Essay

Have you ever wondered how people acquire artistic talent and do you wish to also take pride in being good at some form of art? 

Today I will be discussing the meaning of the phrase ‘good at art’, how you can find a way to be good at art and why you should, and when to use art. I promise that by the end of this speech, you will know what good art is, all it takes to become a good artist, and why it can affect the world.

You have probably heard one or more people in your life throw around the phrase, ‘good at art’. But what exactly does that mean? Most people use this term to say, “This form of art is appealing to my (insert sensory body part).” Yet in rare cases, the art being spoken about is not appealing to any senses, but rather to the mind. It connects with your mental state, and shares the clear feeling that the maker had. It connects and it conveys a message. It does not matter if the art is physically attractive or not, the art just needs feeling. This is what I call true art. An example is Picasso’s well-known painting ‘Guernica’. To me, it is not aesthetically pleasing, nor something I would hang in a place where I could stare at it all day long. Yet if my country was at war, and I was at pain, I could surely connect my feeling to this painting. War is a mess, and so is this painting. Even if I was not in pain, suddenly, I can connect to the feelings of conflict and hurt that is portrayed in this painting, just by a glance.

Now, if you know what quality art is, yet you do not know how to make it, go ahead and stop there, but I am warning you, this will be a must-have in life, to show off, as comfort, as a career, or even to influence the world! First off, you must choose what form of art speaks to you the most, makes the most sense, or is the easiest for you to express your feelings. Love colours? Painting could be the category for you. Have the urge to dance every time something good happens? Try out dancing. Enjoy making things with your hands? Give pottery a try. These are just some examples to help you choose. After you choose, try it out for a while. See if you like it. If you do not, it is okay, you do not need to stick to something you do not like. If you do, great! The next step is to build upon the foundation you have just created. Get better at it and get used to it. In this way, it will be easier to use to communicate your feelings and to connect these feelings with someone else. Once you have done this, you are all set. The last step is to know when to use this skill.

You now have a new skill in art, but when should you use it? Sometimes, you or other individuals will need comfort in times of distress, so make comfort food, dance your worries away, paint over those bad feelings, anything to keep the problems at bay. For example, right now, with the distress that COVID-19 is causing, brighten up your own and other people’s days with music, art, poetry, etc.  Likewise, you can also use art to express feelings of joy. Write some poetry, blow a tuba at a party, or carve your cheerful expression into clay. Moreover, you could also put your skills to use to put a spotlight on global issues. For instance, sexual assault against children in Korea was never punished with justice until “Silenced” was produced. The movie brought light to the issue through the art-form of film-making and acting. 

Other times, you have an activity due that includes the need for your skill. Say, a school talent show, your skill comes in hand for that. Or maybe you need a job! If so, then you can look for jobs that align with your talent. There are many ways to use this ability that you probably didn’t know existed before.

To put in short words, there are many uses for your ability in art once you fully master it. You can proudly showcase your ability in art, appreciate it in all ways, impact the world with it, and make tremendous use of it if you decide to learn it. If you do not have a talent in art at the moment, I urge you to find one, not just because you can, but because it is enjoyable, useful, and can shine a light on society’s hidden problems.