Maybe I should have named my blog Potpourri or Pastiche or simply a Savory Stew because I aim to throw a lot of different things into the pot, mostly about reading, writing and art, but many other things, too, because I’ve lived a long time and have a lot of interests. I also will include here thoughts of others I come upon who share my loves. Including those of you who care to share your thoughts and impressions.
Teaching Art to Seniors
posted by Ed Farber on December 15, 2013


I teach art classes to both elementary school-age kids and to adult seniors in assisted living facilities. Both groups, although far separated in age, are a delight to me and fun to teach. The kids are bright and eager to experiment. The elderly adults are a little more fearful to tackle a project, but once involved they have as much fun as the kids (and are a lot less noisy.)

One of the adult seniors in my class was a gentleman who always signed his creations: Art by Glenn. Glenn was an enthusiastic member of the class. For several years he was the lone male among a bevy of females. On one occasion when I asked the class what subject they would like to draw next, Glenn, with a wide grin, suggested that we have a nude model from among the class members. Nobody volunteered. Glenn said he would.

Glenn worked rapidly in class. I usually took the class through the project, demonstrating how to get the drawing down, step by step. Glenn was too impatient to wait for my demonstrations. While some of the students obviously needed the step-by-step instruction, Glenn would forge ahead on his own, finishing way before the rest.

He loved color and would lay on the oil pastels, markers or whatever medium we were using quickly and with relish. He had his own ideas of color and if we were drawing, let’s say, a brown and white cow, his might turn out to be violet and orange.

Sadly, Glenn won’t be taking any more classes. He died this past year, and I certainly miss his presence in the class and his colorful artwork. I’ve included one of his creations here.


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