How Art has Changed History, and how History has Changed Art

by Kayla Hollis, age 11

    Have you ever been in a museum surrounded by paintings and other kinds of art?
    You may find yourself asking, why does that one have a circle there? Or, why doesn’t that one have any color?
    During the 12th and 13th centuries artists were highly interested in classical art themes, which were primarily religious paintings. Artists such as Michelangelo and Leonardo Da Vinci got inspiration for their art from the ancient Greeks and Romans.
    In the 1500’s, artists were able to express themselves in more ways than through the religious paintings. They worked in many styles and in many different ways, including simply using perspective to add depth or creating large-scale paintings. Their art was full of passion and drama.  
    Styles of art have changed a lot since then. These days there are many new techniques, colors, textures, and styles being used. Today, some artists use graffiti as another way to express their feelings. Back in the 1500’s, people might have said that graffiti is not an art form because graffiti artists mainly write words or draw pictures. But it is just another way to show off your creativity and get people to express their emotions.
    Artists use their work to not only show how they feel, but also to make others feel. Art is used in many ways, from therapeutic art to just being a hobby that people do in their free time. Art is something that doesn’t have a real definition. It can be anything you want it to be and that’s what makes it so AWESOME!

[Source: The Kingfisher’s children Encyclopedia]

Another excellent article by Kayla. It figures. Nice work. – james KramerMadison (2013-04-08 17:19)
Thanks! It sounds pretty good to me too. – kaylamadison (2013-04-12 16:47)