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The Benefits of Drawing and Creativity
Drawing of any sort taps into the right-brain bringing calm to the mind, opening new perspectives for the participant, and enabling them to see solutions they have not seen before.
The act of drawing, or creating, can cultivate a calm heart rate, lead to a focused mental flow state and a pattern of steady breathing.
Mindfulness, or a calm mind focused on the present, contributes to good mental health in children.
Every act of drawing creates an element of mindfulness. This can help the adult or child to observe, with a sharp focus, the world around them and then bring a record of what they see into the drawing.
The regular practice of drawing helps the participant to not get distracted from the act of observing and creating.
The art of drawing helps develops a different area of the participants’ brain than non-creative activities do.
The act of creativity develops the ability to pay attention and focus.
This in turn develops strategic thinking that is an important skill which proves extremely useful for both life and work.
Holding and using drawing tools can be one of the best ways to help a child improve their fine motor skills.
Drawing creates instant visual feedback, in the act, that reveals the changes and varied effects depending on the tool used and how it is used.
This type of feedback helps a child, or adult, identify the best ways to produce a desired result in how they actually handle the tools.
They learn to control their finger grips, and the required movements, to the create the ideas they are wanting to express. Creating drawings really develop more efficient hand movements.
Through these improvements of brain activity, the signals can be more effectively sent from the brain to the motor neurons, that deliver specific actions needed to perform specific actions. From this constant work fine motor skills naturally increase as a result.
As a result of these motor skills improving there is an interesting side benefit that has been discovered. That working like this for both the younger children and elderly can benefit the nervous system controlling mobility.
The act of drawing develops and improves hand-eye coordination.
Hand – eye coordination is important in athletic and recreational situations and academic scenarios like penmanship.
And on a practical level it helps make everyday tasks a lot easier for children and others with coordination issues.
As well as improving fine motor skills, drawing helps the drawer be able to draw connections between what they see and do.
This is particularly developed when copying another image as an exercise.
One of the major health benefits of painting and drawing, these activities would enable one to become more observant of the details of his surroundings.
Children who have a creative outlet, and develop creative skills, are more likely to perform better in school and their other pursuits.
As one is more exposed to light, darkness, colour and shading properties of painting and drawing, they are able able to pay closer attention to finer details.
This activity helps establishing concepts of concentration and practice. These concepts are essential for academic success.
Learning to observe small details, concentrating on achieving specific results and practicing tricky tasks helps a child mature.
Drawing, cartooning and any type of art can be used as a way to release stress.
It has been found that stress accumulated can be released through the work involved in creating artwork such as lines, colour, shading and ideas.
The very act of creating creates a temporary escape from the world of fears and worries, and instead leads to the participant entering a world of fun and excitement.
Children and adults feel more confident expressing their thoughts by trying new things and learning new skills.
Such activities help cultivate a powerful self-belief and the ability to be genuinely be self-expressive.
It Can Provide an outlet for Emotions Preventing Aggression.
Creativity allows children to express themselves freely removing the feeling less constrained.
How id does this is listed below:
- Expression through creativity helps the individual to be less likely to internalise and bottle up emotions. And so less likely to act out using aggressive behaviour.
- Creativity cultivates a peaceful method of self-expression for children and adults prone to aggressive behaviour.
- Creativity helps lessen the negative emotions within an individual. This is replaced by the more positive thoughts, and feelings, with the use of colour and drawings. It helps an individual feel good about their capabilities. These activities boost their self-esteem and inspire them in believing what they can do.
- One can pour out their emotions through art. They can concentrate on releasing all these hidden emotions. It has been well proven in studies that physical pain can even disappear with the use of art.
- Research shows that a state called 'Alpha' occurs during the activity of creativity. This happens in the part of the brain consciously performing activities, while the unconscious part is also expressed.
This state occurs in other activities such as prayer, music, and meditation.
This state aids the release of energy and revitalizes an individual. A lot of strength is gained in this special form of recovery.
- Creative acts such as drawing help make the healing process faster and more effective.
- Studies show that activities like Painting and Drawing are highly effective for an individual’s recuperation from painful events.
- Activities like drawing/cartooning can help the individual to find a safe environment to convey his emotions.
The health benefits of painting and drawing can be maximized to aid the recovery of the said individual.
This type of activity helps the individual to be immersed in a world of cleansing from all the unhappy events that may have happened to them.
The stress levels and emotional anxieties can be soothed, helping them to function better.
We are all naturally creative and it is a key skill that improves with use.
It is important for both children and adults to explore their creativity.
This exploration aids in building their confidence.
When creative possibilities open up for children, their level of intellect is show to improve as well.
Children and adults become more confident and creative when allowed
to express themselves freely without mistakes or judgement.
When you child has an opportunity to create physical representations of his or her imagination, thoughts, and experiences, he or she gains confidence. This is often made clear with a “Look what I made!”
Drawing helps a child (or adult) feel more inwardly motivated, greater self-worth, and validated. The affirmations from creative work will make the individual more confident in other areas that may not come as naturally as drawing.
Those doing creative work get a sense of achievement and feeling of pride in your art which then carries as confidence through to the rest of your life. Areas in your life lacking confidence can suddenly see new openings for self-love.
Practicing drawing can lead to increased confidence that translates from your art to your whole life!
An important health benefit of painting and drawing involves the opportunity to improve one’s communication with other people.
Art involves expressing one’s innermost thoughts and feelings. It might help them project all these indescribable verbally emotions through paintings and drawings.
Art can help individuals break free from personal limitations. With creative work individuals can surpass their weaknesses including shyness, autism, and other disabilities.
