Instagram provides young artists with feedback and inspiration


Lauren Liang , Staff Writer

The internet connects people all over the world. Social media has succeeded in helping people reach larger audiences. Instagram has achieved both of these by helping people share their passions, while inspiring others from all parts of the globe.

Art accounts feature young dancers, artists and musicians, and allow them to feel more comfortable in their abilities.

Junior Nancy Zeng, who has an account for dancing, said that because social media is so accessible to everyone, there is a much larger audience of people who can see what you post.

“It’s not just limited to Brookline or Massachusetts or the United States. You have China, Germany, a lot of people from the Middle East,” Zeng said.

Freshman Sol Heo’s account, dedicated to drawing, has given her a place to show something she’s been doing since she was very young.

“I’ve been scribbling since before I could walk. There wasn’t anything else I could do at that age,” Heo said. “I was at my mom’s lab a lot of the time so I didn’t have a babysitter or anything so I was just there and she handed me a pencil and paper, and so I drew.”

Heo has been working on her art since a young age. Her Instagram account has given her opportunities to improve her craft.

Instagram allows for people to give and receive feedback on their work. On Sophomore Mia Pittas’ music account, commenting and direct messaging allows for viewers to respond.

“Sometimes my friends will text me and say, ‘Oh, I don’t think that was your best work,’” Pittas said. “They give me constructive criticism, but it still kind of hurts.”

Heo said that she has learned a lot about her art through posting drawings on Instagram and would argue that she has grown, as an artist, more on social media than in real life. Similarly, Zeng explained how she has become more open and confident after posting dance videos.

“Dancing has really taught me what it means to accept who you are and not to be afraid to share your passion, even if it’s different from others,” Zeng said. “I don’t think I would’ve been in Popcorn Dance Club, because I started my dance account before I joined this club and I was like, ‘Wow, I want to dance!’”

According to Pittas, her account gives her work a real audience to performances that people would not otherwise see.

“Sometimes I do live videos on my singing account,” Pittas said, “Where I just play piano and sing for an hour and then people just listen.”