Shar­ing and mak­ing art

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Sub­mit­ted by Bobi Leutschaft Poitras Pres­i­dent, Col­lec­tif d’artistes de Glen­garry Artists’ Col­lec­tive

Once a week, for two hours, six mem­bers of Com­mu­nity Liv­ing join me in their art room to paint.

How­ever, it has be­come more than just a cou­ple of hours paint­ing; it has be­come two hours of ca­ma­raderie, filled with mu­sic, chat­ter, laugh­ter, and best of all, self-ex­pres­sion in the form of art. My job is to come up with a paint­ing (mostly orig­i­nals, but I have re­sorted to copy­right-free im­ages from the in­ter­net a cou­ple of times), which my stu­dents repli­cate in their own unique style.

On two oc­ca­sions they have painted from their imag­i­na­tions, with guid­ance re­gard­ing colour and tech­nique. We al­ways start by paint­ing the en­tire can­vas with a base colour, then adding sev­eral lay­ers un­til we are ready for the main im­age. I en­cour­age them to de­velop their own style, use colours they like, and never to stress about a “mis­take.” Most paint­ings take at least two ses­sions to com-

plete.

These six ded­i­cated stu­dents pro­duce won­der­ful art works. When a paint­ing is done, and they are sat­is­fied with their work, they sign it. My stu­dents ap­plaud each other and take great pride in their ac­com­plish­ments.

Cur­rently, we are work­ing on our 11th project, and I trust there will be many more. My

stu­dents tell me they love to paint and I love to watch them cre­ate. Their en­thu­si­asm and unique tal­ents have greatly in­spired me.

Art is for ev­ery­one, and all have some­thing valu­able to con­trib­ute.

Pick up a brush, put on some mu­sic, and try it.

You might sur­prise your­self!

A COM­MU­NITY LIV­ING ART SES­SION

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