Why do we practice the Creative Arts?
Artistic self-expression has been used therapeutically for almost 100 years. Art such as painting, sculpting, and drawing can help maintain focus and decrease anxiety, similar to the benefits of practicing meditation. Physical pain is also significantly affected by practicing creative arts, creating a better quality of life for cancer survivors.
At Ann's Place, we offer a number of Creative Arts programs. Nancy Chapman, a graphic artist from Norwalk, leads clients in Open Art Studio time and various mediums such as watercolors, collage, pen and ink, and pencil drawings. Last year, she brought art and nature together and led one of her classes at Weir Farm in Ridgefield.
In addition to Nancy's art classes, Ann's Place offers writing programs, Family Art Days, a weekly knitting group, quilting classes, and guest instructors. A chapbook of poetry and short prose, "Tapestry of Hope", was written by our clients and published in 2005.