Flowers in Winter
Class Starts Elders on New Hobby
For an artist teaching a class, there is no such thing as a mistake. Instead Birdy Burdick (Turtle Clan) has a different term for them — she calls them “happy mistakes.”
“I don’t see anything as bad,” said Birdy as she led a small class of Elders on the art of painting with acrylics. “I don’t allow self-criticism in this class. Keep in mind that painting is fun. That’s the secret to creativity — that it’s fun!”
Birdy chose acrylics for the first class because the water-based paint dries quickly and it very durable while oil paint can take up to a week to dry. The finished product, a tray or jewelry box, will be finished with a water-based varnish to lock in the rich hues.
“If you are an Elder, come to my class,” Birdy said encouragingly. “Next month we will be painting watercolors and making cards. I like to keep the variety going, to help keep Elders’ interests.”
Today’s class focused on flowers. “It’s a good thing to be painting flowers today because we don’t have any (outside). It perks up your spirits this time of year.”
This is just one of many events the Nation hosts which promote learning and the importance of trying something new. The painting classes continue on Jan. 23. If interested please call (315) 829-8133.
The Oneida Indian Nation Elders Program hosts various sessions each month that focus on health, fitness, games and personal safety. The current Elders Program highlights are available here.
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