Art is good for the soul

Do we need art? most artist would say yes! however some think that it is a waste of time and energy unless it has a purpose. Having a reason or purpose to do art in some respect is true, however this is not always the case. Lets look at the benefits of art that I have researched and experienced first hand, that will hopefully help you decide.

ART IS GOOD FOR THE SOUL

From my own personal experience I know this is true. Art is very therapeutic in any form, whether it be painting, drawing, sculpting, dance, digital graphics or fashion design, it can take you into another world, removing you from the stresses of everyday living. Being in a state of mind that is a world away from everything else allows you to get in touch with your spiritual self, express your feelings/personality and let the creative juices flow, this is why it can be healing and good therapy.

ART CAN COMMUNICATE CULTURE AND HISTORY

Without art we would not know the stories and traditions of the past, which is critically important in how we live and what we know today. Although today is a lot more modernised (unfortunately) we have a lot to thank for art in the forming of a nations identity. A good example of the importance of art in culture is that of Indigenous Australian art, with some rock art dating back more than 30,000 years ago. It tells of the ‘the dreamtime’ and the significant relationship the Indigenous peoples had with mother earth, connected with other tribal groups and was a way of teaching to future generations.

ART CAN LIFT COMMUNITY SPIRIT

Art in it’s many forms (paint, music, dance ect) can be great for the community and the people in it. Art can: add colour to an otherwise dull surface which in turn can create not only focal points of interest but happy thoughts, support people who are less fortunate than ourselves, bring community together (pool talents for projects) and empower community by giving them identity and hope.

ART CAN STIMULATE OUR SENSES AND ENHANCE OUR THINKING

Seeing an image or hearing a song can stimulate many emotions within us, but actually painting a picture or knowing when that right moment is before a photo is taken, can also encourage our critical thinking processes. Organising shapes, colour, light, shade, movement and sound, can enhance our logic, reasoning and in turn problem solving skills, because we are making observations to get a conclusion. This is why it is also important to allow children from an early age to explore the arts and be creative. Under 5’s especially are so spiritual and very intuitive, by providing them with the materials to prompt their own thinking (not colouring-in books), they can explore a fantasy world and learn skills that they will continue to use and escape to in their adult world.

‘Creating Art is for Everyone!’

OTHER ARTICLES OF INTEREST:

Tips to improve critical thinking in Arts Education

How to appreciate art

How arts and culture are important to every aspect of our lives

The benefits of art therapy

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