A COMPREHENSIVE LOOK AT HOW ART INFLUENCES AND IMPROVES PERSONAL AND PROFESSIONAL GROWTH
As Thomas Merton once said, “art enables us to find ourselves and lose ourselves at the same time”.
It is safe to say that we wouldn’t be where we are today, as a species and as individuals, if it weren’t for art and creativity. It took looking beyond the palpable and the mundane to discover the extraordinary, to harness solar power, to build planes or to send people to the Moon.
Art, in all its forms, has succeeded in giving freedom to those gifted with great talents to pursue their ambitions, to challenge the norm, to think outside the box and to give the world extraordinary discoveries – the likes of Albert Einstein, Nikola Tesla, Marie Curie, Charles Darwin, Isaac Newton and Stephen Hawking belong to the same spectrum as Leonardo da Vinci, Michelangelo, Caravaggio, Raphael, Pablo Picasso, Rembrandt and Vincent van Gogh, to name but a few. They all made the world a better, more beautiful place.
ART, IN ALL ITS FORMS, GIVES MEANING TO LIFE
For self-development in particular, art education presents a plethora of benefits. It is essential to the development of imagination and creativity, regardless of the age – knowledge, memories and fantasies all feed one’s imagination.
Painted images encourage people to understand the word visually, as it doesn’t limit the acquisition of knowledge to words and numbers alone. Visual thinking is crucial to professional development, allowing one to think outside the box, step away from the borders and even learn other skills – it is used in a wide variety of professions, including the sciences and the arts.
ART HELPS WITH OBSERVATIONAL & ANALYTICAL SKILLS
Art also supports the honing of observational skills, helping individuals to discover details that would otherwise go unnoticed – as the analysis of a painting is always a quest that enhances one’s sensitivity to the world. It also contributes to the development of problem solving and analytical skills, based on the same simple approach: looking at a work of art and discovering all the layers that make it culturally valuable.
While more research is needed to fully understand the benefits of art education on the human brain, it’s a well-known fact that areas within the right hemisphere represent the primary slot for the process and development of learning gained through participation in art activities. It teaches a specific set of thinking skills not properly addressed in the overall school curriculum.
ART RELEASES TENSION AND CONTRIBUTES TO ACCOMPLISHING TASKS
As adults, the challenges of life tend to weigh differently on our shoulders and we often find ourselves in need of ways to release tension and charge ourselves with positive energy. It’s been repeatedly proven that being in contact with visual arts helps establish an outward state of mind that further contributes to accomplishing tasks and living healthier lives.
Building an art education is often therapeutic, nurturing a state of mind that can help combat depression and anxiety. There’s a reason why the happiest of people are often surrounded by works of art – regardless of value.
ART HELPS BUILD MEANINGFUL RELATIONSHIP
Ultimately, having a comprehensive art education drives good conversation and helps build meaningful relationships. It’s one of the main reasons why we’ve decided to launch Private Art Education – London being a city so full of art that any corner of it can initiate brilliant dialogues.
The city is home to some of the world’s greatest art galleries and collections, and one should never pass up the opportunity to explore them and discover the tens of thousands of paintings, sculptures and designs that have shaped the world as we know it. Understanding the history of art is the core of understanding our own humanity and culture, our nature and ability to interpret everything around us.
ACQUIRING A PRIVATE ART EDUCATION IN LONDON
Our Gold Membership is particularly wonderful, as it’s perfect for both new and seasoned art lovers, as well as art world socialites who enjoy meeting artists, curators, dealers and collectors in the field. There are fifteen lectures and talks included in the program, following the history of art from Renaissance to Modernism across London’s finest museums.
All of these lectures are held by art professionals and historians, including graduates of Christie’s Education and Sotheby’s Institute of Art, both eminent institutions in their field. The membership also includes three invitations to curators’ lectures at the National Gallery Theatre and the Victoria & Albert Museum.