Ar­bour Square’s wa­ter­color class en­riches res­i­dent’s life

The Reporter (Lansdale, PA) - - COMMUNITY - — Sub­mit­ted by Ar­bour Square

When Diane Rath­schmidt, 82, stepped up to the easel for the first-time dur­ing a wa­ter­color class held at Ar­bour Square, she didn’t re­al­ize she would dis­cover a tal­ent and pas­sion for the arts. Rath­schmidt ad­mits she was over­come with ner­vous­ness dur­ing her first at­tempts but found the over­all ex­pe­ri­ence sooth­ing thanks to the pa­tience of her in­struc­tor, Bucks County artists Louisa Wis­mer.

Wis­mer teaches all me­dia and en­joys see­ing stu­dents ex­plore and ex­per­i­ment with color and dif­fer­ent medi­ums to dis­cover their hid­den tal­ents. Wis­mer teaches Wa­ter­color 101 at Ar­bour Square twice a month.

Rath­schmidt finds the wa­ter­color class easy to fol­low and con­tin­ues her new­found hobby out­side the class­room as she set up her own paint­ing area in her apart­ment to ac­com­mo­date her pas­sion. Re­cently, Rath­schmidt en­tered her paint­ing into Ar­bour Square’s an­nual Ar­ti­san Ex­hibit, where res­i­dents and staff mem­bers show­cased their col­lec­tion of art­works.


Diane Rath­schmidt holds her fa­vorite wa­ter­color paint­ing of a teddy bear that she com­pleted dur­ing a Wa­ter­color 101 class of­fered at Ar­bour Square.

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