This photo inspired my idea for the class.
I knew I wanted to make something that would make the seniors happy. Autumn is filled with color and makes most people feel uplifted and alters one's mood. The cooler temps, the memories of autumn's magic transform us. When I was at the local grocery store I grabbed some extra paper bags. I went home and cut out three basic leaf shapes: Maple, Oak and Aspen leaves.
I found some yarn and string-I knew I need something to add texture to the leaves.
Yes, just ordinary paper bags waiting to be transformed.
This is my demo to share with the class. They were surprised to see how when we crumpled the paper bag-it resembled a leaf. I cut up sponges for them to dabble the paint on. Their leaves had a mosaic appearance. I had more people join in this time-my class is growing. I still have a few cynics who tell me their art is only worthy of the trash can-but I tell them no more trash talk. We need to get busy and make a lot of leaves to fill the center with autumn's magic. My class is before lunch, when the clock strikes twelve they usually scatter, but not this time. This time many lingered to finish their art. Beauty was found in the ordinary. Everyone's mood transformed, as we made art. I told them there is no right way or wrong way-pick the colors you love and have fun. Art is suppose to be about expressing one's self. I think they are beginning to be more at ease with me. Does this time of year make you feel transformed? Do you volunteer?