Clark-Pleasant art teacher helps students express emotions

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When a fifth- or sixth-grader has parents who are divorcing or a family member suffering from a chronic or terminal illness, that can cause grief the student isn’t always able to talk about.

So an art teacher at Clark-Pleasant Intermediate School has created a program for those students to express what they’re feeling through painting.

Lisa Durst isn’t a therapist or counselor, so she doesn’t sit and talk with students one-on-one about their problems. Instead she meets with groups of students, gives them canvases and different colors of paint, asks them questions and has them paint their answers.

Durst might start by naming emotions or situations and having the students use colors to express their feelings about divorce, grief, depression or illness.

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