Art Wellness

Art is versatile - it can be therpeutic, stress-relieving, fun or relaxing. This is why we have set up a an art wellness class in Camberley every Monday.

There is a strong link between the arts, health and wellness. In fact, the arts and their correlation with good health has grown in prominence over the last few years, with more and more people using the arts as a way of improving and maintaining their mental wellness. 

When I say the “arts”, I am talking about more than just painting and drawing (weird for an artist to say I know) but I also am referring to music, writing, dance, sculpture, woodwork, mosaics, etc. All of these are fantastic methods in improving your health and wellness and it is also important to know that you don’t need to be an artist or a professional of any kind to benefit from doing these type of activities. 

This is because of one key ingredient that transpires from taking part in the arts…. creativity. The act of being creative helps decrease every day stress and anxieties and can even help with depression. 

The purpose of this group is to provide people with an environment to form supportive friendships as well as improve their health and wellbeing. If this sounds like something interesting to you then why not give it a go? 

Why is art important?

“I’m enough of an artist to draw freely on my imagination, which I think is more important than knowledge. Knowledge is limited. Imagination encircles the world” - Albert Einstein

Art is very versatile. It can be many things to different people. Therpeutic, stress-relieving, fun, relaxing, etc. That sense of achievement and the joy that transpires from finishing a piece of art is like no other feeling to me. 

Art has helped me a lot over the years and I believe everyone should try their hand at art from time to time. But don’t just take my word for it, I have collated some facts that affirm the importance art has in our lives:

 - 45 minutes of creative activity significantly lessens stress in the body, regardless of artistic experience or talent. - Girija Kaimal, Drexel University

- Students who took 4 years of art or music classes in high school scored about 92 points higher on their SAT’s than students who did not. - NBCuniversal

Art Supports Your Emotional Intelligence: Art really helps you express feelings that you can’t put into words. Art helps you discover joy in yourself, and often you’ll be surprised.

- Art can pave the way to more open communication and interpersonal connections in the workplace. - Harvard University Study

How to put together an art portfolio

Knowing where to start with putting together an portfolio can often feel overwhelming. There are a number of crucial steps that can be implemented to help you put together a solid art portfolio. 

1. Know your art - You should understand how your art fits into the contemporary artscape. This will help when looking for galleries that fit your style of art.

2. Include your strongest pieces, sometimes less is more - it may seem obvious but only include your best work and not everything you’ve ever done. It should display your talent and personal style.

3. Presentation is everything - Your portfolio is a reflection of your professionalism. This means presentation is vitally important. Your images should be of the highest quality at a minimum.

4. Start building your portfolio early - When starting up it is important to know what media excites you and what your strengths and weakenesses are. When you start building your portfolio make sure to ask more experienced artists for their opinions and critiques, as this will help improve the quality of your work and portfolio. 

5. Think about the big picture beyond your portfolio - Does your portfolio truly represent why you became an artist? If you stay true to yourself and your work then your portfolio will have a more authentic feel to it.

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