Get Your Hand Off of the Phone and Go Do Art

By Natalie Ramirez

Vanessa Mae created an ocean waves piece. 

https://mymodernmet.com/vanessa-mae-paintings-of-waves/

Rivka Korf created a piece about the hydra and anxiety.  

https://www.saatchiart.com/art/Painting-Screaming-Hydra-Anxiety/995997/3647352/view

Ever since quarantine started on March 16th, 2020, people have been trying to find ways to keep themselves occupied. Art has been very popular. Artistic creation is a way to show how people are feeling, through a visual representation. The Fremont Unified School District had all schools start distance learning in March and then summer hit. Everyone started to become bored from the lack of school work that happened. 

 

There are several types of art. There is literary art, which happens to be poetry and drama. Visual art is another form, such as painting, drawing, and sculpting. Another form, graphic art, includes painting and drawing or art that is “expressed on flat surfaces” (The Editors of Encyclopedia Britannica). Some other forms of art are plastic, decorative, performing, music, and finally architecture. 

 

People have been using painting, photography, and music to help cope with being inside.  Two artists that used their platform to help others during quarantine were Ariana Grande and Justin Bieber. On May 8, 2020, the two singers released a song titled, “Stuck With U.” The song hit number one on the Billboard 100 and the sales for the song within the first year of release will benefit the First Responders Children’s Fund according to Gary Trust from Billboard. Citizens have taken up the hobby to stay busy by following tutorials on Youtube or Instagram. While others who are more experienced create pieces to show their emotions.

 

People who are feeling calm may paint an ocean scene. If one looked at the painting to see what the artist was feeling, they could feel a calm sense. People who are feeling anxiety would maybe paint a portrait of themselves with different shapes as their head to show their anxiety. When someone looks or hears the art, their moods can be lifted and they can relate and feel what the artist was feeling. 

 

According to Victory Art, people experience benefits of not just creating, but also viewing art for the people who do not find themselves to be the artistic type. Professor Semir Zeki observed that when a person looks at art, they immediately release dopamine, which makes us feel love and pleasure along with desire. Viewing artistry makes one feel more calm and less stressed; the similar feeling that being outdoors gives an individual. People who view art often are much happier overall and in life. So why not give it a try when feeling stressed? Art is something that does not have to be a perfect picture in paint, but whatever we want it to be. Art can be photography on the phone, or even writing a story. So go out there and do some art.

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