Everyone tells children that art matters— but the truth is that very often it's hard to know why it really does. Museum visits can feel like a chore as does having to learn the names of the big artists we're meant to love, but perhaps don't quite in the way we're supposed to. This is a huge pity because, grasped the right way, art has a deep capacity to improve our lives and offer us a sense of joy and mental well-being.
In a tone that's kindly, informative, unstuffy and at times rightly irreverent, this book explains how art can fit into our lives. We learn where the impulse to make art comes from, what art to look at in certain moods, how to visit a museum without getting bored and why — without even realising it — we become experts in art by decorating our first bedrooms.
This is the ultimate guide to the importance of art, told in a way that will enchant children and teach their favourite adults one or two vital things as well.
153 pages. Hardcover.
About The School of Life
Founded by philosopher Alain de Botton, The School of Life is an organization that promotes emotional intelligence. Its books and courses are designed to help people find calm, self-understanding, and resilience through basic concepts found in philosophy and psychology. Topics covered include everything from love and marriage to modern capitalism and human behavior.