We are limited by our lives; our knowledge, experience and relationships are limited to what we have lived through, in this time that we are living.
 
While we can and should continually try our best to seek new information, explore different experiences, and create wide-ranging connections in our lives, there is a limit to what we can do on our own. But by learning from others, we can quickly and easily expand our minds.
 
Art is one way of learning from others.  From music, we can learn the sweet joy of falling in love, even if we have yet to find someone we care for.  From books, we can learn how life was like 200 years ago, even before we were born.  From dance, we can learn the unexplainable bond of mother and child, even if we may never have one.  From paintings, we can learn to see the same street we walk past everyday in a different light, even if we have never cared about it. 
 
Art helps us to expand our minds as we learn from the knowledge, experiences and relationships of others.  Art presents this information in a form that is non-instructional, fun, open to our own interpretations, and makes us think in both our minds and our hearts.  Learning from art can be as enriching as learning from our own lives. 

How to appreciate paintings? When we are appreciating paintings, we are learning valuable lessons from paintings too.  

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