created at: 2013-09-12Seniors living at The Village at Brookline recently had a chance to mingle, nosh, and show off their artwork to fellow residents at an art reception and party on August 1. A group of 15 seniors met onsite for six sessions on watercolor and mixed media art. Along with basic watercolor skills, they learned oil pastel and watercolor pencil techniques. Over the course of several weeks, the seniors’ skills and confidence increased significantly as they experimented with the media and built on their newly- acquired knowledge. Not only did the participants enjoy sharing their artwork with their peers and families, but they also benefitted from an increased sense of pride and accomplishment in their artwork.

Residents’ artwork was mounted and displayed in the Community Room at 99 Kent Street, alongside beautiful zinnias and sunflowers provided by the new resident-led GreenThumbs Greenhouse program.

Said one resident about the art program, “Never in my wildest dreams would I have imagined [that] I’d be learning how to paint, which was really a fun experience.”

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