6 Health Benefits of PaintingIt’s no secret that we LOVE all things creative and artistic, here at Pinot’s Palette. The process of making art is such a therapeutic and wonderful thing and not just for those who consider themselves, “Artists”; It’s been scientifically proven, time and time again, that making art and performing other creative activities are very beneficial for our mental health.
From it’s ability to de-stress us after a long day, to being used for ‘Art Therapy’ in children with learning disabilities, behavioral issues, and individuals suffering from a brain injury or even Alzheimers (among MANY others), we LOVE art for all that it is and all that it does.
Some of the Many Ways That Painting Benefits The Brain and Mental Health:
1. Cultivates Emotional Growth
Releasing emotions through artwork is a helpful experience for many painters. As an artist pours out their emotions through their artwork, they can also evaluate and understand factors that contribute to varying moods. Experimenting with different painting forms helps an artist understand what triggers feelings such as happiness, sadness, love, or anger. Painting is often a type of healing through abstract emotional expression.
2. Expands Creative Growth
Painting comes more naturally to artistic, right-brain people, but more analytical left-brainers can stimulate and nurture their creative growth by practicing painting as well. Practicing and learning creative skills at your own pace fosters creative growth.
3.Enhances Problem-Solving and Motor Skills
As an artist thinks conceptually to bring multiple solutions to life when painting, they are using critical thinking skills. During the process, what an artist imagines may evolve due to color limitations or unexpected outcomes that occur during artistic implementation. Finding the solution helps build important problem-solving skills. Thinking outside the box becomes second nature to a painter. Motor skills like handling a paintbrush increase mobility in the hands and fingers. The fine motor skills that a painter develops helps create mental shortcuts that the brain implements in everyday life.
4. Promotes Stress Relief
Mental-health issues and stress or high anxiety often go together. Finding an emotional release like painting allows a person’s mind to relax and let go of all the problems that contribute to a high-stress level. When people create something beautiful through painting, they stimulate the creative mind while relieving mental strain. A low-stress level leads to a happier, healthier lifestyle and helps improve overall mental health.
5. Bolsters Memory
Painting sharpens the mind through conceptual visualization and implementation, plus, boosts memory skills. People using creative outlets such as writing, painting, and drawing have less chance of developing memory loss illnesses when they get older.
6. Stimulates an Optimistic Attitude
Painting provides a relaxing, open environment where artists feel safe to explore their own creativity and encourages a more optimistic approach to life. The reward of creating visually appealing artwork that others admire gives the painter a sense of pride and happiness in the work which helps boosts self-esteem and inspires people to reach new levels of skill. Painting helps build strong mental health at every age and it is never too late to start a new hobby. Painting can help generate a happy mood not only in the artist but also in people around them.
Stop in the studio for a painting and wine class (*remember that wine is also known to help lower stress!), OR paint from anywhere with our take home paint kits!
We’re all about fun, creativity, spending time with loved ones, and relaxation! It’s impossible to list the number of people who have told us how relaxing it is to take a painting class with us. Customers talk about how they entered the studio stressed from their long day, but a few hours later, they leave the studio with a smile on their face and a masterpiece in their hand!
Painting from the comfort of your own home is another great way to spend time (alone or with friends or family), and lower stress, too! Not everyone is ready to get back out into a public place with a group of people, and are looking for ways to spend time at home. Or perhaps you’re VERY busy and can’t commit to a day and time for an in-studio class but want to paint something you see on the calendar…
Any way you want to utilize our painting and wine classes, we’ve got you covered and you’re sure to have a great time, unwind with friends, and make something you’re proud of!
Your brain will thank you <3