Larry D'Amico

Larry D'Amico
Peekskill, NY
Painting, Drawing, Collage, Media Arts, Photography
K-12 Schools, After School Program, Assisted Living, College/University, Community Center, Independent Living, Library
12 years served: Board President of the Peekskill Arts Council, BOCES Putnam/Northern Westchester

BOSES Putnam/Northern Westchester

Taught drawing & painting, led museum workshops, led collaborative mural projects and curated exhibitions, all with a variety of populations and locations for over 30 years. Listed below is a selected overview senior related work experiences: Westchester Arts Council:1978-80: Murals & Painting Classes with HS students & at 5 Senior Centers throughout Westchester County. Northern Westchester Center for the Arts: 1982-85: Painting classes at Heritage Hills Senior Independent Living Facility. Westchester Arts Council Roster Member: 1994-98: Murals & Mixed Media classes with mixed populations including handicapped & seniors Rye Arts Center: 1998 to present: Adult Painting & Drawing Classes Bethel Springvale Inn(assisted living facility): 1998 to present: Drawing & Painting Classes WLS Creative Aging Program: 2009-10: 2 Collaborative Mural projects in Peekskill, NY and a Memoir Writing & Tile Mural Project in Chappaqua, NY, all working with senior populations.
Making art for me is about making meaning. Helping people create meaningful works of art my main motivation. Working with a mature population, no matter what the skill level, can be satisfying experience. What I bring to my classes and workshops is enthusiasm and a sense humor along with a wide ranging knowledge and appreciation of many approaches to making art. People come to art for many reasons, but stick with it out of the satisfaction of developing ideas, skills and a curiosity about what comes next. There are various workshops and classes I led. I can offer basic, intermediate and advanced drawing and painting instruction in an individualized class structure with lectures, demonstrations and emphasis on the unique development of each student. In the collaborative mural workshops we create large scale works of art for public spaces in which, members of the group contribute to a greater goal. This collaborative approach creates an atmosphere of group purpose and commonality. This approach provides an opportunity for seasoned artists and beginners to interact. We welcome all skill levels in the participants, from those who have never worked with art materials before to, to those who are experienced visual artists. A successful mural is a source of pride and accomplishment and transforms a public space.