When I was in college in my
On the other hand, those of us in art education were thinking ahead to working in the schools systems, where pink and purple hair and pierced eyebrows would surely put our resumes at the bottom of the circular files after our preliminary interviews.
My artworks from high school were all watercolor buildings and landscapes. Very realistic and naturalistic. Many people would classify those paintings as art, without question, because they are now framed and behind glass. You can recognize what is there. Plus people (around here anyway) want to hang things they like and recognize above their couches. So are these "couch paintings" art? Is that my style?
Every day I work in the elementary art classroom, trying to get kids to color the sky all the way to the ground. Introducing the elements and principles of art at their basic, first stages. But I also draw and paint. I draw dinosaurs and butterflies for and with my own kids. I paint murals in kids rooms and at their baseball fields. I'm currently painting soccer balls, volleyballs, and footballs for the seniors in my district. I make things with my hands with traditional art materials. Does that make me a "real" artist?
Today I'm creating some works with handmade papers and layers the colors and shapes to make a textural surface. I will later go back and add in some hand-stitching. It is definitely abstract. Is that more "real" because it's abstract?
So to you, my readers, I pose this set of questions... What is Art to you? and in your opinion, who is an artist?