For young people, it has always been essential to express themselves. Self-expression is important, especially in teen years, because it is proven to relieve stress and boost the overall happiness of young people. This is crucial since the number one health concern in adolescence is depression and anxiety, which are frequently undiagnosed.
While there is no specific definition as to what art is since it has varied throughout human history, the first thing people usually think of when hearing the word “art” are paintings and sculptures that you can see in different kinds of museums.
In the past, art was a way to display power and wealth. Only the most powerful and affluent individuals had access to the artistic pieces, and for the longest time, art has been considered something only privileged people can enjoy. However, in recent years, we have learned that there are far more options to learn about and enjoy art than ever.
Art has become much more accessible to young people. Some museums now can bring their art pieces online so they can be enjoyed by many across the globe. For example, Google Arts & Culture offers a unique and simple way to explore museums. Not only can you see the paintings and sculptures within the comfort of your own home, but you can also read about the meaning of the specific artistic piece, the artist, and all the relevant historical facts. Some museums can even offer learning about art through interactive games using different technologies suitable for young people of every age.
There are now so-called “Pocket Galleries” via Augmented Reality (AR) that offer a unique experience of viewing and learning about the history of certain artifacts with the option of an audio tour guide. All you need is your smartphone, and you can walk through the museum as if you were there.
Since art has become more accessible to the general public, it has also been easier for young artists to display their art pieces. Quite a few platforms offer artists to showcase their work online. You can create your gallery using Virtual Exhibitions, where you can move through it and view the art pieces. They are accessible on different platforms, such as:
- ArtSteps is a web-based platform for creating virtual galleries and offering more immersive and interactive experiences. It includes 3D models, videos, and audio.
- Omeka is a free publishing platform for online digital archives. You can create simple virtual galleries.
- Instagram or any other image-based social media can also be used for your own gallery.
Being artistic or just being interested in art itself is not something only a few can afford to do anymore. You can learn about all kinds of art forms from your own home. It is not only cheaper, but it saves you a lot of time as well. There are many fun ways for all generations to learn about art and for young artists to showcase their work globally.
Author: Eva Povalej
Images: Leonardo AI