|Teachers Painting at 2011 Teachers' Day|
|Charlotte Huntley doing a demo|
|Myrna Wacknov doing a demo|
|An Outreach Demo by Wayne White|
|At Oktoberfest in Concord|
|Fred Kling's Demo at the Presidio|
|Chinese brush demo by Helene Yu-June Rice|
|Irina Sztukowski presents the Outreach project to 10 Brownies of Clayton, CA|
|First you draw a big circle like the sun for your sunflower painting|
|The girls work diligently. The sunflower petals, like rays of the sun, are painted in yellow|
|Everyone is delighted with their paintings finished as mounted cards.|
California Watercolor Association (CWA) has an active community outreach program, fulfilling part of our mission to create, foster, and sustain artistic growth and interest in water media. Programs include student art show awards, art programs at local Veterans Affairs’ facilities, and water media presentations in local schools. In 2017, 45 educational community outreach events were held by CWA volunteers. If you are connected to an institution that would enjoy and host an Outreach event, please contact us on the Contact Page.
One of CWA’s current programs serves veterans in the Oakland and Martinez VA facilities by providing monthly and bi-monthly water media painting sessions. The Martinez group is both inpatient and outpatient. Many of these veterans suffer both mental and physical disabilities. CWA volunteers teach, and often assist one-on-one, this community in the enjoyment of water media.
The Oakland group is all outpatient, and the veterans come from as near as across the street to as far as Northern California. They are mostly veterans of the Vietnam war and have been in occupational therapy programs together for many years. This group explores water media with a CWA volunteer teacher and an assistant.
ADDITIONAL OUTREACH OPPORTUNITIES
In 2017, CWA participated in the “Pollination Celebration” at the California Academy of Sciences in Golden Gate Park. Volunteers assisted families in painting butterflies and CWA members demonstrated water media by making art around the facility and inside the rainforest.
CWA sponsors awards for high school students at the Alameda County Fair.
A joint project between our veterans’ programs and Contra Costa County resulted in the About Face portrait exhibition. For information about this event, click this link to the newspaper article in the Martinez Gazette. Veterans About Face Exhibit
Our volunteers are artists, art lovers, and regular people who enjoy working with others in a water media format. We are looking for teachers, assistants, writers and anyone willing to fill water containers, squeeze paint or clean brushes. The two veteran programs include an introduction and training. Please help expand our community outreach.
A special thanks to this lovely group of ladies for devoting their time to this outreach program.
Sheila Cain, Georganne Zaro, Victoria Bianco and Marianne Elliot
If you are interested in joining the Outreach volunteers, please send an email using the Contact Page.
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