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Cuesta College students de-stress through art

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Cuesta College students looking to de-stress during midterms had a colorful outlet Wednesday.

Art instructor Gena Bates guided students on intentional doodling, page coloring and collage-making at the college's San Luis Obispo campus. Students were encouraged to drop in or stay awhile to get artsy ideas for stress reduction.

"This is part of our Book of the Year events," said Cuesta College librarian Denise Fourie. "We're sponsoring this with the library and ASCC -- Associated Students -- today. Book of the Year this year is focusing on 'Life, Animated' by Ron Suskind. And one of the threads in his book is dealing with special needs folks and art as a therapeutic means."

The event was also open to the public. More de-stress events are set for next Tuesday and Wednesday.

Cookies & Coloring: Mandalas
When: Tuesday, March 13 from 8:30 a.m.-4:00 p.m.
Where: Cuesta, SLO Campus, Cultural Center, Room 5104A
What: Learn about the role of coloring and creating mandalas as one approach to managing stress (plus, free cookies will be offered)

Art As Wellness
When: Wednesday, March 14 from 3:30-5:30 p.m.
Where: Cuesta, NCC Campus, Dallons Hall, Room N3102
What: Hands-on workshop focusing on art for relaxation and wellness (open to the public)

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