Everyone can draw

08-04-2021

In need of some distraction? Start drawing!

People have always been drawing. We start in our early years as a toddler. But when we get older, we tend to give up. Not enough talent, not enough time. Whatever the reason we find it a useless pastime.

Drawing however can be therapeutic, comforting, and can stimulate your imagination. That’s why S.M.A.K., the museum of contemporary art in Gent Belgium, has asked their audience to send in some drawings during the first corona lockdown. It didn’t matter if you were an amateur or a professional, it was a way to stimulate their own imagination. And they received about 450 drawings in black and white. And they decided to repeat the project in the second lockdown.

I remember as a child I did enjoy drawing in kindergarten very much. As a teenager, I could always find the last page in my coursebook by the doodles I made in it. And even now, when my kids are working on their coloring, I’m often right there with them. It’s still fun to doodle. Even if you think you really can’t.

Being creative is important to remain connected to your health, yourself, and to the world that surrounds you. Making art activates the reward center of your brain and lets you focus more deeply. It can also work therapeutic when dealing with health problems or stress.

And this works with any type of creative expression: drawing, painting, collaging, sculpting clay, writing poetry, cake decorating, knitting, scrapbooking, and so on. Anything that engages your creative mind will make you see connections between unrelated things. It will help you find new ways to communicate. And it will help you imagine a more hopeful future.

Picture by mcbess.

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