Families turn to art therapy to deal with pandemic-related stress | KOB 4

Families turn to art therapy to deal with pandemic-related stress

Diana Castillo
Created: January 04, 2021 10:04 PM

FARMINGTON N.M.— It may be a new year, but many people are still coping with the events of 2020. The pandemic has taken a toll on both adults and children, which is why Christy Clungtson has been encouraging people to take up art therapy. 

"I think that art is such an amazing way to express what you’re feeling like if I’m really mad I can get a black crayon and get a page and, you know, color angry if I want to," said Clugston, CEO of Inspire heART

Clugston, who teaches these classes, said people of all ages need creative expression. She also said young people have been taking advantage.

"The biggest thing has just been, you know, they miss their friends and some of them are scared, but they’re not gonna know how to talk to students when they go back to school a lot of them have lost loved ones from COVID," she said. 

This past year has been tough on one Four Corners family in particular after they lost a loved one due to COVID-19. That's when Charmayne Bedoni decided to take her two kids to the classes.

“I feel like it was very healing for us as a family and individually I know that it helped my children. I noticed that when they spend time there it boosts their self-esteem," Bedoni said. 

She also said her son has gotten out of his shell and her daughter now has a new appreciation for art.

The classes are free, but have limited space due to COVID-19. Christy Clugston said she hopes to help more people use art as a form of expression.

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