New Year! New You! What’s something that you wish you did, but never got around to do? Art classes can be incredibly beneficial to all people for a variety of reasons. Here are some of the reasons:
- Accept Failure
A paint brush does not come with an eraser. Part of creating art is confronting failure. You can always paint over your canvas. You can always smash that clay and start over!
- It relieves stress.
Take a step back, slow down, and be more aware of the world around you. A recent study found that 45 minutes of creative activity significantly lessens stress in the body, regardless of artistic experience or talent. (Study published in Art Therapy: Journal of the American Art Therapy Association, titled “Reduction of Cortisol Levels and Participants’ Responses Following Art Making” 2016).
- It exercises a new part of your brain.
Is the creative part of your brain underfed? Art can teach you how to interpret, criticize, and use visual information, and how to make choices based on it.
- It is fun for kids but also helps they learn and develop
The arts don’t just develop a child’s creativity the skills they learn help academic achievement. Art enhances fine motor skills, hand-eye coordination, problem solving skills, lateral thinking, complex analysis and critical thinking skills. Creativity is cited by business leaders as the top leadership competency for the future.
- You don’t have to be good at Art to take a class- Challenge Yourself
Art makes you look at things in new ways – even mundane ordinary aspects of the world. Communicating with color, shape, and form awakens your imagination –Either way the art you create will be meaningful to you and that is what matters.
- Build Confidence
Our inner voices make harsh critics that can stop us before we even begin. Art teaches risk taking, learning from one’s mistakes, and being open to other possibilities. Learning new things gives us more confidence.
- Meet new friends
Taking a class together helps you learn new things about old friends and gives you something new to talk about when you go out. And you’ll meet cool new people you otherwise may have never known. Art reaches across racial stereotypes, religious barriers, and socio-economical levels and prejudices. Seeing other culture’s creative expression allows everyone to be more connected and less isolated.
- Stimulate your passion
Jealous of what kids made in summer camp and you want to make something, too? Nowadays, we are all too busy to keep old hobbies; however, indulging in an old or new passion could be the perfect remedy for refreshing your spirit.
- Okay make a mess!
Our studios are bright, open, and they can handle the drops of paints, splatters of glue, and scraps of clay all over the floor when creativity is happening.
- There is really no Right or Wrong in Art
The beauty of art is how a piece speaks an individual. With art you can interpret something in a different way than others and it may not be wrong. If you are enjoying your process, keep going. If you can articulate the meaning you feel or see that is valid. It is what you see or create that matters!
So what are you waiting for?