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Author- Parveen Sultana

Art Spectator

‘Emotion’ is a strong feeling arising from one’s circumstances. It plays a crucial role in our lives as every different emotion holds different functions. Emotional replications are perpetually regarded as the keystone to acquaintance with art and the creation of emotional experience had been the purpose of artistic expression. Emotions in art affect us on a personalized and bodily level which influences our aesthetic evaluations. Thus, emotions in the art are not only represented as recognised via intellectual or detached mode but often implicated by intellectual art thesis. Preferably, the emotional tone of artworks leads to harmonious emotion changes on a subjective and bodily level.

Artist Dimitra Milan

Types of Emotions

  1. Liking and comprehensibility
  2. Interest
  3. Confusion
  4. Surprise
  5. Hostile emotions
  6. Self-conscious emotions. 


Art therapy generally focuses on the art process rather than the final outcome. How we feel while making our art and what we learn about ourselves is the most important thing. Art therapy can also help us to cope up with our difficulties and stress which later helps to speed up the recovery process.

Forms of Art

  1. Painting
  2. Sketching
  3. Sculpture

Art Materials

Paint brushes and watercolor paints on the table in a workshop, selective focus, close up

Different art materials have a different impact on our emotions. For e.g.: Clay, as well as wood, absorbs frustration but metal does not as it’s not the original material for sculpture. It is just used to create a replica from the origin.

Colour Treatment

Brushes and Colour Tubes

Colours and emotions are closely linked. Warm colours can evoke different emotions than cool colours and bright colours can create different feelings than muted colours. Every colour creates different emotions and feelings. Colours can make us feel happy or sad and they can make us feel hungry or relaxed.

Red– passion, love, anger

Orange– energy, happiness, vitality

Yellow– happiness, hope

Green– a new beginning, abundance, nature

Blue– calm, responsible, sad.

Purple– creativity

Black– mystery, elegance, evil

Gray– moody, conservative, formality

Music influencing Art
The Art of Journaling
Postcard Designing

Art being interrelated with emotion, it can be therapy too. Creating an emotion wheel, making a meditative painting, putting together a journal, using line art, designing a postcard, painting to music, making a scribbled drawing, just letting oneself be free.

An Example of terrible art

As we grow up into some serious adults, many of us stop engaging in the creative pursuits which we enjoyed when we were younger. Why is that? For plenty of people, the answer is a shame. With matured eyes, we realize that we’re simply not very good at drawing or painting and it seems like the sensible thing to do is to just give up these hobbies. The inability to draw a convincing smiley face is no reason to stop drawing or painting. Even terrible art has strong stress-busting effects. Giving yourself the opportunity to be creative isn’t about exercising a fundamental human need to put and create which can benefit anyone no matter how terrible your art is.

More specifically, engagement with artistic activities, either as an observer of the creative efforts of others or as an initiative of one’s mood, emotion and other psychological states as well as have a salient impact on important physiological parameters.

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