As painting and drawing are continuous processes, individuals find an improvement of their flow of thought as they create such artworks. These can be especially useful for their future endeavours requiring concentration.
Because there are no words in a drawing (even though there can be words used in cartooning) the artist finds other ways to communicate with the audience. This can help you improve your other communication skills by better understanding your feelings, and emotions, without the need for words to be spoken.
Special Note: Children learn to make meaning, and freely express their thoughts ideas and feelings. Drawing also acts as a powerful way that those around a child, or adult, can get to understand how a child is feeling.
Individuals with higher levels of creativity will generally have increased happiness through their interaction with other people.
This is likely to result in a better quality of personal relationships. Individuals with less creativity tend to form happiness more on material things, which can lead to feelings of lonely and introversion leading to more materialism-based happiness.
This can lead to a development of optimism, and feelings of happiness, through painting and drawing. Because the body, and mind, become more relaxed it helps the individual to function better.
Rest and relaxation is main advantages of creative activity like drawing. It allows you to sit back and work your own pace. There is no one telling you what to do and there are no rules. you can just use your imagination and draw whatever you want. And most importantly have fun while doing it.
When it comes to drawing fun cartoons, we have the importance of humour coming into play.
The use of Humour is beneficial for both the individual and Others.
From an emotional point of view humour lightens the mood, inspires hope, increases connection (and the desire to do so) with other people, helps the individual to relax, increases energy, improves concentration, and increases awareness. It also helps you release anger and forgive.
Other benefits of humour and laughing are:
- Laughter activates the release of endorphins, or feel good chemicals
- Helps boosts the immune system
- Helps relax the whole body.
- Prevents Heart Disease: Laughter boosts the function of blood vessels and increases blood circulation
- Smile more
- Strengthens relationships
- Attracts others to us
- Helps defuse conflict
- Decreases pain
- Help to be more spontaneous.
- Releases inhibitions.
- Bring humour to conversations.
- Laughter alters perspective, allowing you to observe situations in a more realistic, less threatening light.
- The laughter stops debilitating emotions. You cannot feel anxious, angry, or depressed once you are laughing
- Laughter brings you closer to other people, which may have a profound impact on all facets of your psychological and psychological wellness
The magic of drawing is all about the process of making something that was not there before now exist, putting marks on paper and seeing characters and pictures come to life.
Creativity can help boost confidence encouraging the self-belief in the individual creating
Creativity allows the child, or adult, to express themselves more freely and as a result feel less constrained.
Drawing as with other creative activities enhances lateral problem-solving methods.
It enhances the ability to see what is possible, and with the freedom to be creative the creator will develop unique methods to learn, and foster, their own style of creativity.
It helps to be able to synthesize the details that make up a structure, or an object, in very complex ways into very basic and simple ones.
With visual analysis, and concentration, drawing helps the individual to solve problems creatively. To determine the best way to connect body
Creative work can help instigate the development of critical thinking and problem solving.
Creative work like cartooning/drawing widen the individuals perspectives to be to address various tasks in a creative and very effective way.
It can help the individual to start thinking in a different way as there is there is normally more than one way to solve a problem.
Art encourages open ended thinking and creativity. These can be helpful for personal development and solving problems. Skills you learn through drawing can be applied in different areas in your life.
The health benefits of drawing can also be extremely useful for those who experience illnesses such as Alzheimer’s disease.
Although they can have problems with their memory, enabling them to engage in any creative work can help boost their recalling skills.
As these activities sharpen their minds through imagination, and thinking, they can experience less complicated conditions of their illnesses.
And so they can still enjoy a lot of activities in their lives in spite of their condition.
Creativity can be used to teach and empower children in a rapidly changing world
Creative work can help them to use problem solving skills and thrive through challenges
Creative work builds a sense of pride and self-confidence in a child, and allows them to explore their creativity.
One of the health benefits of creative activities can cause an increase in an individual’s emotional intelligence.
In enabling one’s emotions to flow through art, one can create a better grasp of his varying feelings. One can experiment on feelings of joy, peace, love, and happiness while performing these tasks.
The improvements for the individual’s personality, and emotional stability, do not just benefit the single individual but also the people around them. This helps them to respond to the emotions felt by others.
The child has more control of their emotions which is beneficial for the people with whom they interact.
For children, these activities can also promote the improvement of the senses.
Knowing the role of the brain is to deliver messages instructing the actions to be performed by one’s body. This happens by stimulating the brain, then the relevant integral organ, is vital to improve the control of the organs. In summary to enhance the physiological communication in the message pathways between the brain and the body.
So a child who has engaged in creative drawing would experience many positive changes in how he would respond to and perceive the world.
Toddlers can become interested in scribbling from around 12-18 months, as the action provides sensory enjoyment, independent play, and physical movement.
Scribbling supports muscle and hand-eye coordination, and emotional release. Movements are by in general large, and the child is often more interested in the marks created than drawing objects.
You can encourage your toddler by providing praise, asking about their drawing and actively taking part of the drawing activity – creating shapes together and building social interaction.
Avoid trying to make their artwork into an object or pattern, allow it to be a beautiful page of scribbles!
It can significantly help young children with the development of hand-eye coordination and improving fine motor skills.
Compared to Toddlers scribbles, and with continued drawing, a young child will develop more controlled attempts to draw an object.
A lot of children at this stage will start to name their drawings and include recognizable shapes they name eg zig-zag marks, crosses, and circles.
As this occurs, and they explore during this period, it can be a great time to introduce different colours, providing another opportunity to make unique decisions.
Experiment with different tools for drawing – including crayons, pencils, thick markers, paint brushes and chalk.