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Submitted by: Danielle Smart

“The purpose of art is washing the dust of daily life off our souls” Pablo Picasso

Art can take many forms: paint on canvas, woodworking, needlepoint, sculpture, or drawing, just to name a few. Humans have been creating artwork for thousands of years as a way to express joy or sorrow, document their experiences, and make the world around them more aesthetically pleasing. Additionally, making art, in any form, can be one of the best things to do for self-care. Creative activities, such as art, increases our sense of hope, self-worth, and well-being, improves our sense of connectedness, and reduces stress as well as improves cell function, boosts brain function, and increases memory1. And do not worry about perfection; art is about making something that brings you joy, not being perfect.

Below are some helpful links for coming up with your own art project:

Painting Tutorials

15+ YouTube Channels to Teach You How to Paint for Free

Knitting Tutorials

12 Knitting Tutorials for Beginners

Coloring Pages (can color online or print)
http://www.supercoloring.com/collections/coloring-pages-for-adults

Drawing Tutorials
https://design.tutsplus.com/articles/100-easy-drawing-tutorials–cms-28365

Craft Ideas
https://modpodgerocksblog.com/easy-crafts-for-adults/

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1 https://blog.americansforthearts.org/2019/05/15/the-positive-power-of-art#:~:text=has%20a%20positive%20impact%20on,and%20anxiety%20and%20reduces%20stress