Have you ever wonder, what is Art?! where did it come from? Who made it? And why is it important?

If we think about it, Everything around us has art in them. The car we drive, the bottle of water we drink from, the cups we drink tea or coffee in them, the shoes we wear, even the phone we use, art is all around us, so what is art?

The topic, “What is art?” has been asked by philosophers and thinkers, authors, musicians, and visual artists of all media. The debate has been sometimes analytical, sometimes passionate, sometimes humorous.

Art completes what nature cannot bring to a finish. The artist gives us knowledge of nature’s unrealized ends.

Aristotle

Art is not something you can’t capture with one sentence. It's something sometimes you find it within you, or sometimes you get influenced by other artists.

So when An Artist has imagination and vision and original thinking, they produce a form of art that influences people and makes them entertained or disturb or emotional or any other emotions humans have.

Medicine was found to help us when we’re sick. Architecture to make our lives safe and secure. Psychology to make us sensible human beings and know our own psyche. Art was founded for our emotions so that it cures our damaged Feelings.

We can express our feelings in a creative way. It’s not always the matter of adults, children love to draw, paint, color walls, floors, and if you're not lucky enough and fall asleep beside them, might see it on your face 🙂

Creative activities make children smarter and open their minds to explore and imagine things. The New York Times and Education Week have both lately announced articles presenting comprehensive new study which indicates that the interaction with art such as classes, residency programs, and Museum visits does make kids smarter”.

Where Did Art Come From?

The history of art goes as far back as human existence. Where we see drawings on the cave walls, showing warning signs of what they feared. Giving instructions, communicating, and storing information. They even painted their bodies.

The oldest documented forms of art are visual arts, which include images or objects in fields like painting, sculpture, printmaking, photography, and other visual media.

Recently a cave painting was discovered in Indonesia on the island of Sulawesi, arguable it could be the oldest known artwork in the world. Scientists at Australia's Griffith University in an academic paper published in the journal Nature say that it goes back to 44,000 years ago.

So we do have the idea of expressing our emotions through painting or drawing at an early age without even any art medium on hand. The cave's walls were their canvas and mud or blood or wood coal from the fire they made to warm themselves, were their drawing tools.

Art was improved after so many mistakes and ideas to advance the tools used to create artworks, and also early man assorted animal fats with earth and stain to shape the very first oil paints,

During the 15th century, Jan van Eyck, a well known Belgian painter developed oil painting by blending linseed oil and oil from nuts with different colors. Some English artists too made use of oil color in their paintings and created techniques for artists to use.

Why Is Art Important?

Art is a path of expression, a way of pleasure, a way of making people comprehend things that can’t be done linguistically.

In fact, we can say that all things that are beautiful are art. Art delivers mankind with a different range of requirements and satisfaction.

The use of art in several political and public issues to establish campaigns and build awareness is significant.

One study found that visual arts facilitated identity formation processes among older people.

It has different forms such as the visual arts, sculpture, music, literature, theater, films, and other ways that artists choose as a medium for their craft.

The importance of art in schooling for kids, as well as adults, is undeniable.

Art helped historians to write history through artwork paintings and track what happened through history. It is a mutual fact that every civilization is correlated with art.

Art simplifies the protection of culture, in the form of music, paintings, and movies, etc. With the assistance of art, we can learn the past civilizations and inheritance of societies and facilitate future generations with the same.

A lot of things in society stay protected in the form of art, which differently cannot be retained by any other means.

Art makes people positive about their views. Art can be used to help spread a word of enthusiasm, making people accomplish great things in their life. Art can be a kind of communication between societies and different languages, to concentrate on common problems for the advancement of humankind. Inspirational music is the best kind of creative art.

Art & Critical Thinking

When students and scholars are creating a work of art, the process includes conceptual and interpretational thinking that helps build their critical thinking skills including observation, reasoning, and problem-solving.

Through research, observation, and imagination. The artist is in critical thinking mode. To view the world or certain subjects, from a different point of view. They change their mind several times this is all part of the creative process.

Art has always been around in one form or another. Helping mankind in the development of diverse activities and their outcomes.

Creative thinking and artistic work outcome, has resulted in world-changing events. Opening the public's mind and view towards certain situations and beliefs. Many artists, for centuries, have been and still are, facing some sort of limitation to their work, being abused by the authorities, and even banned from some venues.

But that doesn't stop the creative process, critical thinking, and demonstrating visually and literally different ideas and ways to improve our lives and re-thinking some concepts.

What is the Future of Art

The future may be bright, it may be dire, but it remains to be shaped by ideas yet unthought. A century from today is hard to envision. But that hasn't stopped some artists from trying.

It's an understatement to say that a lot can change in 100 years. Less than 20 years ago, Facebook didn't exist (imagine that!) and the whole social media scene wasn't a thing yet.

In 2014, the Scottish artist Katie Peterson launched a project called Future Library. The idea behind it is to feature one writer each year to contribute a text, which will remain unpublished until 2114. The writings will be printed on paper, supplied by lumber from a forest Katie planted just outside Oslo.

Katie Paterson, image credit: Wikipedia

The future may be uncertain, but some things are undeniable: climate change, shifting demographics, geopolitics. The only guarantee is that there will be changes, both wonderful and terrible.

The internet is changing how we work, think, and live. And it's all happening so quickly that we haven't yet developed a proper understanding of it.

This new world, a time in which it feels impossible to maintain pace with the present, never mind charting the future.

It's worth considering how artists will respond to these changes, as well as what purpose art serves, now and in the future.