Since April 5th, the Jefferson Market Library has been hosting a series of watercolor classes for twenty adults, all aged 55+. This course, led by teaching artist Josh Millis, is funded by a grant from Lifetime Arts. The participants have been working on paintings inspired by Jefferson Market and other Village landmarks. This week, I spoke with students Leo, Judy, and Noreen, all regular patrons of Jefferson Market, to find out what they are enjoying about the class so far.
What made you want to take a watercolors class?
Noreen: To see if I had any aptitude for painting — the verdict is still out on that! But, I am learning something new at each session.
Judy: The chance to do something I've never attempted before.
Leo: Curiosity, and to learn more!
Have you painted before?
Leo: I did paint, off and on when I was a teenager. I've just been getting back into it and learning new things!
Noreen: I've done Chinese brush painting, which is a totally different technique, and pencil drawing, at which I was awful!
What have you enjoyed most about the class so far?
Noreen: Finding out how to mix colors and how difficult it is working in watercolor. Gives me a new appreciation for all the art I've seen.
Judy: Having the chance to experiment in a totally non-judgmental atmosphere!
Thank you Judy, Leo, and Noreen!
If you would like to see the wonderful artwork being produced by these and other watercolor students, please join us for a gallery opening and reception May 31st from 3:30-5:30 pm.
Creative Aging in Our Communities: The New York City Libraries Project, a program of Lifetime Arts Inc., is generously supported by the Fan Fox and Leslie R. Samuels Foundation, with additional support from the Laura Jane Musser Fund, and is administered in partnership with Brooklyn Public Library and New York Public Library.