Art Form: Mixed Media

Celia Caro, Teaching Artist

In this interview with mixed-media artist, Celia Caro, she talks about how she got started as a teaching artist and how one of her colleagues at Pratt, Paul Ferrara, introduced her to the Creative Aging field. This led to Celia co-teaching a Lifetime Arts program at the Countee Cullen branch of the New York Public Library. Celia also talks about her biggest surprises, challenges and rewards with working with older adult learners.

Bernie D’Ettorre, Teaching Artist

In this interview, visual artist Bernie D’Ettorre talks about how she began teaching art classes to Alzheimer’s patients at area art galleries. This led to her teaching Creative Aging classes to senior groups at nursing homes. Bernie also shares her advice for teaching older adults, along with the challenges and rewards that come with this work.

Sandra Drabant, Teaching Artist

In this interview, Sandra Drabant, a formally trained art teacher, art therapist and mixed media artist talks about her experience working in the Projects Department at the United Methodist Retirement Communities (UMRC), where she taught hand building technique classes in pottery. Sandra’s class at the UMRC was part of Aroha Philanthropies’ Seeding Vitality Arts U.S. Initiative.

Marta Sanchez, Teaching Artist

Marta Sanchez is a teaching artist and visual artist living and working in Philadelphia, PA. She has taught at several community centers and universities including the Tyler School of Art, St. Joseph’s University, Taller Puertorriqueño, and The Mann Senior Center. Her work is part of several permanent collections including Yale University, University of Michigan, University of Texas and the Philadelphia Museum of Art among others. We asked Marta to tell us about making art, her teaching artistry, and what she loves about working teaching Creative Aging workshops to older adults.