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One of the kids I’m teaching asked me why we should do art if it’s not going to be our future career. I told him that while I’m planning a career as a psychologist, art is always a huge part of my life. I learned so many life lessons from art! I can’t see a future where art is not there! I love teaching art, creating new artworks, and being part of the art community.
Here are some of the incredible life lessons from art and why you should always create:
1. You’ll Never be Alone
We always looking for connections. No matter what happens, you’ll always have art! Even when you feel the most isolated, you can always connect with another person when you see great art and you’ll always have your own art to connect with.
Art helped me through so many struggles in life and it was there through the best parts as well. I wasn’t a popular girl in school and was a place where I was surrounded by love and acceptance.
2. Learn About Persistence
One of the things that art taught me is never to give up. I wasn’t born the best artist and even after 10 years I still have tons to learn. If you’re persisted and are dedicated, you will be getting better (in anything in life!)
Your art has the power to inspire others in their own art journey or generally in life.
4. The Experience
Art teaches you to enjoy the process. Just like you enjoy exercising, there’s no reason why you should stop creating if it makes you feel good!
Art also teaches you that the process matters. Even if it’s not perfect, you’re still growing as an artist.
For me, when I have an artwork that I’m not satisfied with, I try to identify what worked and what didn’t and how I can improve it in my next work. I see it as a growth opportunity regardless of the outcome!
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I got to meet so many incredible artists and build an amazing community through art. The art community is so big! You can find artists from all over the world on Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, and other platforms. It can help you build relationships and start conversations with people while enjoying art.
So many artists, including myself, experience rejections as artists or are frustrated by an artwork. Rise up after makes us stronger and allows us to grow as individuals. Even if you’re not going to be a professional artist, you will be better at handling and rising above when you experience rejection and frustration in life. You won’t let disappointment stop you from keep trying and making your dreams come true!
7. Taking Risks
Art teaches us to take risks. There’re no boundaries to art, no right or wrong. You can do anything you want and constantly explore new styles.
8. It Makes You Believe in the Impossible
Did you ever look at your work and said, “did I just do that??”? I remember being so shocked every time I hit a milestone, I couldn’t believe that I could do it as a self-taught artist. I see the same thing when I teach. Some people are so surprised when they see their results. I can see the excitement and wonder in their eyes when they reach “the impossible”.
9. Help us Express Ourselves
Words are not always the best way to express our feelings or thoughts. Art allows us to speak a language that is unique to us. There’s no limit to your creativity.
10. Art Builds Confidence
Did you ever looked at your work and felt extremely proud? Pure happiness? Did you “show off” or bragged at your work?
One thing that I constantly see among the kids that I teach is the feeling of pride. They usually show their work to their families and friends. It builds up their confidence and self-esteem.
For me, during my time at school, people knew me as “the girl who draw/paint”. I wasn’t popular but my peers loved my works and it made me feel proud and accepted.
11. Looking at the Bigger Picture
When you create you often need to look at your work from a distance to make sure the composition, colors, and objects reflect the results you’re trying to achieve.
It’s the same in life. When we focus on the small details we can easily mistake/ fail to see the bigger one. Art teaches us to take a step back every now and then and see the bigger picture.
12. It’s Okay to Lose Control
Art is about letting go. Have an open mind and just create. There’s no limit to what you can do, then why not explore it?
Just like in life, we need to learn how to let go. We can control everything; some things are out of our control and the only thing we can do is let go and see what happens. The best art happens when we allow ourselves to be creative, to let go of what others might think or what is “right”.