How art helps you cope with quarantine

How art helps you cope with quarantine

With many places going under lockdown again, we are back to the summer of 2020 when for the very first time we got to experience what it feels like not being able to go out and socialize with people. Being stuck in our homes took a toll on our mental health too.

There’s only so much time we can spend in front of TV, or stay stuck on our phones. People are looking for new ways to spend their time meaningfully. This is when “Art” comes to our rescue.

Art comes in different ways and types, so there is definitely going to be something that is going to be your cup of tea.

Art can be anything; that keeps you happy. Today, we will talk about some elements of art; yes, we will discuss more than paintings! 

  • Colouring:

All of us should definitely be having a box of crayons or colour pencils lying at our home; it is time to bring it out and have fun with it. Colouring is for people of all ages, and not only for kids. There are lots of readily available sketches and designs online, that you can print and start colouring.

  • Drawing:

You can take a step further and even try your hand at drawing. There are different things you can try. Right from simple doodles, sketches to mandala art, and anime style drawing; different things for you to try. Hand Lettering is also very cool to try out and once you do, you will be surprised to know how much fun it is.

  • Collage:

To create a collage, you just need a pair of scissors, and some glue. You can clip out pictures, letters, colours, or anything you like; to rearrange them on a surface of your choice and make your own composition. It is amazing to see how different elements come together to create a very artsy result. Another amazing way of creating collages is by using photographs or polaroids of your favourite memories and turning them into beautiful albums.

  • Painting:

You do not have to be a pro to try a hand at painting. Simply playing around with colours is fun and relaxing. Who knows you might end up producing a masterpiece of your own that you cannot help but flex it everywhere. You do not need to have a whole brush set or the most expensive tube of colours. Colours are everywhere around you. And as for the tools, there are lots of different tools like sponges, combs, cotton swabs, or you can even use your fingers to paint.

  • Photography:

Photography is also a type of art. With mobile phones equipped with such good quality cameras these days, you should definitely try photography at least once. Snap as many pictures as you like, use different freely available editing tools to retouch a little and hold your own quarantine photo exhibition. Who knows, maybe after a few years, you will have beautiful memories to look back to.

Do not just rely on electronic gadgets to try to take your mind off things. Try art as an emotional outlet, and you will for sure have a healing time.

“Art is the only way to run away without leaving home” – Twyla Tharp

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