Paul Ferrara

Paul Ferrara
New York, NY
Acting, Collage, Drawing, Painting, Printmaking, Sculpture, Media Arts
After School Program, Assisted Living, Community Center, Independent Living, K-12 Schools, Library, Senior Center
National Art Education Association (NAEA) American Society on Aging (ASA) STAR Senior Center, Art Teacher, New York, NY Created and taught a weekly art class to older adults. Prepared unit plans, lesson plans, and established course goals. Organized fieldtrips to Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York Public Library Washington Heights Branch, Fort Tryon Park. Lifetime Arts Countee Cullen Library, New York, NY Developed and co-taught with teachering partner a eight week workshop on the technique of collage titled "Life Maps".
I have come to appreciate that older adults are vast resources of knowledge, experiences, and insights from which we have much to learn. Because of this, I am interested in delivering art instruction to older adults so as to establish new possibilities for what growing old can mean in the context of art education. Considering my affinity to older adults, and being mindful of the fact that there would be an influx of retirees with educational programming and services needs, I began to investigate the possibilities of teaching art to older adults within the community-based setting. Dr. Robert Butler, a pioneer in the field of aging and geriatric medicine, explains that in life beyond retirement, “It is important to be productively engaged, to do something that's meaningful, something to get up for in the morning." I believe that quality; age-specific art education can offer a variety of ways and opportunities to experience productivity, meaning and purpose in older age. My goal is to facilitate artistic and aesthetic growth, I view it as my responsibility to encourage students to consider a wide range of art, not solely the kind valued for its faithfulness to reality or its conventional beauty. Fee for services: Planning - $70.00 Preparation for workshops and culminating events - $60.00 Instruction - $60.00