As children, we are encouraged to draw and paint, but as we grow older we forget all about the wonderful thing that art is. The dictates of life take over and we lose touch with our artistic side.
David Litchfield, a celebrated illustrator David realised that this shouldn’t happen and decided to draw something every day. It helped him figure out what he truly loved to do, and he was able to make a successful career out of it. Another art professional, Graham Shaw discovered how the simple act of drawing has the power to make a positive difference in the world. Pablo Picasso believed that the purpose of art is washing the dust of daily life off our souls.
Yet we ask, “Why do we need art in our life?” Well, here are some scientifically-proven facts to address the why, so, read on and dive into your creative side:
Develops Critical Thinking
Art boosts creativity and opens the doors of imagination. It makes us more observant to
details and develops our problem-solving skills. We can learn a plethora of skills from the arts, from critical thinking to collaboration.
Drawing even helps us remember more, and makes learning easier. Indian schools realise this, which is why there’s a subject called Socially Useful Productive Work (SUPW), where
students get to learn from a range of vocational education activities, crafts and hobbies.
When the written word is associated with visuals, the mind retains more information.
Moreover, you will be amazed to know how easy it is draw.
Great Way to De-stress and Express
Painting, drawing or even doodling in your little notepad can be a great way to de-stress. A number of studies have shown that art and craft can play a part in quietening distress as creative engagements evoke positive emotions and optimism.
It is also a powerful means of expression. As the great painter and artist, Vincet Van Gogh said, “I dream my painting and I paint my dream.”
It Makes a Difference
For people with cognitive and intellectual disabilities, art can help transcend the everyday and prove to be a great communication tool. It works for people suffering from the Alzheimer’s disease, sharpening their minds and aiding them in recall.
It only goes on to show how a simple activity has the power to make a positive difference in the lives of those with special needs. It is fun and enjoyable and above all, a way to convey your ideas to the world and even inspire others.
Borrowing a few words from Picasso, “Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once he grows up.” Don’t let that be you and explore your artistic side. Don’t hold off those drawing, painting or sculpting classes. You may discover talents and skills that you never knew you had.