10 Top Life-changing Skills Art Helps You Develop

10 Skills Art Helps You Develop

No matter what age you are, there are a lot of positive things about starting to purse any kind of art. Any kind of art will help you to develop many important life-changing skills.

The top 10 life-changing skills art helps you will develop are: 1) Creativity, 2) Observation, 3) Self-expression 4) Memory, 5) Focus, 6) Concentration 7) Discipline, 8) Perseverance, 9) Collaboration and 10) Risk-taking.

Any kind of art you decide to take up at any point in your life will help you develop these life-changing skills. You are never too young or too old to pursue art.

Creativity

Art helps to develop your creativity. When a person is creative they are going into the unknown. This is why when things happen or changes take place in life a creative person is able to better deal with and adapt to that change.

In speaking about creativity, the actress Mary Lou Cook said:

Creativity

Creativity is inventing, experimenting, growing, taking risks, breaking rules, making mistakes, and having fun.” – Mary Lou Cook

There are many benefits to developing your creative spirit. Here are some of the benefits of using and developing your creativity:

  • Creativity is multidisciplinary – Developing your creativity can help you across many medium and can benefit almost all aspects of your life.
  • Creativity reduces stress and anxiety – Being creative can help you deal with stress and anxiety. Just being creative can give you a sense of contentment.
  • Creativity is fun – No matter what age you are and when you start your creative projects, you will have fun doing it. It is a form of play and enjoyment.
  • Creativity gives a sense of accomplishment – Creativity can give you a sense of accomplishment. No matter what art you do, just completing a piece of art can give you a great sense of having accomplished something.
  • Creativity encourages learning – No matter what form of creativity or art you do, you will need to study and learn about that art. Creativity encourages you to want to learn, grow while challenging yourself, and your abilities.

Observation

Observation is a very important part of the arts. Artists develop a keen sense of observation. Suddenly you start to look at the shadows on someone’s face so that you can remember how it should be painted, or how the hair on a dog curls around its face. These are the kinds of things that artists start to observe with a keener eye.

The photographer Elliott Erwitt said it best when we spoke about the role of observation and art:

Observation

“To me, photography is an art of observation. It’s about finding something interesting in an ordinary place…I’ve found it has little to do with the things you see and everything to do with the way you see them.” – Elliott Erwitt

Self-expression

Art is about self-expression and learning about who you are. The more you discover your artistic path, the more you also discover who you are.

I have found this in my own art. I always loved animals and so I take great pleasure in painting dogs and cats and other animals in how I see them. I also discovered that I am attracted to brighter and bolder colors. This is just part of who I am as an artist.

I really love this quote by the artist Anawanitia, as I also believe that art is about discovering who you are.

self expression

“Art is not so much expressing oneself, as it is discovering oneself” – Anawanitia

Memory

Art helps you to develop your memory. You see a beautiful flower and you want to memorize it so that when you paint it you remember it. Or the sunset you just witnessed this evening. You start to put the memory of this in mind so that you can recall it a future time and put it on canvas.

If you want to develop a keen memory, start painting. When you observe the world, try to put some of your observations in your memory bank to be recalled when you are actually painting.

The French writer Andre Maurois has this great quote about memory and our artistic pursuits:

Memory

“Memory is a great artist. For every man and for every woman it makes the recollection of his or her life a work of art and an unfaithful record.” – Andre Maurois

Focus

Any kind of art will also help you to gain focus. Focusing takes our attention. In order to do any kind of art form, you must focus on that art form to be good at it.

Focus refers to your ability to give something the center of your interest or narrow attention. In more simple terms this means that even when you are not painting you are thinking about what you will paint next. Painting and art have become an area of your life that you are focused on.

Jock Sturges, the American Photographer, in speaking about giving an art form our attention and focus said it best when he said:

Focus

“Any artist that’s involved in their work is inevitably going to have a focus in what they do. – Jock Sturges

Concentration

Doing any kind of painting or art helps your concentration. Many people confuse focus and concentration as they are so similar but there is a difference in that concentration is when your full attention is on what you are presently doing.

To be able to paint or do any art form well, you will need to have the ability to concentrate on it while you are actually doing it. You will need to give it your undivided attention.

As the golfer, Arnold Palmer so eloquently said about concentration, that it is about having your undivided attention to the task at hand. He said:

Concentration

“What do I mean by concentration? I mean focusing totally on the business at hand and commanding your body to do exactly what you want it to do.” – Arnold Palmer

Discipline

Any kind of art will teach you discipline. You must be disciplined to seek to constantly improve your art form if you ever hope to get proficient in what you are doing All kinds of art will help you develop discipline.

The famous sculptor Henry Moore said it well when he said:

“Discipline in art is a fundamental struggle to understand oneself, as much as to understand what one is drawing.” – Henry Moore

Perseverance

Learning and mastering any kind of art takes a lot of time. One thing I have discovered is that art is a journey, not a destination. What I mean by that is that I will spend my entire life trying to master my art of painting. I will be constantly trying to learn new things and master new techniques. It will be a journey and not a place I arrive at after a certain amount of time or education.

This is why art will help to teach you perseverance. Any kind of art is something you will constantly be working on and improving on. That is just the nature of being an artist.

The famous artist Pablo Picasso said it best when he pointed out that many do not keep up the perseverance of their art as they get older when he said:

Perseverance

“Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once we grow up.” – Pablo Picasso

Collaboration

Being an artist can help you to learn to collaborate. Though many artists work on their own, there are others who work in groups and collaborate together. A great example of this was the Impressionist in that many of them would work together as a group or look at each other’s work. There is a community of artists out there waiting to collaborate with you.

The musical artist Sharon Van Etten said this about collaboration and how collaboration can help all artists.

collaboration

“I wanna grow and develop as an artist, and I feel like different kinds of collaborations can only help me in that way.” – Sharon Van Etten

Risk-taking

Putting that first stroke of a brush on a piece of canvas is risky. You may have an idea of how it will turn out but you are may not be completely sure. You are taking a risk by putting that very first brush stroke on a blank canvas.

This is why many say that being an artist helps teach some skills about risk-taking. I know from experience and experimenting that some of my artistic experiments work out and others just do not, but they have taught me to keep on trying. I have seen this also develop in other areas of my life where I am not afraid to change a food recipe to try something new. That is the creative side of me taking some risks that others may not take.

I love this quote by one of my artist heroes, Vincent ‘Van Gogh. I love how he encourages us to keep taking risks and trying new things when he said:

Risk-taking

“If you hear a voice within you say ‘you cannot paint,’ then by all means paint, and that voice will be silenced.” – Vincent Van Gogh

One of the great side effects of any art you pursue is that it will help you to learn and develop positive life long skills. And one of the great things about art is that you are never too young or too old to start learning a new art form.

All you need to do is just start.

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There are many benefits to encouraging your children in art. Some of these benefits of art include increased creativity, better hand-to-eye coordination, clearer self-expression, increased decision-making skills, improved visual-spatial skills, the teaching of perseverance, it helps increase your focus, you learn to see the world differently, it helps to build self-confidence and it is just plain fun.

You can find out more about why we believe all children should learn art by reading our blog on 10 Top Reasons Why You Should Encourage Your Children in Art by clicking here.

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Anita Louise Hummel

Hi, I am Anita Louise Hummel. I am an artist and a blogger. I paint mainly oil paints. I love to paint women, animals (mainly dogs and cats), and abstracts. I use a lot of gold and silver leaf in my paintings. I also love to blog about anything to do with art, business, Procreate, and all the wonderful artists that inspire me.

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