Is Painting Good for the Brain?
If you’ve never heard of art therapy before then the idea of picking up a paintbrush as a way to exercise the mind may seem like a bit of a foreign concept. After all, painting is often thought to be challenging to everybody but those with an innate artistic ability, right? Here at Paint Away Events, we firmly believe that painting is an inclusive activity for everybody regardless of age, skill and ability. There has been a lot of recent discussions amongst painters who suggest that painting as a form of art therapy could provide a number of benefits for the brain. Read on as we go over three reasons why…
Strengthens the Memory
The brain is always taking in information and learning, and painting is a great learning tool that can improve brain patterns like concentration and memory through techniques like conceptual visualization. This means that the brain has to learn how to translate the features of an object on a canvas by using real-life aspects that it is already familiar with. In fact, studies have shown that those with creative inhibitions like writing, drawing and painting are less likely to develop memory loss illnesses like dementia.
Stress Relief and Relaxation
The act of focusing on a creative outlet like painting can offer the mind an opportunity to switch off from everyday pressures for a brief moment of time. Painting can often be relaxing because the brain focuses on putting paint onto the canvas rather than everything else that may be causing unnecessary stresses in life. This is typically known as art therapy in practice and is often referred to as a form of emotional relief because the brain is able to rest and recuperate in a new way even though it is still being actively utilised in order to paint.
Encourages Creative Growth
Everybody is creative, however most people do not know how to unleash their creative side. Whilst painting may come naturally to those who are already comfortable with creative activities, it doesn’t mean that those who aren’t naturally artistic cannot find enjoyment in it. After all, the simple act of painting requires patience and focus which can stimulate the brain of those who may see themselves as more academic. As an effective hobby, painting can encourage everybody to grow creatively as well as emotionally by putting their thoughts and feelings onto the canvas.
Painting is a great way to tune into your creative side and allow it to showcase itself across a blank canvas. Remember, you don’t need to be a Monet or Van Gogh to paint! If you’re looking for a unique way to relax with the opportunity to create art at the same time, painting may be the answer! Here at Paint Away Events, we hold Sip and Paint events that are designed with art therapy in mind in order to provide a therapeutic painting experience for each and every person, regardless of skill and ability. Get in contact to book your name for an upcoming event today!