Program Belajar

Virtual Education Program: Creating Arts

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Have you ever felt shivers down your spine, or feel uncontrollably sad while listening to music? Or have you ever stared in awe at the sight of an artwork? Art is oftentimes linked to emotions as people can feel all sorts of emotions while experiencing art such as fear, happiness, sadness, and even anger. However, most of the time, people often think that art is something abstract and difficult to understand.

Some people even think that art is something exclusive and can only be enjoyed or accomplished by special people when in reality art can be enjoyed by everyone and comes in many different forms. The reason we held this Program Belajar was to better understand how exactly art is created and how it is connected to our emotions.

On the 205h of August, Act Global held a webinar on the topic “Creating Art” with Nadya Sekar Putri. Nadya Putri is a Creative Director, illustrator, and freelance graphic designer and has more than 5 years of experience in the art industry. In this webinar, she explained the definition of art, how art is usually created, and even made a little task for us to complete.

Before we dive further into this topic let us better understand what exactly is art. According to Oxford Dictionaries, art is “the expression or application of human creative skill and imagination typically in a visual form such as painting or sculpture, producing works to be appreciated primarily for their beauty of emotional power.” In this Program Belajar, Nadya told us that art can come in many different forms such as music, movies, poems, posters, and even design prints on our clothes.

Nadya explained that one of the functions of art is to pour our emotion into a vessel, in this case, an artwork. The emotions of a person or artist can be seen through the artwork they create. Through art, we can also share our feelings and experience with others who see them. However, people may interpret artwork differently as there is no limit to what art can show. One person may think that art shows fear or anger but another can interpret that the same artwork is expressing sadness instead of anger. Nadya also told us that art can be created by taking inspiration from around us and from our daily lives. Inspiration doesn’t have to be from something spectacular or extraordinary but it can be from the simplest things in our daily life.

There are steps in responding to emotions in art:

  1. You responded,
  2. Give time to process the response,
  3. Feel the response that is given,
  4. Pour the feeling that you have into the vessel and take the time while pouring your emotions to realize your feelings, and:
  5. Now your feelings have been transferred into the vessel or artwork.

To better understand the steps, participants were asked to listen to a song they chose and really feel the music. The participants were then asked to interpret what they feel while listening to the song into a drawing and present their artwork. When presenting the drawings, the other participants were asked to share what emotions they felt from the drawing that was presented, and true enough, each of us have different interpretations of the drawing. Also, what we thought the drawing meant was not always the same as what the artist is trying to show us.

With the drawing presentations from participants, we then concluded our webinar on Creating Art. It was interesting to see the other participants drawing and their interpretation of the song that they chose and I love how we were able to learn more about art and how it is usually created.

“Art does not reproduce the visible but makes visible.” – Paul Klee, Creative Credo 1920

written by Jasmine
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