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“Everyone Should Take an Art Class,” Says Philadelphia Ceramic Artist Nathaniel Mell

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Justin Maak
Justin Maakhttps://www.resticmagazine.com
I cover business topics for Restic Magazine. I have a master’s degree in journalism from Columbia University and live in New York City. I’ve previously reported for USA Today, Business Insider, The San Francisco Business Times and San Jose Inside.

In today’s modern society, technology and computers have become the focal point for many daily processes in life. Many businesses would not survive without technology, so analytics and STEM skills have gained popularity among young, middle-aged, and older generations. Unfortunately, due to technology being such a focal point that daily life surrounds, many are quick to forget the importance of humanities and arts.

As explained by Nathaniel Mell, ceramic design artist and CEO of Felt and Fat, the benefits that come from taking the time to enroll in an art class are remarkable. Art classes can improve one’s mental health, special awareness, valuable characteristics, and much more. In this article, Mell highlights some of the many advantages a person can gain from taking an art class.

Improve Creativity

Though this first benefit might seem a bit obvious, it is a skill that can vastly contribute to an individual’s career. Employees who want to level up in their company roles practice a certain level of creativity to contribute innovative ideas and processes that better the organization as a whole. Enhancing creative skills can also overflow into daily life to increase other talents such as boosting DIY motivation or figuring out problems.

Better Problem-Solving Skills

Speaking of figuring out problems, Nathaniel Mell said, “Being the CEO of a company forces me to practice my artistic abilities, and creativity comes in handy with solving business problems. Why? Art nourishes all kinds of skills, including critical-thinking and problem-solving. I can definitely say that I make stronger and more confident business decisions because of my background in art and the daily practice of it.”

Boost Memory

Taking art on as a hobby can boost memory. For example, when an individual sketches a real-life image or a picture, the skill of having to look at a line or shape and translate it to paper is practiced, which exercises and elevates memory skills. As sketching levels become better, an artist can master rough sketches, which can involve taking one look at a view and creating a quick sketch based primarily on first-glance memorization. Signing up for an art class can better any artistic abilities that help reach this level of artistic mastery or help get anyone started.

Strengthen Visual Learning Ability

While art involves learning to work kinetically, it also strengthens visual learning. Many forms of art, like painting, sculpting, and drawing, help develop visual-spatial skills.

“When people exercise the part of their brain that develops visual-spatial skills, they are able to open their mindset to learn better how to translate, criticize, and utilize visual information and then maneuver decision making based on said information,” said Mell.

Get Relaxed

Why did art become so popular during the pandemic? Practicing art can act as a form of relaxation similar to meditation, yoga, reading, or exercise. The benefit to taking an art class rather than attempting to begin an artistic endeavor independently is because an art class forces an individual to take a break from reality for an hour or more rather than being tempted by other detractions when painting at home with no focal guidance.

About Nathaniel Mell

Nathaniel Mell is the founder and CEO of Felt and Fat, a ceramic design and manufacturing studio serving both professional and at-home chefs. Mell started the Philadelphia-based company in 2014 after graduating from the Tyler School of Art at Temple University and working at the world-renowned Philadelphia Clay Studio. Today, Felt and Fat has a track record of working with over 100 restaurants worldwide, producing more than 30,000 pieces annually.

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