Students Relax with Survivors of the Art of Color Healing | arts and entertainment


The students relieved their stress while experimenting with paints.

Western Michigan University Health Promotion and Education hosted a Color Survivor Healing Art Workshop at the Trimpe Building on Friday, April 8. The presenter guided the students through the stages of painting while listening to music.

WMU alumni and artist Shaquona Espinoza presented an image of an individual on canvas for workshop participants.

“Remember that as long as you’re having fun, you’re not wrong,” Espinoza said.

Starting with the background, Espinoza shared the blending and shading process with acrylic.

“The art isn’t perfect either,” Espinoza said.

Picking up the figure, Espinoza shared her opinion on the importance of sexual assault awareness workshops.

“(It) also allows them to connect and relieve whatever they’re feeling on the web,” Espinoza said.

Janelle Rule, a sociology student, painted her canvas with a deep blue background.

“It was really relaxing and the oldie music helped as well,” Rule said.

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