Ever since day one, when our ancestors colored on cave walls, people have had an affinity to express themselves artistically. Coloring is the way we first expressed ourselves before we even learned how to talk. Children color every day in school and at home. As we have grown older, for some, coloring became an activity of the past. Aside from artists, only some adults will admit a desire to “create” something now and then.
Remember when you were a kid, lying on your stomach on the floor, coloring book open, crayon in hand with the other crayons spilling out of the box? Do you remember the sense of peace and delight you felt while you were coloring? Why not consider revisiting this favorite infancy hobby to help during those times when you find yourself feeling on edge. So go ahead, give into that urge to buy a brand new, shiny box of crayons and rekindle that childhood fulfillment. Let the creative expression begin; find the artist that lived inside you as a child and tell them it’s okay to come out again.
The benefits of coloring are not limited to ages 5 and under. Adults can positively benefit from art by using their imagination, expressing their feelings, and exploring more about themselves too. Furthermore, adults also benefit by releasing emotions, relieving stress, increasing self-esteem and morale, and strengthening critical thinking.
BENEFITS IN ART:
- Nonverbal expression and communication: Art is a nonverbal tool that lets you communicate how you see the world. It gives you a chance to express and release your feelings.
- Form of relaxation: The act of creating art can simply work as a needed distraction to clear your head of daily life stresses. A temporary retreat or escape from your everyday living. In the act of sketching or painting you experience the sense of a meditative flow, focusing on the enjoyable act of creating art; this could be comparable to that of someone enjoying gardening or cooking.
- Increasing Morale: Just as a child has fun creating art so should you. The nature of creating something, experimenting with shapes and color evokes as sense of playfulness. Watching your picture develop into a finished piece will also give you a sense of pride and accomplishment.
- Improving cognition: Critical thinking is used in decision-making; what would you like to paint or draw, how do you want to capture your image or idea?What colors would you use? Where do you want to place an object in your picture? Asking these questions Your attention span is also strengthened as you focus on your work.
- Sense of self: Art can help build and renew self-esteem. The time you set aside to draw is special time you have dedicated and invested into yourself.
- Coloring is one of the finest forms of meditation: To make coloring a real meditative and non secular experience hunt down a pre-made mandala design or make your own to color. Mandalas are complicated, symmetrical geometrical designs which draw the eye toward the center. Many religions use mandalas as a strategy of connecting the self to a higher power. Inside Buddhism, mandalas are made as sacred places which, by their terribly presence, remind a spectator of the vastness of sanctity in the universe and its potential with in their own life. Making a mandala is alleged to be a particularly robust and sacred experience.
- Coloring is the perfect creative quick-fix for anyone: An opportunity to experiment with color and to express yourself. You can express your moods with color in an easy, convenient and affordable way. Coloring alongside youngsters can be inspiring. How about inviting a pal or two over for tea and some coloring time? And for any artists who are feeling a bit burnt out working in their usual medium, why not use coloring as a way to rejuvenate your creativity?
- Coloring as therapy:Coloring is used in formal therapeutic settings. Coloring helps in developing eye-hand coordination and aids in healing victims of trauma. There is so much to be gained by passing a little time coloring.
*Interesting fact: It is said, one of the handiest ways medical students study the intricacies of the body is by coloring detailed illustrations of various body parts.*
Now that you know some of the positive benefits from art. You can see that coloring isn’t only for children and professional artists. Don’t be scared. You are not setting out to create an artistic masterpiece; explore the materials you are using and figure things out as you go. This is about creating art that fits into your life and enables you to experience the positive benefits of creative expression. If you don’t like your picture then throw it away and start over.
Suggestions for beginning art projects:
- Simple Still Life: Arrange a vase of flowers or variety of fruit. Choose your art medium, i.e. pastels, colored pencils, or paint. When you get started focus on capturing the shapes and colors of the objects and less on reproducing a realistic image. The first attempts should be more for the learning experience.
- Au Plein Air: This term means, in open air. This has been best captured by French Impressionist painter Claude Monet. Au plein air artists are interested in the changing qualities of light, their large brush strokes, and movement captured in the paintings. Go to a place you enjoy outdoors and just take in what you see. Take the time to notice the beauty and variations of light on different surfaces. Just try to work this into your image focusing on catching light on your subject. Most importantly, remember to enjoy the fresh air!
- Draw to Music: Whether it’s classical or jazz music put on one of your favorite albums or musician that inspires you. Pay attention to how the music makes you feel and how the musician’s notes move throughout a song. Capture the atmosphere of their music in your art with flowing free lines, shapes and color.
- Keep a Sketchbook: Start an artist diary or sketch book that you can jot down ideas or sketch images as they come to you. You never know when inspiration may strike!
If you have questions when you begin experimenting with different forms of art, stop by your local library for basic how to books to explain types of mediums and different techniques associated with them. Local colleges often offer beginner art courses in drawing, painting, photography and ceramics. Stop by community art shows to see others artwork, what subjects and mediums they chose to use. Now give yourself permission to color outside the lines. You can color, as straightforward or get as complicated, as you desire.