The dictionary defines art as "the expression or application of human creative skill and imagination, typically in a visual form..."
Whilst this is true, I feel there is so much more to it.
To me, art is an integral part of my life. It is a part of my soul. If I don't allow my creative side to express itself on a regular basis, life becomes dull and I feel unfulfilled.
I am relatively well spoken and have a fairly extensive vocabulary, however, I spend a lot of time feeling frustrated when it comes to communicating and finding the right words to use to get my thoughts, opinions and feelings across to others.
I think when I was younger, the idea of speaking up and speaking out, was something that I feared. I was bullied throughout school and felt no-one at school would listen to me anyway, so I tended to keep my mouth shut and my head down, biting my tongue, afraid to talk back to the bullies, for fear of what might happen.
I didn't enjoy school very much but I did enjoy art class, singing in the choir and taking part in musical productions that the school put on each year. It seemed that even as a child, my passion and pleasure, my refuge from the storm of life, was art.
It was something that I had a natural flare for and I enjoyed it.
I didn't have to worry about finding the right words.
I was free to express my emotions, without having to put it in to words, so the stress and frustration was taken out of the situation.
I found that when I zoned in to my art work, I could zone out of the negativity around me, or even the negativity in my own head. It allowed me to just be me.
But as I briefly mentioned earlier, art isn't just about drawing or painting.
I really enjoyed singing, both at school and as a young adult and I must admit, back then I could carry a tune! I don't sing much anymore but that said, it is something that I will probably pick up again at some point.
Art can also include things like writing, whether that's stories or poetry or something else. There is a lot of power in words and a lot of emotion.
Woodworking, soap or candle making, decoupage, scrap-booking, journaling, jewellery making, growing a kitchen garden or even building a sandcastle are all forms of art!
Art is important for so many reasons. Just a few of those reasons include:
There are many more reasons why art can be beneficial and why it is so important, but we shall cover those another time.
"Painting is just another way of keeping a diary" - Pablo Picasso
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