How and why can art change people’s emotions?

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Art has been in human society for the past 40,000 years. Well, at least the art we think of as paintings, drawings and sculptures have been. But art can be more than lines and colours. Art can change the way people feel depending on the colours, scenery and sometimes even the facial expressions of people.

So, what emotions can art make us feel?

Art can create many different feelings inside us, including:

  • Happy
  • Sad
  • Confused
  • Amazed
  • Calm

These are only a few of the emotions art can make us feel. All art can make us feel different in it's own special way. And there is no limit to the amount of feelings art can make us feel. While some pieces may only make us feel 1 or 2, others might make even make us feel 9 or 10!

Does everyone feel the same way about art?

Now that we know HOW art changes our feelings, let's talk about WHY it does. So, why does art change our emotions?

Art changes our emotions in a number of ways. Sometimes, art tells a story, and depending on the feel of the story, our emotions will change. From the tiniest textures to the biggest basics, anything can change the mood of your artwork.

It's now time to end this post with a question, how does different art make you feel? Are you quite emotional when it comes to art? Or does art only make you feel slightly different? Let me know in the comment section down below.

Thanks for reading my post :)

valuable_insect

Comments (35)

  • Olivia-Avatar.jpg Olivia @ the BNC
    09 Jun 2020

    A really interesting post that shows that you are open to hearing about other people's experiences. Great open-mindedness! It would be great if people could give examples in the comments section, either by explaining the artwork or including a link to where we can view it on the internet.

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  • Lyons Hall Primary School generous_seagull | Lyons Hall Primary School A
    09 Jun 2020

    I normally feel calm and happy when I do art but when it does go bad I get disappointed. Different art doesn’t make me feel differently, but if it has more of a sad picture on it then I do feel a bit of sadness. When I see a joyful picture, for example, someone holding a bunch of balloons and the sun shining on that person, i would feel happy and kind of relaxed? I also have a question, Does people who hate art has any emotions to a art piece? If you DON’T hate art, then would you think that you would have any emotions ?

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    1. Halsnead logo hopeful_city | Halsnead Primary School
      generous_seagull's comment 25 Jun 2020

      You shouldn't feel disappointed if a painting goes wrong, you should feel determined to make the next one better.
      I think you still would have emotions.

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      1. Lyons Hall Primary School generous_seagull | Lyons Hall Primary School A
        hopeful_city's comment 26 Jun 2020

        Yes that is correct. I obviously do feel sad but I do paint another one until I’m satisfied with it. If I want to do something, then I do it but if it does go wrong I sometimes jut do another one straight away or just think what I could improve.

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  • Lyons Hall Primary School generous_seagull | Lyons Hall Primary School A
    09 Jun 2020

    My question a bit clearer is, for example, someone doesn’t like art and they look at a picture would their emotions change even though they like art? If your not sure put yourself to that point and think about if your emotions would change.

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    1. Halsnead logo hopeful_city | Halsnead Primary School
      generous_seagull's comment 29 Jun 2020

      It might. It depends on whether they liked art a lot, or a little bit.

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  • Lyons Hall Primary School generous_seagull | Lyons Hall Primary School A
    09 Jun 2020

    Even though they DIDN’T like art. That was what I was meant to say.

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  • Hammond School logo loved_wildcat | Hammond Junior School F
    10 Jun 2020

    Amazing post you got there! But don’t you think not all the time people can connect to that?

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    1. Halsnead logo hopeful_city | Halsnead Primary School
      loved_wildcat's comment 08 Jul 2020

      Most people could, unless you don't really like art.

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          1. Hammond School logo loved_wildcat | Hammond Junior School F
            hopeful_city's comment 09 Jul 2020

            No need to thanks! I was the one who was asking the question anyways!

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  • White Hall Academy charming_eagle | White Hall Academy A
    10 Jun 2020

    people can use art to cheer them self up during covid-19

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    1. Braiswick Primary School spirited_insect | Braiswick Primary School
      charming_eagle's comment 12 Jun 2020

      That's a great idea! I strongly agree! If they like the 'form of art' they are seeing, they could use it to cheer up!

