Welcome to PaintED Chattanooga!
PaintED is our free art therapy program. Together, with a Registered Art Therapist, participants affected by body image concerns or disordered eating behaviors have the opportunity to creatively express themselves and their emotions in a welcoming environment. All artistic levels are welcome. All art supplies are provided.
Class Schedule & Registration
Classes are divided into different sessions throughout the year, and each session is comprised of six class meetings. All classes meet on Mondays from 11:30am-1pm for the duration of a session.
Please see below for the sessions that are currently open for registration:
Session 2 – Using Art in a Daily Practice
During this session, participants will be introduced to the importance of a daily practice and specific art skills and mediums to enhance their lives and support their recovery through creative, easy and inexpensive art ideas for self-care.
Session 2 classes meet on Mondays from 11:30am-1pm on the following dates in 2020:
February 17, 24 & March 2, 9, 16, 23
Session 3 – Boundaries
During this session, participants will explore healthy and unhealthy boundaries with relationships with food, themselves and others. Participants will create a group experimental large mural, bubble/shield drawings, and explore watercolor and collages.
Session 3 classes meet on Mondays from 11:30am-1pm on the following dates in 2020:
March 30, April 6, 13, 20, 27 & May 4
Session 4 – The Victim Triangle
During this session, participants will explore the codependent cycle of victim, rescuer and bully through didactic teaching and art making while learning new and healthier ways to treat themselves and others.
Session 4 classes meet on Mondays from 11:30am-1pm on the following dates in 2020:
May 11, 18, 25 & June 1, 8, 15
Session 5 – Matryoshkas Dolls
During this session, participants will make a set of nesting dolls to represent their different selves, name them and learn how to accept them all as part of recovery from disordered eating and body image issues. Fun and educational!
Session 5 classes meet on Mondays from 11:30am-1pm on the following dates in 2020:
August 17, 24, 31 & September 7, 14, 21
Session 6 – Guided Meditation with Art Debrief
During this session, participants will experience guided relaxation and visualization followed by an art making session. Participants will leave with a tangible and visual reminder of their experience.
Session 6 classes meet on Mondays from 11:30am-1pm on the following dates in 2020:
September 28, October 5, 12, 19, 26 & November 2
Session 7 – Using Art in Self-Care
During this session, participants will learn how to use art as part of a healthy lifestyle. Participants will create a different art project each week in a safe and supportive environment to learn how to self-clam, self-nurture and re-frame from negative self-talk.
Session 7 classes meet on Mondays from 11:30am-1pm on the following dates in 2020:
November 9, 16, 23, 30 & December 7, 14
1322 Dodds Avenue
Chattanooga, TN 37404
Classes are free of charge
Please call our office (615) 831-9838 or email@example.com
Meet the Instructor
Jas Milam, ATR/BC, is a working artist and a registered, board certified art therapist. She did her undergraduate studies in early childhood development and studio art at Sarah Lawrence College and received her Masters of Art and Art Therapy from Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College in 2010. She became a registered art therapist in 2019. In 2020 she became board certified.
Jas sees children, teens, adults and couples at her studio, DAILY PRACTICE and offers group therapy for adults at her studio. Her work with children, teens and adults is informed by years of art making, deep Jungian roots and over 30 years of personal recovery.
Special populations that Jas has worked with include mentally ill adults, alcoholics and drug addicts, men and women with eating disorders, relationship addicts, at-risk youth, the LGBTQ population and artists who are “stuck”. She also works with individuals in Third Stage recovery who use art and art making in a Daily Practice.
Jas believes in the healing inherent in the creative process and makes art that draws on both religious and secular imagery. Currently she is studying and writing Icon paintings using local dirt, Tennessee River water and gold leaf to beautify and inspire. You may see her line of Daily Practice Altar Art at her Dodds Avenue Studio, or website jasmilam.com