Category "Middle School"

16Jan2021

The following blog is a winner of the Brainy Blog Competition.

Art is all about your creativity. Your imagination. The way the different colors in your palette mix together, and make a beautiful masterpiece. It’s also tons of fun for all ages! As an art lover, as well as a brainiac, whenever I painted, I got to thinking : how does art relate to the brain?

The many benefits of art include increasing creative capacities, reducing stress, increased consciousness, great results in education, and even increased blood flow to the brain! Let’s take a close look at some of the benefits, and clearly how it connects to the almighty brain!

Increasing Creative Capacities :

Have you ever seen the look of satisfaction on a child when they use their crayons and paints to draw? The happiness that art brings engages children on various levels, as it supports their hand-eye coordination, creativity, visual learning skills, as well as many other important development skills. Children always enjoy making art, even if it is as simple as finger painting. By helping and encouraging young minds to think creatively and use their supplies to create a work of art, the caregivers/parents can definitely help their children’s brain development, as well as give them a good stress reliever.

According to studies by the National Endowment for the Arts, “Art can also improve language development in young children. When parents talk with children about the art they are making, children learn how to describe visual elements like colors and shapes, and build their vocabularies even as they fine-tune their motor skills. Parents can help build language skills further by pointing out the art around them – a mural on the side of a building or a painting in a doctor’s office – and having a conversation with their children about what they see.” This proves that art is a great stress reliever, as it improves creativity while also improving language development in young children! The brain can help so much, and sometimes it relates to things you would never expect it to relate to! Thanks a lot, Mr. Brain!!

Art Helps Education :

Art is critical to people who wish to have a good education. Art helps calm you down, and to keep having resilience, even when you make a mistake. Therefore, you would also need these essential skills in education. Researchers say that creative pursuits help to build connections in the brain to strengthen cognitive reserve, or brain resilience, and subsequently prevent memory loss. Creating artwork can also improve fine motor skills through small, purposeful movements, which may help to prevent pain and stiffness.

The brain is such an important part of our bodies, without it we wouldn’t be able to function! Therefore, improving your brain by learning more everyday always helps your brain! Art and the brain, though they may be two completely different things, relate to each other so much! There are so many benefits for art that relate to the brain! Using these new facts, learning about art and the brain will definitely inspire you to do more arts, as there are so many brain benefits! Thanks to our brain, all humans have the amazing capability to do anything they desire!

Author: Vinuta Ramakrishnan

16Jan2021

The following blog is a winner of the Brainy Blog Competition.

 I have been wondering if art calms your brain, because it does for me even when I am just scribbling something. Now, let’s talk about REAL facts. I have found out that ART has an impact on our brain wave patterns and emotions, and the nervous system can actually raise serotonin levels. Research has proven art can develop neural systems that produce a broad spectrum of benefits from great creativity and improved emotional balance. AWESOME!!! That is a lot to take in, but it is cool. Also, did you know that the frontal cortex is the center of creativity! and it is the main reason we can think creatively. It contributes to creative thinking (such as drawing or imagining). Wow!!! art does do a lot of cool and good things to our brain. Just with what I have gathered so far.

Have you ever wondered how your brain processes paintings and artworks? well, I am going to tell you how the brain does it. It’s kind of complicated but I will put it in simple words. Your brain is divided into a lot of different parts, believe me, a LOT. The part that I am going to be focusing on is the visual cortex, which is also called the occipital lobe. This is one of the main lobes of the brain. Sounds complicated right. Because, it is where everything you see gets stored, and when you see paintings and artworks everything gets stored there. Which is cool because all of the information gets stored at the back of the brain. Remember, all of the information has to travel through the brain to get to the visual cortex, also think about how fast the information has to get through. The information travels through a nerve called the optical nerve.

Now, I am going to talk about how art is good for your brain. I have done enough research to say that art can make the prefrontal cortex (also known as the hippocampus) stronger. Drawing increases many of the cognitive functions that researchers typically call as ‘Creative’ and ‘Right brained’ activities. That is good news. Art also strengthens the visual cortex. Art can calm stress and anger. Psychology Today reported a study published this year in The Journal of Korean Medical Science discovered that, “Mindful art therapy helped ease anxiety symptoms in people with heart disease.”

 When you are drawing, multiple parts of your brain are working together like, when you draw, your cerebellum help you  move your hand to the right direction and your frontal cortex makes up an idea of what to draw and sends it to your cerebellum which then makes your to hand draw it, then your eye transfers what it sees to the optic nerve then the nerve sends it to the visual cortex and then it sorts out all the information and then sends it to the cerebellum which then makes a correct muscle move.

The last and final fact is that all of your frontal areas of your brain get most of their strength from brain waves, and as I have mentioned before, art produces a lot of brain waves, so art is good for your brain. As you can see with all of the information I have gathered so far, art is really good for your brain and makes certain parts of your brain stronger.

I hope you believe that art calms your brain and remember to “draw and keep your brain strong”.

Author: Lakshana Arumugam

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