Getting to the heart of art

Transformations throughout art history

Getting to the heart of art

HE grabs his pencil and looks at the blank paper in front of him. Drawing lines, dots, squares, he embraces his creativity. Abstract or not, the finished result makes him smile. Art has been a way to relieve stress, or generally a way to calm the nerves when some people are nervous. When anxiety levels are high, take a paint brush and brush it away.

“Art history, also called ‘Art Historiography’, historical study of the visual arts being concerned with identifying, classifying, describing, evaluating, interpreting, and understanding the art products and historic development of the fields of painting, sculpture, architecture, the decorative arts, drawing, printmaking, photography, painting, and even interior design,” website Britticana said.

Art can be both on the understanding side and on the aesthetic side.

“In modern times, art history has emerged as a discipline that specializes in teaching people how to evaluate and interpret works of art based on their own perspective. Art history has frequently been criticized for its subjectivity because the definition of what is beautiful varies from individual to individual. Learning to evaluate what you see by building on the art forms you already know can develop your aesthetic understanding,” Britticana said.

Art can be a natural stress reliever for some.

“For me, art is a way I calm down and block everything that is going on for a moment’s time,” sophomore Meerab Rasheed said. “It lets me engage in my creativity and shows what I can do while under pressure or stressed.Even having a bad day, I take my paper and draw my worries away.”

Art has changed overtime, from historical moments to even the most simple people sitting in an empty room, spewing their artistic abilities.

“Art changed from some important events in time. People have taken an interest in it and have modified it to fit their own style,” Rasheed said. “Many new forms of art are being mixed with old forms and revising to make a more modern style to fit the 21st century.”

Therefore, art has made some impact on society and people began to have a feel for art and the study of it.

“Art history requires you to study and describe what you see in terms of the design elements of line, shape, color, value, and texture. Once you write a response to one work of art, you can compare it to another work of art,” Britticana said. “An alternative is to make comparisons and contrasts between artists and their artistic works with the mind’s eye. As you explore the fascinating world of art, a beautiful collection of thousands of years of human experience, you will want to travel farther from your home to see works of art in person,” Britticana said.

Moreover, the history of art can make a huge impact on the mass majority and can benefit the knowledge of art.

“Different styles and techniques had to come from somewhere right? Styles were inspired by something or someone. It can’t just come out of nowhere,” Rasheed said.

Like the religion arts, the renaissance was part of the people’s desire for arts of their traditions and religions.

“Combining exposure to art history with the desire to foster art appreciation in others represents a happy medium,” according to Britannica. “The art teacher or art historian can inspire you with a survey of the many time periods in art history. For example, you can become a huge fan of the  Renaissance because, like the French, Dutch, Italian, and Spanish masters, you share the same desire to reconcile humanism with human religion.”