FAM now offers Virtual Art Lessons for individuals and for groups.
All classes include an educational component—information and discussion about an artist or art movement, illustrated by works from the period. This is followed by a live demonstration by the FAM Art Teacher. Participants can join in the art-making or sit and relax, contributing to the conversation and the fun!
Tropical Fish Paintings After Joan Miro
“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’.”
“I try to apply colors like words that shape poems, like notes that shape music.”
“The simplest things give me ideas.”
– Joan Miro
Birch Tree Charcoal Works After Gustav Klimt
“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.”
“Art is a line around your thoughts.”
“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.”
Butterfly Pastel Drawings After Andy Warhol
“Pop art is a way of liking things.”
“They always say that time changes things, but you actually have to change them yourself.”
“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.”
“It takes a very long time to become young.”
“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!”
“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.”
“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
“In general it can be said that a nation’s art is greatest when it most reflects the character of its people”
“My aim in painting has always been the most exact transcription possible of my most intimate impression of nature.”
“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 FAM Murals, where residents create a colorful painting as a group, on one large surface, using tempera, acrylics or pastels. References may include the Mexican Muralists, the Irish Muralists or individual artists such as Pablo Picasso or Joan Miro, who inspired the Fish Mural pictured below.
Muraling is important both as a bonding experience for participants in the creation of the mural and as a community enhancement, when the mural is hung and shared with facility staff, 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.
I wanted to take the time to write an overdue thank you to Fine Art Miracles, Inc. The class instructors are really wonderful with the residents and I see such a positive influence that they have on the residents here at Country Meadows. Denise was down in the lobby of Building 2 (which she does frequently) playing the piano with 2 residents right by her singing and moving to the music after the class was finished. Julianne has created such a great relationship with our Building 3 residents and I can see that just by looking in from the outside of the room.
They have such great compassion for working with this population and we are lucky to have them!
Courtney Gualtieri, CTRS, Director of Community Life, Country Meadows Retirement Communities
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Paint & Sip With Fine Art Miracles, Inc.
Come and try your hand at some creative expression! Release your inner artist! Step by step instructions—no experience necessary. Art is for everyone!
- Paint & Sip – Fine Art Lessons for up to 20 participants
- For: Mixed groups of higher functioning folks
- FAM Teacher provides canvas boards and acrylic paint
- Lessons provided with examples of images to paint
- All participants may paint the same image or choose from a selection
- Step by step instructions
- Class length: 120 minutes