The art world can seem very exclusive and impervious.
Those who don’t believe they possess natural artistic “talent” often discard any prospect of creative expression. When doing so, they cut out a large chunk of the human experience without even realizing it. You don’t have to be extraordinarily talented to create something of meaning. We’re conditioned to think that art is for the prodigal, the 1 percent elite of artists. But the truth is just the opposite — art is democracy.
In a world where everyone created art, we would experience heightened communication and understanding. Art is built upon the exchange of ideas and is interpersonal in nature. Information or opinions displayed in an artistic form have the potential to reach people and spark conversation in unconventional ways. The possibilities for subject matter and intent are endless; art provides a platform to discuss every single aspect of humanity, from politics to cultural heritage to teen angst.
If you’re one of the self-proclaimed non-artists out there, here are ways you can integrate art into your life:
Pick up a pencil and just start drawing. Drawing skills do not come immediately, rather it takes hours and hours of practice. A viral Ted Talk by Graham Shaw demonstrates several simple cartoons that anyone can recreate and discusses how drawing helped stroke-sufferers.