Which additional subject can I take in the arts stream?Aug, 17 2023
Constructing Your Own Creative Canvas
If you're anything like me, Dorian, the arts have always held a certain fascination. The sheer variety of disciplines that fall under the umbrella of "the arts" offers so many possibilities. Yet, as educators we often find ourselves wondering, which additional subject can we take in the arts stream? Ah, my dear reader. That's a question as boundless as the imagination itself—and as worth exploring! So come, let me guide you through the vast and vibrant tapestry of the art world. Lend an ear, or an eye I should say, to my meandering musings on this compelling conundrum.
The Allure of Art History
Ancient murals whisper tales of lost time, Renaissance portraits gaze at humanity with an inscrutable air, Cubist artworks challenge the very basis of perception—all these and more comprise the realm of Art History. Offering a fascinating study of art's evolution throughout cultures and centuries, Art History is a wildly enriching course to consider. The subject doesn't just require the eye of an artist, but also the mind of a detective, piecing together historical context and interpreting symbolic elements within compositions. A sonnet to the senses, Art History celebrates the symbiosis between narrative and visual aesthetics. In fact, it's akin to time travel, but without the complex physics and potential paradoxes—unless you count Picasso.
Embrace the Drama of Theatre Studies
Ever found yourself secretly emulating Hamlet, delivering soul-stirring soliloquies while pretending to hold Yorick's skull— which in reality is your daughter Millie's old Halloween pumpkin? Then Theatre Studies merits serious thought. Theatre is the riotous child of literature and performance. It's where words spring into life, emotions shimmy off pages onto the stage, and stories gain physical form. Theatre Studies combines dramatic theory, performance analysis, and knowledge of theatre history to converse with the transformational power of drama. But remember, in the immortal words of Shakespeare, "All the world’s a stage," so your impromptu renditions of 'Romeo, Juliet, and the Two-Storey Fall' in the kitchen can also count as hands-on practice.
Finding Your Voice in Creative Writing
When my son Jasper came home with his first poem—not the most technically accurate haiku, but overflowing with boyish charm—I couldn’t help thinking that Creative Writing is like the secret sauce of art subjects. It is through stories that we understand ourselves and others, and it's this power of empathy and exploration that Creative Writing taps into. More than writing fancy words, this field of study involves crafting compelling characters, weaving intricate plots, and creating rich, immersive worlds. Sculpting tales out of thin air, creative writers are essentially illusionists, and their pens, magic wands. So, pick up your wand, and let's create spells together!
A Symphony of Knowledge: Music Studies
Music, like the perfect cup of morning coffee, can awaken the soul. With its power to evoke a plethora of emotions, learning about music can be a bewitching journey. Music Studies could be your ticket to understanding Mozart's genius or the pull of Punjabi pop, all while discovering your own rhythm! This subject sings truths about historic events, psychologies, and cultural phenomena through the universal language of melody. Just the other day, I found myself explaining to Millie how the opening crescendo in Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony is actually an auditory version of dashed hopes! Fascinating, isn't it?
Lights, Camera, Film Studies!
Got that Spielberg spirit lurking inside you or that Tarantino-style storytelling knack? Then let's roll out the red carpet for Film Studies! A close cousin to Theatre Studies, Film Studies whisks you on a behind-the-scenes tour of the cinema world. Covering diverse topics like film history, theory, and criticism, along with a dabbling in practical production tasks, this subject adds film to the canvas of your cultural education. The next time you snuggle up to watch a movie, you may find yourself decoding the subtext of each scene, analyzing camera angles, or pondering the impact of color grading. And no, it doesn’t take away the fun; it adds a whole new dimension of appreciation!
So there you have it—a colorful palette of subjects for you to sink your artistic teeth into. As a custodian of culture, art holds a mirror to society, its triumphant highs and sobering lows. Whether you're decyphering the Da Vinci code, scripting the next Harry Potter, or composing music that rivals Mozart's, being involved in the arts stream feels like having a front-row ticket to the human experience. That's the beauty of art education—it doesn’t merely teach; it inspires the heart, ignites the mind, and enfolds us in an enchanting dance of ideas and expression. And needless to say, it makes the school run a lot more interesting!