Today’s Wonder of the Day was inspired by brenna. brenna Wonders, “what is art” Thanks for WONDERing with us, brenna!

Can you remember the first time you grabbed some scrap paper and crayons and decided to make a special picture for a friend or family member? Even if you don't remember it, we bet the recipient sure does!

In fact, we bet it's quite possible that your piece of original artwork was proudly displayed on the front of the refrigerator for all to see. It's probably sitting safe and sound amongst other mementos from your youth.

Most of our crayon masterpieces may never grace the walls of an art gallery, but they don't have to hang next to the Mona Lisa to be valuable to someone. Thinking about a child's crayon drawing hanging next to the Mona Lisa actually makes us realize how broad the term "art" really is.

Art is something that we seem to know when we see it…or hear it…or experience it. Yet, many of us have probably never given much thought to how to define art.

Some things are easy to identify as art, such as paintings, drawings, and sculptures. But art also encompasses many other forms of expression, including music, drama, food, and writing. It also includes things like the design of buildings (architecture) and even everyday objects, from coffee cups to tennis shoes.

Throughout history, art has been defined many ways. One modern definition of art is "[t]he expression or application of human creative skill and imagination…producing works to be appreciated primarily for their beauty or emotional power."

Another definition of art is "[t]he conscious use of the imagination in the production of objects intended to be contemplated or appreciated as beautiful, as in the arrangement of forms, sounds, or words."

As you can see, art is defined by its genesis in the human mind. Imagination plays a key role in the development of any piece of art. Some people think of art as what happens when your imagination takes a tangible form that can be experienced by others.

Although it can be hard to pin down precisely, art at its most basic level consists of two things: form and content. Form includes the principles and elements of design and art, along with any physical materials used in the process of creation.

Content, on the other hand, is less concrete than form. It includes the ideas and imagination of the artist, which consists of what the artist intended to convey, what was actually conveyed by the artist, and how others react to the intended and actual messages conveyed.

Now that you know more about what art is, hopefully you can appreciate the effort that goes into even the simplest forms of art. For some people, creating art is an important part of their lives.

Others may think that art doesn't matter, but that's far from true. We doubt you'd want to live in a world without art. From cool-looking sneakers to incredible graphics in video games, art makes our lives immeasurably better in ways we often don't think about!

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