Inspire Your Heart with Art with The Phantom of the Opera

Today’s Inspire Your Heart with Art Day, and what better way to inspire your heart with art than with the Phantom of the Opera. According to Merriam-Webster, art is defined as the following:

  1. 1:  skill acquired by experience, study, or observation <the art of making friends>

  2. 2a :  a branch of learning: (1) :  one of the humanities (2) arts plural :  liberal artsb archaic :  learning, scholarship

  3. 3:  an occupation requiring knowledge or skill <the art of organ building>

  4. 4a :  the conscious use of skill and creative imagination especially in the production of aesthetic objects <the art of painting landscapes>; also :  works so produced <a gallery for modern art>b (1) :  fine arts (2) :  one of the fine arts (3) :  one of the graphic arts

  5. 5a archaic :  a skillful planb :  the quality or state of being artful (see artful 2a)

  6. 6:  decorative or illustrative elements in printed matter

For the purposes of this discussion, we’re referring to definition 4a. If we’re going by this definition, then we can infer that art constitutes not only paintings, sculptures and other visual arts, but anything else that requires the “conscious use of skill and creative imagination.” This includes writings like novels and poems as well as music. Even movies are a form of art: cinematic art.

Whether we consciously realize it or not, we are surrounded by art every day, so finding a way to celebrate this national holiday shouldn’t be too difficult. As a Phan, I happily choose to celebrate it via Andrew Lloyd Webber’s The Phantom of the OperaThe Phantom of the Opera is infused with art in all its forms. Not only can we witness the art of the cinema in the 2004 film adaptation (or any of the film adaptations for that matter), but we can also see a bit of traditional art as well in the film (as is evidenced in the screencap featured with the title of this article).

The Phantom’s mask is a form of sculptural art while the costumes are another form of visual art. Gaston Leroux’s original novel that inspired the numerous adaptations that exist today is a form of written art as are the many Phantom-inspired novels that have taken form, and Andrew Lloyd Webber’s world-renowned stage musical is certainly a form of performance art.

 

Lastly, we must not forget the music, which in itself is perhaps the most alluring form of art throughout the entire stage and movie productions. It is the music that speaks to the hearts of Phans as it leaves the melodies resounding in their heads long after the show has ended.

 

No matter what your favorite version of The Phantom of the Opera is, today is the perfect day to take a moment to pay homage to all the creative skill and artistic development that went into shaping this classic tale throughout the years.

What’s your favorite form of art manifested in Andrew Lloyd Webber’s version of The Phantom of the Opera? You may base your answers on the film or stage version. Although I love the costumes and scenery in both the film and stage productions, I think I must go with the  music. Without the music, it wouldn’t be the beloved tale that it is today, in my humble opinion, that is.

As always, please feel free to comment below and to participate in today’s Phan poll!

Writing is Art

Inspire Your Heart With Art Day: Writing is Art

Today is Inspire Your Heart With Art Day, and while most people call to mind paintings, drawings and sculptures when they think of art, art can actually be manifested in other mediums in addition to these more traditional ones.

According to Merriam-Webster, art is defined as the following:

  1. 1:  skill acquired by experience, study, or observation

    art

    of making friends>

  2. 2a :  a branch of learning: (1) :  one of the humanities (2) arts plural :  liberal artsb archaic :  learning, scholarship

  3. 3:  an occupation requiring knowledge or skill

    art

    of organ building>

  4. 4a :  the conscious use of skill and creative imagination especially in the production of aesthetic objects

    art

    of painting landscapes>; also :  works so produced art>b (1) :  fine arts (2) :  one of the fine arts (3) :  one of the graphic arts

  5. 5a archaic :  a skillful planb :  the quality or state of being artful (see artful 2a)

  6. 6:  decorative or illustrative elements in printed matter

For the purposes of this article, we’ll be referring to definition 4a. According to that definition, art is “the conscious use of skill and creative imagination.” Writing certainly requires a conscious use of skill, and it oftentimes requires creative imagination as well, which would definitely make it fall within the requirements to be termed as “art.”

However, even if you want to refer to another one of the definitions listed above, such as definitions 2 or 3, you’ll find that writing falls within the requirements to be termed as “art.” In relation to definition 2a, writing does constitute a branch of learning; likewise, in relation to 2b, it is also one of the basic humanities that we are taught.

Furthermore, in relation to definition 3, it is also, obviously, an occupation that requires knowledge or skill. In order to write, you must know, understand and employ the rules that govern writing. A technical grasp of grammar and sentence structure is required and mastery of those skills results in the art of writing.

However, when we think of art in the sense as it’s meant in this national holiday, Inspire Your Heart With Art Day, we think of creative art that is inspired. Poems, novels and other types of writing that requires some sort of creation all fall within what is deemed as written art. To illustrate, I believe that no one would argue that Shakespeare’s writings are a work of art, nor that the late poet Lord Byron’s are as well.

Does this mean that in order for your writing to be a work of art that is has to be fiction? The answer is no because as long as “the conscious use of skill and creative imagination” was employed in the creating of the written work, then it can be classified as art. This means that your writing as a freelance writer could even be classified as art. You certainly have to employ the conscious use of skill in your writing endeavors, and even if you are writing non-fiction articles, you’re most likely employing your creative imagination to illustrate a point or describe a scene or situation.

While many writers desire to only write novels and other creative works, those people who want to make a living writing realize the value in freelancing articles to paying clients and writing their creative works in their free time. If  you’re trying to make a living as a writer, then you might need to engage in a bit of freelancing to help you pay your bills and make ends meet. This doesn’t mean that you have to put off writing your novel or book of poems. Rather, it helps secure you financially until you’ve finished your great work and gotten it published so that you can earn royalties from it.

This also doesn’t mean that you have to give up your love for creating written art. In fact, in order to keep your freelance writing from becoming dull and too technical, it’s oftentimes a good idea to infuse your pieces with a bit of humor or imagery, both of which require you to employ your creative imagination.

Writing is art, so today on Inspire Your Heart With Art Day, create art with your writing, no matter whether you’re writing in the freelancing or leisurely capacity.