Adding numbers, putting papers in order and following written directions are tasks which require linear, logical thinking. This is the primary domain of the left hemisphere of our brains. Schools are spending almost all their time and resources training the left brain with standardized test preparation, workbooks, and memorization through repetition. Adults have been conditioned to use their left brains through years of auditory and sequential based education and have remained in this mode.
Visual and spatial acuity, interpreting the tone of language and emotion, and recognizing faces and places is the focus of the right hemisphere. Our intuition and visual creativity reside there. Most of us are not used to concentrating our energies in this area. Few adults do anything to stretch their intuitive skills, and few schools promote right brain development.
The two sides of our brains work together to perform almost all our tasks. So why should we be concerned with promoting right brain functions such as creativity, imagination, intuition, non verbal communication and visualization?
When we strengthen our right brain abilities, our entire brain works better. Scientists have found that when we use the power of both hemispheres of our brain, amazing things happen. We innovate and problem solve. We invent new products, new processes, new uses for current products. All our brain power is hard at work.
Creating art is the perfect medium by which to strengthen your right brain. “But what if I’m not good at art?” you say. It doesn’t matter! It is the experience, the doing, that lights up the right hemisphere and creates new brain connections.
When we use 100% Brain Power, we become:
- more innovative
- open to trying new things
- better problem solvers
Studies show that students who regularly engage in art activities:
- have increased concentration
- are better able to take projects to completion
- have better fine motor and writing skills
- feel pride in their work, enhancing self-confidence and school participation
- perform better on standardized tests
- watch fewer hours of television
- develop better problem solving and brainstorming skills
- cultivate persistence
- are more likely to participate in community service
- learn to work as a team, learn tolerance and understanding of others