Cityscapes, Nature walks, Starry nights and Graffiti? All in a single package of art. At the final TLC session before Easter as is tradition we did something a little bit different. This term we got a little bit creative at the ACE Cardiff Art Gallery. The young people at the session were invited to learn about different types of art from Van Gogh to Banksy and try their hand at their own attempts.
We take a look at what can be considered art, and some of the artists explored by the young people at the session. Read on…
Most people see Cityscapes as just a set of building with interior that matters, but think of it as a vessel, there are beautiful people with beautiful souls, the same as ships. The amount of work of the mind it takes for a human being to scope and observe and bring to life such beauty that continuously grows and changes. Architecture has changed so much over the years just as art has developed beautifully. Moral of the story here folks is there is always a way to plant an artistic footprint in everything you see, even if you consider it mundane or overlook it.
There are few things in the world more fascinating and beautiful as nature itself. Think of all the seasonal changes, the beautiful and colourful animals that we see day to day and how the human mind interprets them. Where does the line between nature, architecture and art blur? That’s where the mind comes in, we celebrate individually and creativity and praise those who take it to another level. Did you know that there is a tribe in India that trains stretchy roots that belong to fig trees? They take the roots and form them into natural suspension bridges, they bridges are said to last up to an unbelievable age off 600 years, spanning over 100 feet long!
Vincent Van Gogh, known worldwide for his interesting and well developed art, so many people believe that Van Gogh was one of the worlds most troubled geniuses. If we look at the human mind, poetry, comedy and many other forms of art and creativity come from a deeper sometimes darker place, it isn’t easy to turn something dark into a beautiful flower, fertilised by pain. Van Gogh knew these feelings well, he took these feelings and turned them into fantastical works of art, Starry Night being an example of that, stemming from a darker place while Van Gogh was actually still within an asylum. Did you know Van Gogh considered this piece of art to be a failure? Hard to believe.
Last of all and not least, the anonymous artist known as Banksy has inspired many political, creative and thought provoking ideas, challenging the very fabric of society that we discuss and accept today. He took the thoughts and views of people and turned them into long lasting works of art. Graffiti was always considered more of an act of vandalise than any actual art-form. Dark humour, satire and stencils is usually all it took for Banksy to turn anything into a meaningful piece of art, however it goes without saying that Banksy’s fame cannot be denied but due to his methods many still consider him a vandal but there is no denying the passion and thought provoking ideas that he stimulated with his work.
We at ACE are extremely excited to watch the world of art evolve even further, has everything that can be done already been done? Or is there more influential and talented individuals like Banksy and Van Gogh waiting in the wings for a chance to take off and change the world for the better? No doubt we will revisit the concept of art in future fun sessions at The Learning Club.