TOK Journal Post #3

by Michael on September 3, 2018

Claim: The arts are all about emotional expression: emotion is the most important thing in this area of knowledge.

Arguments that support the claim:

The definition of art is “the expression or application of human creative skill and imagination, typically in a visual form such as painting or sculpture, producing works to be appreciated primarily for their beauty or emotional power.” The definition of art itself states that art is made to be appreciated for its emotional power, which conveys the artist’s imagination and ideas. When looking at a piece of art, there is always a deeper meaning to it other than just the visual beauty of it, whether it is what the author intended or how the audience personally feels and relates to it.

The definition of art also states that one of the main purposes of art is to be appreciated for its beauty. Because beauty can be subjective, a piece of artwork can be beautiful to one person, but it may look bad to another. This means that one’s emotions can contribute to whether they think a piece of art is beautiful or not, as they may have a personal connection to the artwork on an emotional level that no one else feels.


There are some aspects of art where it is more focused on how it visually appeals the audience as opposed to conveying the artist’s emotions and expression. The colour wheel suggests that some colours can pair well together, and some colours can’t. This isn’t just one man’s opinion, but it is universally known that certain colours shouldn’t or should be paired with one another because of how it visually appealing or not appealing. This can also be applied in music, as there is science behind which notes sound good or bad to the human ear. The ratio between the frequencies of the sound waves of two notes determines whether a note will sound consonant or dissonant to the human ear. Though music can express an infinite amount of emotions, there is also reason behind it, which is another way of knowing.


I believe that this claim is true, as arts sole purpose is to let an artist express his/her imagination and ideas to be appreciated by others on an emotional level. I feel that other forms of art also support this claim, a big one being music. Because common forms of art such as music and visual arts may not include words and language, it is important that the artist connects with the audience in an emotional level to convey his/her message.

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