Kaylee Corwin-Cernuto chooses an inspirational saying to incorporate into her collage at a 2018 Coping with Middle School Creatively Workshop.

STUART – The middle school years can be some of the most challenging times in a child's life. Peer pressure, anxiety, and fears about fitting in can easily sabotage a child's self- esteem and academic success. Tykes & Teens is helping students in Martin County overcome these social-emotional challenges by once again offering a series of free workshops titled "Coping with Middle School Creatively". The workshops are facilitated by Certified Art Therapist Shawna Scarpitti, and sponsored by Women Supporting the Arts, The Martin County Library System, The Library Foundation of Martin County, Gateway to the Arts, The Children's Services Council of Martin County, The Community Foundation of Martin & St. Lucie, and the Community Foundation for Palm Beach and Martin Counties. Participants will build self-esteem and develop problem solving skills while engaging in art projects including modge podge, tissue paper collage, silk flower arranging and abstract canvas painting.

The workshops will take place in four sessions on Monday evenings from 6:30 p.m. until 8 p.m. at the Gateway to the Arts in Stuart. Participants in grades 5-8 may choose to attend one session of their choice on April 15, 22, 29 or May 6. There is no cost to attend, but space is limited and participants must pre-register at

For more information, please call Dr. Marshall at Tykes & teens at 772-220-3439.

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