Art workshop to boost emotional well-being of young adults launches at The Station

An art workshop designed to help improve emotional well-being, relieve stress and build confidence in young adults will launch later this month at The Station in Richmond.

SPASE, or Stress and Practising the Art of Self-Expression, will be open to 15 young adults aged 16 to 25.

Beginning Thursday, January 30, the program aims to connect people with their emotions and others through
mindful, artistic expression.

Ten weekly art workshops will use a variety of mediums, including drawing, painting, mixed media and digital art, to explore various emotional themes.

These workshops, facilitated by local artists, will be held every Thursday night from 5.30pm to 7.30pm, with the final class being held on April 2.

Each workshop will be used to discuss, reflect on and depict a certain emotion in the form of a self-portrait. These portraits can be abstract or realistic.

Designed by Janna Hudson, local artist and public health professional, the workshop was created for young adults as a safe space to discuss everyday stresses, emotions and coping mechanisms, while promoting community involvement.

Workshops are free and places are limited. Should there be an expressed interest, another daytime class may be provided, also on Thursdays.

Those participating in the SPASE workshops will be selected to display their work at The Station from April 10 to 22 for an Artist Showcase during Stress Awareness Month.

Each artist can select at least one self-portrait to showcase in the gallery, but participation is voluntary. Special preview for participants will be April 10 at 6.30pm.

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