Last 2 Methods in the series 24 Ways to make Art

writingWriting:  the art of telling stories only with words

Writing is a medium of human communication that represents language through the inscription or recording of signs and symbols. In most languages, writing is a complement to speech or spoken language. Writing is not a language but a form of technology. Within a language system, writing relies on many of the same structures as speech, such as vocabulary, grammar and semantics, with the added dependency of a system of signs or symbols, usually in the form of a formal alphabet. The result of writing is generally called text, and the recipient of text is called a reader. Motivations for writing include publication, storytelling, correspondence and diary. Writing has been instrumental in keeping history, dissemination of knowledge through the media and the formation of legal systems.

As human societies emerged, the development of writing was driven by pragmatic exigencies such as exchanging information, maintaining financial accounts, codifying laws and recording history. Around the 4th millennium BCE, the complexity of trade and administration in Mesopotamia outgrew human memory, and writing became a more dependable method of recording and presenting transactions in a permanent form. In both Ancient Egypt and Mesoamerica writing may have evolved through calendrics and a political necessity for recording historical and environmental events.

jewelleryGold-smithery, silver-smithery, and jewellery, the art of creating jewels:

Jewellery or jewelry consists of small decorative items worn for personal adornment, such as brooches, rings, necklaces, earrings, and bracelets. Jewellery may be attached to the body or the clothes, and the term is restricted to durable ornaments, excluding flowers for example. For many centuries metal, often combined with gemstones, has been the normal material for jewellery, but other materials such as shells and other plant materials may be used. It is one of the oldest type of archaeological artefact – with 100,000-year-old beads made from Nassarius shells thought to be the oldest known jewellery. The basic forms of jewellery vary between cultures but are often extremely long-lived; in European cultures the most common forms of jewellery listed above have persisted since ancient times, while other forms such as adornments for the nose or ankle, important in other cultures, are much less common. Historically, the most widespread influence on jewellery in terms of design and style have come from Asia.

Jewellery may be made from a wide range of materials. Gemstones and similar materials such as amber and coral, precious metals, beads, and shells have been widely used, and enamel has often been important. In most cultures jewellery can be understood as a status symbol, for its material properties, its patterns, or for meaningful symbols. Jewellery has been made to adorn nearly every body part, from hairpins to toe rings, and even genital jewellery. The patterns of wearing jewellery between the sexes, and by children and older people can vary greatly between cultures, but adult women have been the most consistent wearers of jewellery; in modern European culture the amount worn by adult males is relatively low compared with other cultures and other periods in European culture.

The word jewellery itself is derived from the word jewel, which was anglicized from the Old French “jouel”, and beyond that, to the Latin word “jocale”, meaning plaything. In British English, New Zealand English, Hiberno-English, Australian English, and South African English it is spelled jewellery, while the spelling is jewelry in American English. Both are used in Canadian English.

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Continuing with 15th and 16th ways to Make Art

body artBody art, which uses the human body for expression as canvas, like tattoos or make-up

Body art is art made on, with, or consisting of, the human body. The most common forms of body art are tattoos and body piercings. Other types include scarificationbrandingsubdermal implantsscalpelling, shaping (for example tight-lacing of corsets), full body tattoo and body painting.

Body art is also a sub-category of performance art, in which artists use or abuse their own body to make their particular statements. More extreme body art can involve mutilation or pushing the body to its physical limits.

In more recent times, the body has become a subject of much broader discussion and treatment than can be reduced to body art in its common understanding. Important strategies that question the human body are: implants, body in symbiosis with the new technologiesvirtual bodies, among others.

photographyPhotography, the art of capturing a moment in a film or a computer file
unlike any other visual image, a photograph is not a rendering, an imitation or an interpretation of its subject, but actually a trace of it.  No painting or drawing, however naturalist, belongs to its subject in the way that a photograph does.  It’s a positive way of looking at one of the differences between traditional art and photography. A photograph captures a moment in time in its actuality, whereas something like a painting or drawing, however accurate is essentially a rendering of whatever the artist chooses to see.   But can photography itself ever be described as an art form?

I do believe that some photography can be viewed as art. If you take a close look at landscape and portrait images, you’ll often see the influence of paintings. Photographers often mimic the setup of groups of people in paintings into their own portraiture, along with the interesting expressions and moods that said painters have captured. So, before many of us have even pressed the shutter, the influence of art is apparent in photographic work.

