Art therapy sessions available to reduce stress, improve well-being

Weekly art therapy open studios are starting on the IU Bloomington campus, offering people a way to process experiences in their lives.

The Art-Making Studio in the Sidney and Lois Eskenazi Museum of Art.View print quality image
The Art-Making Studio in the Sidney and Lois Eskenazi Museum of Art, shown here during the museum's reopening on Nov. 7, will be used for art therapy open studios Jan. 23 to April 30. Photo courtesy of the Sidney and Lois Eskenazi Museum of Art

Members of the Indiana University and greater Bloomington community can participate in upcoming art therapy open studios on campus. The studios will help participants use art as a method for self-expression, personal growth and stress relief.

The studios take place weekly, from 1 to 4 p.m. Thursdays, Jan. 23 to April 30, on the second floor of the Sidney and Lois Eskenazi Museum of Art in the Art-Making Studio. The drop-in sessions are taught by Lauren Daugherty, art therapist at the museum.

This group offers a safe space where individuals can process experiences within their work, school and personal lives.

No art experience is necessary, and all art skill levels and individuals are welcome.

Healthy IU is also is offering a pilot program this semester that uses art to encourage mental and social well-being for employees. While those classes are now full, here are some other programs to consider this semester in regard to one's well-being:

Find a full list of programs and workshops on the Healthy IU website.