Benefits of Art

Photo Credit: Summer Arts for Teens: Crazy-Cool Drop-in Classes, Studios and Workshops. (n.d.). Retrieved December 15, 2020, from https://www.parentmap.com/article/summer-arts-for-teens

Photo Credit: Summer Arts for Teens: Crazy-Cool Drop-in Classes, Studios and Workshops. (n.d.). Retrieved December 15, 2020, from https://www.parentmap.com/article/summer-arts-for-teens

Aliccia Carroll

Now more than ever, children and teens are being stuck at home and face a common feeling, boredom. As schools get cancelled and states undergo quarantine and safety restrictions during this pandemic, children are being sent home for remote learning. While the treacherous online learning is boring as is without seeing your friends and having to sit on the computer for so long, the after hours are just as bad. As mentioned in my previous article, teens and young adults tend to spend a majority of their days focused in front of a screen. This eventually can affect your physical and mental health. Instead of spending your leisure time zombified by technology, it is encouraged you make better use of your time. A great way to do that is through art.  A great artist once said, “A man paints with his brains and not with his hands”. The beneficial effects of creating aren’t dependent on a person’s skills or talents but rather on their imagination and capability. Art has so many positive effects on your brain and mental health and allows your creativity to stretch beyond what anyone but you could imagine. Doing art gifts you the potential to express your feelings and mental state through incredible displays of emotion. It is a good way to stay off of technology and allows your mind to flow and explore. A section from Harvard’s research states, “Studies have shown that expressing themselves through art can help people with depression, anxiety, or cancer, too. And doing so has been linked to improved memory, reasoning, and resilience in healthy older people.” This analysis shows that art is a great way to better improve your mental health. It is good for people of all ages, from a child to an elderly. Not only that, but there is such a wide variety of art to do. From writing to drawing, and even a musical instrument. These are all great ways to advance your mind and take a break from technology