After School Program, Assisted Living, College/University, Arts/Cultural Organizations, Community Center, Independent Living, K-12 Schools, Library, Nursing Home, Senior Center
I have been working with older adults for several years. For the past three years I have taught a weekly watercolor class at a retirement home. Most of the participants are quite ambulatory but of course a few have mobility issues and several have memory struggles. All are welcome. The participants often say, "I forget my aches and pains when I come to art."
I believe very strongly in painting real things and not from photographs, so each class session has a still life setup. I do provide some photos and once in awhile someone will use one. People are free to choose their own projects.
I have taught watercolors to preschool children and middle school students as well.
Additionally, I have taught several 8 week watercolor classes for the local library, a program geared towards older adults, but all are welcome. I do limit the class size to 12 people as I give a great deal of one-on-one attention.
Why? I am interested in teaching art to all age groups, but I do find that teaching older adults has many satisfactions. So many think they cannot do this and in about 6 weeks they are amazed at their growth. What can be better than that, or to hear them say, "I learned something today!"