Artist Zoe launches cour­ses

Macclesfield Express - - MACCLESFIELD PEOPLE -

AN artist famed for her paint­ings of stars is launch­ing art ther­apy lessons at Poyn­ton com­mu­nity cen­tre.

Zoe Wat­son, from Poyn­ton, is run­ning the cre­ative re­cov­ery art course from March 3.

It aims to help peo­ple kick­start the heal­ing process whether they’re re­ceiv­ing treat­ment, are re­cov­er­ing from an ill­ness, or just need to re­lax and find a cre­ative out­let to deal with a dis­abil­ity.

Zoe, 51, said: “I de­cided to be­come a cre­ative ther­a­pist af­ter work­ing with pa­tients at St Ann’s Hospice.

“Art is a great way of es­cap­ing the norms of life and can lit­er­ally trans­port you into a safe haven of tran­quil­lity and peace, and very of­ten along the way we have a lot of some­times rau­cous laugh­ter.

“I love to paint and I re­ally un­der­stand the health ben­e­fits of re­lax­ing and do­ing some­thing you en­joy and I want peo­ple to be be­come aware of the ben­e­fits and their own tal­ents.

“Art is in­deed a joy, and it gives joy to any­one who is will­ing to give it a go.

“Some get im­mersed in the paint­ings and the crafts, oth­ers en­joy the art­work as much as the chat and am­bi­ence of the ses­sions.

“Art creates a feel­ing of well-be­ing, it’s nice to be a lit­tle lost in­side an ac­tiv­ity to take away from what­ever sit­u­a­tions a per­son may be ex­pe­ri­enc­ing and send them away a lit­tle lighter and a lit­tle brighter.

“That’s my ul­ti­mate aim along with the art that is cre­ated.”

For more de­tails and some of Zoe’s art, visit zoe­wat­sonartist.com.

●● Poyn­ton artist Zoe Wat­son with some of her paint­ings of star con­stel­la­tions

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