Art is one of the widest subjects known to man. Although many have reduced it to mean the paintings and prints that artists draw, it happens to be wider and more complex than that. It encompasses a lot of disciplines making it an important part in the human life. The following is a look at the various facets of this discipline and how it is intertwined in our daily lives.
The first look is at the painting, sketching and drawing field. What the professionals do is regarded as such. Although this skill can be taught in schools, it is mostly an inborn one and it works well when the person only goes to a school to polish it. It is a big business in some parts of the world where it is regarded as an investment. Limited editions, fully signed pieces are sold at high prices.
The teaching field is another area whose proficiency is regarded as an art. In the highly talented teacher this is something that seems to flow naturally or without too much effort. The ability to impart knowledge to pupils or students is not an easy thing and not everybody can do it. It is therefore a skill that only the best have mastered.
Another area where this subject is prevalent is sculpting. That not anybody can shape a log into a giraffe or a warrior is itself testament that this is indeed a real skill. The sculptors are able to look at a piece of rock or wood and see a beautiful creation whereas an ordinary person sees the two for what they are: a rock and a piece of wood.
The other group whose work should be regarded as real skill are farmers. Being able to till a very sloping piece of land and grow plants there is itself amazing. Not everybody would be able to do the same with that proficiency. A teacher would be hard-pressed to tell the best methods to use to till a particular piece of land.
Cookery is the other major field whose proficiency is itself a skill. Being able to come up with recipes that are mouth-watering is not simple. Knowing the right ingredients and amounts to use for a particular meal to be delicious is not for the faint-hearted. It requires that the person dedicates time daily to expanding his knowledge on the same. In addition, he must be passionate about it.
Everybody loves to listen to some kind of music or to watch films. It takes skill and passion for a musician to write a piece of music or for a film scriptwriter to pen that award-winning movie. While they can be learned, these skills come out better if the person is born with them.
The writer who pens that series of award winning novels has the skill to do it. It is an art that only the best novelists have perfected. One may not recognize it but a lot of creativity goes into writing a novel even if it is inspired by real events. Things are now apparent that this subject is all around us.