Art Experiences

An Extended Definition of Art

Posted on: March 3, 2011

As an artist, I had been under the impression that art means doing artwork – painting, sculpture, drawing, etc. Okay, maybe we can include writing music and poetry. However, reading the work of Seth Godin, author of a dozen books including “Linchpin” and a top notch blogger, changed my mind. Godin proposes that an artist is someone who does work that matters. Work that you would sacrifice for. An artist is someone who does “emotional work”.  They put their heart and soul into whatever they are doing. It doesn’t matter if you are the maintenance person who gladly fixes things that aren’t on today’s request form, the manager who makes connections between employees, the entrepreneur who finds innovative ways to work or the company president who truly leads. If you go above and beyond because you want to, because you love doing what you do, you are an artist and your work is art.

The truly amazing thing is this can be all of us. Every one of us is capable of doing something important that we can put ourselves into. Something brilliant that only you can do in your own way. Godin believes it’s our choice. And I agree.

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Hi! I'm Susan Stein and of my many passions in life,
two of my biggest are art and children. In the process of teaching children art, I also teach them problem solving, brainstorming, inventive thinking, originality, working with others, hand eye coordination, and so much more. It doesn't matter if you're good at drawing or not, everyone will benefit from experiencing art.

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