Why do we need to study art appreciation?
When you look around, no matter where you are, you will see art. It comes in many forms—paintings, photographs, sculptures, body art, architecture, and more! The list is endless! You can find it in your home and workplace, in books and games, in nature and on city buildings. Everywhere you look at, you are sure to find one form of art or another.
Appreciating art should be an important part of education, regardless of age. But why do we need to study art?
When you see art, are you just merely looking at it or are you looking deeper? Everyone can appreciate the style or design of various works. However, there is so much more to experience when it comes to art. While the art may be interesting and beautiful on the surface, most of the time, the artist is trying to connect on a personal level. They are conveying an idea, feeling, or passion they want to share. When artists create something, regardless of the medium or style, their intention is to connect with others. They play on your emotions, make you think, and touch you on a personal level.
To truly have an appreciation for art, you must do more than just memorize the names as well as their artists. Art is subjective by nature, so it is important to learn to formulate and express your thoughts and opinions.
There are many benefits to learning how to recognize and understand art. Teaching art appreciation should be given an importance as part of education.
- Art appreciation is a great way to delve deeper into a period in history. Throughout history, an artist’s work has reflected the time in which he or she lived—it shows a visual depiction of their time. Imagine being able to better understand a particular time in history by getting into the mind of an artist!
- Through diverse studies about art in other parts of the world, you can learn about other cultures, their beliefs, and history.
- Art appreciation improves communication skills, both through expression and understanding. Many people are unable to put their feelings into words, so they use art instead to express themselves. Having a deep level of appreciation for art will help you “listen” to what others are saying through their work.
You will become a better conversationalist. Not only will you have a better awareness and love for art, but you will also be able to share your thoughts with others. Dialogue about art can run deep, which enhances your relationship with others and allows you to learn from hearing their perspective.
Art has been around since the beginning of time and has always played an essential role in our lives. It’s all around us after all! Learning to recognize the value of artwork is enriching and life-changing. You will gain a deeper understanding of the art that surrounds you, develop stronger observational skills, and learn to respond to a variety of perspectives.
What is your favorite medium of art and what do you think draws you to it? Let me know in the comments below. You can also find me on Facebook, Twitter, and Goodreads. Also, be sure to check out my book, Born to Create.
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Concordia University. “Adding Art Appreciation to High School Social Studies.” Accessed August 21, 2017. http://www.chicagomanualofstyle.org/tools_citationguide/citation-guide-1.html.