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Arts & Crafts In Kenya

Crafts and arts represent a person's or a society's emotions, character, conduct, beliefs, and more. This means that studying a person's or a society's arts and crafts can teach people a lot about them. The civilizations of Egypt and Greece are excellent examples. Because of their beautiful arts and crafts, we were able to learn more about the inhabitants of those ancient periods.

Humans have been creating various forms of art and craft for thousands of years. They have become an important element of society's various civilizations. These antiques can be used as a therapy or to complement the home decor, making them significant in society.

Types of arts & crafts

  1. Painting

Painting is one of the oldest kinds of art known to mankind. Palaeolithic artists originally adorned the walls of caves in France and Spain about thirty thousand years ago, and humans have been painting for almost thirty thousand years.

Paintings fall into one of several genres, including still life, landscape, seascape, portrait, or abstract. Painting styles include modernism, expressionism, classical, surrealism, cubism, Chinese style, abstract, impressionism, and many others.

  1. Sculptures

Traditional sculpture materials include clay, stone, ceramics, metals, and wood, which are used to produce three-dimensional visual impressions. For cutting and casting, several classical sculptors used marble and bronze.

Metals, plastic, glass, and found objects are just a few of the materials that sculptors can use today to create sculptures. Contemporary sculptors can use a greater range of skills in addition to welding, carving, assembling, and modelling.

  1. Decorative crafts

Furniture constructions, stencilling, metalwork, goldsmithing, and basketry are examples of decorated crafts. These arts can also produce a piece of decor, such as toys and other works of art.

While fine art is often thought of as a form of expression, decorative art serves a practical purpose. A piece of furniture, however lovely it may be in its own right, is ultimately intended to fulfil the purpose of providing sitting.

  1. Papercrafts

Papercrafts are created out of paper. In pre-school, children explore with hand printing on construction paper using carved potatoes. The more advanced variant of this is wood and linoleum engraving. Paper can also be used to create paper, papier-mache, and calligraphy.

Pros of arts & crafts

  1. Stress relief

The link between art, comfort, and public health, according to a research study, revealed that people who engaged in art reported "reductions in stress and anxiety" as well as "increases in positive emotions."

When you're engrossed in making or keeping art, your mind is free to focus on the task at hand rather than on pressing or distracting thoughts. This induces a meditative state in which worries are temporarily forgotten, reducing stress and improving mental clarity.

  1. Boosts confidence

Seeing the finished product of your creative endeavour boosts self-esteem and improves mood via raising dopamine levels in the brain. Dopamine, the "feel-good" chemical, can help people feel less depressed and more confident. Creative endeavours can instil in the creator a sense of accomplishment, which naturally encourages happiness.

  1. Increases productivity

Art may affect the way you think and feel if you learn about it and participate in it. Even just gazing at art can bring satisfaction and improve critical thinking skills, according to a neurobiologist at University College London.

People who study or make art are more accepting of others and show greater empathy said, Professor Seir Zeki.

  1. Improves quality of life

People with chronic conditions like dementia and Alzheimer's demonstrated "better medical outcomes" after creating art, according to 'The Connection Between Art, Healing, and Public Health.'

The creative process improved patients' happiness and social behaviour while reducing psychiatric symptoms. Dr Arnold Bresky, who utilizes art medication to treat Alzheimer's patients, claims that his patients' memory has improved by 70% since they began participating in art therapy.

  1. Enhances brain productivity

The release of dopamine that occurs as a result of making art and crafts stimulates the growth of new neurons in the brain, which improves focus and concentration while also preparing the brain for learning.

You can improve psychological health and productivity by strengthening the connection between the left and right hemispheres of the brain by creating art or buying artworks.

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