As someone who was home schooled from Kindergarten to Graduation, I was a bit hesitant about Life After Art. I never actually had “art class” in school, other than the occasional class a lady from our church would offer.
My mom still has the pitiful paintings I made hanging in frames on the wall, and truth be told, I don’t remember any great, life-changing lessons from those art classes of my childhood.
So I was delighted and happily surprised when I began to read Appling’s discussion of art, and the changing way we view art from a broader perspective.
Discussing everything from puppets and video games, to tattoo artists and finger paint, I found Life After Art to be an enjoyable survey of the way we create, view and understand art.
Perhaps the most inspiring connection Appling draws in Life After Art, is the one between God and ourselves. As Appling accurately points out, God created everything, and we are created in His Image, so we have an in-born desire to create. Even though we may not all have the desire or capability to paint timeless masterpieces, we create in our own unique ways, whether that be the photograph we take, the meal we cook, the book we write, or the cabinets we craft.
I came away from Life After Art, not only wishing I could take Appling’s art classes, but also having a greater appreciation for the creativity that God has gifted each of us with. I would give Life After Art a “B”, as I found the first chapter a bit slow, though my attention was captured and held throughout the remainder of the book.
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