People typically showcase art for aesthetic reasons, to help add life and colour to their homes. But studies have shown that interacting with the artwork, either through viewing or creating it, can dramatically improve memory, empathy and reduce stress – especially in younger children.
It can be any art form – professional photos, wall art prints, paintings, fashion. Anything that requires creativity and innovation to create can be classed as art.
What Are The Benefits Of Art?
A great deal of scientific evidence suggests that art improves brain function. It affects brain wave patterns, emotions and raises serotonin levels. Art can also help establish neurological systems essential to social and physical development including fine motor abilities, creativity, and enhanced emotional stability.
Every parent aspires to give their children a safe and engaging environment. Whether they are newborns, toddlers or older children, art can help encourage their creativity and independence.
Not only this, art is incredibly important for adults too! So including it in the home benefits everyone.
Why You Should Integrate Art Into The Home
Art has the power to transform a person’s perspective and perception of the world. Some of history’s greatest brains, such as Leonardo da Vinci and Albert Einstein, were both analytical and creative at the same time.
Creating art teaches you to pay attention to detail and to be more aware of your surroundings. In this way, it functions similarly to meditation. Adult colouring books are a popular art craze for stress relief.
Even sticking your child’s artwork on the fridge can be stimulating for them, as it boosts their self-esteem. The process of creating art increases the ‘motivation molecule’ also known as dopamine. This helps to boost focus, consistency and ambition, allowing you to be organised and plan ahead. You also resist distractions and procrastination to achieve goals and finish your artwork.
Having art in the home improves problem-solving abilities, promotes innovative thinking and allows for the development of unique ideas.
When it comes to children, art helps them practice a variety of essential abilities in everyday life and the classroom. They are free to explore and experiment through the ability to handle various materials and use them in a creative way. These artistic pursuits and self-discoveries are not only entertaining but also educational as it allows them to explore personal likes, dislikes, and express themselves in ways that otherwise might not be possible.
Other Ways To Engage With Art
Knitting, quilting, sewing, drawing, photography, woodworking, gardening, and DIY home repairs are proven to establish healthy routines, cognitive patterns and mindsets in both children and adults.
Art is frequently used as a way of expression, recovery and therapy in adults because of its ability to improve dopamine levels and allow people to work through complex things like depression and anxiety.
Painting, sculpting, drawing, and photography are all calming and gratifying activities that can help you and your children relieve stress and feel mentally clear and happy. Making art is an excellent way to divert your attention away from your regular thoughts.
So, why not incorporate creative activities into your home and downtime?
From DIY projects, colouring sessions and virtual art – there are countless ways to integrate art into your home life, engage with it and use it to create a positive environment.