A 2010 review in the American Journal of Public Health titled The Connection Between Art, Healing, and Public Health analyzed more than 100 studies about the impact of art on your health and your ability to heal yourself.
Five visual arts studies are mentioned in that review (visual arts includes things like painting, drawing, photography, pottery, and textiles). Each study examined more than 30 patients who were battling chronic illness and cancer. Researchers described the impact that visual art activities had on the patients…
- “Reductions in stress and anxiety; increases in positive emotions”
- “Reductions in distress and negative emotions”
- “Art filled occupational voids, distracted thoughts of illness”
- “Improved well-being by decreasing negative emotions and increasing positive ones”
- “Improved medical outcomes, trends toward reduced depression”
- “Improvements in flow and spontaneity, expression of grief, positive identity, and social networks”
There are both physical and mental benefits from creating art, expressing yourself in a tangible way, and sharing something with the world. –James Clear
Sounds Good Huh? You Don’t Have to Be Sick to Feel Better
We’ve got a bundle of arts and crafts classes on deck for your mental stimulation, friend making, and self improvement.
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Put pencil to paper while you learn the fundamentals of drawing! Tuesdays, June 19- August 7 6:00-7:30 p.m. in the Sierra Art Parlor Fee: $80/person With Instructor & Fun-maker Cate Schmiedt Advanced registration required; attendance limited to 10 students. REGISTER HERE Drawing 101 is back by popular demand! This class is 8 weeks long with 1.5 hours of instruction & projects followed by a half hour of bonus (optional) drawing time. Students can leave at 7:30 p.m. if they’d like or stay…More Information
Watercolor Wednesdays with Tonja Wilcox– practice your skills & make cool art! Wednesday, June 20th 6:00 -8:00 p.m. in Room 11 Fees: $40 with Watercolor Artist Tonja Wilcox Advanced registration required; attendance is limited to 15. REGISTER HERE The sky is the limit! Learning to paint watercolor skies allows you to set any mood for your landscape or seascape. Whether it’s a clear, sunny sky or a stormy night, the sky can play a supporting role or be the major star of…More Information
Put pencil to paper while you learn the fundamentals of drawing! Thursdays, June 21st - August 9th 6:00-7:30 p.m. in the Sierra Art Parlor Fee: $80/person With Instructor & Fun-maker Cate Schmiedt Advanced registration required; attendance limited to 10 students. REGISTER HERE Join us for a continuation to Drawing 101! This class is 8 weeks long with 1.5 hours of instruction & projects followed by a half hour of bonus (optional) drawing time. Students can leave at 7:30 p.m. if they’d like or…More Information
Take your watercolor painting skills to the next level with Tonja Wilcox! Saturday, June 23rd 3:00 -5:00 p.m. in Room 11 Fees: $40 with Watercolor Artist Tonja Wilcox Advanced registration required; attendance is limited to 15. REGISTER HERE Add some new skills and mastery to your watercolor wheelhouse. This course will focus on getting the most of wash technique, wet in wet blending, glazing and getting amazing texture from sprinkling salt. It also covers some of my best tips and…More Information
Sierra 2 Center is proud to participate as an event sponsor in Sac Open Studios organized by Verge Center for the Arts. This 13th annual art event spans 2 weekends in September showcasing over 150 emerging and established artists in their studios across Sacramento County and, new this year, West Sacramento! We are bringing together artists who are unable to open their studios to performs arts demos, show their work and talk about their process. We will also offer handson arts experiences…Find out more »