Although the current situation worldwide is looking bleak, that does not mean we should let it consume our minds completely. Coronavirus disease, particularly its strain COVID-19, has spread worldwide since the latter part of 2019 and was not previously diagnosed in humans.
According to the World Health Organization, coronaviruses are transmitted from animals to humans. Previous versions of the virus are proof of that analysis. SARS-CoV (Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome) in 2003 came from civet cats, while MERS-CoV (Middle Eastern Respiratory Syndrome) in 2012 originated from one-humped camels.
Common signs of illness are fever, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty in breathing, and respiratory symptoms. Severe cases may lead to pneumonia, SARS, kidney failure, and worst comes to worst, death.
The pandemic has prompted affected countries to instate lockdowns, meaning everyone is encouraged to stay put in their homes to avoid spreading the disease and to flatten the curve. To those who have the privilege to work from home, relax your mind after with these activities that will renew your love for art.
Practice your skills.
If you are already into creating your masterpieces, now is the time to hone your craft. Get your supplies and lose yourself into the process. You might realize that you have new subjects that you have channeled into your artwork, or your style has changed due to your current inspirations. Not only will you exercise your creativity, but you will also learn more about yourself by doing this.
Learn a new skill.
If you want to learn how to paint, do lettering or calligraphy, or whatever art form it is that you want to know more, then this is the perfect opportunity to take it on. There are various tutorials on YouTube, or if you have money to spare, there are online courses that teach you everything you need to know about a specific art form. Before you know it, you have become a master, and it can be a source of income for you during this time of uncertain quarantine.
Know more about the art world – its artists, their artworks, the different art styles, etc.
YouTube will be one of the most used apps during this period, not only as a source of entertainment but also as an educational tool. There are art documentaries that you can watch on the platform, covering a wide range of topics from impressionism to Salvador Dali. If you have books about art that you haven’t read yet, dust them off your bookshelf and read them. If you do not have books on the topic, check out the online versions of art magazines such as Juxtapoz and Artland. Get inspired by their profiles of artists and the images of their artwork.
Most of us would prefer Netflix and chill, and that is not a bad thing. However, you might get bored with the shows you watch and crave for something else to do. If you have always loved art in all its incarnations, check out these activities and have a newfound appreciation for it.
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2nd image from https://pixabay.com/photos/school-draw-drawing-education-1974369/