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JH English Monthly Writing Competitions – Jewelry Zhang
Our new series of Huili JH Monthly Writing Competitions hosted by the Secondary English Department is underway! We’re very pleased to introduce the publication of our first series winners. September’s competition, ‘Why Study the Arts?’, challenged pupils to write an essay reflecting on the value of studying the arts and its role in our Huili education. We’re proud of our winners: Grace Xin (1st place) in Grade 9 and Jewelry Zhang (runner up) in Grade 10. We welcome you to listen to them interview with Ms Cannaby as they share their perspective on the writing process and what Arts education means to them.
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Why Study Art?
By Jewelry Zhang
There really is no such thing as Art. There are only artists.
Artists paint vivid pictures with the simplest pen and ink. We human beings are curious, energetic, and innovative, always exploring. It’s the artists’ works that fulfill our need for communication and understanding, and it is through the creation and appreciation of art that we are thoroughly revitalized. So, we need to study art to inspire our creativity and understand how to discover true beauty.
Studying art can help us better understand and explore problems, also inspire our potential abilities from it. Some people might not take it seriously, because they simply don’t really understand the importance of art, they do not think studying art helps us gain knowledge but think it is useless. I believe many people may say it’s just a pastime and entertainment, a waste of time. But when you really understand the meaning and then look at the works of these artists, you will be struck by its mystique. Because it’s kind of culture. Art can shape people’s qualities and broaden people’s cognition. More importantly, many artists’ works are inspired by some inspirations or their own experiences. For example, some artists in the past used their paintings to reveal a truth to the audience or to satirize the society at that time. If people don’t study art, then who will create these meaningful works afterwards, people will lack creativity and divergent thinking. Sometimes studying art can also help us understand the macro cultural background of the work. In addition, there is no shortcut to learning art, you will only constantly refresh your understanding of art and discover more artistic mysteries from it. Painting, as well, you need to spend a huge amount of time completing one work even though your inspiration for creating this work is only a moment.
In our school, studying art is very important, as our Huili value said: Courage, respect, integrity, kindness, and responsibility. From my perspective, respect definitely includes art. We need to respect art and artists. But how do we respect them? The only way is to learn about art, to explore how they feel in their hearts and why they want to create it. In this way, we will respect art and experience the sacred ness of it. Because it is these artists who teach us to see from nature new beauty that we have never dreamed of.
In conclusion, let us follow art and study art, even if we just glance out of the window, there will be a special feeling within humans’ hearts.