6 Reasons Why You Need to Make Art
Sep 06, 2019
Maybe you say that you are not an artist, that you couldn't even draw a stick figure if you wanted to. Well, I believe that's not true. Creativity is part of the human experience, and making art is one of the best ways to express that creativity. And you can learn to do anything with enough practice. Now we can make a broad definition of what art is. You might be more into the culinary arts, music, or performing arts, but that's still art. And there are many reasons why you should be making more of it. Today we'll just look at six of the best reasons why you should be making more art.
- It makes you a better problem solver. When you use your creativity, you help your brain get better at divergent thinking and problem-solving in general. NASA did a study to see where creativity came from, because they wanted their scientists to be more creative, you know to invent new technologies and all. So they tested a group of kids from the time they were five years old until they were adults. 98% of those kids tested at genius levels of creative thinking and divergent thought when they were just 5. But by the time they were adults, only 2% tested at the same levels. So, that means we all have this innate creativity in us that just needs to be fostered, and it will help us do more than just make art. When we are able to use our creativity and divergent thought, that's when we can innovate invent and come up with creative solutions to problems. So when you make art it helps you make better decisions all around. And that’s something I can get behind.
- Making art can be therapeutic, even healing. When you get into the zone while you are creating a piece of work, you can lose track of time and you can forget about your other problems. You can get into what is called the flow state. I’ve had students with chronic pain say they forgot about their discomfort while lost in their creative flow state. It helps clear the mind and gives you a break from the mental load we so often carry. So if you find yourself with lots of stress in the day and needing to give yourself a little break, you should make some art.
- Making art keeps your brain healthy. Studies have shown that the more you use your creativity to make and try new things, it helps your brain create new connections to keep growing and to strengthen the connections you already have. Your brain is like a muscle, and needs to be worked out and keep active to stay healthy. When you are making art, your brain works in a more active way and thus keeps you healthy. It can even help to stave off dementia
- It's fun. Or at least it should be. When you are able to make art and create it any way you like, there’s a freedom and enjoyment of being able to express yourself however you like. Growing up, my mom always told us that the messier we were, the more fun we were having. And she was right, whether we were helping her decorate cakes or making our own out of mud in the backyard. When you lose the enjoyment in making art, you need to step back and reevaluate how you’re doing it. Because it should be fun. And that is the best kind of art to make.
- There are no rules. Like Bob Ross would say, “You get to create your own little world, however you like it.” And when you create and make art, that same idea applies. There are no rules in art. Creativity, at its core, is being able to innovate and think of new ways of doing things, of making new connections and combinations of things. So that applies to art. Now, sure, if you’re creating art for a client, there may be some limits to meet their expectations, and there are some basics principles and techniques you should be aware of. But apart from that, there are no expectations, there are no right or wrong ways to create. I always heard about art that you need to know the rules to break them. So go break some rules. And when you make mistakes, you’ve only discovered a new way to do something or how to create a different thing altogether (look at you, you inventive creator). So, be free, and create whatever you like. Be weird. Do something unexpected. Make art without rules.
- It makes life worth living. I don’t know about you, but I always feel most fulfilled when I’m creating something by hand. I even go out of my way to do it. The other day, I decided to go home and make a pizza from scratch rather that grab one to go, since I really enjoy cooking and creating a meal. And you can bet your bottom dollar, I have for sure gone home to make a piece of jewelry or wall art I saw at a store rather than buy it there, just because I wanted the satisfaction of making it myself. Sure, it’s enjoyable to consume art, like when you go to the movies or to a museum. But that experience is passive and not nearly as enjoyable as actively creating art yourself. The same way watching someone skydive is not nearly the same experience as skydiving yourself. Since our creativity is an innate part of our human nature, I believe that we don’t really get to experience that same joie de vivre that we do when we are expressing our creative nature through creating art. Try it for yourself and tell me that’s not true for you too. When you are making art you love and get into that flow state, you will know what I am talking about. So, go make art and make the most of your life while you still can.
So there you have it, six great reasons why you should be making more art, any kind of art you like. I didn’t even touch on all the great ways your art can benefit others and the world at large, but these reasons alone should be enough to encourage you go pick up that brush, guitar, pen, or whatever tools you use to create, and go make more art! If you’re ready to become a killer creator but don’t know where to start or how to even find the time to start, we’ve got the perfect program for you. Join our email list to make sure you don’t miss the next time our enrollment opens. In the meantime, stay killer and make more art!