Tuesday, November 26, 2019

Apple Slices VII (Painting with Senior Citizens of OLLI)

My little Apple Slices still life has helped me teach painting beginners once again.

During the fall semester my painting partner, Julie, and I had the most fun ever!  We taught a couple of beginning painting classes through the senior citizen branch of the University of Arkansas. The program is called OLLI (Osher Lifelong Learning Institute), and it was just a pleasure to be a part of it.

Let me begin at the end! 
Just look at those happy faces!  So proud!  As they should have been!

Beginning Still Life Oil Painting Class
Beginning Nature Oil Painting Class

Julie and I have been retired for a couple of years, so we hoped we'd remember how to be teachers!
Teachers just get giddy about setting up
the classroom and getting ready for
students to arrive
Lesson plans written... Examples made...
Supplies ready... Materials laid out...
We'd both spent 30+ years with 8,9,& 10 year olds and wondered how different it would be to have students who were juuuuuuust a little bit older.

As it turns out... It's about the same.  They're nervous about learning something new. They have questions, but they're timid to ask.  They're impatient eager to get their hands on the materials. When they saw their final products, their eyes twinkled with pride!

There were some differences though.  Having 8-10 students instead of 25-28 was amazing!  And...  you know, we didn't have one single discipline issue in any of the class meetings! Not one!

Original Oil Painting on 5"x 7" Wrapped Canvas

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