Archive for January, 2016

What Art Means to Me

HCA art teacher, Chris Hansen, asked her high school students to give voice to what art (and art class) means to them. Here is what a few of them had to say:

“Art doesn’t just mean something, but is part of me. Art is a way to express everything I don’t know how to say. It is a joyful, colorful way to look at life. Having art, you are able to see all the art in the world. Art is a way to almost make music appear on paper, along with every emotion. Art is a way of life for me.” – Tiffany

“Art is a break from reality, where we can go to calm down and take our emotions out on a piece of paper, rather than on each other. It is a nice way to end the day, and a friendly environment that welcomes all. It’s competitive (in a fun way) and fast-paced, but all the while a nice slow-down time with friends.” – Jesse

“Since I was young, I have taken art. In elementary, middle and high school, whenever I have a hard time with school, art class always helps me relieve stress! I’ve only just started art class at Heritage, but it feels like I will have a great time in this class.” – Jung

“Art is freedom to express who you are and how you see. If allows others to glimpse a world they can never enter – your mind. With art, you learn to look at the world around you in a new light. Art also teaches every individual to love themselves, their art, and their abilities, and to appreciate others’ talents. Also, it is forever a challenge to expand your horizons and skills.” – Amy

“Art is the ability to express how I feel. Somedays, I just need to detox, and coming in here is the perfect place and environment to do it in. The relaxing music and quiet atmosphere allows me to let go of the day and do what I love to do.” – Luke

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