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Young people today are experiencing more stress than ever before with the everyday pressures of school, family, and social life. COVID-19 brought with it a whole new set of stressors, including adjusting to online learning, boredom, and isolating from friends. It is our goal with these free and creative sessions to provide a safe space for teens to connect, communicate, and create with peers who share interests.
In our first session, learn to "zen out" through the ancient, sacred art of mandala making. Mandalas are drawings you can make anytime, anywhere and are known to have a calming and centering effect on the artist.
To attend this session, please RSVP using the form below. Please note that for your safety, capacity for this event is extremely limited.
Lead Teaching Artist
Michael Coney is an immersive storyteller and media creator who graduated from Purchase College's Communications and Media program. He’s worked with various organizations such as Human Relations Media, Columbia University's Digital Storytelling Lab and the Hurleyville Arts Centre. Michael is working to break new grounds in storytelling and teaching with unique twists on audio, video and computing.
Assistant Teaching Artist
Charley Gips is a humble, spiritual, artistic, earth-loving healer who creates multimedia works that focus on motion, the cosmos, biomimicry, psychedelic imagery and the profound healing experience of the imagination. She creates in order to release energy and to expel her philosophy to the world; you cannot love another until you have fully learned to love yourself and to focus on envisioning a better future for all sentient creatures and future generations.
Teen Art Studio at Bethel Woods Center for the Arts is a space where teens can meet up and experience how art and creativity can lead to new perspectives, new connections, empowerment and freedom from stress, worry, and anxiety! No previous art experience necessary.