Art With The Elderly


Today I had the unique opportunity to do art with the residents of Castle Country Assisted Living Victorian House in Parker, Colorado. Our art teacher, Mrs. Ann Steers, led the program. We each had a partner to work with. I got Mrs. “Swanney” Jacobson, from the Netherlands. She was new there and was fun to talk with.

She told me stories of the war, and how she got to school everyday. I learned lots of new things, all while doing watercolor paintings. We learned about a Russian artist, and Mrs. Maryann “Salty,” showed us her quilt. Then, we used the technique the artist used to make our own pieces. Some people, like Mrs. Swanney, had arthritis, so they chose the colors while their partners painted them on.

When they put the music on, Mrs. Salty, did many swirly lines and commented, “The music is making me do this!” When we had all finished, it was pure fun. Some of the kids (including myself) showed the residents how to do the floss. None of them were able to stand without support, which canceled out them doing the common dance move, but it was fun nonetheless. When it was time to leave, Mrs. Swanney told us, “Please come back!”

This was just the first class. You do not need to sign up or pay to be there. I would highly recommend that you come. It is last Thursday of every month at 9:30 -10:30 a.m. this summer. Classes during the school year will be held at 3:30 p.m. as a free after school program. We brought friends with us. You can too! For only one hour, this is a great way to brighten someone’s day.