Eight reasons to join an art or craft course

Posted on: 22 February 2019

Art is everywhere. Cooking, writing, painting, drawing, photography, gardening, sculpture – it is all art. And it is something that everyone is capable of, it’s just a matter of trying.

The dictionary describes art as the expression or application of human creative skill and imagination, typically in a visual form such as painting or sculpture, producing works to be appreciated primarily for their beauty or emotional power.

Its more than that. As something we do, art is an expression of our thoughts, emotions, intuitions, and desires, but it can even be more personal: it’s about sharing the way we experience the world, which for some, is an extension of personality.

Not convinced? Here’s eight reasons to free your inner artist:

  1. Generate a love of learning and creativity – Art helps to develop a willingness to explore new avenues, to take risks and to learn from our mistakes. Learning throughout life can lead to an increased sense of purpose and confidence to meet new challenges and goals. Learning new skills such as those associated with art and craft, as well as practicing and refining old ones, are key to both personal and professional growth. It keeps us interested and focused, breaking the monotony of life and opening us to new possibilities.
  2. Improves wellbeing – Starting an art class can help build self-esteem and increase our overall motivation. This can help reduce stress and anxiety and in the long-term reduce the need for unnecessary doctor appointments. The NHS lists learning as one of the 5 Ways to Wellbeing and some GP practices are even prescribing art classes as a ‘medicine’ for mild depression.
  3. Improves the way the brain works – Educators often liken the brain to a muscle, because it functions better with exercise. Art can help strengthen and focus our attention and help build hand-eye coordination. Art involves interacting with different tools and media and requires patience and lots of practice.
  4. Has the potential to change your life – For those who are lonely and isolated, joining an art or craft class gets us out of the house. It allows us to meet like-minded and interesting people who we can become friends with. You could learn a new skill or discover a talent you didn’t realise you had. It will help build self-confidence and develop social interaction skills and it may even lead to opportunities for new employment such as starting a new business.
  5. Helps to build communities – Art reaches across racial stereotypes, religious barriers and socio-economic prejudices. It helps to create a sense of belonging by making people more connected and less isolated.
  6. Awaken the senses – Art helps to fuel the imagination and teaches us to feel and express our emotions. It also helps us to better understand others by ‘seeing’ what they have expressed and created.
  7. Teaches problem solving – Art encourages open-minded thinking and can even challenge our beliefs. Also helps show that there is more than one solution to each problem
  8. Helps to find passion and meaning – if you have lost your love for life, finding a form of art that you enjoy can help re-spark it. You can discover joy in yourself and the world around you. Art will provide you with a sense of achievement and all forms of art are beautiful to behold.

So, go on, create some joy for yourself and other by expressing and sharing your creativity.