How Drawing And Art Can Make You Creative?

Creativity is not just important for your latest task because your boss asked you to think outside the box, it is much more important than that. Being creative can make your brain more healthy, and it also links you with yourself and the world around you, as suggested by Christianne Strang, a professor of neuroscience. This is also one reason why, to many people, art therapy is a preferred method of therapy. Here are some fun art facts which will make you want to grab a sketchbook and paint all day.

Art therapy? Yes, please!

Being someone who has just gotten back to painting, I can surely say that art is a great way to clear up one’s mind. Who knew that something as entertaining as sketching or painting (or any other form of art one might prefer at a particular time) could relieve so much stress. It can help calm you down and make you more relaxed. Art is also a great way to communicate how you feel and such a fun way to express your emotions. It is so relieving, even if you are just a beginner. At the end of the day, what matters is how you feel. And once you start feeling more relaxed, there is always time for more creativity!

Is art really important?

If you want to exercise the right side of your brain, which can make you more creative, then creating art is the answer. Research suggests that creating art can literally stretch out the capacity of your brain to do more. Drawing or painting OR sculpting can exercise the same part of your brain which lights up when a new memory is being formed or a new skill is being learned, which is quite exciting.

Embracing art for more creativity

Research suggests that the expression of creativity among children is just as important for them as sunshine. This is because, through art and colors, children can develop their imaginative skills which can further develop their creativity. It further flourishes their problem-solving and thinking skills.

Another study conducted by the National Endowment for the Arts says that for young children, art is a great way to improve language skills due to the visual elements involved, such as shapes and colors.

But if you are asking whether it is possible and important for adults to be focusing on creativity rather than worrying about the future, then well, the answer is yes. A New York Times article by Laura Holson suggests that people in their 50s or 60s who are going through a midlife crisis benefit a lot more from creativity and making art than they do from driving around an expensive car which they probably worked years to earn the money for.

Art can be of many kinds, it could be drawing, painting, making sculptures with clay, coloring, knitting, or even just doodling. It is not necessary to force yourself to stick to one way of creating art. Try anything that feels right to you at the moment and let that help you express yourself and make your brain more creative as you go.

Zahra Rehman

Social science undergrad and amateur artist who has a soft spot for cats, dogs and philosophy.

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