Adults and the ‘Art Wound’: Dispelling the Myth of Art as Just Child’s Play

Adults and the ‘Art Wound’: Dispelling the Myth of Art as Just Child’s Play

Art, in its purest form, transcends age. Yet, there’s a prevailing sentiment that treats art, especially certain forms and methods, as predominantly a child’s activity. Many adults feel a sense of inhibition or even embarrassment about indulging in artistic activities, largely due to the societal notion that art is child’s play. This mindset can be termed as an ‘adult art wound.’

The ‘Adult Art Wound’: Its Origins

The roots of this ‘wound’ often trace back to adulthood’s responsibilities and expectations. While children are encouraged to express, explore, and even make a mess with colors, adults are subtly guided towards more ‘serious’ and ‘productive’ pursuits. A well-intended statement like, “Aren’t you a bit old for coloring?” can be enough to deter someone from exploring their artistic side.

The Detrimental Impact

When art is boxed into the realm of childhood, adults lose out on a potent tool for self-expression, healing, and mindfulness. This perception can rob adults of the therapeutic benefits of art: a space for meditation, an outlet for emotions, and a way to cultivate mindfulness in daily life.

Redefining Art for Healing and Mindfulness

  1. Acknowledge the Wound: Recognize that societal perceptions are just that—perceptions. Your relationship with art is personal and shouldn’t be limited by age-centric stereotypes.
  2. Rediscover Art’s Therapeutic Nature: Art is therapeutic, meditative, and rejuvenating. Many studies showcase the benefits of art for adults, from reducing stress to boosting cognitive functions.
  3. Engage without Judgment: The next time you feel the urge to doodle, paint, or craft, dive in. It’s not about creating a masterpiece but about the journey and the emotional release.
  4. Seek Like-minded Communities: Thankfully, there’s a growing recognition of art’s value for adults. Join art classes, workshops, or online communities where adults come together to celebrate art without judgment.

Addressing Other ‘Art Wounds’

Just as the ‘child’s play’ stereotype is one wound, there are others to be wary of. Comments like “You have too much free time” or “Isn’t that a waste of resources?” can also deter adults. Remember, art is a personal journey. It’s about the joy, healing, and mindfulness it brings, not about societal validation.

In Conclusion

Art is universal, transcending age barriers. In a world that’s increasingly fast-paced and stressful, artistic activities offer adults a haven. It’s time to change the narrative and reclaim art, not as child’s play, but as a soulful activity for all. Whether you’re sketching a sunset, colouring a mandala, or moulding clay, remember: art is ageless, timeless, and endlessly healing.

As you’ve journeyed through this blog post, I hope you’ve gained new insights into the concept of the ‘Adult Art Wound’ and how it might be affecting your relationship with art. I encourage you to take a moment to reflect further by completing the accompanying worksheet. It’s not just about uncovering whether you have an ‘Art Wound’; it’s also a step towards healing and redefining your artistic journey. Art is a powerful tool for expression, healing, and mindfulness, and it’s never too late to mend our relationship with it. Let this worksheet be your starting point to rediscover the joy and freedom art can bring into your adult life. Remember, the canvas of your life is yours to paint, with all the colours of your experiences and dreams. 🎨💖

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