8 Life Skills You'll Practice in an Art Class

8 Life Skills You'll Practice in an Art Class

I didn’t find it until I was almost 40.  I was blessed with many gifts, at which I did pretty well, so I never pinpointed what really fulfilled me.  I didn’t pick up a paintbrush until prompted by my son, the real artist of this family, and a friend.  A summer art workshop literally changed my life’s direction. 

So, where am I going with all of this blabbering self- reflection?  Well, art, specifically painting, taught me more than just how to paint.  Art taught me that I am an artist.   Now that I teach and help others with their art, I see that art teaches so many other things about life:

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The Power of Art

Sometimes we discount the power of our natural gifts or talents.  Take a moment to tune into the gifts you have to offer.  Don't belittle them--develop them, nurture them, embrace them.  Whether your creative talents are in making music, knitting sweaters, photography, storytelling or painting......SHARE them with others!  You might be surprised at how many people you can inspire.

Artist Carrie Mae Weems Says Art Saved Her Life, And Yours Too


Carrie Mae Weems, the first African American woman to have a solo show at New York City's Guggenheim museum and winner of the MacArthur Genius Grant, thinks art is really a shortcut to inner peace.

As she told Ebony:

Art is the one place we all turn to for solace. We turn to it constantly, whether you are listening to music, or pop in a film; you want to escape reality, and if you thinking deeply, you want to engage in art in a complex way. Art allows us to navigate the more complicated parts of our lives in a way that is more palpable. We don't go to the movies just to see a movie; we go for the experience. I'm very interested in the experience. Art has saved my life on a regular basis. I wanted to offer that experience to children, to enlist them, to show them the possibilities that are in the arts, to persuade them to pursue it for both their own personal salvation and for changing the way we are understood.

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Article courtesy: Hillary Crosley on Jezebel