Wow, there was some animated discussion today as we tried to define 'art.' Over the next few weeks we are learning to use different thinking tools to help us think in new, and complex ways. Today we used the 'alphabet key' to brainstorm examples of art for each letter of the alphabet. We used this thinking process to establish what everyone's perception of art was as a starting point. We noticed a pattern in out thinking: we each had a set of 'criteria' in our heads that we used to judge if something was art or not. We quickly found out that we all have a different set of criteria that we use to judge things so we are all starting from a different point. When people have different viewpoints it makes us think about things in a different way which is good. Do we need to agree what art is (and is not) before we move on?
Some of the examples we decided were probably art were:
miming and acting
We also found out that we could not come up with even one criteria that we could always use to judge whether something was art as there was always something that challenged the criteria For example:
"If you make it(or turn it into something)...it's art"eg knitting, sculpture. But some things are not made they just 'are' (like nature). Are they art too?
"Can it be art by itself...not just used for art" (eg the earth can be used to inspire a painting, but is it art on its own?)We decided anything can be turned into art but not everything is art on its own.
"Art is beautiful" (but then we decided not all art is beautiful - it depends who is looking at it!)
What do you think? Do you agree or disagree with our examples? Can you think of others that will get us thinking? Is there a criteria we can use to establish what is and what isn't art? Please post a comment below to help us with our thinking!
We explored how how 'artists' use illusions to play tricks on our eyes with magic and optical illusions today. We were amazed and intrigued by how lines that appear bent are actually straight, static images appear to move and we can perceive something to be there that isn't really! Here are some of the images we looked at. They are from http://kids.niehs.nih.gov/games/illusions/lots_of_illusions.htm
Some research suggests that girls are typically able to interpret optical illusions differently to boys. This got our scientific brains even more curious and we had to find out if it was true! We are in the process of surveying both males and females, adults and children and next week we are going to analyse the data...I wonder what we will find?