Co-authored by Celia Schaefer and Hannah Baker
My mother always used to ask: “Did you make something today?” As infuriating as that was as a 12 year old, she was onto something. Making things feels good. There is a satisfaction that comes from completing a process and seeing a project through. Creating makes you feel successful, boosting morale and increasing your productivity. Art in Action, a non-profit in the Bay Area, works to create accessible art curriculum so that every child can feel the benefits of looking at and making art.
Read on to see why two Art in Action interns think creating keeps you sane…
1. Patience and perseverance
Long-term projects teach you patience and perseverance. Great ideas need great work ethic and creating is a perfect way to cultivate this within your self.
2. Hand made gifts
Creating typically leaves you with a lot of product. Product that your friends and family would probably love. Plus, giving hand-made gifts comes with a certain pride.
3. Express yourself
Creating allows you to express yourself when words are lacking. Our program cultivates visual communication skills in children across the country.
Collaboration within the creative process can lead to strong relationships within your community. Art in Action schools experience strong community as their students begin to experience the power of creating.
5. It doesn’t make sense
Art doesn’t have to make sense: you can just make it.
6. It does make sense
Other times, art makes perfect sense and you still can just make it.
7. It doesn’t always agree
Art and creating are personal. Taste is personal. Creating with programs like ours teaches you that you can disagree with and still respect others. We need more of that in this world.
8. Make something brand new
Creating allows you to make something the world has never seen before. Creation encourages uniqueness, and uniqueness encourages self-confidence.
9. Visual communication
Expressing your self with pictures is a skill well suited to our visual world. Our lives are saturated with imagery. Being able to create your own art gives you a sense of autonomy.
10. Copy it
Imitation is a great way to learn, so if you’re really tired that day you can just copy things. Our lessons are based on masterpieces that teach students about different styles, concepts, and mediums—imitation within art is the best way to learn and grow!
11. Travel across time
Creating allows you to relate to someone else, potentially a person you have never met or never will meet. Children in our program relate to the artists they learn about within the program. Honing relational skills is perfect for our increasingly connected world and allows us to travel across time and space.
Finally, and perhaps most importantly:
12. CREATING IS FUN
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