Kris Crosson has been a teaching artist for Young Audiences since 2003. She provides visual art workshops focusing on creative self-expression and self-awareness, building self-esteem through success-oriented art experience, as well as group-art for positive socialization. Crosson is also a practicing, board-certified and licensed creative arts therapist. Her experience as an art therapist allows her to tailor workshops to students’ needs, make adaption as needed and help nurture the creative process. Her credo is to make the arts accessible and enjoyable for everyone.

Crosson holds a MS in Multidisciplinary Studies: Art Therapy, and a BS with a concentration in Design, and a secondary focus in psychology and art history, both from Buffalo State University. Crosson was a coordinator/instructor of the Albright-Knox Art Gallery’s “Matter at Hand” program, where she developed, and implemented therapeutic and educational art program for special needs persons.

Art Forms:
Ensemble,Visual Art


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Art therapist Kris Crosson uses a variety of creative projects to encourage self-expression and build self-esteem. Possible arts experiences include mask making, murals, pastel portraits, mandala drawings, watercolor mood paintings, collage, painting without a brush, and face prints.

These workshops can be adapted to fit curricular needs and can address the following:the elements of art, free expression, self-awareness, socialization, group cooperation, sensory awareness, motor skills and success orientated art experiences to build self esteem.

Additional supply fee depends on project.

This program can be tailored to suit an adult audience and is available as a professional development workshop.
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