Art Lessons

Tropical Fish Paintings After Joan Miro:

SingingFish“What I am looking for… is an immobile movement, something which would be the equivalent of what is called the eloquence of silence, or what St. John of the Cross, I think it was, described with the term ‘mute music’.”

– Joan Miro






“I try to apply colors like words that shape poems, like notes that shape music.”   

– Joan Miro



“The simplest things give me ideas.”  

– Joan Miro



Birch Tree Charcoal Works After Gustav Klimt:

tree1“Whoever wants to know something about me – as an artist which alone is significant – they should look attentively at my pictures and there seek to recognize what I am and what I want.”

  – Gustav Klimt





“Art is a line around your thoughts.”

  – Gustav Klimt




“Today I want to start working again in earnest – I’m looking forward to it because doing nothing does become rather boring after a while.”

  – Gustav Klimt


Butterfly Pastel Drawings After Andy Warhol:


“Pop art is a way of liking things.”

  – Andy Warhol



“They always say that time changes things,

but you actually have to change them yourself.”

 – Andy Warhol



“Art is anything you can get away with.”

  – Andy Warhol



Poinsettia Pastels After Picasso’s Blue Period:



“I am always doing that which I can not do, in order that I may learn how to do it.”

  – Pablo Picasso





“It takes a very long time to become young.”

  – Pablo Picasso




“Art washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life.”

  – Pablo Picasso




Charcoal Drawings After Mark Escher:



“It sometimes seems to me that we are all afflicted with an urge and have a longing for the impossible. The reality around is too common, too dull, too ordinary for us. We hanker after the unnatural, the supernatural, that which does not exist… We long for a miracle!”

  – Mark Escher



“To have peace with this peculiar life; to accept what we do not understand; to wait calmly for what awaits us, you have to be wiser than I am.”

                                                                     – Mark Escher





“Which reality is more powerful, the reality of the present or our memory of the past? We all know there are unreal worlds, but are we quite sure there is a real one?                     I can’t answer that.”                            – Mark Escher



Lighthouse Paintings After Edward Hopper:

hopper1“In general it can be said that a nation’s art is greatest when it most reflects the character of its people”

  – Edward Hopper




“My aim in painting has always been the most exact transcription possible of my most intimate impression of nature.”

– Edward Hopper





“I believe that the great painters with their intellect as master have attempted to force this unwilling medium of paint and canvas into a record of their emotions.”

                                                                                                                            – Edward Hopper


Collaborative Mural Painting:




Famous muralist painters influence these lessons, in which residents create a colorful painting together on one large piece of paper. References include the Mexican Muralists, the Irish Muralists or individual artists such as this Joan Miro, who inspired the Fish Mural pictured here.


Muraling is important both as a bonding experience for community members in the creation of the mural and as community enhancement when the mural is hung and shared with residents, families and visitors.

Other examples of murals include holiday and seasonal murals, floral murals after Georgia O’Keeffe, Vincent Van Gogh, or Diego Rivera, still life murals after Paul Cezanne, and many others.