Aging Art-fully with Val
I am an interdisciplinary artist and "creative coach."
My education has focused on art as well as the unique social issues that confront older adults in our society.
I love bringing art to people in various venues where I can share my knowledge and passion of art-making to help fuel everyone's creative soul.
HOW I DO IT
WHAT I DO
I have been teaching social painting classes since 2011. Now I lead art activities at senior facilities and nursing homes in Chicagoland.
I have observed first-hand how creative activities benefit mental health in older adults by providing them the opportunity for self-expression, achievement, and a sense of community.
I bring art to people in public or private venues to spark their creativity. The average class size is 10 to 15 people. Classes are generally an hour long and include painting on canvas, creating collages on paper, or creating self-portraits. I am right there to guide everyone through the creative process, step by step. "We all have an artist inside us. It just needs a little encouragement!"