Why do we teach Art?
''Art washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life.'' Pablo Picasso.
Art is an important part of being human. Not only do we have the ability to create tools and modify our surroundings, we also have the ability to make objects look beautiful. Art is inspiring and stimulating for the human mind. When we see a work of art, our feelings and thoughts are often awakened.
There are countless reasons for the creation of art, including:
- Making our surroundings more beautiful. Creating objects to decorate our surroundings has motivated the creation of many types of art, such as architecture, painting, sculpture, jewellery, and so on.
- Creating records of a specific time, place, person or object is also a major motivation for art. Paintings of individuals, battle scenes, or even family photos could be considered art for the purpose of recording something specific.
- Expressing and communicating ideas , including religious beliefs, criticising elements of society, and even for showing that we are capable of doing something no one else has tried before.
Art is often considered highly valuable, and museums and collectors pay a lot of money to obtain a single piece, as it attracts visitors and promotes an important cultural environment.
Art tells us about ourselves. It allows us to learn about different aspects of the time and place where a piece was created. Art history is deeply related to human history, and its study is important for understanding how mankind has lived and evolved throughout the centuries. Art provides an insight into the culture of specific human groups; the technology of that time, what was considered beautiful, the religious beliefs, and even what daily life was like.
For all these reasons, art is a vital part of the Fleetville curriculum.