Wednesday, July 24, 2013

On art and education....

I work for an assisted living facility where seniors live. I plan their daily activities and try to enthuse as much laughter and joy into their days as I possibly can. I am a their cheerleader and I am tired of the same old routines... bingo, uno, and paper hopscotch are just a few of the monotinous games we play over and over again. So, I have decided to undertake a program where we have partnered with an elementary summer school program. These students are between the ages of 5 and 10. They have visited with us twice now and we have encouraged their reading and writing and now we are on to art! We are hosting our first annual art show for these students and my residents are judging the show. It has been such a treat for me and the residents to see these fabulous works of art. Pics do not do the work justice. We have watercolors, collages, pottery, drawings and masks! The ribbon awards ceremony is tomorrow and I can't wait. The teacher has said the children are excited... my seniors are excited... it is a win, win situation! I love ART and what it brings out in others.

Here is a sneak peek at one of the winners and some of the other work!
Best of Show!

Pre -K and Kindergarten

Fifth Grade


  1. you know, in Belgium they start building kindergartens and retirement homes in one and the same building.
    In the one I know, they have the garden in common, so when the children play outside, so can the elderly people be.
    The contact is a mutual stimulation...


    1. How wonderful! I wish they did that here in America!

  2. Bravo to you for getting these groups together. They can benefit from each other so much. And, the artwork is fantastic!

  3. Thank you Michelle:) It's been a great venture. One that I hope we can continue on with through the whole school year! Their director has been great to work with!

  4. That was an amazing idea!! I'm actually jealous that I'm neither a child nor senior, I want to join in lol! :D

  5. This is so great! Thank you for sharing it. And I'll echo - what a great idea.

  6. This must feel so good to see the creative abilities of the children. Such a wonderful thing to do!!!