How painting helped him cope with OCD
“It was an escape,” explains Jeff Sparr ’85, “so I just kept doing it.” The former tennis player now runs a nonprofit to share how creativity can help anyone find more peace of mind.
Get creative, reap benefits
Jeff Sparr and Katie Paulson Silcott show how creating art can lift spirits, a concept studies have proved time and time again. If you’re looking to activate the stress-relieving effects of the arts, consider these creative prompts, put together by the Ohio State Alumni Magazine team. Just remember: The point is to engage — revel even — in the process, not to create a perfect piece of finished art.
- Collage a postcard and send it to a friend or family member.
- Perform an over-the-top, Shakespearean-style reading of your favorite children’s book or poem.
- Sketch what Buckeyes will be wearing in 3022.
- Dance all of the letters of the alphabet. Spell out your favorite words.
- Photograph things of every color of the rainbow.
- Bake and decorate off-season sugar cookies — think Santa or Jack-o’-lanterns.
- Pick flowers and leaves and press them in your thickest book.
- Make a birdhouse out of popsicle sticks and hot glue.
- Put paper on the floor and paint with your toes.
- Create chalk art on your sidewalk or driveway.
- Find interesting textures around your home to make rubbings of, using a pencil or crayon.