As funding for education is decreased in certain
areas and put to other uses, classes such as art
and music have peen put on the back shelf. The
idea is that they are not quite as important to a
child’s education as English, history, math, and
science. Obviously, teachers of artistic classes
feel that their jobs are important to the learning
and development of the children that they work
with, but others are quickly realizing the
importance of arts in all aspects of human
interaction. Crayola has recently released an ad
campaign claiming that, “Today’s Crayola kid is
tomorrow’s self confident adult” (“Crayola”). They
say, “studies show that children who participate
in the arts are more likely to say they feel good
about themselves” (“Crayola”). As the importance
of art becomes more evident it might be necessary
to view it in new perspective.
Music and art are
very mathematical. “In the early 1400s, Leon
Battista Alberti suggested painting be considered
a Liberal Art with a scientific basis. In De
Pictura he exposed optical perspective as a
geometrical technique which could be applied by
artists to their work” (Science Art). Although art
is viewed as a flowery pastime by most people, it
can be seen in artistic discovery and
advancements, through the recreation and
entertainment that most people enjoy today, and
through the lives and works of those we consider
to be artists that art is amazingly concerned with
science. The development of art forms such as
photography were made possible because of
scientific discoveries. The earliest photograph is
attributed to Joseph-Nicephore Niepce.
his first photograph was no where near as clear
and glossy as what we would consider to be a
photograph, his scientific discovery allowed for
further development in the area. Robert Kunzig
writes Niepce used particles o asphalt, hardened
by the sun and rinsed in lavender oil to capture
his pictures. Invented in 1824, Niepce’s camera
had to be opened to the sun for at least eight
hours (and sometimes as long as two full days) to
expose its asphalt film. In the late 1830s,
Louis-Jacques-Mande Daguerre’s use of silver
halide emulsions and development cut that time
down to less than half an hour. (24) Without these
scientists and their interest in creating and
discovery the art world today would be missing out
on all sorts of creative outlets like photography.
Computers and advanced technology have made it
possible to create film-work that continues to
grow more and more accurate and lifelike. With the
invention of computer animation, animators have
been able to create scenes for movies in minutes
rather than hours.
Computer animation is not
limited to cartoons but can also be used to create
events that would have been dangerous or
impossible to capture otherwise. Journalist
Fenella Sauders, who spoke with Computer graphics
scientist John Anderson, reports “a lot of science
went into making those monster waves in the film
The Perfect Storm. Anderson says, ‘The trick (in
making a wave look more believable) is to cheat
the physics. If you want a wave to break at a
certain time, you have to manipulate it a
significant amount of time ahead. You can’t just
come in and break it right then because it will
look like the hand of God just came down and
slapped the thing’.” (Hand God 11) Thanks to
advancements in technology like computer animation
people get closer and closer to realistically
recreating reality. Games, although not always
considered to be an art form, are making a new
name for themselves as visual attractions when
they meet architecture.
Architecture and art have
always been closely related. Most building are not
only designed to be sturdy but also to be
beautiful to the eye and to the soul. It is not
uncommon to drive though a city and see a large
mural painted on the side of a building. What is
uncommon is to see a ten story Tetris game running
on the side of a building, but students from Brown
University’s Technology House have made that sight
a little more common. Fenella Saunders reports,
“several hundred people got to play the game,
including Apple cofounder and Tetris whiz Steve
Wozniak, who flew out for the event” (Tetris 18).
Move over Wyland. A new sort of action mural has
moved in thanks to innovative technology.
has been a growing interest in science that can be
seen in the entertainment world. Corey S. Powell,
who has done research into science on stage
reports that “playwrights increasingly are turning
to serious scientific themes, and audiences are
responding with heartening enthusiasm” (86). This
isn’t hard to imagine. The world is in a time
running rampant with scientific discoveries and
advancements. The science of the human makeup has
been unfolded, and we are learning more and more
everyday about what it is to be alive in the
It is no wonder that humans want to
interest themselves in the world of science not
only in a research atmosphere but also in
entertainment. Powell also gives a list of
examples. “Copenhagen, the 2000 Tony award winner
for Best Play, is a searching meditation on
quantum theory and the ethics of atomic research.
Also hitting the New York stage in the past 12
months: David Auburn’s Proof, which examines the
competition between father-and-daughter
mathematicians, and Arthur Giron’s Moving Bodies,
based on the life of famed physics eccentric
Richard FeymanTom Stoppard’s 1994 Arcadia, a
fanciful fusion of fractal geometry, historical
investigation, and romance, has become a staple of
community theaters around the United States.” (86)
Opening science up to the public in an interesting
way makes science in the entertainment realm
definitely a positive movement. Many of the people
thought of as scientists are also artists, or vise
versa. James Herriot, who has written many
children’s stories and a number of novels on
animals, is also a veterinarian. Herriot’s book
are a retelling of the events he encounters in his
practice, but they are not at all dull and to the
point with no extra flower, as many people might
think of person of scientific mind would write.
His stories are colorful and poetic which makes
them loveable to all ages of people everywhere.
“Leonardo Da Vinci who was a brilliant painter was
also a sculptor, an architect, and a man of
science who did serious investigations into the
natural and physical sciences, mathematics,
mechanics, and engineering.
More than 300 years
before flying machines were perfected, Leonardo
devised plans for prototypes of an airplane and a
helicopter. His extensive studies of human anatomy
were portrayed in anatomical drawings, which were
among the most significant achievements of
Renaissance science” ( Da Vinci ). It’s a good
thing that Leonardo Da Vinci was also a man of the
arts or he would never have been able to leave
behind his wonderful sketches, and that would have
been devastating for both the arts and science.
One of Leonardo’s paintings the ‘Mona Lisa’ is
known world wide to children and adults a like.
Even if a person what not able to describe what
the painting looked like they would at least
recognize the name. Not only did Leonardo Da Vinci
paint and sculpt but he also wrote music. A
Renaissance man is a person who is accomplished in
many different areas, and “the term was coined to
describe the genius of Leonardo Da Vinci” (Da
Vinci). Another man who is known by all Americans
and much of the world is Benjamin Franklin.
“Benjamin Franklin was a printer, a diplomat, a
scientist, an inventor, a philosopher, an
educator, and a public servant.
He invented the
lightning rod and amazed scientists throughout the
world with his experiments in electricity. He also
helped to draft both the Declaration of
Independence and the American Constitution”
(Franklin). Herriot, Da Vinci, and Franklin like
so many of the world’s great men and women are not
interested in just one area of academics. So many
are poets and inventors, painters and researchers,
writers and mathematicians. It is not solely
important to be an expert in one area, but almost
necessary to be accomplished in as many different
things as possible to truly understand the nature
of anything. When schools deny children the
opportunities to study art, music, and other
creative outlets they are denying the children the
opportunity to develop in all areas.
academic areas of English, history, math, and
science are jam packed with all sorts of artistic
opportunities. Art like science allows people to
create. Writing and English allow people to
express their thoughts. Music and math allow
people to break down, add up and explain other
areas of life. History is the greatest reflection
of man kind’s art and creation throughout the
years. One area of study can not make such as
large impact as they can all together.
It is a
shame to deny anyone the opportunity to cultivate
an intense amount of information, in effect
limiting the impact they can make on society. If
the budget does not allow for extra classes such
as music and art the answer is not to eliminate
these areas from the curriculum all together, but
rather integrate them into other subject areas.
Where would we be if the great people of our
history had not been Renaissance men?
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