Art as a social power

Bliss, Love, Peace, Agony

Art brings me an immeasurable amount of joy. Creating it even more so than looking at it. But unless you are into life drawing, it is a rather solitary pursuit.

When I read this article about a community art project in London my heart sang. Essentially it is an art class. But one which is as much about companionship as it is about creativity.

“I think they also enjoy being defined as a creative person rather than

as an older person, and the social aspect is very important.”

Why can’t we bring this idea to us solitary artsters. There are craft groups (the ever so twee stitch and bitch) but only art classes which are unachievable for the London skint.

I would love to spend an afternoon playing with paint in the company of others. It would give that much needed sense of community to the hobby painter.

If only I were an octogenarian.