MARCH 15 – Florida Atlantic University’s very own Konbit Kreyol (KK) hosted a painting event in Palmetto Palm Room. Entitled Paint Night, the purpose was to give FAU students a well needed break to combat the stress inflicted on them by the pandemic, whilst also making sure to stay within the university’s COVID guidelines.
Research has shown that creating visual art such as painting can reduce stress and promote relaxation. A study conducted by Girija Kaimal, assistant professor of creative arts therapies at Drexel University, examined the effects that making art had on stress-related hormones in your body. The results showed that 45 minutes of creative activity significantly lessens stress in the body, regardless of artistic experience or talent.
The guests that attended were amongst the exclusive few that had to RSVP beforehand, ultimately securing their seat and supplies. Upon entry, attendees were warmly greeted by some KK’s executive board members. The tables were graced with bright red tablecloths, allowing only two guests to sit to enforce social distancing.
The painting instruction was led by Dory Senat, a FAU Alumna and founder of Eda Arts LLC (@eda.arts on Instagram). The painting in question was a guitar and saxophone with musical notes playing out of it, over a red background, with a piano kissing the edge of the canvas.
Eboard members conversed with the participants as they painted alongside them. Often joking back and forth about the state of their painting. KK’s President, Franklin Francois described the event as being a “great turnout.”
He wasn’t alone in that regard, as attendants seemed to enjoy the overall environment of the event. “Very interactive” and “fun” were a few amongst the many compliments expressed by joyful participants at the end.