Last February 11, Sunday, I attended the opening of the Chan Lim Visual Art Exhibit at SM Seaside City Cebu. The Chan Lim Family of Artists and Students (CLFAS) exhibit displayed breathtaking visual arts of 240 lanterns and more than a hundred scrolls.
CLFAS had their first exhibit at SM Seaside City in 2017 with students from different schools in Cebu. This year, it extended a free workshop to the Philippine Accessible Disability Services, Inc. (PADS). It reached out to the children with disabilities, mostly deaf, and introduced Chinese brush painting.
Members of the press were also allowed to try their hand at Chinese brush painting and while it was challenging, it brought out the frustrated artist in us. Did I mention that it left us with a feeling of accomplishment after getting a particular stroke right? The art of de-stressing actually includes art itself and below you’ll discover more benefits that will inspire you.
5 Ways That Art Will Benefit You
1. It Boosts Mood and Health
Did you know that even just viewing art can help boost health? When you appreciate art it helps lower anxiety and depression. In fact, a study revealed how it decreased the stress levels of participants who went to an art gallery during lunchtime.
You don’t have to be an expert at art to appreciate it. When you view art, it triggers your pleasure and rewards systems. Art viewing is also part of culture consumption, which enriches your life and improves your quality of life. The benefits increase when you actually take the brush in your hands and create your own art.
2. It Improves Critical Thinking and Empathy
Have you ever stood in front of painting and wondering what message it tried to convey? When you visit an art museum or exhibit, it stimulates your brain to process scenes and faces from artworks. It also triggers critical thinking as you ponder on the meaning of the art.
In 2014, the University of Arkansas published a study that revealed the impact of visiting art museums on students. It showed how the field trip changed the way students thought and felt for the better. This way, art can be a tool to improve critical thinking skills and empathy.
3. It Alleviates Stress
When Alex Lim of the Chan Lim Family of Artists and Students was asked why he learned Chinese painting, he replied, “It helps me de-stress.”
It’s true. Exercise isn’t the only way you can relieve stress. Artistic pursuits like drawing and painting can help alleviate stress. When you create your own art, it has therapeutic benefits like providing healing for your mind, body and spirit.
Creating art puts you into a meditative-like state and helps rid your mind of problems and daily struggles. When this happens, you become more calm and relaxed. The act of creating also makes you slow down, become more mindful of the present, and pay attention to your environment.
4. It Stimulates Creative Expression
Aside from helping improve critical thinking skills and empathy, art helps stimulate creativity. Making art give you the freedom to explore the many possibilities you can express yourself through the techniques, materials and mediums that you use.
Art provides an outlet for your feelings of joy or frustration as well as personal views on important issues. It is a medium for you to express those thoughts or emotions that can be difficult to articulate.
5. It Gives Balance to Your Life
Do you sometimes feel overwhelmed by life’s responsibilities? When you have a hobby like painting, you can return a sense of balance to your life. It’s a way of self-care that allows you much needed ‘downtime’ and leaves you with a feeling of accomplishment.
You don’t have to be able to create fine art. You just have take a brush out and start creating. When you join a workshop or class and produce art together, the benefits double. This is because you are able to make connections and bond through the joint activity of creating art.
The ART of De-stressing
If you want to de-stress with art, you can still catch the Chan Lim Art Exhibit at SM Seaside City Cebu, Mountain Wing Atrium, which runs until February 24, 2018. To know more about Chinese and Western arts, visit www.chanlim.com.