Lancaster County Art School Brings Back Art Recess



  • Aniya Faulcon

Natalie Lascek, Creative Center Director

Art Recess in July at the Lancaster City Welcome Center

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When we think of recess, most think of children, but the Center for Creative Exploration at the Pennsylvania College of Art & Design has put a new spin on recess.

Art Recess, which began in 2019 before a brief hiatus due to COVID-19, offers adults two and a half hours to work on their own art project or an assigned art project while enjoying their packed lunch.

The art and design college thinks the opportunity gives adults something better to do than “doom scrolling at their desks”.

According to a professor and researcher in art therapy at Drexel University, the act of creation can reduce stress and anxiety, improve mood and increase problem-solving skills.

Natalie Lascek, director of the Center for Creative Exploration, said Art Recess is important because it allows people to take a moment to pause and connect with others.

“I think a lot of us have this idea of ​​productivity, which means we’re connected to everything all the time,” Lascek said. “…taking a break and indulging in creativity really allows us to bring our best and most productive to our work every day.”

Adults engage in collage, zine-making, drawing, watercolor, Crayola pattern magic, sharp tie-dyeing, and other projects when they participate in Art Recess.

Lascek said a big part of Art Recess gives people a lot of different things to try and figure out where each person’s entry point is.

To expand the reach of Art Recess, the Center for Creative Exploration spoke with community partners about integrating the program into their spaces. Lascek said she hopes people will expand the reach of Art Recess by practicing it alone and with other groups.

“Maybe it’s something they can do for themselves, for their colleagues,” Lascek said. “Maybe it’s something they can start in their own communities and make sure they all take care of each other; and take a really conscious break…and start their own Art Recess.

The 2022-2023 Art Recess season kicks off on Friday, September 30 from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Lancaster City Welcome Center, 38 Penn Square.

For more information on dates and information on art recreations, visit pcad.edu. No registration necessary.


Kayleen C. Rice