Art is the Heart

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Art is the Heart

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Most people see art as a painting or a drawing, but it is so much more than that. You see art all the time and don’t even notice it. Every subject, including math, English language arts, science, and social studies are connected to art. Like GBMS art teacher Ms. Rachel Hughes says, “Art is the heart.”

Leonardo Davinci’s polyhedron (Public Domain,


In art, math is used to proportion the shapes and forms in a space to balance them. That way the head in a portrait won’t look bigger than the body, and make the person in the painting look deformed. You must remember that math was being developed as closely as art was, so at times it may seem there is more math in art, and vice versa. Math was used by many great artists, such as Leonardo da Vinci, who used math to develop their artistic vision. 

English Language Arts

Art and ELA are very similar. They are both used to help describe what something or someone looks like. But sometimes words alone cannot help us visualize what the author wants us to. When this happens, an artistic picture or painting of what the author is trying to describe is placed in the text as a text feature. When you read a book, it often has a drawn or painted design on the cover.  The art on the cover is used to explain the story visually, just as it can be found in a form of art. 

Social Studies

The Lansdowne Portrait of George Washington (National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution; acquired as a gift to the nation through the generosity of the Donald W. Reynolds Foundation)

Almost every aspect of social studies has to do with art. Art memorializes events and people in history. We may not have known what one of the most famous persons in American history looked like, if it wasn’t for art. One such person was George Washington, and The Lansdowne Portrait by Gilbert Stuart tells us what he looked like, his personality, and the times being faced. But how can a painting tell about someone’s character and era? By symbolism, the use of symbols to represent ideas or qualities. In The Lansdowne Portrait, you can see part of a rainbow in the top right corner. The rainbow is a symbol of new prosperity, this showed us that George Washington was from the times when America became prosperous after gaining independence from Britain. This portrait shows us that Washington is about justice and was a leader because of the sword he holds (a symbol for justice and leadership). Another aspect of art in history can be found on some cave walls; the artists of these miraculous paintings were cave men. Their paintings showed archaeologists how cave men hunted and some left traces of special ceremonies. 

Earth Science

Art in science? Yes, that exists. Do you think scientists from the times without cameras just knew the exact anatomy of an animal just by looking at it? No, they had to draw a quick sketch of the animal to further examine it from their lab. When looking at their drawings they could see any features they had not noticed when observing an animal directly. But those scientists couldn’t make those drawings without art. In art, the objects being resembled must be balanced in the space it is in. A scientist had to do this so the creature they were sketching didn’t come off the page and half the animal would be missing (they would have forgotten an important feature).

Color is another important part of both art and science. Colors are used in science to communicate a message, works of art use it for largely the same reason. When working with dangerous chemicals scientists will use bright colors with a sign to warn someone to stay away from them. Bright colors are regularly perceived by the brain as hazardous. In paintings, colors are used to help add feelings to the piece. When someone sees hot colors (red, yellow, and magenta) in a work of art, they might feel anger or happiness. What does the color green make you think or feel? Ms. Hughes explains that this color makes her think of life because green is the color of her birth stone. Lily Van Sleen, 8th grade, says that it is calming. Brianna Barbee, 8th, says that it makes her think of the forest. Camryn Kennovin, also 8th, says that it makes her feel happy. Lyssa Leslie, 8th, answered that it makes her think of the warm feeling of home. Color might just be a science all on its own. 

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