• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

Theory of Knowledge - find the perfect art piece, whether it be play, musical, paintings, or other wise

Extracts from this document...


Sabina Yeasmin Dr. Hall | Period 0 Theory of Knowledge June 11, 2009 Arts Essay: Mary, 1898 I had a mission ahead of me. We all had to face it, everyone in our TOK class. Our mission was to find the perfect art piece, whether it be play, musical, paintings, or other wise. It was May 19 of 2009 and Khalah, Mary, and I decided to go hunt down our targets together. We felt that the most convenient starting place would be Lasalle University Art Museum. We didn't know what to expect, didn't know if it would have our future reference items in there, but we were determined to finish the task as soon as possible. Sure I knew where Lasalle University was, but I had no clue where to go to enter the Art Museum section. It so happened that Kahlah knew how to get there, as she had gone there before to look at the art pieces. It was a very windy day, and we all kept getting dust in our eyes as we walked up the steep hill from Central High School. The walk there was long and painful, but we endured the dirt aiming for our eyes. We just hoped that our mission would be successful by the end of the day to make up for the horrible walk. At the entrance to the museum a man gave us directions to the door of the Art Museum. ...read more.


This painting was of Mary looking down at Baby Jesus, all wrapped up in white cloth from head to toe. He was al covered up from head to toe, and he didn't look dead like some people would presume, instead he looked like how a baby would look under covers. The painting was by Henry Ossawa Tanner, an American artist who lived till he was 78, and died in 1937. It was oil painting on canvas bought by funds provided by Regan and Regina Henry. This was the best picture yet, it looked so serene, but it showed all of Mary's sad emotions in that white room. I think she was thinking about how her town would treat her for having a child without a husband. She knew she was a virgin, but what did the towns people care about what she knew when they could clearly see. She looked like she was waiting for some news, maybe a sign for her to go back out there without being shameful and embarrassed. Nature of Arts: Does art have to have meaning? Conversely, if something is meaningless, can it be art? Art has to have meaning. There is no point of art, if it is meaningless, because then it seems like fraud; capturing someone else's feelings inside of your art piece. Even in that way art actually does have meaning behind it. Art only happens when the artist goes through a phase, big or small, or during the process of it or after he or she overcomes it. ...read more.


Can or should artists' intentions, and the creative process itself, be understood through observing artists or knowing something of their lives? Is the creative process as important as the final product, even though it cannot be observed directly? Are an artist's intentions relevant to assessing the work? Can a work of art contain or convey meaning of which the artist is oblivious? If one is to focus attention on the artist, one can make an assumption of what the art piece may be. Depending on the artists' personality he or she will continue to make paintings that have his/ her personality included, and a certain trait may seem apparent among his or her paintings. So by focusing attention on the artist, it can help someone else to interpret the artist's work. To fully observe an artist you must know something of their lives, or else you cannot interpret certain behaviors and the story behind them. The creative process is definitely important; it tells the story of how it got to the end of the road, the finished product. Although outsiders cannot always see this process, the artist him/ her self can see how he/ she grew. The artist's intentions are very relevant in assessing its work. If an artist was only doing it for money and was at a bad point in their life, they might not have a good intention and so their painting may not come out so good as well. A work of art can definitely contain or convey a meaning of which the artist is oblivious of, because art is described by the eye of the beholder. ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our International Baccalaureate Theory of Knowledge section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related International Baccalaureate Theory of Knowledge essays

  1. Does art have to have meaning? Conversely, if something is meaningless, can it ...

    For instance, take a simple sketch of beautiful butterflies on a notebook. As we, the spectators respond by scrutinizing the artist's intention(s) based on the art, it will somehow evoke various emotions in our minds such as freedom, beauty or perhaps also, fragility and gracefulness.

  2. Modular reflections for TOK. Identify a piece of art which has communicated beauty ...

    Therefore, it is the decision of the majority that rates various pieces of art in different ways. I feel that the reason why art that were created centuries ago are still well-known and valuable today is due to its rarity, as well as the fame of the artist.

  1. Assess the claim that 'we value art because it expresses the feelings of the ...

    Art allows us to share feelings and emotion as opposed to thoughts. It doesn't matter whether it has already been produced or is in the works of being so. We experience the emotion of the person who expressed it upon creation of the art - if you want to share

  2. Identify a piece of art which has communicated beauty to you, what precisely is ...

    Various pieces of art, for example the Mona Lisa and The Last Supper, were by Leonardo da Vinci. It is because he has passed away, and his art style can never be fully replicated by anyone again, which is why people tend to appreciate more than contemporary art.

  1. We want to investigate on whether the development of computer technology brings more positive ...

    A good keylogger leaves no trace after it's installed; you won't even notice that it's there! No apparent change is noticeable in system performance. Everything looks normal. And before you know it, your account password has been changed and someone else is making a purchase with your credit card data!

  2. Tok Art Assignment: My reactions on visiting the Art Gallery

    less successful, many pieces of art would have to be considered less successful as their ?message? did not reach or came ?distorted? to the viewer. On the other hand, in the perspective of the artist, this might seem to them as the artwork being less successful.

  1. Does the possession of knowledge carry an ethical responsibility?

    Often, it is even unclear as to which act is considered ethical. Catching my classmate cheat through sense of perception as a way of knowing in his Japanese test put me in an extremely ethical position. It would have been considered ?unethical? to ignore the situation as if nothing had

  2. Does the Possession of Knowledge Carry an Ethical Responsibility

    on their own then you're helping an incompetent person to get a degree and that's ethically proper. Of course there's a shady area here for some give and take when your fellow classmate merely forgot some lengthy and complex formula but does remember how to implement and apply it and

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work