So what is Art, anyway?? Not to get all philosophical or anything, but you have to admit that’s a good question! If you ask 100 people, you’re likely to get 100 different answers. I recently attended an exhibit at the Denver Art Museum titled, “What is Art?”. This question was posed to exhibit viewers who responded on sticky notes that covered an entire wall. Reading these responses was both enlightening and entertaining and a great introduction to the Modern Art section of the museum.
Many great thinkers throughout history have also attempted to answer this thought provoking question. Here are a few of my personal favorites:
“Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes. Art is knowing which ones to keep.”
~ Scott Adams
“Art is everything that humans do that goes beyond practical motives.”
~ Diane Scott
“We all know that art is not truth. Art is a lie that makes us realize the truth.”
~ Pablo Picasso
“The aim of art is to represent not the outward appearance of things, but their inward significance.”
“Art is anything you can get away with.”
~ Marshall McLuhan
Engage your students in this discussion and prepare yourself for a lively debate! This is especially effective when beginning a study of Abstract Art, such as the paintings of American artist Jackson Pollock.
Now, on a lighter note, try your hand at creating your own Abstract Art! Check out this enormously fun website (voted one of TIME magazines “50 Coolest Websites” in 2003) created by Greek artist, Miltos Manetas. Try it out at http://www.jacksonpollock.org/ but beware…. this website is addicting!! (See my own design at the top of this post, and ask yourself, “Is it Art??”)