"Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once we grow up”, that was Picasso’s words, he didn’t mean that we should all be an artist professionally, he meant that we must adore art, hold them close to our life when we move forward in life.
If you think to make money that even you won't need is the primary aspect of life, then you are way wrong, yes, without the income you can't do anything these days, but only with that, your life on this beautiful planet is also irrelevant.
Maybe an example of how dull the world would be without art can transmit the real idea about the importance of art, well, think about cars, think how dull it would be if we see the same car with the same color and design on every road and garage! Now you may ask, is car an art? Everything creative is art! Designers of vehicles are exceptional artists; they try to mold a vehicle so good that it should beat all its current competitors. I can go on with examples with music, dance, films and so on but you get the idea, right?
Let's talk about ‘Artists’; think of a few names of people that come to your mind when you hear that word. Elvis Presley, Da Vinci, Ginger Rogers, Martin Scorsese, and some others might have popped up in your head, but what about that guy who painted graffiti on the street? Or the guy who took a rabbit out of the hat? We don’t realize how powerful the impact that art has on someone’s life. The guy who painted the wall on the streets might be trying to show the world something, the guy who shows off his magic tricks on the street might hold a Bachelor’s degree.
Maybe we should go into different levels on which art can influence you. I would like to choose two broad levels, Individual and Social levels, and it's not a class or theory, I just made that up so we can categorize the influences of art in life.
Even the greatest painters might have started off by drawing a house or mountain; the greatest dancers might have fallen on their back at the beginning! Having a passion for art can boost our creativity and even make us the best in that area, it’s all about the happiness we feel! There are plenty of courses for deep understanding and even the basic courses which can ignite the artist in all of us!
Arts gives us immense pleasure and relief from stress. Following a music band, dancing for a tune, clapping for a magic trick, everything stabilizes our mind. Even painting our own house is part of that love we possess for art.
Many things please us; it might be a shape, a craft, an instrument or anything when we surround things that make us happy our life obviously becomes more relaxing.
Professor Semir Zeki, a neurobiologist, said that when you stare or admire great artworks, the part of the brain which is stimulated is the same as when we fall in love.
Well, Art is Love.
Scientific results suggest that art has a joyous power on the brain, among stroke survivors, those who follow art enjoyed better health and found it easier to recover, also were less prone to depression and anxiety. The importance of art on a biological level is also something we must value.
Art programs are being reduced in academic schedules and include Trips or visits to museums, exhibitions, archaeological sites should be included in an academic curriculum so that children understand the importance of art (One artist Wolf Brinkman talks about how art and education can be connected and another person Graham Show tells us how drawing can help us to memorize things).
This is where art comes in; Art may not directly tell people what to do, how to do but it delivers a thought of togetherness, creates mindsets that push us to be more engaging.
It also brings people together who are up for discussions of social, political, ecological issues and who dare to take up a challenge that can change the world!
I can't draw! Or sing! I am too busy with life! Art doesn’t feed me!, We all went past these dialogues somewhere in our life. But what we should understand is that to keep art close by your life is not about being a great painter or singer, or thinking that art is only for the people who thoroughly studied it, it's about having love or passion for what you desire, having that inner child that craves upon creativity. Young-ha Kim TEDx talk beautifully reminds us of the importance of art. It is a necessary topic that needs attention. And for the former part, the belief of inability to draw or sing, I would like to point out to another great talk by Graham Show who points out it's our attitude that holds us back from trying new things that we thought we couldn’t do! So let us find time to indulge in art and find ourselves.