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April 29, 2009 > Creative expressions at the Senior Center

Creative expressions at the Senior Center

By Meenu Gupta
Photos By courtesy of Jennifer Tagalog and Alice Woodrow

The Senior Center Festival of Arts will showcase the talent of several artists from the Milpitas Senior Center. "The art show has been organized for three years now," said Jennifer Tagalog, supervisor of the Senior Center. Artists created their works as students of different classes, the Joy of Color, Chinese Brush Painting and Calligraphy at the center.

The Joy of Color (Oil Painting) course teaches students to paint representative landscapes. Chinese Brush Painting class explores the beauty of the Chinese brush painting. Artists paint flowers, birds, insects and landscapes on rice paper.

"You don't have to be an artist to enroll in this class. I have seen many new people starting from the beginning and with their hidden talent transforming to fine artists," Alice Woodrow said. Alice has been a member of the center for around five years now.

"When I joined the class I didn't own even a brush, Doreen Walker told me about the supplies that I'd need. I've been painting for 11 years now and had my own exhibition four years ago in the Phantom Art gallery" Woodrow said

Doreen Walker offers her intuitive painting techniques in her class that nurtures beginner and intermediate adult students. The Joy of Color class teaches students to paint representative landscape scenes using oil paints. Students do not have to know how to draw well to paint well.

Using an innovative technique, this course helps those who think they cannot learn perspective-based drawing.

Students learn to use their imagination and deep-seated talent to create vivid landscapes and create remarkable paintings in just ten weeks.

The class is open and interactive, building on the students' progress through sharing.

"We are always accepting new members for the center and the art classes," said Tagalog.

The membership fees are $6 for residents and $8 for non-residents. They would need to come to the Senior Center to complete the application and take a photo for membership card. All members are eligible to sign up for art classes.

"The fees is very reasonable and based on the amount of classes. We will begin accepting registration for June/July classes mid-May," said Tagalog.

Admission to the event is free and open to everyone. This is a drop in event. Light refreshments will be served. For more information about the exhibit or for more information on membership and art classes, call the City of Milpitas Recreation Services at (408) 586-2775.

Festival of Arts
Saturday, May 2
10:30 a.m.- 12:30 p.m.
Barbara Lee Senior Center
540 S. Abel Street, Milpitas
(408) 586-2775

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