As funding for education is decreased in certainareas and put to other uses, classes such as artand music have peen put on the back shelf. Theidea is that they are not quite as important to achild’s education as English, history, math, andscience. Obviously, teachers of artistic classesfeel that their jobs are important to the learningand development of the children that they workwith, but others are quickly realizing theimportance of arts in all aspects of humaninteraction.
Crayola has recently released an adcampaign claiming that, “Today’s Crayola kid istomorrow’s self confident adult” (“Crayola”). Theysay, “studies show that children who participatein the arts are more likely to say they feel goodabout themselves” (“Crayola”). As the importanceof art becomes more evident it might be necessaryto view it in new perspective.Music and art arevery mathematical. “In the early 1400s, LeonBattista Alberti suggested painting be considereda Liberal Art with a scientific basis. In DePictura he exposed optical perspective as ageometrical technique which could be applied byartists to their work” (Science Art). Although artis viewed as a flowery pastime by most people, itcan be seen in artistic discovery andadvancements, through the recreation andentertainment that most people enjoy today, andthrough the lives and works of those we considerto be artists that art is amazingly concerned withscience. The development of art forms such asphotography were made possible because ofscientific discoveries.
The earliest photograph isattributed to Joseph-Nicephore Niepce.Althoughhis first photograph was no where near as clearand glossy as what we would consider to be aphotograph, his scientific discovery allowed forfurther development in the area. Robert Kunzigwrites Niepce used particles o asphalt, hardenedby the sun and rinsed in lavender oil to capturehis pictures.
Invented in 1824, Niepce’s camerahad to be opened to the sun for at least eighthours (and sometimes as long as two full days) toexpose its asphalt film. In the late 1830s,Louis-Jacques-Mande Daguerre’s use of silverhalide emulsions and development cut that timedown to less than half an hour. (24) Without thesescientists and their interest in creating anddiscovery the art world today would be missing outon all sorts of creative outlets like photography.Computers and advanced technology have made itpossible to create film-work that continues togrow more and more accurate and lifelike. With theinvention of computer animation, animators havebeen able to create scenes for movies in minutesrather than hours.Computer animation is notlimited to cartoons but can also be used to createevents that would have been dangerous orimpossible to capture otherwise. JournalistFenella Sauders, who spoke with Computer graphicsscientist John Anderson, reports “a lot of sciencewent into making those monster waves in the filmThe Perfect Storm. Anderson says, ‘The trick (inmaking a wave look more believable) is to cheatthe physics.
If you want a wave to break at acertain time, you have to manipulate it asignificant amount of time ahead. You can’t justcome in and break it right then because it willlook like the hand of God just came down andslapped the thing’.” (Hand God 11) Thanks toadvancements in technology like computer animationpeople get closer and closer to realisticallyrecreating reality. Games, although not alwaysconsidered to be an art form, are making a newname for themselves as visual attractions whenthey meet architecture.Architecture and art havealways been closely related.
Most building are notonly designed to be sturdy but also to bebeautiful to the eye and to the soul. It is notuncommon to drive though a city and see a largemural painted on the side of a building. What isuncommon is to see a ten story Tetris game runningon the side of a building, but students from BrownUniversity’s Technology House have made that sighta little more common. Fenella Saunders reports,”several hundred people got to play the game,including Apple cofounder and Tetris whiz SteveWozniak, who flew out for the event” (Tetris 18).Move over Wyland. A new sort of action mural hasmoved in thanks to innovative technology.Therehas been a growing interest in science that can beseen in the entertainment world. Corey S.
Powell,who has done research into science on stagereports that “playwrights increasingly are turningto serious scientific themes, and audiences areresponding with heartening enthusiasm” (86). Thisisn’t hard to imagine. The world is in a timerunning rampant with scientific discoveries andadvancements. The science of the human makeup hasbeen unfolded, and we are learning more and moreeveryday about what it is to be alive in theworld.It is no wonder that humans want tointerest themselves in the world of science notonly in a research atmosphere but also inentertainment. Powell also gives a list ofexamples.
“Copenhagen, the 2000 Tony award winnerfor Best Play, is a searching meditation onquantum theory and the ethics of atomic research.Also hitting the New York stage in the past 12months: David Auburn’s Proof, which examines thecompetition between father-and-daughtermathematicians, and Arthur Giron’s Moving Bodies,based on the life of famed physics eccentricRichard FeymanTom Stoppard’s 1994 Arcadia, afanciful fusion of fractal geometry, historicalinvestigation, and romance, has become a staple ofcommunity theaters around the United States.” (86)Opening science up to the public in an interestingway makes science in the entertainment realmdefinitely a positive movement. Many of the peoplethought of as scientists are also artists, or viseversa. James Herriot, who has written manychildren’s stories and a number of novels onanimals, is also a veterinarian. Herriot’s bookare a retelling of the events he encounters in hispractice, but they are not at all dull and to thepoint with no extra flower, as many people mightthink of person of scientific mind would write.His stories are colorful and poetic which makesthem loveable to all ages of people everywhere.
“Leonardo Da Vinci who was a brilliant painter wasalso a sculptor, an architect, and a man ofscience who did serious investigations into thenatural and physical sciences, mathematics,mechanics, and engineering.More than 300 yearsbefore flying machines were perfected, Leonardodevised plans for prototypes of an airplane and ahelicopter. His extensive studies of human anatomywere portrayed in anatomical drawings, which wereamong the most significant achievements ofRenaissance science” ( Da Vinci ). It’s a goodthing that Leonardo Da Vinci was also a man of thearts or he would never have been able to leavebehind his wonderful sketches, and that would havebeen devastating for both the arts and science.One of Leonardo’s paintings the ‘Mona Lisa’ isknown world wide to children and adults a like.Even if a person what not able to describe whatthe painting looked like they would at leastrecognize the name. Not only did Leonardo Da Vincipaint and sculpt but he also wrote music. ARenaissance man is a person who is accomplished inmany different areas, and “the term was coined todescribe the genius of Leonardo Da Vinci” (DaVinci).
Another man who is known by all Americansand much of the world is Benjamin Franklin.”Benjamin Franklin was a printer, a diplomat, ascientist, an inventor, a philosopher, aneducator, and a public servant.He invented thelightning rod and amazed scientists throughout theworld with his experiments in electricity. He alsohelped to draft both the Declaration ofIndependence and the American Constitution”(Franklin).
Herriot, Da Vinci, and Franklin likeso many of the world’s great men and women are notinterested in just one area of academics. So manyare poets and inventors, painters and researchers,writers and mathematicians. It is not solelyimportant to be an expert in one area, but almostnecessary to be accomplished in as many differentthings as possible to truly understand the natureof anything. When schools deny children theopportunities to study art, music, and othercreative outlets they are denying the children theopportunity to develop in all areas.
The basicacademic areas of English, history, math, andscience are jam packed with all sorts of artisticopportunities. Art like science allows people tocreate. Writing and English allow people toexpress their thoughts. Music and math allowpeople to break down, add up and explain otherareas of life. History is the greatest reflectionof man kind’s art and creation throughout theyears. One area of study can not make such aslarge impact as they can all together.It is ashame to deny anyone the opportunity to cultivatean intense amount of information, in effectlimiting the impact they can make on society. Ifthe budget does not allow for extra classes suchas music and art the answer is not to eliminatethese areas from the curriculum all together, butrather integrate them into other subject areas.
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