Art Classes - Thursdays at 2:15 - 4:15
Spring 2022 Session Happening
March 3rd - May 12th
Health Benefits of Art
Art is more than paint on a canvas. It has educational applications. It teaches self-expression and communication, as well as mathematics. It can also create an avenue for release, and a moment in time that belongs only to the individual creating the art. The world falls away, along with the stress of everyday living.
Art is used in education, teaching mathematics, English, communication, and self-expression. Art creates the opportunity for artists to release pent up emotions, and to communicate in a manner that does not require written or spoken word. It creates feelings of peace, calm, happiness, and fulfillment. It may also boost feelings of self-esteem and self-worth.
There are also instances in which individuals who suffer from behavioral health disorders experience a temporary relief of symptoms while fully engaged in the practice of their art. Some individuals report a decrease in stress and anxiety. Whether you’re an artist or a patron of the arts, when you support the art community, you are supporting education, health, and well-being in others – you’re building a better community and a better future.
What Art Means from an Artist
"What art has shown me is that in spite of my visual issues that I have, I can still create something beautiful. That means something to me. Each week I am challenged to step outside my comfort zone, and try something I haven’t been able to do before. I have learned through doing this that things are only scary until you face it down. I hope through this I can inspire other people with visual issues to step out and try so they can create something beautiful, too."
Stephanie Kizziar, Artist
Bost's Residential Artist - Cathy Mason
Cathy received her undergraduate from UAFS where she double majored in Studio Art and Psychology. She received a Master's of Science Rehabilitation Counseling from the University of Arkansas.
The combination of both artist training and counseling, has afforded Cathy the opportunity to help her many students with concerns such as; emotional healing, personal awareness and growth in self-expression. She enjoys watching her student’s self-empowerment grow through their own artistic achievements.
Cathy has been a teaching artist with the Arkansas Arts Council out of Little Rock for many years and has been working with the Arts at BOST program for four years. She has taught classes with RAM, CAE, Reynolds Cancer Support House as well as several lifelong learning programs while continuing to work on her own artistic expressions. She has recently retired from cattle ranching, and is now enjoying semi-retirement with her time now focused on self-art and teaching.