Soothing the Senses

This experiential seminar uses fine art as an access point for understanding self-awareness and emotional regulation. A multi-sensory approach is employed. Students engage with nature and their surroundings by closely attending to details and sensory input. How does the weight of my body feel as it connects to the earth? How is my skin responding to the warmth of the sunlight? As students become more in tune with nature they engage their parasympathetic nervous system. Students find expression for their feelings by drawing the landscape and engaging in meditative practices.

Faculty: Cheri Buxman - Fine Arts

Dates Offered

October 5, 2018
October 12, 2019

Explore More

Interested in exploring this topic more deeply?

  • At home: Encourage the whole family to try some sophisticated coloring books. Dr. Nikki Matinez summarizes the mental, emotional, and intellectual benefits of coloring.

  • Day trip: Wander the collections of the Denver Art Museum. Mark your long-term calendar for “Claude Monet: The Truth of Nature” which opens at the Denver Art Museum one year from now on October 20, 2019.

  • Road trip: Plan a trip to one of the amazing National Parks.

Why Nature and Art?

This seminar provides tools that allow students to connect with nature and express themselves artistically. This fosters awareness, engagement, and relaxation, life skills that apply to all aspects of personal and academic pursuits.