You might think art & craft classes are for children. It’s a very common way of thinking, but it couldn’t be more wrong!
There are crafting classes out there for everyone. Whether you haven’t turned your hand to getting creative since your school days, or you think you don’t have an artistic bone in your body, there’s a crafting workshop or workshop that’s perfect for you.
From learning a new skill to the satisfaction of seeing a project through to the end, art & craft classes can offer huge benefits for everyone, children and adults alike. In this article, we’ll be looking specifically at the benefits for adults.
Improving mental health
Taking an art or crafting class is a great opportunity to unplug from the rest of the world, turn your phone off, get away from it all, and really relax. Of course, you can just do some crafting at home, but going to a class means you remove yourself from distractions at home and intentionally take some time for yourself.
Taking the time to be creative is a great way of reducing stress and anxiety. Creating something can even be a form of meditation, clearing your mind and letting you unwind. This is hugely important for your well-being and can have big benefits to your overall mental health.
Learning a new skill
Of course one of the most obvious benefits of taking a crafting class is that it allows you to learn a new skill. By taking a class you can develop this new skill much more quickly with access to a knowledgeable teacher and all the materials and inspiration you could possibly need.
Learning a new skill is great for boosting self-esteem. It’s also a great way to keep your brain healthy by opening up new neural pathways and using parts of your brain that might otherwise lie dormant. This is really important as you get older and can help keep you sharp and your brain “firing on all cylinders”.
Picking up a new hobby
Taking a class is a great way of finding a new hobby. It could only take one class to get you hooked on something which could become a lifelong passion. Trying something new in a supportive and safe environment makes it much more likely that a new hobby will stick.
Why not give a crafting class a go and introduce yourself to a hobby which could bring you joy for a lifetime?
Meeting new people
As an adult, it can be hard to meet new people and make new friends. Attending a class is a really easy way to put yourself out there and expand your social circle.
A class can be a simple way to make new friends as you’re mixed in with a group of like-minded people, all engaging with something new and exciting. This means you’ll always have something to talk about. If it’s a regular class you can also easily keep seeing the same people, building relationships without even having to try.
Improving focus and patience
Getting really stuck into a new crafting project is a brilliant way of improving focus and developing patience. Lots of art & craft projects take time and simply can’t be rushed, which means you have no choice but to be patient and focused for a long period of time.
Developing these skills whilst working on something fun and creative means you can make big improvements in focus and patience without even noticing, but with newly developed skills which you can take with you to other areas of your life.
Creativity often isn’t a priority in our day-to-day lives. Often our lives revolve around work which focuses on logic and problem-solving, meaning the logical left side of the brain is used a lot but the more visual and creative right side is sometimes left underused.
Making time to intentionally be creative means that you can make sure you make the most of your whole brain, letting you be more creative in your day-to-day life as a result.
Making something from nothing
Multiple studies have shown the benefits of being able to see the fruit of your labour. Making something from nothing, and having something tangible to show for your efforts, is hugely satisfying and can make you feel more productive and confident.
Being able to create something from scratch is a great feeling, and leaves you with something beautiful to take home to remind you of your achievement - as well as all the fun you had making it.
Decorating your home
Taking a crafting class has the unique benefit of leaving you with some bespoke, handmade art to take home at the end of it! You can use the art you create to decorate your home and show your personality around your house.
Displaying your creations is an easy way of making a house feel like a home, and when the art is something that you’ve made yourself it can go even further to put your own stamp on a place.
If you go to an art & craft class with this in mind, you can even make something specifically for your home so you can match it to your space or add a splash of just the right colour just where you want it.
With so many benefits, why not give one of our classes a try?
You can have a look at our workshops online to see what we have on offer, or get in touch with our team for help and advice on which classes might be best for you. Alternatively, you could try one of our at home crafting kits first to give you a little taste of what might be in store for you at one of our classes.