Sharing and making art
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-
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