When I was in highschool I had the most amazing art teacher-one of those teachers that you can think back on as most inspiring and all that. (I actually had about 4 or 5 teacher like that in high school-pretty good!) She told us over and over that art had to be an expression of ourselves. What people respond to is the emotion in the art. And viewers may respond with different emotions than the artist, but the important part is that emotion is there. Even abstract art that makes people annoyed-this is still an emotional response. This pretty much changed how I viewed art and how I made art. I go to art museums and don't just brush things off as odd, but really try to look deeper and react. I also have my favorites-Monet, Rodin, Cezanne, Pollock, Tiffany (of course!) that just make me feel awe.
My internalizing this teaching also means that I put myself into what I make, draw, create. This emotional response might be a little at odds with stained glass, which also seems technical and exact. (especially for perfectionist me who wants my solder lines perfect and my edges straight) However, I think that I do best when I am making things I enjoy and that are a little out of the box. I also find that drawing patterns is one of my favorite things, because I get a chance to draw and dream up whatever I want. (Now if I could just get them all made!) I make things that I find pretty, either in shape or color, and that make me smile when I see them (unless the solder line is crooked.. ) I love light, and I feel that drawing attention to the way the light plays through different colors can bring a positive response. Hopefully those who see my things have some sort of reaction as well.
The thing that has got me musing on all this today is something my son was told yesterday-that art is not meant to be creative. What??!! To me, everything about art is creative and emotional! Yes, you can be technical within the piece, like if you are learning perspective or body sizings. But at the same time, picasso certainly had some interesting body sizings and he definitely gets an emotional response! It frustrates me to see my children boxed in with art. I feel like I need to counter this idea they have that art isn't fun. Think it is time to do some art projects at home!
What do you all think? Do you see art as technical, or as an emotional experience? Are you drawn to the exact lines and perfect sizings, or the colors and shapes?