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Your Brain and Art II

Updated: Feb 9, 2023

We have recently welcomed a NEW facilitator who instructs an exciting session called, "Art and Feelings". This session explores more of the exciting trends that color theory and shapes have in context with "Art and Feelings".

This session is a self-discovery of feelings through artistic creations. The participant is able to talk about art and talk about their feelings.

While talking about art, art-making becomes a part of the creative side of the brain. The artist is then able to process how these colors, shapes, and feelings fit into the art they are making in a logical manner, addressing the logical part of the brain and also the creative side.

Colors and Shapes, according to "The Psychology of Colors and Shapes," by Rob Postema, is a state of mind. The understanding of why colors and shape can evoke in both the artist and the viewer different types of feelings and emotions are important.

"Design is an act of communication, often tailored to the receiver’s psyche, culture and background. For centuries people have been using shapes, colors, typography, and compositions to create stories, architecture, prints, products, identities, and experiences that have influenced and defined cultures around the globe," the online article stated.

The article goes on to describe some simple shapes and the design of each's personality. The triangle for instance can have a lot of power associated with it, while the circle is more of a graceful, less "edgy" shape associated with friendship.

Lines, a part of all drawings and shapes, and even rectangles have a special purpose. The rectangle, is seen as "strong" and "balanced".

The art of making a session successful is in the connection we have with the emotional part of the brain and the logical. Looking at art and how we wish to express ourselves opens up one side of the brain, while our other centers of the brain are focused more on the technical side of design, what types of paper, what size, and many more questions arise. Different responses to art occur with the artist and the viewer, therefore a different response in the brain, just like color theory's warm and cool colors, some colors have different connections and relative thoughts.

The art session that you are in is the way in which you want to express and create your message. For example, a 3D design causes you to use motor skills that awaken that part of the brain, while a video editing session may cause you to use a more logical, technical side while operating software and editing film clips.

Painting July 2022-February 2023

Drawing July 2022 - February 2023

The Parts of the Brain...

Logic and Creative Sides

Logical and Creative sides of the brain do exist if you have ever heard someone refer to "their left side of the brain". They are talking about the logical side of brain activity, while the right side, your right, is mainly for creative and inventive thought patterns and responses.

How do you challenge your brain to use one side as opposed to the other? It takes practice. Creating art is a great way to try to focus on using the right side, as opposed to the left. Patience and perseverance in your art will help you succeed in the self-awareness of using the centers of

the brain and being conscious of them.

Practice makes perfect, just as in the art-making process!



Works Cited

"The Psychology Behind Shapes and Colors"; Rob Postema; Sep 25, 2020;



"Which side of your Brain in Creative";



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