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Wellness Wednesdays workshop

Every Wednesday at Elizabeth’s Art Studio, owner and art teacher Elizabeth Preston hosts a workshop called Wellness Wednesdays, where she teaches both children and adults the fun of creative journaling.

Creative journaling itself is essentially an art therapy process that focuses on and promotes a person’s emotional and rational state. However, Ms. Preston teaches a form of creative journaling that involves expressive arts.

Derived from a method by Dr. Lucia Capacchione known as creative journal expressive arts, CEJA, Ms. Preston’s weekly classes have students creating something new and from nothing. Working with mediums such as clay, paint, paper, and other forms of art, her classes are meant to balance the “expressive contributions of the right and left hemispheres of the brain,” according to Ms. Preston.

Ms. Preston, a creative journal expressive arts consultant for over two decades, explains that the process has aided numerous clients of hers with its ability to help relieve stress, promote creative thinking, manage grief and overall wellness, and cope with health risks brought about by ailments like stokes, heart diseases and cancers.

Wellness Wednesdays are held between 10:30 a.m. and noon every week. Her sessions can range in size from seven to 20 students. In-person and Zoom accommodations can be made by contacting the artist.

Ms. Preston is capable of working with children and adults who have forms of ADD, ADHD and Asperger’s. To schedule a private appointment with Ms. Preston, you can call the studio at (909) 621-1630. Elizabeth’s Art Studio is located at 226 West Foothill Boulevard, Suite J., Claremont.

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