Why is art good for you?
Increasing your self awareness
You can learn a lot about yourself through individual creative expression.
Improving your health and well being
The process of making art can help you to express your emotions and feelings. Art can also increase happiness and contentment. Art can also help to free the mind from the everyday.
Connecting with others
Art presents opportunities to get involved in the local community and to make new friends. There are many social opportunities within artistic communities. From local gallery events to national and international exhibitions, attending public art events is a wonderful way to meet new people who share a common interest.
Improving and transference of concentration skills
There are so many distractions in society today for example: television, mobile phones etc. all of which can make demands on our time and attention.People are continually multi-tasking and spreading their attention dangerously thin. Creating a work of art is a time intensive process which requires a huge amount of focus and concentration. Learning to concentrate in this way is an important skill. Practising and refining this skill is a valuable technique that can be applied to other areas of life where focus is required.
Increasing confidence and having fun being you.
Art is all about self-expression. The process of making art can help to develop or improve confidence and communication skills. These skills can then be used in other aspects of your life.
"Life isn't about finding yourself, life is about creating yourself"
George Bernard Shaw
Taking a break from work and your daily routines
Are you trying to achieve that "work, life balance"?
Do you need a little me time?
Look no further, art can provide such a wonderful relaxing outlet.
"Balance is not something that you find, it is something that you create".
Learning to paint
Bringing colour into your life
Improving home and work environments
Developing artistic skills can help you to create environments that are welcoming, reassuring, stimulating and personal to you and the local community. There is a growing body of evidence that proves the value and impact of the environment and the arts on healing. For example many hospitals now have art projects, departments and regular displays of artwork.
"I just wanted to tell you how well your exhibition has been received. I have never before heard such positive acclaim! The bumble bee in the cornfield and the kingfisher are the favourites. It is lovely to behold such smiles on the faces of both staff and visitors. Thanks for bringing us so much pleasure". Deborah - West Mendip Hospital