For the past couple of years I've been teaching Colored Pencil Techniques in Portrait Drawing in retirement communities, at corporate events and in private settings. What amazes me most is seeing what the oldest seniors in an Assisted Living Facility (ALF) can create with simple, step-by-step instructions and a live demo.
Having been an Administrator of an ALF for a little over six years, I keep my license active, therefore, I am able to continue working alongside Residents from Independent Living through Memory Care. It's a blessing; they're a wonderful mix of people with fascinating backgrounds and stories and they have plenty of time to explore their creativity, which is nice.
The most rewarding part of what I do is not actually seeing the completed faces (although they're amazing), but seeing the faces of those who participate in my classes. They smile and tell me thinks like, "I never thought I could draw but you made it seem easy; I actually learned something!" and "I can't believe I did this!" These types of comments inspire me and help me move forward with fresh ideas.
I once read on a box of crayons: For Ages 3-104. I love that, although I must tell you, if you're 104 and think it's almost over, I encourage you to keep moving and think outside those box of crayons!