Why create art at all?

Why do humans create art at all? Is it just aesthetic or is there something more meaningful at work?

Art is a form of creative expression that has been around for centuries. From cave paintings to modern-day sculptures, art has played a significant role in human culture and society. While many people view art as simply a form of entertainment or decoration, there are actually a number of benefits to creating art that go far beyond just aesthetics. As someone that was addicted to drawing and painting from a young age, what exactly is the ‘draw’ (ha ha get it?) and how can creating art positively impact our lives.

  1. Art can help reduce stress and anxiety.

Creating art can be a therapeutic process that helps reduce stress and anxiety. When we engage in artistic activities, we are often so focused on the task at hand that we forget about our worries and concerns. This can be especially beneficial for people who suffer from chronic stress or anxiety, as it allows them to take a break from their daily routine and focus on something positive and uplifting.

  1. Art can improve cognitive function.

Studies have shown that creating art can help improve cognitive function in a number of ways. For example, drawing or painting can help improve fine motor skills, while sculpting can help improve spatial reasoning. Additionally, engaging in creative activities can help improve memory, attention, and problem-solving skills.

  1. Art can boost self-esteem and confidence.

Creating art can be a great way to boost self-esteem and confidence. When we create something that we are proud of, it can give us a sense of accomplishment and self-worth. This can be especially beneficial for children, as it can help them develop a positive sense of self and improve their overall well-being.

  1. Art can foster creativity and innovation.

Engaging in artistic activities can help foster creativity and innovation. When we create art, we are often encouraged to think outside of the box and come up with new and unique ideas. This can translate into other areas of our lives, such as problem-solving at work or coming up with new ideas for personal projects.

  1. Art can provide a sense of community and connection.

Creating art can be a social activity that brings people together. Whether it's taking a class, attending a workshop, or collaborating on a project, art can provide a sense of community and connection. This can be especially important for people who feel isolated or disconnected from others, as it can help them form new relationships and feel more connected to their community.

So with all those reasons, why not pick up a paintbrush or a piece of clay and see what benefits art can bring to your own and your children’s lives? Let’s… Go Sketch!