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Art and You

Art Creates a Mind of Its Own

As children, we all drew flowers, painted fairies and sketched birds and superheroes and then imagined flying alongside them. Art is not about following the rules, it never has been. It lets your thoughts flow and your mind fly. Experts say that the personality of a child often presents itself through the expressive use of colors, paints, crayons, play dough and clay, to name a few. But it is in our nature to restrict them with the “Dos” and the “DON’Ts.” We need to remember that art can’t be stifled and never should it be as it does not only reflect the inner self of someone but also helps develop it.

The final product may not be the typical painting that you come across in cathedrals but something that expresses their ideas, knowledge and experiences. Art is one medium that lets the mind experiment with lines, strikes, colors, textures, shapes and designs. Our parents, children, friends, loved ones, teachers and mentors can form a source of support and inspire us to make pieces that might not be examples of contemporary art but may act as a medium to display our unique creativity. We create art and in turn, art creates us, carves us mentally, socially and emotionally.

Creativity

It simply implies creating something that was not there before. An idea that gives birth to action and action that makes things beautiful or beautiful things for that matter make a “Creator.” No two individuals think alike and it is safe to say that creativity might hold different meaning to different persons. No thick fence, no prescribed rules, no hard drawn lines, no stony wall can bind creativity. What matters here is the process and the effort that goes into making something that holds value to the maker and not the aesthetics of the final piece. Like we say, beauty is in the eye of the beholder. What might hold true to your eye may not to that of the other. Encouraging this process and respecting this journey could enable an individual overcome their inhibitions and cultivate faith in their own actions. Creativity gives birth to originality.

Self-Confidence

Being able to create something is a gift and one that should be cherished and put to use constantly. Imaginative thinking gives rise to creative skills of pretending, acting and fantasizing. They become an escape into an alternative realm and encourage inventiveness. All this helps us in coping with the world that we live in and builds up problem-solving skills as well. These skills activate the brain like no other and thus instill a sense of security and self-confidence.

We are so set in our ways that we seldom want to experiment with anything different. We are content with the daily in and out routine of our life and try to avoid any unfamiliarity of a new project come what may. Making sense of a new task at hand and thinking about ways to accomplish it is a process that a true creator doesn’t shy away from. An artistic mind will take it as a challenge and a learning curve of sorts. Either he takes the traditional way to accomplish it or finds a route around it. Either way, the task exercises their analytical side and demands for logical steps to be taken.

Stress Release

The calming effects of art are phenomenal and therefore unrivaled. Activities like drawing, sketching, painting, clay modeling, photography are rewarding and meditative in nature as well. Creating beautiful things can act as a big distraction from your regular and monotonous schedule.

Become Brainy

Engaging in a new and creatively complex project activates your brain to make new connections among its cells. Our brain, unlike any other organ of our body, continues to grow and evolve throughout our life. And this ability is called Brain Plasticity or Neuroplasticity, therefore, creating art is often linked to increased psychological resilience and immunity to stress.

Arts Integration

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Research studies have examined both stand-alone arts programs as well as those that integrate its concepts and skills into other curriculum areas. One intriguing revelation of these studies is that the most powerful effects are found in programs that integrate the arts with subjects in the core curriculum. Researchers suggest that this integration causes both students and teachers to rethink how they view this discipline and generates conditions that are ideal for learning.

Studies show that schools where art is integrated into the core curriculum:

Students find their class more emotionally simulating

They work more diligently and try to learn from each other

cooperative learning is easy to accomplish through study groups

turn classrooms into learning communities; parents become more involved; teachers collaborate more; art and music teachers become the center of multi-class projects; learning in all subjects becomes attainable through the arts; curriculum becomes more authentic, hands-on and project-based; assessment is more thoughtful and varied; and teachers' expectations for their students rise.

The arts play an important role in human development, enhancing the growth of cognitive, emotional, and psychomotor pathways. Schools have an obligation to expose children to the arts at the earliest possible time and to consider the arts as fundamental (not optional) curriculum areas. Finally, learning the arts provides a higher quality of human experience throughout a person's lifetime.

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