If we look back on the history of humanity, everything revolves around art. Absolutely everything. All our accomplishments, what we see, what we know, what we feel and what we learn – it’s all art. I’m not just talking about a painting on the wall, or a sculpture in the park, it’s architecture, music, writing, food, fashion . . . it’s everything and it’s everywhere! Art defines both our past and our future, making it undeniably one of the most important things to be nurtured in all humans, young and old.
When I decided to start teaching sculpture in polymer clay, I thought about my own experience and what I wanted to be able to pass on to my students. The challenge of an art instructor teaching adults is being able to overcome the preconceived notion students have about their abilities to create art. Creativity is something that comes from within and we all have it, but without the technical knowledge it can be impossible to unleash that creativity. That’s where I try to make it as easy to follow as possible, breaking the process down into steps and sculpting right alongside my students.
One of the most rewarding moments as a teacher is that light bulb moment when the technique or the concept becomes clear to them. It’s almost always followed by the observation that they will never be able to look at someone’s face the same way again. I love this moment because I know it’s true, and also because I know together we’ve unlocked that little door in their brains – their creativity has been unleashed and they are hooked!
The positive benefits of taking an art class have been well documented. From relieving stress and lowering your blood pressure. Creating art trains you to concentrate on details and pay more attention to your environment. In this way, it acts like meditation. Art enhances problem-solving skills. Unlike math, there is not one correct answer in art.
Art encourages creative thinking and lets you come up with your own unique solutions. Out-of-the-box thinking also stimulates your brain to grow new neurons.
Creating art increases the “feel good” neurotransmitter dopamine, also called the called the “motivation molecule.” It boosts drive, focus, and concentration. It enables you to plan ahead and resist impulses so you can achieve your goals. Dopamine stimulates the creation of new neurons and prepares your brain for learning. You don’t have to produce fine art to get this benefit. Crafting hobbies of all kinds — knitting, quilting, sewing, drawing, photography, woodworking, gardening, and do-it-yourself home repair — increase dopamine, ward off depression, and protect the brain from aging. (Excerpts from https://bebrainfit.com/the-health-benefits-of-art-are-for-everyone/)
What are you waiting for? Unlock your creativity and sign up for an art class today!