It was great to see yet another article about the therapeutic aspect of art pop up on my Facebook feed earlier this week. This time it was especially interesting as it was written from the perspective of someone who was not a big art fan, initially. Penned by a Briony Supple, a lecturer from my Alma Mater UCC, it tells of her experience with seeing art in a new way and exposing her students to art and its benefits. You can read the full thing HERE
Welcome back, what did you think of Briony’s piece? When I read it it reminded me of when I was once asked a most direct question about art. The question was why did I think it was important. At the time I had never had to put what I felt about into words but after a moment they spilled out. To me, art gives us a chance to think and imagine and reflect. When you come across a piece of art you will have an instant and instinctive response. This triggers ideas and memories which diverts us from the pervasive practicalities of the day. This is what makes it so important.
Including art in your life has many benefits and taking time out to view it is so good for your well being. So, here’s 3 ways to do it for free! Why not try one or all of these this weekend…
Visit A Museum
Almost every city and town has an arts space that hosts exhibitions. Have a look to see what’s on in your area and pop along. In Ireland the state owned collections in both the National Gallery & Crawford Art Gallery are available to the public to view free of charge
Don’t panic! You don’t need to create a masterpiece. Just take out a piece of paper and a pencil and draw whatever comes to mind. Try out the ideas in this Pin if you’re stuck for inspiration
Talk to an Artist
If you are lucky enough to know an artist have a chat with them about how and why they create. I’ve met many, many artists in the decade and a half I have worked in the industry and no two are the same. Every one has taught me something new about art. … If you don’t know an artist try an art historian, we’re not as interesting but we’re the next best thing 🙂