By MICHAEL D. MARTIN American authors, as we all know, are a diverse bunch.
Some are masters at creating memorable characters and compelling stories, others are adept at conveying a sense of personal identity and the larger world around them.
But there’s one group who are more than just masters of storytelling: writers who are masters of aestheticism in their work.
They’re artists who are aware of their craft and are committed to it, whether they’re writing a novel, a play or a song.
They know how to create a sense that’s personal, that’s universal, that feels personal.
Art is the art of making something that makes you feel special and relevant.
Aestheticism is the term used by the American Academy of Arts and Letters, a group of writers and artists who study art in order to provide students with a more comprehensive understanding of the field.
In its new definition, the academy defines aestheticism as “a style or technique that uses visual, or other artistic, or literary elements to explore and express an emotional, psychological, or social message.”
This year, the American Association of Art Teachers (AAT) included the term aestheticism on its list of 12 essential art skills, along with composition, writing, sculpture, painting and photography.
This year’s AAT definition is a little more specific: it mentions an art-based term that refers to the art and design process used to create art, and a more general term that covers the way artists engage with the world around us, rather than a specific discipline of art that they study.
Art is not only about beauty or realism or realism-based art, the definition goes on to say.
“Artists use aesthetic elements to express emotional, philosophical, sociological, political, ethical, and artistic concerns.”
So, the AAT also recognizes that artistic expression can be found in all aspects of art.
What this means in practical terms is that we should pay attention to the way we use visual, aesthetic, and narrative elements to create an emotional or psychological message, and we should also pay attention, as an artist, to the ways in which these elements can be used to communicate the artistic message.
In a way, these are the same things we’re all looking for in a teacher.
The AAT’s definition is designed to help students become more effective communicators of their art and their message, which is a key reason why we see so many teachers adopting the word aestheticism, and not just as a way to describe their craft, but also in a more holistic sense.
This is not to say that all students are capable of using visual, poetic, or dramatic elements to convey a message of personal relevance.
It’s also not to suggest that all teachers should be able to effectively communicate their art, because not all teachers are equally effective at conveys the message they want to convey.
This definition helps to explain why the AAC is working to make aestheticism part of the curriculum at American schools.
AAC Director of Education Lisa R. Riggs said in a statement, “We want students to be inspired by their art in a way that’s meaningful to them and also in ways that they can relate to, and to us.”
The AAT says that while it recognizes the importance of teaching aestheticism to its students, it’s also interested in how students engage with their art.
“A good teacher is one who is sensitive to the emotional, personal, and social elements of their students’ work, while also being willing to take creative risks to express their vision in a meaningful way.”
This means that students should be encouraged to use visual and aesthetic elements in ways they find both valuable and interesting, not just because they’re good at their craft but because they are artists themselves.
And as an educator, we should be mindful of our students’ feelings about their work and the feelings of their peers.
I have a lot of friends who are really passionate about their art or their craft or their creative work.
The AAC suggests they be aware of that and be respectful.
So, in summary, if you’re looking for an art school that offers an aesthetic perspective, you might want to look elsewhere.
If you’re searching for an artistic education, the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Arts Education has some suggestions: Be open-minded and open-hearted.
Don’t be afraid to experiment.
Try different things and see what works.
If the arts or humanities are your passion, you should be prepared to try out a variety of approaches to teach it.
For the first year, students can enroll in an elective.
After that, the curriculum changes, but the same principles apply.
If you have any questions about what to look for in an art or humanities education, you can reach out to the Arts Education Section at the Department of Art Education at the U of A. Follow the UofA on Twitter