Creating art is therapeutic, stimulating, relaxing, and fun. It doesn’t matter what type of art you make, it is good for you. Even when you’re just around art it is good for you. Today, we look at the mental benefits of art. This explains why we at the Dalton Pottery believe so strongly in art and its therapeutic effects.
Creating art helps with creative thinking. Problem-solving is basically being creative to solve a problem that doesn’t have an existing solution. When you create art, you practice the creative thinking and problem-solving parts of your brain. This also helps the brain cells to keep communicating and stay healthy.
Art helps the brain connectivity and plasticity. Your brain creates new connections every time you do something new. As you grow older this ability of the brain to grow, declines. It is called plasticity. Art helps to stimulate the communication between different parts of the brain and helps it to retain its plasticity.
Looking at art can change perceptions and feelings. When you visit an art museum, you see a lot of new things and you learn about the past and how other people experience the world. Studies have shown that this experience increases the empathy people have with others and the past. Many people experience looking at art like they would experience falling in love.
Creating art helps with releasing stress. When you are busy creating something, your mind pushes aside all other thoughts. This helps you to stop focusing on the troubles at work or home or whatever other worries you have. This gives the mind and body a break to relax.
Arts and music make better students. It has been proven that children who have art or music lessons from a young age perform better in subjects like maths and languages. This is important because art and music help the brain form more connections which increase plasticity and ensures a healthy brain and intelligent people.
Clearly, art is an important part of our lives. It not only teaches us about other people, their experiences, opinions and the past, but it also stimulates our brains to become and remain alert.