The Arts

Louise Rydenvald
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Abstract, Subjective, Creative

Paintings, Sculptures, Ornaments, Oregami

Poems and songs have language as their medium. 

Paintings, oregami, dancing, editing, movies, the art of creating a world in a litterary work. Letterature in general? They partly use language.

Dancing uses languages when taught and promoted and therefore different variations of dance have occured in the world. Arts must use languages in order to be described, which in turn is a way of teaching.

Music, dance and paintings all have different categories and concepts. In music different important concepts are:Genre, chours, vers, bridge, instruments, vocals, text and melody. 

Arts tell a story that in turn is created and though about through language. Therefore arts is a part of language and the stories arts tell are strengthend and understood through language. 

When evaluating arts some of the important concepts that are essential are:Creativity, functionality, evoking thoughts, apealing, likeability. 

Reflecting on art:

Think of one novel you are studying in our literature class. What ways of knowing have contributed to your response to it? (Book: "Too Good To Die")  – Language (harsh words, dark words), perception (the point of view I got as a reader), emotion (how the book made me feel) and reason (other possible outcomes I saw for the book). 

What ways of knowing does it seem likely that the novelist used? – Language (words of choice were made intentionally), perception (a point of view was chosen), reason (a functioning story with meaning, thought and chronology existed) and intuition (as the author trusted that the book would turn out good.)  Are all or almost all the ways of knowing involved? – Most areas of knowledge are involved but some are much more important.

Linkin Park – Burning in the skies Think of just one song that you really like. Again what ways of knowing have contributed to your response to it? – Language (lyrics, interpretation and such), emotion (how it made me feel), memory (catchiness of the song), faith (that it will sell well) and imagination (to understand the song). What ways of knowing does it seem likely that the song writer or musician used? - Reason (to make people understand the song), language (words were chosen to give the song a better melody), emotion (whether a sad or happy song would be presented), intuition (the feeling that this was the right song choice) and imagination (to create a unique piece.) Are all or almost all the ways of knowing involved?- All areas of knowledge will surely contribute to some extent even tough imagination and language might be the most prominent ones here.

Art as Communication and Education 1.     Is art a language? Do we all understand that language? –Yes as it takes intention and knowledge to use. No and we all have different ideas about it.   2.     What are the similarities between music and language? – Music uses language to enhance the communication while strengthen it with melody.   3.     Can music and language express the same things? -To some extent but it is much harder for language to convey a powerful message.   4.     Listen to the Poem by Wilfred Owen. What knowledge do we gain from this poem that would be lacking in a factual account of the First World War? – A point of view of what actually happened through the recorded events of a solider. Emotions, descriptions and feelings taken into account.   5.     How can fictional literature give us valued knowledge?  - It provides pictures of the world that might be beneficial or preferred to be avoided.   6.     Why do people watch films that scare them or make them cry? -To evoke an emotion and to escape from reality.   7.     Do you think violent films have an effect on people? – They are memorable and they might make an impact when it comes to opinions of violence.   8.     Is there ever a case for censorship? – To young minds but after a specific age it is unnecessary unless you are sensitive.

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