Thinking about trying something out so I did a little study to see how I felt about it. I think I want to play with it a little more.
This past year I have been experimenting with working with leather and recently I have been specifically experimenting with leather masks. Last month I made a leather owl mask to wear at my cousin’s wedding and when I got back I hunted down and purchased a mannequin head so that I had a full-sized, properly shaped form to mould leather on.
Torturing a mannequin in order to shape some leather for a mask. Also a little afraid that it will come to life and seek its revenge.
I am interviewing an award winning musician and esteemed art educator this afternoon for an upcoming article for an issue of a Calgary Arts & Culture magazine. The theme of this edition of the magazine is Education – specifically education in regard to the arts.
To prepare for this interview I have been doing a lot of research into the measurable impact of arts education on how children learn and what they lose when the arts are removed from the curriculum. The current spate of cutbacks in education in North America has resulted in even deeper cuts to art programs in schools from kindergarten right up to the university level and I wanted to provide myself with some solid facts and statistics around why this is a problem. And there is no shortage of facts and statistics. But I also thought that there could be reasons outside of the facts and figures that might help explain the need for art and why it is so important.
To get me started I wrote “Why is Art Important?” on an index card in huge letters (as huge as you can get on a 4×6 card) and made a point-form list of what popped into my head:
- it informs society
- provides a venue for social commentary
- brings joy
- provokes emotion
- is an outlet
- records the history of a culture
I think that this is a pretty good start. My goal is to take these points and expand on them both from a research perspective and through my own work. I am excited to see where this topic might take me.
Do you have any opinions about why art is (or isn’t) important? Leave a comment below and let me know what you think.