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The Benefits of Making Art

A picture really is worth a thousand words!

This is a cotton fabric cyanotype image of a figure in a garden.
Figure in the garden

Making art is a relaxing and inspiring activity.

  • It promotes pride and encourages playfulness and a sense of humour.

  • It enhances problem-solving skills and stimulates the brain’s neurons. We are all unique and our art making shows that.

Creating art can help all of us feel a sense of accomplishment. The only thing that matters is that you feel comfortable doing it.

When we engage in the arts it can boost our self-esteem and confidence, which are beneficial emotions when dealing with our daily challenges. It helps to reduce boredom too.

With all the sensory stimulation the focus is on the process and not the final product. Making art is not about becoming a great artist but about finding meaning and connection in our own life. Then as we all progress and gain more skills we head towards becoming that great artist.

“It doesn’t matter what media you choose, visual art, music or writing. It can all help to develop our creativity.”

Neurological research shows that making art can improve cognitive functions by producing both new neural pathways and thicker, stronger dendrites.

While brains inevitably age, creative abilities do not necessarily deteriorate.

Now take me to the studio! I want to create!

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