Art and Education – A Way to Look Like Your Idealized Self
Beauty is the evaluation of a thing as having desirable qualities and attributes. Beauty is commonly defined as the visual and physical characteristic of things which makes these things appealing to the senses of the people. These qualities and attributes of things may be in the form of physical attractiveness, mental appeal or emotional appeal. Thus, beauty is a very important factor to most people. We can classify beauty into six categories, most prominent among which are beauty, value or social status.
Beauty is often defined by a person’s own opinion, i.e., the attitude he develops about beauty. This definition may differ from person to person depending upon his culture, religion, class and the social environment in which he grows up. Beauty, with respect to art, is the foremost concern of aesthetics, the field of aesthetic theory, one of the most important branches of humanities studies. According to the artistic theory of a number of philosophers, beauty is the most important quality of a thing. Aesthetic appreciation of beauty depends upon the kind of feelings a particular object evokes in its possessor, whether happiness, sorrow, ecstasy or despair.
We all tend to develop various kinds of feelings when we see and appreciate other things. When we see ugly things, ugly faces or ugly people, we feel disgusted, irritated or distressed. We also have certain emotions, which prompt us to react to beauty in different ways. We can find a feeling of love towards beauty, a liking for beauty or an affection for beauty. This therefore suggests that beauty is not a single feeling, but consists of various ones, and that each of these emotions has its own significance and special meaning for the beholder.
We are often attracted towards beautiful objects or statues because we feel the desire to be associated with them on some deep level. The desire to be associated with beauty can be one of the driving forces that leads to action, and hence we find ourselves attracted towards artistic beauty, sculpture, architecture and even fine arts. We are drawn to things that we feel beautiful, and also to things that we believe are beautiful. Beauty then becomes the aim and purpose of aesthetic and decorative arts, as well as literature, music and cinema. This aspect of beauty has a great importance in education, since it forms an important part of the process of learning.
Beauty of a particular sort, whether it is a face, a building, a flower, a work of art or a song, appeals to one person differently from the other person. If an artwork is attractive to you, then it will appeal to the rest of the world as well. One cannot talk about beauty in general, or the whole spectrum of aesthetic experience, without referring to the concept of beauty, especially when it comes to oneself. Beauty is subjective, and what pleases me is not necessarily going to please another. But there are common elements that we tend to follow wherever we go, and one of these is beauty.
We all want to look beautiful, and we all want to find our own unique beauty, which may be seen in different ways by different people, in order to be able to enjoy it. No two persons may care alike for the same kind of beauty, and no two faces or bodies may look alike. It may therefore be said that the pursuit of beauty leads to self-acceptance and self-awareness, which are essential ingredients of happiness. A beautiful mind can be a source of serenity and peace; beauty in a work of art can inspire creativity and change. The quest for beauty can therefore be seen as a way to find inner peace and contentment, as well as to make the world a more beautiful place to live in.