The Influence of Art on Common People
Art is a medium of self-expression; it can also be a challenge that intimidates people. Art can influence common people in many ways: "It could be a source of inspiration for people with hidden artistic skill; it could ignite the passion to create something of beauty; it could unblock fears and insecurities," wrote author Molly Prather in her article, "How does art influence people?" Or it could easily be ignored. Dr. Margarita Cole, an art appreciation instructor at HCC, defines common people as those who are not exposed to art or those who are not familiar with visiting museums. This includes people who consider art alien. She talked about the influence of art on common people saying, "Some people ignore art or consider it weird. Others ask themselves what is this for? Many of them do not find answer. But for some people who find in art an answer, it is a discovery." Sharon Hendry, a graphic designer, artist and HCC instructor, has another point of view: "Artists have two main objectives when they do art: One is to put something in a visual format to express a message; and second is that they use art as a medium of communication. Art can communicate without words," she added. Common people are affected by art in different ways. Hendry said, "People react when they look at an artwork filtering their emotions through their personal experiences, their personal history." "The way people are affected by art," Dr. Cole said, "depends a lot on their upbringing — the amount of exposure to art that they have and what is their conception of beauty." Art is a medium of communication and it can have a deep impact, or be very tenuous. "If we are open to art, we can take advantage of it; if we are closed to it, there is no way," Dr. Cole commented. She added, "Deep (art’s communication) as you allow it to go. If you allow yourself to feel the soul of the artist you are going deep." Hendry made an example about communication "When...
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