A facility where I teach is adding a new wing. The activities director decided there should be ART on the temporary walls. My Assisted Living class got one panel. So with short notice, on the fly, I drew flowers and dogwood blossoms, to create two work levels for my students. Most are in wheel chairs.
|First brush strokes|
The aides seated the class in a semi-circle.
The effect was so relaxed: art as in-the-moment miracle, one you could relax and observe.
The mural took three one-hour sessions to finish.
|Two artists, side by side|
What made it so fun? No one was totally responsible, for starters. Fine motor skills no longer mattered. Big marks were easier to see with older eyes. But I think it was also the thrill of the forbidden - how many of us long ago were told never to draw on the walls?
|Our panel's on the left. Two more panels, center and right.|
In between sessions I filled in the big areas. Sky first, greens last.
In another week or so, the sheet rock, and the paintings, come down.
Someday, though,I'm painting on my own house walls.