Art is Communication
• Art is a language that artists use to express
ideas and feelings that everyday words cannot
• To fully experience a work of art, you must do
more than simply look at it with your eyes. You
must develop the ability to perceive.
• To perceive is to become deeply aware through
the senses of the special nature of a visual
To reinforce and enhance a shared sense
identity of those in a family, community or
Artists may create art to express spiritual
beliefs. Art of this form could be used to
reinforce the spiritual beliefs of an
individual or a human community.
Artists and craftspeople constantly invent
new ways to create and design functional
These artists include industrial designers,
architects, fashion designers, jewelry
makers, potters, wood carvers and others.
In the past many folks could not read. Art
was a method of communication through
the use of symbols.
During the Middle Ages artists were
commissioned by the church to create
stained glass windows to tell stories of the
Also we look at art to learn about the past.
Paintings such as Anne of Cleves by Hans
Holbein show us people from the past. We
can see what they wore and how they
Art as a Lifelong Pursuit
Art can be a part of your lifelong learning.
You may choose a career in art or you
may just enjoy it as a hobby. For
enjoyment folks make art at home by
painting, drawing, doing needlecraft or
graphic design on the computer. Folks
interested in art also take art classes,
volunteer at museums and get involved in
art programs in their community.
Check Your Understanding
1. What does it mean to perceive?
2. List the five purposes of art.
3. Describe two of the purposes of