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Military members heal through artistic expression

SCHRIEVER AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. -- A handpainted sign welcomes 310th Operations Support Squadron members to an art therapy class hosted by Kim le Nguyen at the Bemis School of Art in Colorado Springs on Friday, Apr. 21st, 2017. Nguyen teaches a Military Artistic Healing program at the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center, using all forms of art to encourage healing among military members and their families.  (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Laura Turner)

SCHRIEVER AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. -- A handpainted sign welcomes 310th Operations Support Squadron members to an art therapy class hosted by Kim le Nguyen at the Bemis School of Art in Colorado Springs on Friday, Apr. 21st, 2017. Nguyen teaches a Military Artistic Healing program at the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center, using all forms of art to encourage healing among military members and their families. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Laura Turner)

SCHRIEVER AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. -- Kim le Nguyen explains her artistic process to members of the 310th Operations Support Squadron during a course at the Bemis School of Art in Colorado Springs on Friday, Apr. 21st, 2017. Nguyen teaches a Military Artistic Healing program at the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center, using all forms of art to encourage healing among military members and their families.  (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Laura Turner)

SCHRIEVER AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. -- Kim le Nguyen explains her artistic process to members of the 310th Operations Support Squadron during a course at the Bemis School of Art in Colorado Springs on Friday, Apr. 21st, 2017. Nguyen teaches a Military Artistic Healing program at the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center, using all forms of art to encourage healing among military members and their families. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Laura Turner)

SCHRIEVER AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. -- Maj. Nathan Case, 310th Operations Support Squadron, selects a brush to start his first project during an art therapy class hosted by Kim le Nguyen at the Bemis School of Art in Colorado Springs on Friday, Apr. 21st, 2017. Nguyen teaches a Military Artistic Healing program at the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center, using all forms of art to encourage healing among military members and their families.  (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Laura Turner)

SCHRIEVER AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. -- Maj. Nathan Case, 310th Operations Support Squadron, selects a brush to start his first project during an art therapy class hosted by Kim le Nguyen at the Bemis School of Art in Colorado Springs on Friday, Apr. 21st, 2017. Nguyen teaches a Military Artistic Healing program at the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center, using all forms of art to encourage healing among military members and their families. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Laura Turner)

SCHRIEVER AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. -- Maj. Kelvin Dumas, 310th Operations Support Squadron commander, cracks open a paint pallet during an art therapy class hosted by Kim le Nguyen at the Bemis School of Art in Colorado Springs on Friday, Apr. 21st, 2017. Nguyen teaches a Military Artistic Healing program at the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center, using all forms of art to encourage healing among military members and their families.  (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Laura Turner)

SCHRIEVER AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. -- Maj. Kelvin Dumas, 310th Operations Support Squadron commander, cracks open a paint pallet during an art therapy class hosted by Kim le Nguyen at the Bemis School of Art in Colorado Springs on Friday, Apr. 21st, 2017. Nguyen teaches a Military Artistic Healing program at the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center, using all forms of art to encourage healing among military members and their families. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Laura Turner)

SCHRIEVER AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. -- Kim le Nguyen demonstrates how to create a tree with watercolors during an art therapy course at the Bemis School of Art in Colorado Springs on Friday, Apr. 21st, 2017. Nguyen teaches a Military Artistic Healing program at the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center, using all forms of art to encourage healing among military members and their families.  (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Laura Turner)

SCHRIEVER AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. -- Kim le Nguyen demonstrates how to create a tree with watercolors during an art therapy course at the Bemis School of Art in Colorado Springs on Friday, Apr. 21st, 2017. Nguyen teaches a Military Artistic Healing program at the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center, using all forms of art to encourage healing among military members and their families. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Laura Turner)

SCHRIEVER AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. -- Lt. Col. Morgenstarr Brienza, Air Force Space Command, poses with canvases she created during an art therapy class hosted by Kim le Nguyen at the Bemis School of Art in Colorado Springs on Friday, Apr. 21st, 2017. Nguyen teaches a Military Artistic Healing program at the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center, using all forms of art to encourage healing among military members and their families.  (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Laura Turner)

SCHRIEVER AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. -- Lt. Col. Morgenstarr Brienza, Air Force Space Command, poses with canvases she created during an art therapy class hosted by Kim le Nguyen at the Bemis School of Art in Colorado Springs on Friday, Apr. 21st, 2017. Nguyen teaches a Military Artistic Healing program at the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center, using all forms of art to encourage healing among military members and their families. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Laura Turner)

SCHRIEVER AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. --

Kim Le Nguyen, an art therapist at the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center, offers artistic healing courses to Veterans at the Bemis School of Art for no charge. She teaches techniques using creative exercise and therapeutic processes to encourage creative skills and inspire self-expression and healing. The course also includes a tour of the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center's galleries to provide inspiration for those attending.

Nguyen's next class, Military Artistic Healing for Active Duty & Veterans, will be held from June 20th to Aug. 22nd, every Tuesday from 3-5 PM (no classes July 4th or July 11th). Those interested can register at:

artschool.csfineartscenter.org/dt_courses/military-artistic-healing-for-active-duty-veterans/#bemis-register

There will also be a class for those looking to reintegrate with their children after deployment or just want to spend quality time together as a family. Family members will have the opportunity to work together with hands-on projects as well as exercises to improve interaction and communication skills. The Military Family Artistic Healing course, for ages 8-Adult, will be held June 20th to Aug. 22nd, every Tuesday from 5:30-7:30 PM (no classes July 4th or July 11th). Those interested in the family healing course can register at:

artschool.csfineartscenter.org/dt_courses/military-family-artistic-healing/#bemis-register

Bemis School of Art: 818 Pelham Pl, Colorado Springs, CO 80903