What is Art for?

In this short and entertaining video Alain de Botton puts forward a few good ideas about the value of visual art. I have paraphrased some of his comments.

What is Art for?

"Art is there to remind us about the many precious facets to our existence."

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You are an artist

Take a moment to look at the differences in these paintings.

My talented class today with their paintings of Toukley Beach, north of Sydney, Australia.
My talented class one Saturday in November 2015 showing off their paintings of Toukley Beach, north of Sydney, Australia.

You can see by the smiles that a good afternoon was had by all. They should be proud. The have applied themselves with concentration and focus to transform a blank canvas into a thing of beauty.

This class proved yet again again that creativity need not be taught. Everybody is creative. They make decisions. As adults, they have already developed tastes and preferences.

Compare the student versions with the original source image.

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Two of the students shown here hadn't picked up a paintbrush since high school!

Yes, it is recognisably the same scene, but it has been transformed by their imagination into something unique. One of the most precious things we can create in this world, a physical manifestation of their aesthetic sensibilities.

If you give people effective processes then their innate originality will manifest in the work at hand. I see that time and time again in the classes.

This class was organised, according to our usual plan, into 4 segments:

  1. Tone: toning the canvas and analysing the scene
  2. Blocking: Blocking in the basic colours
  3. Texture
  4. Detail

Paul Cezanne postcard: Still Life with Apples, 1890

The Cezanne postcards arrived today!

Inglis Academy postcard Series 1, no.2: Paul Cezanne: Still Life with Apples, 1890
Inglis Academy postcard Series 1, no.2.
Paul Cezanne (1839-1906)
Still Life with Apples, 1890
35 x 46 cm | Style: Post-impressionism

Cezanne said "with an apple I will astonish "Paris. And he did. But it's difficult for the modern eye to see why, because his innovations became intrinsic to the language of western art.

Learn to paint this work yourself in one "Paint a Masterwork" session at Inglis Academy.

The front of this card shows a syllabus piece from our art curriculum, painted by Peter Inglis. The works are also available for purchase.

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