As part of Rockland’s Wellness Wednesday program, The Art Loft will offer weekly drop-in mindfulness-based art classes titled Art as Knowing, intended to help participants get in touch with some small aspect of his or her self that may not get priority on a day-to-day basis.

These drop-in classes will run every Wednesday in July from 1to 2:30 p.m. and may continue for several months. The Art Loft is offering free admission to the first class on July 6; subsequent classes will cost $15. Supplies are provided; however, if participants have small objects or materials they wish to work with, they are welcome to bring them along. No art experience necessary.

This class is designed for adults though older teens. Each class will begin with a short introduction, followed by a brief guided meditation that leads into a creative art-making exercise. In the mixed-media class, participants will use pastels, colored pencils, markers, and collage materials to make symbols or expressions of an internal state or wish or need.

The classes will be taught by Barbara Davis, who holds a BFA from the Rhode Island School of Design and a MFAs from the Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University. Davis is a teacher, artist, therapist, supervisor, consultant and agency director; and she has a private practice at Camden Whole Health, where she is pursuing various avenues for integrating the arts into her work.

To register for the free class, visit artloftrockland.org. The Art Loft, located on the lobby level of the Thorndike Building, 385 Main St., in Suite 9, is a nonprofit community art center offering low cost drop-in art classes, more in-depth workshops, Paint Nights, restorative art therapy and other special events.

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115; or dernest@courierpublicationsllc.com.