Words and Art

Study of an embryo from Leonardo Da Vinci's Notebooks

Combining words with art seems to have evolved as a practice since each was invented.  During the time of the Renaissance it was commonplace to combine the two within documents since there was no “real” division between the sciences and arts.  For example, Leonardo da Vinci recorded his studies and observations in over 13,000 pages of notes infused with drawings.  Leonardo kept his diary of notes daily, recording everything around him. His writings become the forerunner of modern science.

So why are we introducing this concept of working with words and art in Words and Violence?  It makes perfect sense.  Art should not be separate from our daily lives.  Using words to express our angst or emotional fury seems very natural.  Adding color, forms or designs to our emotions is another way of “dealing.”

Words and Violence is filled with essays, articles, poems, quotes, and music that relates directly to bullying, conflict gone crazy, violence and war.  These are heavy duty topics. As you experience the content in Words and Violence what moves you?  Take those questions and feelings you have and work with them--make them visual.  This is a way to re-create your thoughts and in the process bring you to a new place of thinking and acting.  

There are a lot of wonderful examples of how to create a sketchbook on the web.  There are even technical lessons you can explore on YouTube.  Click on the appropriate words in the previous sentence and you’ll find yourself exploring some new territory.  In the following pages we’d like to introduce you to some artists who have been using words with their art for quite some time.  They might inspire you.  Share what you’ve done with us.  Send us examples of your work.  You can do that by "Add New Comment" below and we'll get back to you. We’d love to add your work to Words and Violence right here in this section of the book.