Sean Boyd will host an after-school arts program, Focused Creativity, Thursdays from 3:30 to 5 p.m. beginning Sept. 22 at the downtown Art Loft.

Success in life and in business often depends on one’s ability to think visually and creatively, and learning these skills as children can be crucial to success later in life. This class is designed to help all school age students become confident about creating. Creative thinking can be taught and practiced as a skill, the earlier it is learned, the better.

The class is a focused program with a different theme and art skill taught each week. Students are encouraged to stick with the process and are guided to complete a project without fear of judgment. All age groups are welcome. The drop-in fee is $12, which includes all materials.

Boyd is a boat builder and artist who lives in Rockland. He has been painting for years and truly enjoys teaching others to be creative. Boyd ran a children’s day program back in his hometown of Weston, Vt., that included not only art education, but also several other outdoor adventures. He enjoys working with children and looks forward to teaching the after-school program at The Art Loft.

The Art Loft, a nonprofit community center that offers low-cost drop-in art classes, more in-depth workshops, restorative art therapy and other special events, is located at 385 Main St., Suite 9 (inside the lobby of the Thorndike Building). For more information and to register, visit; email; or call 200-9795.

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