of the bed that someone designed. Putting on your slippers, that someone designed, you go through your home that someone designed and into the kitchen. The coffee is brewed in a machine that someone designed and poured into a hearty mug that someone designed. Taking that mug to your favorite chair that someone designed , you turn on a light, that someone designed and open up the morning paper that someone designed.
I’ll stop here but you get the picture. Art is everywhere! Everything man-made had to have started on the drawing table, so to speak – everything! From the smallest widget to the largest item such as the space shuttle. So why do we discard its value as not as necessary as math and science? It is math and science and so much more. To be creative in any way you need the foundation that art teaches. Isn’t that what most businesses ask of their employees, to be creative and think outside the box? And art is more than pencil to paper. It involves all the senses. Nature plays a huge part in our human lives and draws us in to listen to the sounds of the earth. We watch the abundance of creatures great and small as they go about their daily task of survival. Hopefully, we learn that we are all of the earth and all dependant on one another. We are all part of the fabric that makes up a dynamic weave of existence.
Which brings me back to art. Harmony, balance, symmetry, light, color, proportion, and the descriptive words go on forever. Add imagination, wonder and awe and a pinch of humbleness you have the perfect mix of ingredients where anything and everything is possible!
Art! Ask for more!
Debbie Curtin writes stories about people, places, events and other topics of interest that engage the reader. As a member of the New Hampshire Writer’s Project, Debbie keeps ‘in the game’ with other like minded people. She has been an artist and creative person all her life and uses the unlimited sources of inspiration that abound everywhere in her writing as another art form.