The Essex Open
The Beecroft Art Gallery’s Open Exhibition is the largest and most prestigious open art exhibition in Essex, drawing together a varied selection of new work by professional and amateur artists from around the county.
The exhibition is open to any artist, amateur or professional, over the age of 16 and either resident or working as an artist in Essex (including those London boroughs formerly part of Essex).
To find out more visit: http://essexopen.southendmuseums.org.uk/
Drawing: The Anti-age Cream For Your Brain
There is no cutoff point for learning a new skill, such as drawing. Van Gogh didn't pick up the paintbrush till his late 20’s, so there’s hope out there for any new aspiring artist! Not only is there hope for achieving successful works of art later in life, but there is also scientific evidence that taking it upon yourself to learn how to draw later in life can have a positive impact on the ageing of your brain. The study showed that, of all 265 people in their 80s, “Those who had recently begun acting on creative impulses were 73% less likely to develop mental lapses”. With the discovery of this breakthrough in our understanding of what keeps minds young, why wouldn’t you pick up a new creative skill later in life? So spark your interest in art by visiting galleries and museums, and begin your creative journey to a happier and healthier mind.
How to gain the skills
Once you've built a passion for art, this is where the practical skills come into play. If you don’t want to an expensive art school, then there is a wealth of information available online for you to access and gain knowledge from, free of charge. Some elements of art cannot be taught to you because much of it is down to a personal approach to interpreting the world individually through a pencil and paintbrush. However, proportional understanding is vital to enable your ideas to take shape.
Benefits to your mental health and ageing
The weight of our stressful modernised lifestyle can weigh heavy on our brains. A recent study found that “stress increases inflammation, which, could increase the chances of developing dementia”. Since art is proven to reduce stress we would be silly not to use it to heal our brains. It is found that “This meditative-like state focuses your mind and temporarily pushes aside all your worries”. This can, in turn, delay the ageing process of our brains.
Although some people argue that art is a talent gifted at birth, the reality is that we are all able to draw or paint. If we show interest, and practice regularly, our skills are bound to evolve.
Article by: Lucy Wyndham