Art Classes 

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.
  • Self-expression
  • Self-confidence
  • Self-regulation
  • Self-reliance
     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 Artists - Melinda Shores and Eden Miller

    Arts Assistant Birdie Knotts (right) pictured with retired artist Cathy Mason(left).
    Interested in learning more about our program? Contact ArTS at Bost Coordinator, LaDawna Dillman at or call 479-478-5603.