Patricia McDermond

Patricia McDermond
Peekskill, NY
Painting, Drawing
Hospital, Adult Day Care, Library
Monitor, Fred Wong's watercolor class at Art Students League, NYC. Member, Lower Hudson Valley Plein Air Painters.

Three time honorable mention award for watercolor paintings at The Art Students League, NYC; 2011, 2010, 1009. Exhibition in monitor's show at The Art Students League, NYC; 2011. Created art for trade and text books: "Best Special Issue Award" from American Society of Magazine Editors for cover and chapter openers of Scientific America's special issue on "Cancer", September 1996; "Merit Award" in The 14th Annual New York Book Show for cover design for the textbook, "General, Organic and Biochemistry", 2000.

2000-2002 Adjunct Instructor. Taught computer graphic applications and design; Digital Design, Quark Basics, Quark Intermediate Parsons School of Continuing Education, NYC 1998-2002 Adjunct Instructor. Taught computer graphic applications; Using the MAC, Quark 1, Photoshop The New School Computer Instruction Center, NYC 1968-1972 Therapeutic Activities Worker and art therapist for groups of adult psychiatric patients at Philadelphia State Hospital Philadelphia, PA. 1975-1977 Program supervisor at Childville Residential Treatment Center. Planned organized and implemented therapeutic activity program including art therapy, for sixty-one severely emotionally disturbed children. Acted as resource for clinical, child care and special education staff as well as served as liaison to community based programs. Routine administrative functions included managing budget and regulating the use of equipment and supplies. Jewish Child Card Association of New York, Childville division, NYC. 1975-77 Therapeutic activities worker for adult and geriatric psychiatric patients. Organized and implemented a variety of activities including the art instruction in drawing and painting. Gracie Square Hospital, NYC.
An artist and trained art therapist, my work with older psychiatric patients with problems relating to and communicating with others has focused on using art to encourage self-expression and socialization. Teaching art to small groups of older people how to use materials and techniques along with concepts, such as composition, provides a model with stimuli for exploring new forms of self-expression. Sharing this experience in a classroom setting facilitates socialization and nurtures a creative outlet for some who might otherwise be isolated, feel lonely and frustrated. The goal in this learning process is to improve quality of life, generate feelings of vitality and support an invigorated sense of purpose.