18 May 2020
Is Art History for Dummies?
Should a Visual Artist Take Courses
in Art History?
Why does a Visual Arts student study Art History?
Because the HISTORY of ART relates to the study and practice of art making in the studio AND Knowledge of Art History is important for a VIEWER to know about when looking at a work of art. Knowledge of ART HISTORY enlightens all people to SEE their WORLD in greater depth.
I am a strong supporter of the study of art history for all visual artists.
The more courses in Art History that an artist takes in the university, the stronger that artist becomes in their craft. Art History is the GROUND on which we STAND. It is our FIRM FOUNDATION.
We must study our roots in the arts – we need to ask,
” where did this idea come from?”
We cannot begin to understand the current epoch without understanding the past in which different people lived. What they left behind is the CULTURE. We learn that CULTURE is NOT the PEOPLE – not the people group alone,
CULTURE is WHAT IS LEF BEHIND by that people group that is the CULTURE we study. And, I believe it is a life-long pursuit of learning. We must seek to learn from the PRIMARY SOURCES in our FIELD. We WANT to see how that creative work teaches us about those people who made them. We sift through the information left behind in writing, music, art, history, philosophy, and all aspects of learning.
We are SCHOLARS of the ARTS.
We study wide and we study deep.
Every idea we have arrived from a source.
Do we get ideas from “nowhere?”
Nothing has just hit us by accident – plopped down an idea in our head.
Ideas are based on what we learned in some way. If we do not study the history of our craft, we are lost at sea, floating about without being grounded. We have no core values, and we have no understanding of why we create what we do create.
Why not begin your own study of ART HISTORY and begin to learn more about your world?
Don’t be a Dummy!
For additional insight on this topic and how the music student is affected by it you van visit John Crawford’s School of Music Blog.
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