Lower Campus students participate in Art of Healing

Beth Gatza
For their service learning project, Lower Campus students partook in the Art of Healing, a competition that enables students to think about art as therapy. Art teacher Beth Gatza tells us more about the competition!

The Art of Healing is an art competition that allowed our students the chance to think about art in the form of therapy, and create therapeutic art for a local hospital.

We began the class by discussing why humans need art in their lives, and the types of art that we are attracted to individually. We also discussed how strongly color impacts our emotions, and how specific colors make us feel a certain way. We further discussed the impact that the colors of the walls in our homes have on our emotions, or how we gravitate to specific colors in the foods we eat, and how specific types of line design/line weights make us understand how a character is feeling in a cartoon or comic.

We discussed how art can be used in the creation process, as well as the viewing process. We discussed our importance in our communities, how we treat others, and how we should be finding ways to serve others in all sorts of forms and formats. We talked about how we feel when we are sick and/or injured, and how it makes us feel good when somebody makes something for us, gives us a card, or lets us know we are wanted and needed during these tough times. Creating art is also therapy, because it allows the body to move, the brain to think and make connections to the world we live in, in a meditative way.

Students made the decision to make a piece of art for this competition knowing full well that they may not win the contest, yet the general consensus from the students was that they wanted to create the art to make the people in the hospital happy, and to make the world a better place.

Sierra Canyon is proud to announce that two students, Zoe Swinton ('25) and Dean Gofnung ('26), placed in the competition.
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Sierra Canyon School is a private, independent, non-sectarian, co-educational, college preparatory school for students in grades Pre-Kindergarten through 12 located in Chatsworth, California. The highly cosmopolitan campus community is reflective of the Greater Los Angeles area and the world at large. Students are empowered to realize their greatest creative, ethical, intellectual and physical promise through small class sizes, a diverse student-teacher culture and a family-like environment.