When we hear the word “art”, what usually comes into our minds? Probably images of a museum filled with paintings, sculptures and other pieces of art masterpieces created by geniuses and masters. What about when we come into terms with “crafts”? Well, we may depict seeing children inside a classroom surrounded by colorful construction papers, glitters, glue, yarn and scissors in their hands, ready to create projects that become their own masterpieces.
We can also picture out various novelty items offered for sale at souvenir shops like pouches, bags, rugs, shirts and ponchos created through knitting, crocheting and macramé. In short, when the topic of arts and crafts is brought up, almost anything related to artistic ventures pops out of our thought bubbles.
Yes, we are absolutely right. Arts and crafts are all outlets of the creative artistry of man. Be it in the form of appreciable arts like music, literature, sculptures and paintings, or in handmade usable items like furniture, clothing and accessories, the imagination is at play with arts. Art is beautiful, functional and a means of expression. However, we limit our views to art depicted through the aforementioned media. We are not quite aware that art exists all around us, even in the simplest things we encounter in everyday life.
The world that we live in is wonderful. Life in itself is brilliant and worthy to be celebrated at all times, and art evident in the colorful human life, even in the earliest days. While many may not be aware of its existence or even its participation in everyday life, the main fact is that arts and crafts sit silently in a corner and reveal itself slowly to its beholders. Nonetheless, art is not just for making people look and admire at certain things.
Art is seen even in the simplest and most useful object we may have in tow. Art exists in artificial and natural things. We gaze around and find a lot of beauty everywhere: a picturesque view of the mountains over a blue sky backdrop, a colorful bird serenading the trees, a picture on the office desk, tattoos of varied designs on the skin of elderly tribal members, dainty pink hearts printed on a baby girl’s swaddle blanket, the solid-colored but elegantly structured coffee mug at home – the possibilities of art are endless. You can see the many forms of art practically everywhere, even in places where it most likely cannot exist.
Since art encompasses almost every aspect of our lives, it plays a huge impact on life itself. Art is quintessential and will never fade, and it’s because it is important for all of us. Just when we thought only those people gifted with lovely creative hands and minds are entitled to enjoy as well as appreciate art and crafts, well, think again.
Each one of us has a special connection to art, and without it, our life will never be complete. The everyday grind of life brings us more opportunities to experience art and be a part of it, even if we aren’t aware of its importance in everyday life.
Art stems from within
Each person is gifted with the potential to imagine, express and create art. It does not matter if he things he is not the creative type, or he is not blessed with such talent. Everyone is capable of creating and expressing themselves through art. Look at small daycare children. Give them a box of crayons and a sheet of paper and without hesitation, each one will come up with colors, patterns and pictures that they wish to portray.
Getting inside the hearts and minds of people with impaired mental abilities is also achieved simply by looking at the artworks they create. When expressing ourselves, art is the best medium to turn to, because people read between the unspoken and the known through art; hence, it becomes a form of communication when all possible means fail because it comes from the depths of our souls.
Art stimulates our mind
In creating or viewing arts and crafts, the human mind works as much as when it tackles other kinds of activities. It also improves critical thinking. How? When we decide to create something, we conceptualize what we want to achieve, then work meticulously to get the end result we have in mind. In the event that we view other people’s work, we use logic and critical thinking to interpret these artworks and decode what the creator wishes to say through the artwork, thus, it stimulates and improves cognitive function and helps the mind develop skills that will be helpful to everyday life.
Art is a form of self-awareness
It is difficult to show the world the true emotions we feel deep within. When facing such a challenge, arts and crafts can come to the rescue! It is the perfect channel to present our thoughts and emotions. By creating different forms of art, we come into terms with the actual emotions we truly feel, thus, we become more self-aware. In addition, it allows us to slow down from the fast-paced everyday grind and experience what our emotions really want to say to us.
By looking at other people’s artworks, we stir up our own emotions, broaden our understanding, and explore the world more clearly in other’s eyes and hearts as well. Art enables us to have ample space to grow and improve ourselves emotionally through increased self-awareness.
Art helps us transcend to other society’s cultures
One unique attribute of arts and crafts is that people across cultural differences can understand it. Art is a universal form of communication; hence, people from different sides of the planet can bridge the gaps of distance, language and culture and still understand each other. Through art, we see a glimpse of the culture and life of a certain society and learn more about their life and ways. Art is a powerful tool to cross international borders and discover new ways of life that are unique from our own.
Art makes life more radiant
Life in itself is wonderful, but arts and crafts makes it even more radiantly beautiful. Imagine living and working in places where there is only all functionality and no beauty. It will be boring, for sure. Throw in some art and we’ll see the place liven up! Art makes our lives more interesting and creates more worth in living it. It is great to be surrounded by different expressions of human beings, tangible through artworks and crafts, and it’s equally great to have the ability to express what is in the depths of your being. Art shines as the best medium to utilize for self-expression. In using art, we all celebrate life and make the world a beautiful and colorful place to live in.