Why You Need To Make Art

by Ashlyn Salao

Pablo Picasso
“Art washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life.” — Pablo Picasso

A lot of people think that art is only for those who are actually good at it while many others believe that art is only the famous paintings and sculptures you find in museums. Because of this, many people miss out on the calming, therapeutic effects that creating art can have.

According to the American Art Therapy Association, art therapy is the “use [of] art media, the creative process, and the resulting artwork to explore [one’s] feelings, reconcile emotional conflicts, foster self­ awareness, manage behavior and addictions, develop social skills, improve reality orientation, reduce anxiety, and increase self-esteem.” In short, art therapy is simply using art to de­stress and express oneself.

While some people draw and paint, others use fashion, film, photography, interior design, dancing, singing, collaging, or writing as a way to chill out and recenter themselves in the chaos of today’s world. Art has many forms which makes it accessible to almost everyone. All it takes is one trip to your local craft store to get everything you need to create something, whether it’s clothing, jewelry, or a painting, and they even sell kits that provide you with instructions and tools to get you started. But the best part about art? You don’t even have to be good at it!

Art is a global community that welcomes anyone, and thanks to technology, it only takes one click to find and connect with other artists/art. Anyone who’s an artist knows that everyone has to start somewhere, and although someone’s work might not be perfect, they’re learning and growing which is the only thing that matters.

Art is an extension of oneself. Even though your art might not matter to anyone else, it matters to you, and art therapy gives anyone the opportunity to cultivate love, passion, creativity, and peace. Whether or not you can draw a straight line or get the most likes on a picture, practicing art therapy will help you realize that it actually doesn’t matter at all how it turns out, as long as you’re happy.

So make art (even if you don’t think it’s good). You won’t regret it.

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