BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD) – For many, cherished childhood memories include moments that involve painting, drawing, or other art projects.

Children are often naturally drawn to these sorts of activities. Typically, even without instruction, a child will use their imagination to create vivid and colorful images that come straight from the heart.

But as we get older, our connection to art can become more complicated.

Unfortunately, it can become clouded by personal struggles with perfectionism or by a busy schedule that doesn’t allow for opportunities to explore personal creativity.

The Recreation and Park Commission for the Parish of East Baton Rouge (BREC) and local illustrator/art educator Holly Stone-Baker hope to change this.

Stone-Baker has partnered with BREC to teach art classes at the Baringer Road Park Art Center.

The classes, Tea Time: Paint + Mixed Media on Canvas allow students to meet with like-minded locals for fun, mid-morning art projects.

According to Psychology Today, taking art classes like the one Stone-Baker teaches can be therapeutic in that they, “calm distracting, negative, and unhelpful thoughts, and that it gets your hands and body working as opposed to only your mind.”

The Tea Time classes at BREC will take place every Monday at 10:30-11:30 a.m. from now through October 3.

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