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Re: Art is

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Sandra Evans (
Tue, 30 Jul 1996 13:43:08 -0500 (CDT)

In Louisiana our organization, LAEA, sponsors with LAMAR advertising a
contest called "Art is ..." in which the students have to complete and
illustrate the phrase. This has been a great opener and discussion among
my students of what is art. The most common response to this phrase by my
students (from the mouths of babes so to speak) is "Art is Love." Then we
continue the discussion of how to express art as well as
love (this discussion naturally leads to defining pornography and lust vs
nudity (symbolizing innocence) and love. Through the years,
the concept that keeps emerging of what art is is that art is "human."
I do not think we can define art in terms of Webster any more than we can
define love. But we all have an idea of what type of love we want as well
as what type of art we wish to express or view....And art, as well as
love, will be capitalized on by economics. So, if anyone can define art
from a dictionary, I will be listening. I also want to say thank you to
all for all these wonderful discussions, plans, and ideas that I will be
taking to my classroom this fall!