Active Jewish Adults 50+ and Arteast

9 March 2015

article by Mary Anne Varley

Early in November 2014, Arteast was contacted by Christine Shugar with a request for a project with Arteast. The Active Jewish Adult 50+ provides its members with a variety of outings and activities which provide a sense of community. Arteast agreed to do an outreach project with them through our Grow with Art/L’art en herbe program. Thanks to our grant from the City of Ottawa we felt we could fund this activity jointly with AJA50+.

Monday, March 9 we held a painting workshop for a group of 5 adults. Josie DeMeo organized all the equipment and Mary Ann and Josie gave some basic instruction on using acrylic paint and how to organize the composition. Joyce Buckley helped with individual coaching. Since it was a two hour session our objective was to make sure each participant had a completed canvas to take home. The morning was full of smiles and laughter as everyone honed their artistic and creative side. From the results I would say we were successful in reaching our goal. Overall a very nice experience for everyone.

photos by Josie De Meo

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