Art is an expression of yourself. Something you create that you put your feelings into. It could be music, or literature, or a physical piece. For this, I answered just about the same each time. I mentioned how it is an expression of oneself, and comes in many different forms. Although, when I responded the second time, I believe I went into more detail about how it can be an embodiment of one's emotions.
I do believe there is a gray area, but I wouldn't call it copying because when you hear that word you imagine someone just taking everything of someone else's work. I would call it artists stealing or taking inspiration. It's okay to take pieces and ideas but your final piece needs to be original and come from you. This is definitely different from my first answer at the beginning of the semester. My first time answering this question, I didn't really go into depth, and I just said you could use the same materials as someone else and it wouldn't be plagiarism. But, now I believe I have a better understanding of concepts and ideas versus just the physical aspects of another person's piece that you may be incorporating.
Artists can make art because they want to, because they need to, or because they have to. Sometimes, you have a class, and your teacher makes you do a certain art project. Other times, you want to paint or to draw and create something for fun. But some of the best art comes from when you need to create, when you need to pour out your emotions and just work. Once again, a very different answer from the beginning of the semester. In the beginning I said that art is to get a point across and to send a message, but I really don't think that all art is like that. Some art tries to say something and is very figurative or serves a purpose, but other times people just create something that they envision and want to build and construct.
Wow, my perspective on this class has definitely changed since I first came into it. In the beginning I just wrote about how it's to increase your skills as an artist. However, now that it's over I am able to detail more on what I have gotten out of it and what it's meant to bring you. So... I know responses are only supposed to be 4 to 6 sentences long but I just think my entire second response needs to be here to truly get my point across.
I think a lot of people just will take it because they need to finish an elective credit, or want a period to slack off and work on other things or have an easier class in a hectic, bustling schedule or for a teacher you like or to see friends. But, I think the true point of this class is to learn more about art, to further our skills as artists, to experiment with new materials and mediums and to just have fun. I hope that at least one of the reasons people signed up for art is because they love it and want to better themselves as artists. I think that from this class I took away a lot of new art skills and also I learned to try new things and to work with others and truly collaborate. Also I got to meet other students and make new friends. I'm super glad I took Art 2.
Thank you for being such a great teacher, Mr. Sands! Hopefully, I'll have room in my schedule next year to take Art 3!