Art is Life 1.0

Hello Everyone.

I am going to start writing about my art and the lessons I teach and the lessons I learnt through teaching. 

I have recognized that there is a lot of valuable content in what and how I teach art to my students and so I want to package that and offer it to you all in a concise and available way that is also easily approachable for everyone. 

Art is important, but unfortunately it's not highly valued by a lot of society and especially (now more than ever) our government. Other nations, as in Europe, demonstrate a stronger appreciation for the arts where museums are governmentally funded and arts are celebrated throughout culture and in education with more weight and balance to other subjects. In addition we can find that happier and more thriving lives are lived in such places where life is also more highly regarded than competition and capitalism. These governments provide better access to health care, more vacation days, and initiatives that support positive and healthy livelihoods for citizens. 

 

 Bordalo II is an amazing artist from Portugal who uses recycled plastic to create (mainly) animals on the streets of Europe and now all over the world. He is one of my inspirations.

Bordalo II is an amazing artist from Portugal who uses recycled plastic to create (mainly) animals on the streets of Europe and now all over the world. He is one of my inspirations.

Art is a crucial part of living.

Even for those who don't see that from the get go, I believe that anyone can be opened up through art. It forces you to think and grow, especially if you're grating against it. Without art there would be no understanding of inspiration that makes our lives worth living. 

I am a visual artist and art educator. I have held on to this notion that "Art is Life" since I began recognizing the incredible world of art - "the art world" and all that it is through my college courses. My mind was blown. 

As I have ventured into the "real world" with my art degree and art education degree I have synthesized the ideas I had collected and have come up with my own surrounding the subject. I have come to see that "Art is Life" in new ways - art can teach us about ourselves, our lives, and our outlooks. Art has the power to transform communities, individuals, and others. 

I am interested in exploring and sharing the ways I see that art can transform your life. It's the little things in my art lessons that turn an art class into a philosophy course, turns teaching moments into spiritual moments.

This stuff is too god to let slip away into the void, so I'm here to share it with you. 

Follow along with me, grab your reading glasses, a cup of tea, a pencil and some paper and we'll begin a life journey through art. 

xoxo

Laura