The sort of photography that is viewed as art is the kind of work that has clearly had thought put into it, and in which both technical and artistic skills is evident. The most stunning portrait and landscape shots have clearly not just been ‘snapped’ with a camera phone.

Photographs where time has been taken to get the correct lighting, whereby possibly hours have been spent getting the set up right, a relationship with the subject has been established and is evident in the final result – these images are art.

There is a skill involved in taking images that speak to the viewer and provoke a reaction in them that’s no different to the reactions evoked by art.

So yes, in the right circumstances photography is an art form. And it’s an art form that takes skill, artistic ability and an understanding of technology. It deserves its place on the artistic forum.

Extract from article by: Jo Plumridge http://contrastly.com/photography-art-form/

Method Nine and Ten of 24 ways to create Art

 Comic writing, the art of telling an story with drawings and scriptsfine_children
A cartoon is a form of two-dimensional illustrated visual art. While the specific definition has changed over time, modern usage refers to a typically non-realistic or semi-realistic drawing or painting intended for satirecaricature, or humor, or to the artistic style of such works. An artist who creates cartoons is called a cartoonist.

The concept originated in the Middle Ages and first described a preparatory drawing for a piece of art, such as a painting, frescotapestry, or stained glass window. In the 19th century, it came to refer to humorous illustrations in magazines and newspapers, and in the early 20th century and onward it referred to comic strips and animated films.

Dance, the art of moving, either with music or without it

dancing_-_crowdDance is the art of movement of the body, usually rhythmically and to music, using prescribed or improvised steps and gestures. “A dance” is any one prescribed sequence of such movements, or the music to which it is performed, or an event at which it takes place. Dance may also be regarded as a form of nonverbal communication recognisable in other animals; in bee dances and behaviour patterns such as mating dances.

Dance can be categorized and described in various ways. It may be analysed purely by its choreography, its repertoire of movements, or it may be classified according to its time or place of origin. Yet study reveals many generic similarities in many different times and places.

Martial arts kata are often compared to dances, and sports such as gymnasticsfigure skating and synchronized swimming are generally thought to incorporate dance.

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24 ways to create art – Methods Five and Six

Continuing with the 24 ways to create art.  Method Five is Animation. and Method Six is Cinema

 Animation, a variant of cinema which basically includes drawn characters

animationAnimation is the process of creating motion and shape change illusion by means of the rapid display of a sequence of static images that minimally differ from each other. The illusion—as in motion pictures in general—is thought to rely on the phi phenomenonAnimators are artists who specialize in the creation of animation.

Animations can be recorded on either analogue media, such as a flip bookmotion picture film, video tape, or on digital media, including formats such as animated GIFFlash animation or digital video. To display animation, a digital camera, computer, or projector are used along with new technologies that are produced.

Animation creation methods include the traditional animation creation method and those involving stop motion animation of two and three-dimensional objects, such as paper cutouts, puppets and clay figures. Images are displayed in a rapid succession, usually 24, 25, 30, or 60 frames per second.

Many TV shows today use animation and animation gives them that more of a unique look, allowing them to do more than what they could do with actors.

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cinema Cinema, the art of creating sensations with recorded movements and dialogues

The process of filmmaking is both an art and an industry. Films were originally recorded onto plastic film which was shown through a movie projector onto a large screen (in other words, ananalog recording process). The adoption of CGI-based special effects led to the use of digital intermediates. Most contemporary films are now fully digital through the entire process of production, distribution, and exhibition from start to finish. Films recorded in analog form traditionally included an optical soundtrack, which is a graphic recording of the spoken words, music and other sounds that are to accompany the images. It runs along a portion of the film exclusively reserved for it and is not projected.

