Art is a broad category that encompasses a wide range of human activities involving the creation of visual, auditory, or performed artifacts. The artwork expresses the author’s creative or intellectual ability and is intended to be admired for their beauty or emotional strength. The oldest known types of art are Visual arts. It involves images or artifacts in fields such as painting, sculpture, printmaking, photography, and other visual media. There’s no denying that the arts is enjoyable not only for children but for people of all ages. It’s so much fun to get your hands dirty with those finger paints and create a pretty image to hang on walls. Here you will learn the importance of arts
1. Art Makes You Healthier
Studies have shown that people suffering from depression, anxiety, or cancer may benefit from expressing themselves through art. In healthy older people, doing so has been related to better memory, thinking, and resilience.
Learning and creating arts have positive results regardless of a person’s ability or talents. According to Megan Carleton, an art therapist at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH), says, “It’s the process, not the product”
Decades of studies have shown that people with dementia and other progressive neurological disorders can still compose art even after their speech and language abilities have deteriorated. Visual art has also been shown to relieve tension and encourage relaxation in people who are confined to their homes due to illness.
Check to see if art therapy is available for a loved one who is confined to a medical facility because it helps a lot.
2. Arts Enhance Creativity
Employers value Creativity as one of the top five skills required in the twenty-first century, and arts education fosters it. Students who learn an arts-rich curriculum score higher on creativity tests than students who receive little to no arts education. Students of the performing arts, for example, have more mental versatility and adaptability than their peers. Consider classes where students create colorful original artwork that demonstrates an innovative use of space, build their rhythms, or write and produce their plays. These classes provide an excellent setting for cultivating imagination. Which is an important skill in today’s fast-paced world.
This may seem self-evident, but the arts allow children to express themselves more effectively than math or science. According to The Washington Post, “Your child will be asked to recite a speech in six different styles, or draw a painting that is reflecting a memory, or write a new rhythm to improve a piece of music, in an arts program. If children are taught to think creatively from an early age, it will come naturally to them now and in the future.”
“Creativity is critical thinking and without it, you won’t be able to open up and ask more difficult questions. Art provides those… opportunities to think about our current understanding.” (Catherine Opie, artist)
3. Arts Education Increases Student Engagement
The arts are hands-on, provide instant gratification, concentrate on positive accomplishments, produce tangible products, and encourage collaboration. Students may show their abilities in a variety of ways through authentic performance in the arts. Children will gain trust and learn to think positively about themselves and their learning through the arts. Students benefit from arts education because it allows them to relate new information to personal experiences. It also helps them express what they’ve learned from others.
I should also mention that the arts do more than develop and improve a child’s creativity; the skills they learn as a result of art also helps them succeed academically. According to PBS “A study reports that it is four times more likely that the young students who are engaged in the arts on regular basis get academic achievement, or to participate in a math and science fair, or to receive an award for writing an essay or a poem than those children who do not participate.”
4. Art Comes In Many Forms
You’re probably always creating art in ways you’re not aware of. It is not necessary for you to use conventional ‘art’ methods. There’s no need for a canvas or a paintbrush.
In the kitchen, you can use knives to paint with the colors of the food. You can use your creativity to plate your meals. Your mashed potatoes have the potential to be a work of art!
You can create an Instagram account dedicated to empowering others by staging images of the things around you that inspire you. When getting ready in the morning, you can make a collage on your body by mixing different patterned clothes. You can dance. You should plant a garden and fill a vase with your favorite colorful flowers to display on your table. Calligraphy is another thing that you should learn and write letters to your friends by hand or you can sing and tap your fingertips on the steering wheel when driving. Each night before bedtime, you should make up new stories to tell your children.
A painting on a wall isn’t the only form of art. There are no boundaries of art. Every day of your life, you can make art in simple ways. Art adds variety, elegance, and joy to your life. You should practice whatever method you can and do it often. Basically what I’m trying to say is that you should learn arts and by learning I don’t specifically mean draw paintings or coloring etc. In my opinion, Arts is doing anything to express your thoughts whether it’s by dancing, singing, poetry or drawing.
5. It Assists With The Recording Of History
Art is simultaneously a history lesson, a historical document, cultural preservation, and an autobiography. Art records events and memories, allowing us to have a better understanding of the past. It represents cultural values, convictions, and identity while also assisting in the preservation of the diverse cultures that make up our community. Art serves as a time capsule in our own lives and experiences.
Take the image given above as an example. It is “The Last Supper“, a painting of the one and only “Leonardo da Vinci”. The Last Supper was painted at a period when religious imagery was still a common artistic theme. It portrays Jesus’ last meal with his disciples before his crucifixion. The painting is a large fresco that stands 4.6 meters (15 feet) tall and 8.8 meters (28.9 feet) wide, making for an impressive sight. The lasting legacy of Leonardo da Vinci.
Did you know?
Napoleon’s soldiers used the wall of the refectory on which the fresco was drawn as target practice. The fresco has survived two wartime attacks. When the roof of the Dominican convent of Santa Maria Delle Grazie in Milan was destroyed by bombing during World War II, it was exposed to the air for many years but it somehow survived. If you learn arts and create a master-piece there’s a great chance that it will always be remembered just like “The last Supper”!
7. Art Makes You Happier
Last but not least Arts makes you happy. According to Professor Semir Zeki, a neurobiologist at University College London, led a team of researchers to perform a series of brain-mapping experiments. Volunteers were scanned while viewing a collection of 28 works of art as part of the experiment.
The scans reveal that looking at art causes a rush of dopamine. It is the pleasure chemical, which the brain releases. It results in feelings of joy and satisfaction.
When we looked at items we thought were beautiful, It seemed that the reaction was almost instantaneous, as activity in the brain’s pleasure reward center increased
This research emphasizes the critical role that the arts can play in improving our overall health, satisfaction, and happiness.