These cards marked the end of the Healing Arts Night hosted by Rethink: Psychiatric Illness. Students were invited to express themselves through various art mediums in order to provide a space for students to take a break from their everyday lives and focus on their emotional state.
The event began with meditation before attendees were invited to experiment with charcoal, pastel and ink in breakout sessions.
Grayson Bowen, who earned a master’s degree in fine arts from Western Carolina University in 2009 and is currently pursuing a master’s in art therapy from Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College, led the event.
“Art can create so much dialogue and expression,” he said. “It goes beyond the verbal.”
Bowen encouraged students to open up and experiment with the art to translate their emotions.
“It’s positive affirmation that brings self examination into your realm,” he said. “I see a lot of challenge and nervousness going into it, but, in the end, there’s a transformation.”
UNC junior and Rethink co-chairwoman Ivana Chan initiated the event to broaden awareness of therapy methods.
“We always tell people to do different types of therapy,” she said. “We don’t want to forget or exclude the different types.”