The final blog post

Unfortunately, this post will conclude the blog of The College Student in Blue. I had a fun experience with working on it and thank everyone that took the time to follow me. I’m was never the kind of person to share my thoughts about the art world and provide content that talked about the different types of art movements. This experience has provided some useful techniques and practices for blogs in the future as well as a better understanding of what to do when making a blog.

For all of my followers I have to say, “Thank you”.

Real Talk: My blogging experience

During the course of making this blog, I had plenty of time to reflect upon my experience with posting things online. To be more specific, I found my blogging experience to be in relations with Online Disinhibition. Online Disinibition is the phenomenon where people disclose more information than they usually would in an online medium. I’m naturally the kind of person that would abstain from posting my thoughts online. For the first few weeks upon making this blog, I struggled with coming up with content because I doubted how well I could express myself. But the more I worked on this blog, the more I was getting comfortable with talking about Art. Even to the point of going the extra mile and learning more about the topics afterward. This blog helped me in expressing my ideas more freely without the doubts of criticism that I usually think about in everyday life.

Does expressing yourself online make you more open than you usually are? Let me know in the comments.

What is Romanticism?

Starting in the 18th century, this art movement was all about the expression of emotions. Artists would emphasize emotions such as understanding, fear, and awe into their paintings. This was done by using aesthetics such as lighting, color pallet, and the focal point of the artwork.

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The art of Romanticism generated such a large impact at that time that it influenced other mediums such as poetry, science, and Theology. Famous Romanticists include J. M. W. Turner, Francisco Goya, Caspar, David Friedrich, and Eugène Delacroix.

More about the video

So the video I made the other night was just some I did with some of my friends on campus. I was hoping of using the video as a leading discussion of what people think about when they hear the word “Art”. By leading in with such a vague question, I would get some responses from those that have an answer for me. The thing that makes this question interesting is how people would give me an example of visual art rather than anything else. Art comes in many forms and appeal to many other senses rather than just plain sight. I hope that this post gives more clarity on my question and how some might answer to it differently.

What do you think about?

Today, I posted a video about me asking some of the people on my campus what they think about when they hear the word “Art”. It doesn’t even had to be visual art. It can be a song, performance, or even a word. With that in mind, I would be interested in hearing some of your answers. The video can be found here.

What is Impressionism?

EXHIBITTexasImpressionismOne of the more popular art movements, Impressionism took painting in a different direction in the 19th century. Before this, painting was done in the traditional sense where paint was carefully blended and was applied to canvas trying to hide as much of their brush strokes as they could. Developed in France, Impressionism made a name for itself by applying an uneven blend of paint and intentionally visible brush strokes. Some notable artists of Impressionism include Monet, Bazille, Sisley, and Van Gogh whose work would later be known as Post-Impressionism. Here are some more examples of Impressionismvan_gogh_post

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What makes something Art?

When I take my family and friends to any sort of art gallery, the one thing I hear a lot of is “Why is this art? I could make something more appealing than this.” To those people, I would have to tell you a little something called institutional critique. To put it simply, a place that holds artwork is judged by the artwork that they display. The more popular the artist’s work, the more popular the gallery. But for what can be interpreted as art there is no mere answer to seeing as everyone has their own preference. One popular answer to that question is Marcel Duchamp‘s art piece Fountain,21-tcjA submission for a prestigious art museum, this toilet has baffled many people in the art world. As Marcel Duchamp states “This is art because I say it’s art”. There is no simpler answer. If someone makes something or uses it in a way and calls it art, then by definition, it is art.