Why Art? v.4

Marvin Bartel, a retired professor from Goshen College, Indiana has listed his reasons for having art in the schools:

  • A reason for art is to tell stories, events, myths, beliefs, and literature.
  • A reason for art is to convince, inform, inspire, criticize, persuade, make the world a better place (Guernica by Picasso – Faith Ringgold).
  • A reason for art is to perform rituals, work magic, pray for protection, pray of success, for fertility, for cures for sickness, for prosperity, etc. (tribal fetish art – modern advertising).
  • A reason for art is to enhance a religious ceremony (stained glass in Gothic church – tile of Mosque).
  • A reason for art is to help in meditation as in the contemplation of nature.
  • A reason for art is to create personal and group identity, inspire, school, cultural, and/or national identity, loyalty, and spirit (flags, mascots, logos).
  • A reason for art is to tell how people used to look and behave.
  • A reason for art is to tell us how places and things used to look.
  • A reason for art is to tell us how an artist feels about the subject of artwork (DeKooning – Wyeth).
  • A reason for art is to tell us the ways artists have found to express their creativity, and ways to interpret and represent what they have seen, imagined, remembered and felt (Bearden).
  • A reason for art is to a way to interpret our own emotions and understand ourselves better (Pollack – Frankenthaler).
  • A reason for art is to express and see dreams and fantasies (Mary Frank – Dali).
  • A reason for art is to reveal pure visual pleasure from the impact of color, shape, line, and other elements.
  • A reason for art is to design and create the tools, utensils, and other functional objects needed.
  • A reason for art is to embellish, decorate, and enrich objects and our surroundings.
  • A reason for art is to symbolize or substitute for a real idea or object.
  • A reason for art is memorialize or pay tribute to a person, persons, or event (Maya Lin).
  • A reason for art is provide therapy that helps the creator and/or the viewer better understand a problem and solution.
  • A reason for art is to help us pre visualize ideas for buildings, bridges, cities, and everything else that is imagined before it is made (Frank Gehry – Frank Lloyd Wright).
  • A reason for art is to add humor to our lives (James Melchert).
  • A reason for art is to create gifts that show love and other feelings to our friends and family (flowers and cards are commonly used this way).
  • A reason for art is to do pure visual research into the effects of color, line, and other elements as well as materials and processes (Joseph Albers).

from http://www.princetonol.com/groups/iad/links/artedu.html

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