Humanity: Intrinsically Artistic

Ilona Marilyn Noble
This paper was written to celebrate the human propensity for creating art in its broadest sense, of living life in artistic ways. The definition of 'art' for this paper did not refer to that which is produced on a full-time basis or to provide a living. Instead it meant that everyday people approach daily life with creative ideas for enriching their physical surroundings, and the people around them. Since prehistoric times it is evident that humans have felt moved to represent daily life in
more » ... and three-dimensional forms. The artistic inclination appears early in a child's development and deserves recognition and encouragement. Becoming alert and sensitive to the people in one's surroundings yielded overwhelming evidence of creativity and artistic endeavour. Living 'artfully' is not limited by age, gender, or circumstances. A large portion of the paper specifically highlighted the innate musical sense people have. Many examples are cited which indicate that most people possess musicality, whether tonal, rhythmic or harmonic. Several original compositions formed the last section of the paper. It was fascinating that simply becoming more aware unlocked the writer's appreciation of the rich abundance of creativity in everyday life. iii Acknowledgements I would like to acknowledge the people who have helped me through this process, many of whom were former teachers and colleagues. I wish to thank June Miller for hosting me through many courses and being my supervisor for this paper; Dr. Ed Bardock who supervised my Independent Study; Monica Smyth-King who oversaw one of my practica and Pat Dyson (Diaconal minister) who oversaw the other one. I also want to thank a colleague, Wendy Williamson, who let me access her formidable library of books about Art. Without these sources, this paper would not have come about. I also appreciated Marilyn Sept for finding a music program for my paper. The people in my two home towns provide much of the material for observations in this paper, and I appreciate the rich evidence thus gleaned. Above all, I thank God for giving me the opportunity to engage in such a wonderful experience as the courses, and the Victoria Conference, to which they are closely linked.
doi:10.7939/r3x921z7f fatcat:b55ivqvcxbclxkdlfyjvjclhuy