"Art is not what you see, but what you make others see." Edgar Degas
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Art is everywhere. While art can be loud, shocking and even awe-provoking, art is more often quiet and inconspicuous. There are no standing ovations in galleries. We don't wave foam fingers in museums. We go about our busy lives not realizing that art is with us 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year.
How do we choose the items we use in our daily lives? There are often many criteria. We begin with function, seeking what we need for a specific purpose. Secondly, we focus on how the item looks. The shapes, colors, textures and patterns we choose express our personalities and help us make our statement to the world. Our clothes, homes, dinnerware, handbags, man bags, shoes and even our cell phone cases are all works of art. Maybe not fine art, but art, none the less. The art of our possessions allows us to express to the world, who we are.
Please, take a moment to realize that we are able to express ourselves because of the artists and designers who express themselves in the work that we gather into our lives. This site was created to showcase creativity, especially the creativity happening in my classroom. Who knows, maybe some of my awesome students will be the next great artists of their generation.
Jill M. Anders, M.Ed.