(Above) Jane Dunn, junior, expresses herself through art during her lunch period.
Story by Jacob Ward and Grayden Kurtz
Art influences society by changing opinions, instilling values and translating experiences across various periods of time. Research has shown that art affects the fundamental sense of self. Painting, sculpture, music, literature and the other arts are often considered to be the repository of a society's collective memory.
These many forms of art are experienced in many groups in public high school. Changing the way many students think, feel and overall approach situations in their life.
Art is something that will adapt to the time period and the situations people are in presently in this world. Many forms of art have opened up pathways and avenues for students to embark on.
It’s not just simply drawing, painting, making sculptures or ceramics. Now with the advances in the technological era of society, there are forms of multimedia like video production, graphic design and auditory productions that students are having an increasing interest in. Providing new and intriguing perspectives on what art really means and how it can affect not only our educational culture, but the culture out in the vastness of the world.
In an anonymous student survey conducted, one student had this to say about the impact of the art department, “I believe each and every student in Lafayette has a story to tell. There are different forms of art that can be expressed to tell them. This art can affect other people and give them a different perspective on others and their stories. Maybe these stories formed in art can inspire others and cause a chain reaction.”
Art is something that surrounds students everyday at school. The impacts it has can be quite influential on an individual’s academic life and social life.
Some students however have found it to be very eye-opening, taking a glimpse into a small keyhole into other people's lives, “I think that art is a great way to see students creative side displayed through their eyes. I love seeing students artwork displayed in school that I have had in a Business class. It gives me a different perspective into their lives.”
To the left is Jordan Hunter's favorite artistic piece she has created.
"I wanted to juxtapose something macabre and unnerving with something usually beautiful. I finished the first two paintings in one day and then for some reason couldn't finish the third for a solid week. Eventually I hyped myself up enough to finish it and that one became my favorite. I was really worried that it wouldn't be as good as the others," Hunter said.
Hunter also believes that different forms of art have defined her life and she is constantly inspired creatively everyday.
“It’s just why I exist I guess. I get inspired by everything going on around me. I love the juxtaposition of two contrasting elements. There’s so much beauty to be found there.”
The schools art department is constantly being developed adapting to allow more imaginative minds to spread their visions. More mediums are being introduced to bring in students.
“Making the [art] program bigger would be nice and having more resources to use would be helpful,” Hunter said.
There are other forms of art besides drawing, painting and sculpting that have increasingly gained student's interest. Photography and videography are big subsections of multimedia.
Jakob Porter, senior, received a camera for his sixteenth birthday, and fell in love with the world of photography. Porter is hoping to major in cinematography when he goes to college.