Art Is For Everyone (part 2): Art is Relaxing

Summer break is coming up fast!  It’s a great time to think about how you will incorporate art into your kids’ summer break.  For the next couple of weeks, we’ll be sharing some thoughts on why we create art (with kids and , and why art is such an important part of our lives.  We’re calling the series “Art Is For Everyone.”  Please share your thoughts with us in the comments!

Image from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Henri_Matisse

“Art should be something like a good armchair,

in which to rest from physical fatigue.”

-Henri Matisse

Last week we talked about the healing powers of art.  This week, we want to highlight how relaxing it can be to create something with your own two hands.  It is so lovely to slow down and focus one one project, whether it’s a huge painting, a tiny doodle, a knitted scarf or anything that starts off as raw material and ends up something else.

Needle Felting Kit by Artterro

Here’s a great project idea from a licensed family therapist, to help kids and adults alike relax through art: Scribble Drawing.  From the blog’s author, :

“One of the benefits of this activity is that it helps to focus your mind on the here and now. By turning away from worries, planning, overanalyzing, negative thoughts, etc. and focusing on the drawing, you can take a break from stress and allow yourself to relax. Another benefit of the scribble, as opposed to another approach to drawing, is that it helps to remove anxiety or perfectionism in your creative process. A scribble cannot be good or bad, so you do not need to worry about the result.”

So take a few minutes to enjoy some calm and relaxation with art.  Whether you do it with your children, or alone before everyone else wakes up in the morning, it will have  a huge impact on your state of mind.

What kind of art or craft project relaxes you most?  Feel free to share in the comments!

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