The Big, Wonderful World of Visual Art

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Although drawing, painting, and sculpting are well-known forms of art, there are many different kinds. You may think that you can’t or shouldn’t create art simply because you’re not handy with a pencil, paintbrush, or rasp, but that simply isn’t true. Take a look at unique forms of visual art and see what other options are available to you—and why you shouldn’t be afraid to try them.

Employ Your Ears

Did you know that you can make art with sounds? That’s the focus on Sound Art, which seeks to influence what we hear based on what is created. Not only is it a fascinating mode of art, but it emphasizes and teaches us about the relationships among our hearing, vision, and perception. The result will seem different to most observers, so there’s endless potential for fun and exploration.

One example is a tone generator moving sand to make geometric shapes, but that’s just one of many.

Use Office Supplies

If you place them just so, sticky notes can conjure amazing pixelated images. They come in a wide variety of colors, too, allowing unlimited possibilities for creativity. It can also be enjoyable to let audiences or viewers interact with the art by having them write something on the notes.

Tape art is another intriguing method that’s been gaining popularity since the 1980s. Stunning illustrate can be created by putting many different colors of tape into specific spots on a surface. A duo of tape artists once made a spider web of tape between two businesses in Calgary, letting passersby interact with the art as well as each other to get through it.

Both of these art forms are usually temporary, but they can still be striking and useful.

Dabble in Nature

Sand is a highly versatile artistic tool. You can make castles and other sculptures, as well as glass. It can also be used to conjure gorgeous pictures. Kseniya Simonova is a famous Ukrainian sand artist who does fabulous justice to this art form.

Smoke is another excellent option. By manipulating the smoke from a flame onto a canvas, you can make marvelous, wispy pieces of art.

Besides that, you can paint on stones and make sculptures out of rocks and gourds (including pumpkins, of course).

Take Up Recycling

Just because technology progresses at a constant march, it doesn’t mean that old, obsolete things have no further use. For example, some artists are wonderful at using unwanted computer parts and outdated gadgets to build awe-inspiring sculptures. Recycle Art is a company in Switzerland that does exactly that—and their art is considered high-end and luxurious.

Think Backwards

Popular in Indonesia, India, parts of Africa, and other countries and regions, batik is an example of what Westerners would think of as backwards art. It’s like tie-dye, except that you first use wax to cover the parts of the canvas that you don’t want to be colored, and then you dye the rest.

Many successful batik artists can be found all over the world, but one practitioner named Jean-Baptiste stands out as a particularly talented one.

Scratchboard art is another fun way to think backwards. After covering a surface with chalk, you paint on it with black ink, then scratch it—a little like engraving.

So What?

Is there a point to developing an affinity for visual art? Science says there is one. Even if you never become a highly skilled artist, the process of creating art can positively impact every area of your life.

For example, it can help you manage stress, come up with unique solutions to problems, learn new things faster, improve your memory, raise your self-esteem, enhance your capacity for empathy, tolerance, and love, deal with chronic pain and other health conditions, and so much more.

With all these options and benefits, there’s no reason for you not to create art.


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