Seniors master art and attitude

Published 12:00 am Thursday, August 7, 2003

Evelyn Youngblood’s art students talk very highly of their teacher. If it wasn’t for her, they say, none of them would ever have picked up a paint brush or tried their hand at ceramics.

It was through Youngblood’s encouragement and positive attitude that they learned to draw, watercolor, or do other kinds of artistic medium.

The art class Youngblood teaches is not exactly typical, and neither are the students. All of the participants, including Youngblood, live at Cedar Hill Assisted Living.

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The majority of the seniors taking the class at Cedar Hill had never tried doing any artwork before, but now they can’t get enough of it.

When her students grew tired of giving away their masterpieces to family and friends, Youngblood saw an opportunity to host an art show.

Now the students not only have an opportunity to enjoy their new hobby, they can make a little profit with it as well.

This year’s showing is scheduled to take place on Aug. 10 at Cedar Hill and is open to the public.

Youngblood changed her mind after attending a women’s weekend several years ago. She said that was when she decided to dedicate her art to the Lord.

Now when the seniors aren’t getting reading for a show, they are busy donating their art to charitable causes.

Some of the paintings and other artwork were donated to an auction to raise money for the American Cancer Society.

Recently the class teamed up with a local school to give away paintings as a reward for reading.

All of the seniors’ artwork will be on display at the Cedar Hill art show beginning at 2 p.m. Those participating in the show say they hope their work will prove to others that you’re never to old to learn something new.