I too, once believed that, to be a fine artist one had to be born with an
abundance of artistic talent-you either had it or you don’t. Today I am
quite relieved to find and inform students that even though one is not
born with a large currency of innate visual artistic talent, such
talent can be acquired and developed. Perhaps you too believe that you
lack the artistic “gene” or “special gift” called talent. After reading
this article however, one should also be relieved of the myth of Art
and be inspired, curious and motivated to discover their imprisoned
talent And pursue the development of it. There is an artist imprisoned in every one of us. Let him loose, to spread joy everywhere.
TALENT AND CREATIVITY
Let us deeply examine this thing called talent, shall we? Talent may refer to a degree of skill or ability. Ability in any field can be acquired and this clearly proves that one’s ability in the field of Art can be acquired and developed. I once questioned a geography teacher “were you born with the talents required of you in your current profession?”. The response was “Of course not”. One had to acquire and develop the skills needed in order to perform. Can you learn to play any musical instrument
to play any musical instrument you wanted or would you need to have been with the talent. Like anything else, you can learn to draw and paint beautifully. You need only the desire to acquire the skills and someone to provide you with workable instruction. Many persons often confuse talent with creativity. Both are important, and they combined to create Art, but they are not the same. Creativity evolves from one’s own thought or imagination to bring about as by intention or design. It is what one imagines and the produces using one’s skills. Persons can use their skills to bring their creativity concepts into the real world for others to see. A painter may observe a spectacular view, imagine painting it in vibrant colours, then use his talent to transform his idea into an actual painting. Not everyone is born with an abundance of talent, but each of us possesses a wealth of artistic creativity. It is imprisoned within all of us. We have to only free it.
ENCOURAGING AND DISCOURAGING FACTORS OF THE DEVELOPMENT OF ONE’S TALENT
In some cases, an Art instructor may ignore any form of creativity. For example, a music teacher may believe that all great music was originated hundreds of years ago, disallowing any original work from students. This can also be applied. For example an Art teacher on the other hand may applaud the unrecognizable blob of paint smeared across the canvas. In developing talent one should be taught the fundamentals of Art. For example drawing and sketching, the proper technique of holding a charcoal pencil, how to create depth and realism, the ability to capture light and shadow and so on. Once the ground work for these fundamentals are thoroughly laid, the precise principles that underlie all drawing and painting skills can be taught. This not only applies to the area of drawing and painting but to all other aspects of Art. It should be known that this does not stifle originality, but instead provides the best possible environment for it to grow. When persons gain both a solid technical foundation and strong nurturing of creativity, they are then capable of producing what they conceive in their mind.
ART ISOLATION AND PERCEPTION
The Art world, if one can apply the retroactively to the past, was once a world of idealism and wonder. Today the Art world is a world of anomie, where it is at a breakdown of standards and values. At a personal level, it is unrest, alienation and uncertainty that come from a lack of purpose or ideals. Why should the Art world be a world of anomie? The answer is simple, no one believes in the Art world anymore, because it has been discredited. For some artists, their reaction of such is to retreat into private spirituality. Some say “I make my work for myself, for whom else should the artist work?” According to conducted surveys, many students respond that they do not value what artists do, and only a few believe that artists contribute “ a lot” to the society. Many perceived the making of Art as only a frivolous or recreational pursuit.
ART IN SOCIETY
Art can bring awareness to people. It is a powerful means of presenting truths about humankind that cannot be expressed any other way. Art also connects people in a society by presenting an idea that everyone can relate to in a universal way. The awareness that comes from Art will only lead to a better society when people take action based on the ideas they discover in Art. Art has the possibility of making society better. Art can also serve to reduce the crime rate, as persons can adopt art as a leisure activity.
It is appalling to know that such an imprisoned talent can be set free in such an imprisoned domicile. Some prisoners were unaware of their artistic talent only until they were placed behind metal bars. This should prove to you even more that you are fully capable of doing Art. These imprisoned persons may have surely once thought that they never had what it takes to be an artist. It may have taken boredom and the lack of freedom for the skillful expression of such talent. I am pleading to you young persons. Don’t delay and discover the wonders of your imprisoned talent. Students should know that Art is important just as Mathematics, Science, History and Geography. It is vital for preparing you for the future and is heavily demanded for the face of the changing global economy. According to some economists, states will have to rely on innovation, ingenuity, creativity and analysis for its competitive edge. Such skills can be enhanced by the engagement with the Arts. We need something Art provides, something that arrests our senses and our attention and reminds us there is something more to life than the daily grind. Making Art, listening to it, watching it, holding it, seeing it yields its own kind of pleasure. Imagine we are all born creative. It’s true, but if we neglect to develop and strengthen these skills, our creativity becomes inhibited. Now, imagine an opportunity to explore your talent. Stop and imagine a chance to liberate the artist in you.
too, once believed that, to be a fine artist one had to be born with
an abundance of artistic talent-you either had it or you don’t. Today I am quite relieved to find and inform students that even though one is not born with a large currency of innate visual artistic talent, such talent can be acquired and developed. Perhaps you too believe that you lack the artistic “gene” or “special gift” called talent. After reading this article however, one should also be relieved of the myth of Art and be inspired, curious and motivated to discover their imprisoned talent
And pursue the development of it. There is an artist imprisoned in every one of us. Let him loose, to spread joy everywhere.