EXPLORE ZOLA MONROE ART GROUP
Creative Minds For Our Times
Zola Monroe Art Group seeks to prove and implement the importance of art education as a form of responsibility, structure and discipline through creativity.
We explore the disappearing element of art discipline through ironically creative and colorful expressions. The Zola Monroe Art Group site provides information about upcoming shows, exhibitions, classes and images of past projects, as well as information about my artistic journey from dream to realization.
Our program offers the opportunity for students of all ages to exercise responsibility, work cooperatively, appreciate other cultures, and the world around them. Our visual arts courses offer students comprehensive art experiences with detailed exploration in the areas of drawing, painting, mixed media, and learning the fundamentals of various colors. In addition to gaining confidence and proficiency in working with a variety of art mediums art encourages students to become more social.
ZMAG believes that art education provides essential building blocks that enhance a person’s ability to learn at any age. Language development, motor skills, cultural awareness, decision making, and increased academic understanding are just a few of the many character building skills children obtain when studying art. These are skills that are essential for the overall development of the child. The transfer from skills obtained from art transfer over into their daily lives effortlessly.
Becoming aware of their natural creativity provides the student with a new feeling of value. Students are able to have a healthy outlet to release to the effects of negative feelings we all encounter in day to day life, while gaining critical concentration skills that segue into increased focus in other subjects.
Art also increases school attendance. Using data submitted by the state public schools a report was compiled finding that arts education has a significant effect on the academic and social success of their students. Those with greater arts participation were more likely to come to class, avoid being removed and graduate. Additionally, greater proficiency in mathematics and communication. Many studies of statewide education systems have discovered nearly identical results.
The goal of the courses are to provide the students with quality art knowledge, and to utilize the experiences from the courses to ensure that the presentation of the projects and assignments will be successful skills gained from art stimulation that are transferred effectively at school, in society and at home with their families. Providing heightened opportunity for children of various cultural and social backgrounds.
With the course objective in mind, We have created a number of underlying goals and objectives to accomplish through these specific lesson , detailed below;
Perceptual skills that heighten response to work and environment
Understanding the role of art in one’s own culture and culture of others
Connecting and applying what is learned in visual arts to other educational subjects including lifelong learning
Increase school attendance
Gaining more confidence in the ability to focus
Have more reception to instruction and guidance
Art for Seniors
ART FOR SENIORS
You’re never too old to try something new! Adults 55 and older can develop new talents through a variety of art courses and absolutely have a lot of fun in the process. No experience is necessary, and it’s always a casual, no pressure environment where you can feel comfortable, do it at your own pace, and get your creative juices flowing.
“Art Therapy is an integrative mental health and human services profession that enriches the lives of individuals, families, and communities through active art-making, creative process, applied psychological theory, and human experience within a psycho-therapeutic relationship,” according to the American Art Therapy Association.
Utilizing Art Therapy, with the guidance of a credentialed art therapist, individuals can ‘decode’ the nonverbal messages, symbols, and metaphors often found in art forms which “should lead to a better understanding of their feelings and behavior so they can move on to resolve deeper issues.”
ZMAG Started their Senior Art Program in 2016, Art with Seniors courses were created to tap the potential of older adults and provide a creative outlet for personal expression. Courses typically last six to ten weeks and enable older adults to learn a variety of art methods. All courses are taught by local artists, and are typically hosted in assisted living communities, senior centers, community centers and art museums.
This art program for seniors has a great value, both to the individuals involved and to society as a whole. Older adults are creators, mentors, teachers, tutors, and advisors, sharing the wisdom that they have gained through a lifetime of experience. As role models, they show us how to age creatively by sharing their unique perspectives on life, and teach younger artists what it is like to grow old.
ZMAG Senior Art Program was conceived in answer to the growing need for worthwhile directed activities in our community senior centers and to provide valuable community-based learning experiences for seniors.
Art therapy isn’t about being the best artist in the room. It’s about the connections between creative choices made and one’s inner life.
Here at ZMAG we can attest to the significance, efficiency, and effectiveness of expressive art activities. Such activities offer a wide range of benefits, including the following:
helping individuals relax;
providing a sense of control;
reducing depression and anxiety;
assisting in socialization;
encouraging playfulness and a sense of humor;
offering sensory stimulation;
fostering a stronger sense of identity;
nurturing spirituality; and
Improved quality of life, including the distraction from physical pain, stimulation of cognitive faculties and an outlet for personal expression, Improved connections with family and friends that can last beyond the classroom setting. We would be happy to provide our art courses for seniors in your community.