Among the programs offered at Princeton Windrows Independent Lifestyle Community are twice-a-week art classes led by the community’s activities director and artist Nancy Toolan.
Ms. Toolan was a participant in a National Center for Creative Aging (NCCA) pilot program funded by the National Endowment for the Arts and hosted by the Arts Council of Princeton in the spring. The NCCA is dedicated to “fostering an understanding of the relationship between creative expression and healthy aging, and developing programs that build on that connection.
“Studies by the NCCA and physicians show that participating in the creative arts manifest in a greater sense of health and wellbeing, and improved cognitive and dexterity skills,” Ms. Toolan said. “I am seeing these benefits as a result of our class.”
Classes meet from 10 a.m. until noon on Wednesday and Friday. Participants begin each class with warmup and drawing exercises, where they are encouraged to use their imagination to experiment with different techniques. The second hour fouses on the fundamentals of successful design and composition while drawing common objects used in still life exercises. Instruction focuses on drawing, using pencil, charcoal, and white pastel media.
Residents’ works are on display in Princeton Windrows’ art room, and Ms. Toolan reported that a show may be help in the near future.
Windrows is located at 2000 Windrow Drive. For more information visit www.pricetonwindrows.com.