Art is a form of communication. It is not only in form of paintings, drawings, or sculptures. Art is everywhere, in the music we sing and listen to, the words we write and read, clothes we make and wear, photos we take, and in many areas of life. It deals with expressing the creator’s imaginative, conceptual ideas, or technical skills. Whatever message the artist wants to convey is shaped by the materials, techniques, and forms that are made use of. It is about sharing the way we experience and view the world like an extension of our personality.
In the lifestyle of youths today art is everywhere, and basically entangled in almost everything we do. Art has been extended and developed over time. Activities like dance, photography, music, drama, poetry, fashion, and even cooking have been classified under art. In this article I am going to discuss three segments of art which are associated with everyday youth lifestyle.
Dance is a performing art which consists of selected sequences of human movement. It is an extension of oneself and it generates emotions as well as releases them. Dance has evolved, it has been modernized and expanded. It has become an essential part in the lifestyle of youths today. It serves as a mode of communication, expression and entertainment. Styles of dance include Ballet, Hip Hop, Breakdance, Salsa, Trap and many others.
Dance is a wonderful way to connect, a lot of young people learn focus and teamwork through it. Youths who undergo challenges in their various lives often use dance as an escape from the harsh realities of life. Such practices promote positive ideas and encourage self confidence and respect. There is a push for better accomplishments, thus requiring discipline in learning new moves and routines. Therefore, challenging oneself.
Dressing is fashion and fashion is art. In this scenario the human body is likened to the canvas ready for painting. Our dressing helps to artistically communicate who we are, where we have been, and who we want to become. As a mode of expression today’s youths learn to interpret fashion trends and adopt clothing styles which suits their values and traits.
According to the Wikipedia, music is an art form and cultural activity whose medium is sound organised in time. Just like dance music has evolved over the years, from ordinary vocal sounds to Rap and Hip Hop music today. It plays an essential role in youths today as it provides relief, entertainment, and distraction from society qualms. Youth’s who write songs also use it as a medium of communication sending messages about different issues like challenges, heartbreak, corrupt practices, religion and many others areas in the society today.
Art is an essential part of the youth lifestyle today. It is our responsibility to determine what we want to portray and what we want it to mean to us and the world.
This article was written by Oreoluwa Agboola; connect with him on IG here