Art Form: Painting

Visual Arts Class and Culminating Event at the Neon Museum

From The Neon Museum’s YouTube Channel:

“The Neon Museum, with generous support from Aroha Philanthropies and Vitality Arts, teamed up with Sprat teaching artists to present the Creative Aging Visual Interpretation workshop series at Ne10 Studio. Participants from the Doolittle Senior Center joined teaching artists Chase R. McCurdy, Lance L. Smith and Danny E. Titus for an eight-week exploration of painting, photography and art history. The signs housed in The Neon Museum collection helped jumpstart conversations on memory, reflection and the elements of design and color. The series culminated in an exhibition at the Nevada Humanities Program Gallery. Check out this video to see the impact these classes made on both the students and the teachers and how The Neon Museum has harnessed the power of art instruction to spark the imaginations of members of our senior community here in Las Vegas.”

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.

Antonia Perez, Teaching Artist

In this interview with Lifetime Arts trainer and teaching artist, Antonia Perez, she talks about how an interaction she had with a group of children where she taught them how to paint a public mural led to her teaching painting and drawing to local small community groups. Her intergenerational teaching artist experiences led her down the path of Creative Aging, as she worked as an artist-in-residence in the hospital setting, first with children and then later with adults who had life-threatening diseases. Antonia also shares her most memorable moments, her advice for other teaching artists, the most satisfying parts of this work, and more.

Linda Luisi, Teaching Artist

In this interview, acrylic artist, Linda Luisi, talks about the how she began working as a teaching artist, which included giving lectures, demos, and presentations at various locations such as the Society of American Registered Architects (SARA), The National Association of Women in Construction (NAWIC) and Rotary and more. She also provided private lessons for both adults and children. Linda shares an anecdote from one of her Creative Aging classes she taught, shares her advice on how to approach this work as a teaching artist, and more.

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.

Boston Creative Aging Program Highlights

Earlier this year, Mayor Martin J. Walsh along with the Age Strong Commission and the Office of Arts and Culture announced a partnership with Goddard House Community Initiatives and Lifetime Arts that has brought free participatory arts programming to older adults in the city’s Jamaica Plain, Mattapan and South End neighborhoods.

The Creative Aging Program (CAP) has expanded creative arts education for older adults, broadened awareness of teaching artists, and demonstrated the benefits and efficacy of integrating arts into older adult education.