NEW BRITAIN – Every Sunday this summer, people will be decompressing in the lower level of the New Britain Museum of American Art.
The first in a series of Graphic Art Therapy classes took place at the NBMAA over the weekend, led by instructor Dyshann Anderson.
“I’m introducing graphic concepts slowly into class,” Anderson said. “We’re going to listen to relaxing music and use everything but a brush to paint.”
Just three people attended this first session, during which Anderson demonstrated composition and the concept of a focal point.
“Composition is about arranging elements in a scene in a pleasing and easy-to-read manner,” he wrote on the dry erase board at the front of the studio.
Students were provided all the materials they needed to create their own compositions. They were encouraged to choose colors that were visually pleasing to them.
“I define myself as an artist in search of a medium,” Roberta Weiner said as she started painting. “I’m doing this as a fun way to blow off steam and hopefully learn something.”
Weiner worked closely with graphic artists during her career in the advertising industry.
“I was always envious of them,” she added.
Each Sunday Anderson plans to introduce a new challenge or artistic concept for the class to explore.
“You can take the whole course or pick one class,” he said.
Anderson earned his Master’s degree in Information Design from Central Connecticut State University and has several decades of experience in acrylics and illustration.
The classes are set to continue on Sundays from 1 to 2 p.m. through Aug. 28.
Visit https://nbmaa.org/events/adult-studio-graphic-art-therapy to register.
Erica Drzewiecki can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.