Art and psychology mix during Watercolor Night

TROY, Ala. (TROJANVISION) — College students have a lot of stress in their lives due to everything from exams and papers to paying bills.

That’s why the Psychology Club says it’s good for students to take a step back and take a break. That is also why the Troy Art Club partnered with the Psychology Club to hold Watercolor Night.

The event allowed students to show their creative side even if they have no artistic experience.

“It’s a very loosely-structured, relaxed club that people didn’t feel pressured to come in,” said Art Club President Icie Williams. “It was open for people to be able to make art, even if they had never done it before.”

Art is a way to relax and forget about problems while making something beautiful in the process. In fact, art is so soothing that it is a popular form of therapy.

“We wanted something a little more specific this time,” Williams explained. “Specifically on the meditative qualities of art, especially watercolor it’s very peaceful to use art in and of itself is considered very calming this is why art therapy is a really common thing.”

The Troy Psychology Club, along with discussing psychology, shows opportunities in the profession and collaborates with other clubs on campus.

“We have career and research opportunities,” said Psychology Club President Meagan Chaudron. “We have different professors come in to talk. We do different psychology-related activities such as mindful art with the Art Club.”

The Troy Art and Design club meets every Monday from 5 to 6:30 p.m. in Malone 118.