There’s always a reason to put off doing something that you have been wanting to try. Unfortunately, best intentions often become forgotten hopes that turn into regrets. Now is the time to start looking forward and doing things that you have been wanting to try, like finally taking an art class. Here are some reasons why.
You can explore a different way of thinking and being creative.
Taking an art class allows you to explore a different thought process. Adults are used to following a pattern of approaching a subject, breaking it down, and analyzing it. Art takes the opposite approach, starting with an idea that you brainstorm, present to be analyzed and critiqued by others, and then create your work. Exploring an artistic thought process engages a different part of the brain, helping you to analyze your surroundings more thoughtfully.
Sign up for a medium that sounds interesting or that you know absolutely nothing about. Think beyond a basic painting class; you can find instruction in set design, collage, screen-printing, sculpting, photography, and more. No matter what kind of art class you try, make sure you will learn from it.
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There is no right or wrong way to try art.
Anyone is capable of learning the basics of an art medium in an introductory class and learn how to create personally meaningful work. Art speaks to everyone in different ways, creating a unique artistic experience. Always remember that art is subjective, and some people may have a fonder opinion than others about what they see.
PAINTloose is all about embracing the passion for painting through intuition over intellect. Students can learn how to bring DIY projects to life with step-by-step tutorials on creating contemporary art. PAINTloose specializes in abstract and contemporary art pieces like acrylic on canvas, custom murals, and pastels on paper. At www.paintloose.com you can find unique merchandise perfect for creative gifts, DIY tutorials, paint kits, and commissioned works.
Creating art relieves stress.
Many people find sketching or coloring an effective way to decompress at the end of the day. Taking an art class requires you to shut out distractions and focus on yourself for an hour or so. Ridding your mind of distractions and allowing yourself to get in “the zone” is similar to meditation. Forgetting your worries through art can ease tensions, lower your blood pressure, and encourage mental clarity.
Art stimulates creativity and memory.
A day job that keeps you behind a computer likely only engages the left, analytical, problem-solving side of your brain. Taking an art class stimulates creativity by engaging the right, creative, intuitive side of your brain. Instead of using your mobile device to document an Insta-worthy moment, start carrying a small sketchbook and get in the habit of making quick, rough sketches. Drawing makes you look more carefully at details, engages your observational skills, improves your coordination, and boosts your memory of the moment.
You may discover a new kind of awareness.
The more you draw, the more you improve your spatial awareness. Training your eyes to notice details, follow subtle curves and shapes, and accurately perceive sizes will improve your perception of space and distance. Taking an art class can instill a greater awareness of yourself and others. Art teaches different perspectives, cultural awareness, an appreciation for self-expression, the ability to appreciate the beauty in diversity, and how to form and value opinions.
Art classes are for people of all ages and walks of life — all you need is the desire to try something new.