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  • Lyons Hall Primary School intrepid_hurricane | Lyons Hall Primary School B
    11 Jun 2020

    Wow, valuable_insect! This is an amazing post and it really got me thinking about what you've said. You're right, art does change people emotions depending on the colour, expression or scene.

    Like I said in my post, art is a form of social commentary, meaning that the artist is expressing themselves through drawing, painting or colouring. But all art has a meaning or a background why the artist chose to paint or draw the specific piece and wants to share their thoughts on something in the form of pictures. There are lots of paintings that could change peoples emotions. It might just be the time of day in the scene that changes the way we feel about something.
    But, art can take different forms! Dancing, acting and performing arts are just some of the other types of art you can see. They also tell a story, like 'The Nutcracker' or 'Swan Lake', no words, but a clear story, changing emotions depending on what the characters do and how the show emotion through dance. Acting and performing art, on the other hand, are similar, too but there is talking. Some acting shows include 'Aladdin' or 'The Lion King'. Emotions are shown in the same way, but there is also speech.
    This is what I think about art changing emotions.
    Thank you for reading,
    - intrepid_hurricane.

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  • Boutcher-logo-250x250.jpg humble_hummingbird | Boutcher C of E Primary School B
    11 Jun 2020

    Art can change people’s emotions in different kinds of ways.
    It can change our feelings because of the shapes and colors for instance:blue=sad,red =anger and green =death.
    These colors are used in paintings AND in films too.
    I have seen lots of paintings which used all those colors which shows different emotions.
    However,modern patterns and shapes also has the power to change feelings.

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  • Hammond School logo versatile_molecule | Hammond Junior School B
    12 Jun 2020

    Art can have a huge impact on peoples emotions. This can happen because of what the art means and shows. An example of this would the artwork 'No Mother No Cry' Which shows the mother of Steven Laurence crying. This piece of artwork can have a big impact on peoples emotions because its about racism and the loss of a son. When people see that painting they might be angry about the attack, they might be sad for the Stevens's mother and sad for Steven as his life was cut short at the age of 18, some might feel motivated to help stop racism after looking at that painting. In conclusion I think that art can have a big impact on peoples emotions because of what the artwork means or shows

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    1. tom Tom @ the BNC
      versatile_molecule's comment 12 Jun 2020

      A well chosen example, versatile_molecule. If something has no effect on a person's emotions, can it still be classed as good art?

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    2. Lyons Hall Primary School generous_seagull | Lyons Hall Primary School A
      versatile_molecule's comment 12 Jun 2020

      This is a really good example, and you have explained it really well, this really got me thinking, and I think I would try my very best to get rid of racism.

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    3. Halsnead logo hopeful_city | Halsnead Primary School
      versatile_molecule's comment 08 Jul 2020

      That is very good! Just reading that comment brought tears to my eyes!

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  • Halsnead logo hopeful_city | Halsnead Primary School
    12 Jun 2020

    I once went to an art gallery. There was a picture of a man, but it was 3D! If you stood far away, it looked normal, but when you went close up, you could see the eyes, nose and lips bulge! It was very cool.

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  • Lyons Hall Primary School generous_seagull | Lyons Hall Primary School A
    12 Jun 2020

    I would try to get rid of it by making short clips. Some might end up losing their lives just because of their skin colour, and the other will probably have ruined their lives by being racist.

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    1. tom Tom @ the BNC
      generous_seagull's comment 15 Jun 2020

      There is obviously a lot about this in the news at the moment. For anyone who wants to know more, head here: https://www.bbc.co.uk/newsround/52813673

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  • Braiswick Primary School spirited_insect | Braiswick Primary School
    15 Jun 2020

    Thanks for the post! I think it's a really good idea!

    I'd say it depends on what the art is. if it reminds me of my life or life, then the most common emotions I'd feel are emotionally happy or sad.

    If it's something I like, I'll only slightly change to a happy mood. If it is something I love, I'll be overjoyed. If it is something I dislike, I'll ignore it.

    How does art do this? Well it's how it looks in your perspective. Is it cool? Is it amazing? It's up to what you see and the way you see it.

