Art is a very ambiguous subject. It has an abundance of meanings. Many people have different definitions of art. Most people think that art is a drawing or painting of some sort. I think there is more to art than just drawing or painting.
For example, furniture can be art because people took time to think what shape or design a piece of furniture should be. They had to use their imagination to create an object significant enough for people to admire.
That is one thing I consider art even though not many people think of art that way. In my opinion, I think art is one’s ideas, feelings and imagination. Art is usually a work done by one or even several people.
Art does not require skills. A 5-year old painting of a rainbow can be considered art. Art can be images that are good, bad, ugly, pretty, big or small. When a person performs art, such as a painting or sculpture, their imagination strikes in and helps create the piece of art.
Sometimes, it is one’s feelings that he/she can’t express physically therefore expressing it on paper or a sculpture.
Other times, people just create art pieces or drawings for fun and enjoyment. One may also create an art piece that symbolizes something. Stories can also be depicted by art. For example, many Paleolithic art cave paintings are said to depict stories. It’s very hard to define art in one sentence or even in an essay.
Each person may have his or her own definition of art. One person may think art is basically drawing but others may think that art is more profound then just slapping paint or crayons on a piece of paper. For me, art is a piece created using imagination and thought.
Art has been a part of our life for as long as humanity has existed. For thousands of years people have been creating, looking at, criticizing, and enjoying art. I would like to address three questions: what is art, what is its purpose, and why has it survived for this long. First, what is art? Humanity has faced this question for many centuries. How can we distinguish between fine art and a beautiful poster? How can we call both Malevich’s “Black Square” and Da Vinci’s “La Joconde” art, yet not include some people’s paintings into this category? I believe that the only things that distinguish these works are the artist and the artist’s objective.
The connection between what the artist means to achieve and what he achieves through the medium is what I believe classifies art. If what the artist meant to say is understood by at least one person in this world, when we can safely call that piece art. What classifies a masterpiece, however, is when not only one person understands what the artist was trying to say with the piece but when the majority does. Many people believe that the fine arts are elitist. Nevertheless, art is not something that you have to study to understand and enjoy.
Art is something that captures the eye. Whether the artist is trying to communicate an emotion, an idea or something else, the most important thing is how well the audience receives it. However, art can also be shocking, something new. If a creative piece by an artist can spark the discussion of whether that piece is art or not, then it is art. Art is something that inspires people, something that transports us into different realities and moves us into the subconscious places that we did not know existed.
What is the purpose of art? Art has some very practical purposes.