4 alternative arts to take up as a hobby

When you think of “art,” you probably think of the fine arts such as painting, drawing, or something similar. However, the visual arts aren’t the only kind of art out there. There are plenty of different kinds of arts, including writing, music, dance, and theater. Read on to find out more about these different kinds of arts, and why you may want to take one up as a hobby.

1. Writing

Writing is one discipline that nobody thinks is an “art” until they must do it themselves. There are endless jokes about how writing isn’t a “real” job. But without writers, we wouldn’t have literature, online articles, or newspapers.

Learning how to write, whether it is creative writing or technical, has numerous benefits:

  • Teaches clear communication skills
  • Fosters creativity
  • Helps you understand others better
  • Instills self-discipline
  • Develops the ability to work autonomously

You can go online and search for free classes on technical and creative writing to help you begin your writing journey. You can also open a new word document and start typing!

2. Music

Think about the way you feel when you listen to your favorite song. There’s nothing better than blasting a good rock song and dancing to it alone in your room! Listening to music can change your mood and lower your stress levels, along with several other benefits.

Making music can also have benefits, including:

  • Developing discipline and time management
  • Appreciating music more
  • Challenging yourself

Learning how to create and play music doesn’t have to be difficult either. If you’re interested in lessons, you can search online for local music instructors in your area to begin.

If you want to learn one instrument, you can begin by looking for the best equipment. You can search online for what you need, such as the best double bass pedal or the best bow for the violin.

From there, all you need is dedication and some practice. You’ll be creating beautiful music in no time!

3. Dance

Dance isn’t always seen as an art, especially if it’s not classical ballet or pointe. However, every kind of dance deserves recognition.

Classical ballet is an extremely tough discipline that requires strength developed over years of practice. Hip hop requires a keen sensitivity to the rhythm and beat of the music. Contemporary and lyrical dance requires you to listen to the lyrics and dance how the music feels.

Dance is another discipline that teaches you so many valuable things, not just limited to strength and flexibility:

  • Self-confidence
  • Teamwork
  • Precision
  • Determination

All you need to learn how to dance is the right attitude. Even if you’re an adult and don’t think you can develop dance skills, taking one class at a local studio is well worth it to learn about the discipline. Who knows, you might end up falling in love with it!

4. Theater

Theater (or “theatre,” as the theater people call it) isn’t limited to reciting lines from a script. Theater involves several different disciplines, such as actors, stagehands, set builders, set designers, lighting designers, stage managers, and dozens of other cast and crew members. All these people work together to put on a production.

Learning each of these facets is valuable even if you don’t see yourself having a career in the industry. You can learn:

  • Creative problem solving
  • Leadership
  • Motivation
  • The ability to work independently
  • Teamwork
  • Dedication

There are invaluable benefits to becoming part of the theater industry. Contact a local theater in your community today to learn about how to become a member!

Final Thoughts

You should never think that art is limited to just painting and drawing. Check out local classes for dance, theater, writing, and music; you might be surprised to find out you love it!

Photo: Tadas Mikuckis, Unsplash