    My reasons for this are:
    If you don't bother to see what you like in the art your seeing, (even if you dislike it), then your not gonna really feel anything, but if you do bother to see what you like about the art, you can find something you like about it and appreciate it! And you'll feel something.

    Why does it do this? Well it happens because we see it. We know the story. For example, if they was a story about someone losing their life, you would cry or feel the emotion sadness. It's the same with art. If it shows a sad story, you would most likely feel sad.

    Thanks for reading.

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    1. tom Tom @ the BNC
      spirited_insect's comment 15 Jun 2020

      Good reasons given, spirited_insect! Can art be good even if it doesn't lead to much emotion in the audience?

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  • Hammond School logo loyal_lobster | Hammond Junior School F
    16 Jun 2020

    Well done for a amazing text and for the star!! ☆👍😀

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  • Hillyfield School logo ingenious_dusk | Hillyfield Primary Academy
    19 Jun 2020

    I agree valuble_insect

    art is an amazing thing with different moods its the perfect thing to do when your stressed, from happy to sad art can have an impact on literally anything art can be used for work for decoration or anything art is truly amazing. people say that darker colors or "colder" colors can have an impact on your moods I partially agree, however, this doesn't happen to some people so half my mind is on the other side. 55% of the time you use bright colors to paint or draw you fell happy so it's actually 45-55 my point is concluded

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    1. tom Tom @ the BNC
      ingenious_dusk's comment 19 Jun 2020

      Interesting way to show where your thoughts are, ingenius_dusk! Can colder colours make some people happier?

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  • Michael-Faraday-logo-250x250.jpg memorable_orchard | Michael Faraday School
    21 Jun 2020

    Thank you very much for the remarkable post you've composed.

    Art can give everyone a myriad of emotions. For example, `The last supper` portrays quite a sad scene, as it is Jesus' last supper before he is killed. The scene may be sad but that does not particularly make it sad for the eye beholder, it possibly could be mesmerizing for them as it tells them the events that occurred in the past. Another example is the well-known 'Mona Lisa' painting. This conveys quite a jovial atmosphere - Leonardo La Divinchi's wife peacefully smiling. However, others may find this unsettling as it does bring back the memory of how she died in 1538 of plague, sadly. But, if you looker more into detail... We ARE living through art. For example, the statue of 'Edward Colston' was a slave trader, many of them being black. Bear in mind, this occurrence happened between 1600- 1700s. Yet, we still experience racism today, the death of George Floyd portrays that. The end of 'Ice Age' happened approximately in 7080 BC (10,000 years ago!). After this, the world's health has deteriorated. This is based on our last issue, the global conversation. Now, this is the problem we all live with - (https://theyellowglovescom.files.wordpress.com/2019/08/climate-change-bear-1.jpg?w=820&h=312&crop=1). Yes, this does change my emotions to quite a sorrowful feeling, as this is a horrendous occurrence, but what's even worse is that we're living with it. Art can change our emotions, but it also can be our emotions. I say this because wickedness is an emotion, it's scientifically proven. Therefore, it is others emotions that have composed racism, which is new in the form of that statue in Bristol. In conclusion, I think art can change our emotions, but simultaneously it can be more.

    Thank you for reading.

    Memorable_orchard.

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    1. tom Tom @ the BNC
      memorable_orchard's comment 22 Jun 2020

      A very thoughtful response! Where is your evidence for stating wickedness is an emotion? Is this a statement made from the world of psychology?

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      1. Michael-Faraday-logo-250x250.jpg memorable_orchard | Michael Faraday School
        Tom @ the BNC's comment 22 Jun 2020

        My evidence for remarking that wickedness is emotion is that it's a characteristic someone could have, a segment of their personality. The few main elements that fabricate someone's personality is their emotions. For example if someone is quite energetic, they are simultaneously happy whereas if someone is seen as wicked they are quite a spiteful person. Though the word spiteful isn't a copy or wickedness, it is an equivalent or a synonym. Bear in mind, spite is an emotion, though not a common one. Therefore, I think wickedness is an emotion as it has a relationship with 'spite', which is an emotion and is scientifically proven.

        Thank you for reading.

        Memorable_orchard.

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