All schools strive to create an educational environment for students to become the most successful versions of themselves. However, this ambitious goal can lead to overworked and overstressed students. Students need an outlet to express themselves and relieve their stress in order to be successful.
A study conducted in 2016 examined the effects making art has on the stress-related hormones in your body. The study led by assistant professor of creative arts therapies at Drexel University, Girija Kaimal, found a significant loss of stress in the body after 45 minutes of creative activity.
Suzuki’s Art Club gives students this much-needed space to relax and reset their minds. Students are allowed to come in at any time of the year and are offered the choice of working on their own or in a small group to create small exploratory works. Here students are given the opportunity to investigate new mediums without the stress of a class environment.
“Art club is great!” A student of David Suzuki Secondary School explained. “It gives you a chance to learn new media, to be able to explore and try new things, and get advice from the teachers without the formality of a classroom setting.”
Art Club takes place every other Wednesday from 3:10 to 4:20 in room 117. There, students can participate in planned workshops where they can make art such as mosaic tiles, personalized t-shirts and ceramics. The complete schedule for 2017-2018 is posted on the wall outside of the art room.