Apr 01

Learning to Appreciate Art

The world of reality has its limits; the world of imagination is boundless.” Jean-Jacques Rousseau


Most teachers understand that when art is incorporated into the learning curriculum it has the ability to open the learner’s mind to new possibilities. Learning about art can help spark creativity. The role of early childhood art education can have a profound influence later in life. Here is an article on Learning Through the Arts and another specifically related to early childhood development and How Art Influences Learning. This next article explains some of the skills children can learn through art education.


If I were called upon to define briefly the word Art, I should call it the reproduction of what the senses perceive in nature, seen through the veil of the soul.” Paul Cezanne


Later in life we come to understand that appreciating art requires an open mind. It also involves learning about certain time periods, styles and techniques. Learning about art history and style can help to develop an understanding of the basis (inspiration) for art as well as aid in inculcating a more meaningful sense of what we like, or perhaps, what we dislike and why. Here is a link with in-depth information on how to learn the finer points of art appreciation… and another for more about art appreciation here.

The BBC offers a terrific series of videos about the Power of Art. And of course, closely related to the world of art is the importance of understanding the basic elements of design.

The Great Courses offers education on art through the use of audio and video material available for purchase from their website.

Khan Academy is another online learning resource. Follow this link for their course on Art History Basics – it’s free!


“The aim of art is to represent not the outward appearance of things, but their inward significance.” Aristotle



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