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    The “Earth Without Art is Eh” display in the library showcases students’ artistic creations. Staff photo taken by Gerard Kassi
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    Julia Zuniga sitting at her desk, preparing for art club. Staff photo taken by Gerard Kassi.

Earth needs art

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Ever since the beginning of time, artists have shaped our culture; they’ve painted the way we see the world. Artists such as Picasso and Rene Magritte are ones who have shaped the culture of the time in which they lived by just painting. Keith Haring, one the most prominent graffiti-artist of the 90’s, shaped what it means to be comfortable with oneself, and although he died 26 years ago (Feb.16, 1990), he is currently viewed as an inspiration in the LGBT community.

Artists are not just painters however; artists can also be designers: people like Joseph Strauss and Charles Alton Ellis, the architects who built the Golden Gate Bridge (with the help of others). In order to design such a beautiful landmark, one will need to be an artist at heart. So to get back to the topic at hand, Earth would not be where it is without the artist — without art. so what would Earth be without art?

According to Julia Zuniga, art teacher and art club sponsor, it would just be “Eh”. Think about the world without the work of a certain artist (ie. Painter, Movie Director Photographer, Musician), and imagine them never existing, imagine a world without their paintings, their movies, their pictures, or their songs. Isn’t it better to have their work, than not having it?

If anyone is an artist at heart, the world needs them; you may be the next person who will shape what it means to live in our times. If you’re wondering what you should do, simple: just join the Art Club. In the club, there will people who love art immensely, and it will you become a better artist. Their tagline is “Earth without art is just Eh” (let that sink in for a moment).

The Art Club meets every Tuesday and Thursday in Zuniga’s class, a teacher who will win anyone’s heart over with her passion for art.

If you are someone who loves art and want to be surrounded by similar people, then join the Art Club; you will not regret it.

I’m a staff writer for The Squall and this is my first year in journalism class. I’m a senior here at Atlantic. Writing has always been a passion of mine, so when I came across a class that would allow me to do a lot of it, I automatically took it. Every time I am around the people who are as passionate for this project as I am, it only makes me enjoy my time more. When I graduate, I plan on becoming an English major or an architecture major, depending on how I’m feeling the day I’m choosing.

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