What’s an Art Verve?

Art Verve Academy

No, it's not an energy drink or a rock band…' verve' is a noun synonymous with 'vigor' defined as:

  1. Energy or enthusiasm in expressing ideas, especially in artistic performance or composition. An example would be "the revival lacked the verve of the original musical." 
  2. vitality; liveliness

Whether they know it or not, artists need this stuff to keep creating. Notice how we said, "Keep on creating"…

(Vermeer, Johannes. The Art of Painting. c. 1666. oil on canvas.
Kunsthistorisches Museum, Vienna.)

Have you ever taken a class, created something you liked or were really proud of, and thought, "I can do this!" You then proceed after the class with enormous motivation to go home or out into the world and create even more. Do you envision yourself creating a huge quantity of work or practicing day after day, honing your skills to become a master, only to find yourself a few weeks later staring at all of your art supplies collecting dust?

You may need the artistic verve!

Folks who create art, whether they are new to the process or masters, need inspiration, support, or a community in which to create. No one tells you that in art school, there is a romantic idea that you will graduate with your degree in art, step up a workspace, start creating, and presto, become a professional artist.

On the other hand, for beginners or self-taught learners, there are many reasons to create, but nothing seems to happen in your workspace. It's similar to what's commonly referred to as writer's block but for visual artists. The secret ingredient is that a community or collective group of people is part of the equation, and you need that to be inspired, create with vigor, or get the enthusiasm behind an idea.

Whether you recognize it or not, you get the verve when participating in an art class. This is why you get so motivated afterward beyond attending class or doing homework. Art guilds can also have the same effect. They facilitate events for people to draw or paint together.

History repeats itself over and over. Ever wonder why all those famous artists were always found hanging out with one another? A great example of this was the French Impressionists and their artistic movement. They all knew each other, hung out together, and sometimes even shared studio spaces with each other. Together, they changed the world!

Some of the most famous artistic movements have also been spawned by art schools where the students collaborated. The Bauhaus was a renowned art school in Germany and a perfect example of combining crafts with visual arts. In the early 20th century, their students were responsible for the Art Deco movement and its incredible architectural designs, reflected in New York's Chrysler Building.

These folks were all sharing ideas and artistic techniques, and without awareness, they formed the "verve" for one another, which motivated them to continue creating. Barbara Streisand said it the best in the movie Funny Girl, "People who need people are the luckiest people in the world."

So, if you are unhappy with the quality or quantity of your creations, take an art class! Join an art guild or teach a class, and you will catch a "verve" that will inspire or propel your artistic journey forward!

Sponsored by the Art Verve Academy. Enroll in studio art classes for adults in Tucson, Arizona, at ArtVerveAcademy.com.

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