Social Development with Art in Mind
By Barnaby Wills
We have seen that the development of society requires change from the individuals that take up residence in a place. The society in picture can move into a further stage of cohesion and progression when actions are defined by a group ethos. This can be helped by people replicating the best examples that the human being has left behind. The human being has left stories to tell generations to come, and has left the excellence of practical and theoretical skills that amount to economic growth. Value is attached to things and once the human being has attached value to something the thing/object with a particular label gains an advantage for the group. The fine arts are readily intertwined with various youth and cultural movements today. These movements which have now moved into the future benefit society in general. We hope that the skills can do more than pay the bills. We can now look further into the very nature of the mainstream skills in general and craft which are inherently connected to the practice of painting, sculpture, drawing and photography.
‘A craft is a skill in a practical, intellectual matter; being practical it is therefore connected with the body and the senses. Now such bodily, sensual skills are acquired in a more perfect and comprehensive way by immediate contact and direct transmission. A skill may be defined as a deep-rooted quality resulting from the repeated performance of an act until the form of that act is firmly fixed (in the mind); )’*
Here we can see that craft is something that is learned and in the study of such a thing the student understands something to a higher degree, whilst becoming whole in character and more productive in general. The acquisition of a skill can be learned by someone intending to further a particular craft. Art as a balanced intellectual pursuit can be studied in a similar way to language. Fine Arts that relate closely to today and this current epoch, have a visual language that is very deliberate. The fine arts today are an intellectual creative pursuit, because the study of them requires the mind as well as the senses. The study of creative practices requires the theoretical as well as the practical. The students learn these skills by emulating the teacher and replicating the practice that is attempted. This process aids the economic revival in society but mostly because of the final product. The craft that is mastered and the dialogue that may be displayed are however a kind of recovery in themselves, no matter whether they are valued or not. While working towards a final product that suits the social climate, the artists should be refining their communicative ability and hoping for new openings for a positive future.
Art today- the application of the time is downloaded.
*(An Arab Philosophy of History, Selections from the Prolegomena of Ibn Khladun of Tunis, translated by Charles Issawi, Darwin Press, 1987)