My mother in law used to be a pre-primary teacher. The other day she found one of her old textbooks, and gave it to me to read. The book is called: ‘Art for the fun of it” by Peggy Davison Jenkins.
A truly remarkable and insightful book even if you are not teaching children but love art and creativity. I hope that those who are studying to teach are still using this book.
In chapter one entitled “What is art?” You’ll find a whole lot of quotes. I have listed them here below from A to M. Which one is your favorite? Feel free to share your thoughts , ideas or favourite quotes about art.
A) “Art is a language that crosses time, space, and cultures”
B)“Art is the signature of civilization.”
C)“Art is to society as dreams are to a person”
SUSANNE K. LANGER
D)‘Art is a process of rendering concepts into human form.
E)“Art refers to the conscious efforts of human beings to arrange colors, shapes, lines, sounds, movements and other sensory phenomena, to express their ideas and feelings about themselves and their worlds”.
CHOEN AND GAINES.
F)“Art, to the child, is more than a matter of painting pictures or making objects. It is a means by which he expresses his individuality and communicates his ideas about himself and his world. “
JANE COOPER BLAND
G)‘Art is a way of finding out what the world is really like, insofar as it causes us to view things more objectively and also more subjectively. “
JOHN B MITCHELL.
H)“Art is the most natural means by which man expresses his creativity”
RITSON AND SMITH
I)“Art is an extension of the person, and expression of who I am and what I am”
SABO AND HARRISON
J)‘Art…a private feeling made into a public form.”
JUDITH ARON RUBIN
K) ‘The source of art is not visual reality, but the dreams, hopes and aspirations which lie deep in every human”
L)“Art is an intellectual and emotional recording of an attitude or an experience presented in a personal manner.”
JAMES A. SCHINNELER
M) “Art is simply a question of doing things, anything, well….When the artist is alive in any person, whatever his kind of work may be, he becomes and inventive, searching, daring, self expressive creature…He finds gain in the work itself, not outside of it.”