Films are cultural artifacts created by specific cultures. They reflect those cultures, and, in turn, affect them. Film is considered to be an important art form, a source of popular entertainment, and a powerful medium for educating—or indoctrinating—citizens. The visual basis of film gives it a universal power of communication. Some films have become popular worldwide attractions by using dubbing or subtitles to translate the dialog into the language of the viewer

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24 ways to create Art – Method Three and Four

sydney opera house Architecture, the art of projecting and designing buildings, and managing space
Architectural works, in the material form of buildings, are often perceived as cultural symbols and as works of art. Historical civilizations are often identified with their surviving architectural achievements. Architecture has to do with planning, designing and constructing form, space and ambience to reflect functional, technical, social, environmental and aesthetic considerations. It requires the creative manipulation and coordination of materials and technology, and of light and shadow. Often, conflicting requirements must be resolved. The practise of Architecture also encompasses the pragmatic aspects of realizing buildings and structures, including scheduling, cost estimation and construction administration. Documentation produced by architects, typically drawings, plans and technical specifications, defines the structure and/or behavior of a building or other kind of system that is to be or has been constructed.  For example the Sydney Opera House, a superb piece of architecture and it is instantly recognised world wide

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Graffiti is writing or drawings that have been scribbled, scratched, or sprayed illicitly on a wall or other surface, often in a public place.] Graffiti ranges from simple written words to elaborate wall paintings, and it has existed since ancient times, with examples dating back to Ancient Egypt, Ancient Greece, and the Roman Empire.graffiti-art3

In modern times, paint (particularly spray paint) and marker pens have become the most commonly used graffiti materials. In mostcountries, marking or painting property without the property owner’s consent is considered defacement and vandalism, which is a punishable crime.

Graffiti may also express underlying social and political messages and a whole genre of artistic expression is based upon spray paint graffiti styles. Within hip hop culture, graffiti has evolved alongside hip hop musicb-boying, and other elements.[3] Unrelated to hip-hop graffiti,[citation needed] gangs use their own form of graffiti to mark territory or to serve as an indicator of gang-related activities.

Controversies that surround graffiti continue to create disagreement amongst city officials, law enforcement, and writers who wish to display and appreciate work in public locations. There are many different types and styles of graffiti and it is a rapidly developing art form whose value is highly contested and reviled by many authorities while also subject to protection, sometimes within the same jurisdiction.

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SAGITTARIUS The Archer…November 23 to December 21

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Sagittarius, their element is Fire and your quality is Mutable. The philosopher of the Fire signs, enthusiastic and ever juggling ideas; the ‘mutable’ Fire sign. The Fire element means you are motivated by enthusiasms, mental inspiration and the search for knowledge.

As the mutable Fire sign, you are one of the dual signs who shifts ground regularly, ever on the search for new wisdom, the perfect idea. The most peace loving and gentle of the Fire signs, you are nonetheless capable of pushing your ideas and opinions to the max. Thus your reputation for ‘foot in mouth’ episodes! Firing your arrows of ideas continuously, you let many fall by the wayside and only action a few. You are most happy when life feels like an adventure and you have an interesting new plan on the boil. You are the ninth sign and your key phrase is “I know”.

JUPITER: Planet of Wisdom  is your Planetary Ruler  The quest for a breadth of experience and knowledge of the world around you are the way your Fire flames. You are a hot character but the coolest of the Fire signs, ever ready to make friends and influence people. You are likely to have an opinion on almost everything and sometimes do better to keep that opinion to yourself. s

Your symbol is the Centaur, half man, half horse and this signifies your unique combination of strong physicality but mentally driven. It is when your human nature rules your animal nature that you are most balanced and happy. The gifts of Jupiter are expansive good nature, enthusiasm, a hunger for knowledge and a tendency to exaggeration. Since the wisdom planet rules both Sagittarius and Pisces, you are the ‘day sign’ – the most extroverted version of Jupiter. In the body Sagittarius rules the thighs, hips, sciatic nerve, arterial system, pelvis and sacrum. These relate to balance and movement and you are your happiest with plenty of physical activity and mental challenge.

It’s all in the Stars – Pisces

piscesPISCES  The Fish…February 19 to March 20

Pisces  the mystic of the Water signs, sometimes even a mystery to themselves – the frequently changing ‘mutable’ Water sign. The Water element means a feeling type, motivated by strong emotions, visionary impulses and feeling attachments.

As the ‘mutable’ Water sign, they flow from feeling to feeling, plan to plan, vision to vision. This makes them highly creative or gifted at working with other people and sometimes just predictably unpredictable.

The sign that is most likely to motivated to do something by saying you will never do it again; very skilled in a helping capacity, naturally comfortable with service. Yet will easily evoke the help of others by readily expressing vulnerability.  Most happy when they can follow their dreams, while intimately linking with other people’s dreams.

As the dreamer their key phrase is: “I imagine”.

JUPITER: Planet of Wisdom – Your Planetary Ruler