Making art can be good for your health; here are some classes

Research shows finding a creative outlet can reduce stress and anxiety

Finding a creative outlet can come with a number of health benefits, including reducing stress and anxiety, experts say.

In an interview with NPR, Girija Kaimal said her research had found that making art activated a reward pathway in the brain, which is “perceived as a pleasurable experience.”

That’s why Kaimal, a professor at Drexel University and a leading researcher in art therapy, said she encourages everyone to find some sort of way to express creativity.

"Anything that engages your creative mind — the ability to make connections between unrelated things and imagine new ways to communicate — is good for you," Kaimal told NPR.

She stressed the importance of not getting hung up on perfection and instead just creating something — whether it’s painting, writing or even sewing.

If you’re looking to engage with your inner artist this year, there are a number of places to take a class in metro Atlanta.

Spruill Center for the Arts

5339 Chamblee Dunwoody Road, Atlanta. 770-394-3447.

Decatur Glassblowing

250 Freeman St., Decatur. 404-849-0301.

Callanwolde Fine Arts Center

980 Briarcliff Road NE, Atlanta. 404-872-5338.

Johns Creek Arts Center

6290 Abbotts Bridge Road, Building 700, Johns Creek. 770-623-8448.

Paint Sip Socialize

259 Glenwood Ave SE Suite A, Atlanta. 770-318-2755.