FULTON – Residents at Michaud Residential Health Services have been taking paint brush in hand as part of an oil painting class being led by volunteer Mark Colgan.
And what has become evident is that no matter one’s experience level, the opportunity to try something new or to continue an interest in painting has been well received by participants.
“When I heard residents at Michaud wanted me to lead a paint class, I was honored,” said Colgan. “So I decided to volunteer, thus making it part of my ‘giving back’ to our community as outreach in the name of State Street United Methodist Church, where my wife is pastor.”
The class is scheduled to run for the next few weeks, but given the initial response by residents, the class schedule may be extended.
Colgan has plenty of teaching experience, working for 14 years as an aide and teacher assistant in public schools. But his interest in painting is fairly recent.
“I joined a painting class about three years ago and enjoyed the whole process,” said Colgan. “Last fall I started a painting group and I am finding a lot of folks who only need the chance to be able to try an art like painting, and they are hooked on the creative process.”
The response Colgan received from the Michaud residents will keep him coming back to lead classes in the future. “The participants were enthusiastic and delightful which made it fun and rewarding to teach, especially when they said how much they enjoyed it.”
As class participant Donna Starkey noted, “I was surprised by how much fun I had painting; I really haven’t had much experience before this class. I came here to Michaud for some short-stay rehabilitation and may be going home with a new hobby.”