Art: noun: (ahrt): the quality, production, expression or realm, according to aesthetic principles, of what is beautiful, appealing, or of more than ordinary significance.
Art is a lot of things.
Mainly, I think art is whatever you personally think is beautiful.
I think Helena Bonham Carter describes it best;
“I think everything in life is art. What you do. How you dress. The way you love someone, and how you talk. Your smile and your personality. What you believe in, and all your dreams. The way you drink your tea. How you decorate your home. Or party. Your grocery list. The food you make. How your writing looks. And the way you feel. Life is art.”
Fine Arts is different than just “Art” is different from printmaking is different from crafts is different from music, etc. I believe most things are art. It’s what you call your practice that defines you. I am a fine arts major with a concentration in Painting and Drawing. My art is widely based on color theory and conceptual ideas using realistic images to portray those ideas. My art concentration in high school was to make the human body look purely like angles and lines; to dehumanize. My opinion on what isn’t art is incredible vague and not very solidified. For example, I am not a fan of non objective art. I also do not particularly like minimalistic art. However, I understand what the artist is trying to do, and will still call it art. I guess what isn’t art, is a product with no thought. It’s as useless as a bird with no wings. Even theoretical/accidental masterpieces are obtaining conscious thought.
Art is also something other than colors, and ideas to me. It’s a form of healing. I plan to go on to grad school and get a degree in Art Therapy. If possible, I’d love to work with younger kids. Someone once said that being an artist means “trying to heal while constantly exposing your wounds.” It takes courage to be an artist and pursue any of the arts. Artists, innovators, movers and shakers: we’re a dying breed. We have to stick together.