In my last blog post, I promised to keep you updated on the art class at my Mom’s assisted living facility. We have had two classes since that last post. Not many words today, I’m going to let the pictures from our time together speak for themselves…
Here are the pictures from our second class together. I have acrylic paints and watercolors available, but everyone chose to color.
We met again today, our 3rd class together. I decided to try something new and gave all the class members the same picture to paint. I have been working on a birdhouse painting of my own so I drew a smaller version of that picture onto canvases, and had them ready to paint. At the beginning of class, there were a few moans and groans from participants about everyone painting the same picture. “Are we going to compare them?” I spent most of class reassuring everyone that his/her painting was beautiful and unique. No comparisons — this is not a competition.
Didn’t they do a fantastic job? I love how they are the same, and yet so different. And as you can see from the photos, some still wanted to use colored pencils or crayons, and that’s okay. I want them to feel comfortable, enjoy the time, and not feel stressed. Like I said last time — no rules here.
A few weeks ago, I was a bit worried and intimidated to do an art “class”. I am not qualified to teach an art class. But you know what? These good people don’t want to learn how to be artists. They want something to do to pass the time. They want to be creative. They want someone to take an interest in them. They want to be encouraged. They want to be blessed.
And you and I can help with those things.
Who in your community needs some encouragement? What lonely person in your life just needs something to do?
Find those people; step out of your comfort zone, and go bless them!! Seriously… go!
You’re going to be really glad you did.
2 thoughts on “Color Or Paint? Assisted Living Art Class Update”
That’s a good thing you’re doing, Connie! My dad used to bring home little crafts he did at his day care. It’s important for the elderly to have activities and stimulate their minds, too. For those who want to draw, let them use water color pencils and fill in some places with a brush dipped in water; next they’ll want to do water color. One of my granddaughters got started in water color that way! Aloha, Liz. http://artwithaloha.wordpress.com
Thank you for you kind words. Your granddaughter’s art is beautiful.