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
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Dive into the exciting world of watercolor painting with Tonja Wilcox! Saturday, September 22nd 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 Let’s celebrate the end of summer by creating some of summers most beautiful flowers. Learn different techniques to create California Poppies, Aster and Black-eyed Susan and then create a finished composed piece with greenery. No drawing skills needed. Good for beginners and intermediate level…More Information
Put pencil to paper while you learn the fundamentals of drawing! Tuesdays, October 2- November 20 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 and…More Information
Fall for these gorgeous birch trees in this fun workshop! Saturday, October 27 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 Join us to create fall color birch trees with local watercolor artist Tonja Wilcox! Birch trees are one of Tonja's favorite subjects and it's easy to see why! Learn to use masking tape and masking fluid to create beautiful treescapes with colors inspired by…More Information