Senior Home Care Blog - Western Cook & Eastern DuPage Counties

Art is Good for the Mind, Body and Soul

By Mary Doepke, RN

There’s a reason why art is part of a basic, well-rounded education. Such activities aren’t just fun, they enable us to use our brains in ways that other activities don’t. And creating something beautiful and new gives us a sense of accomplishment, no matter our age.

Seniors who participate in drawing, painting or some other form of creative activity reap benefits such as improved cognitive function, stress relief, better hand-eye coordination and of course, relief from boredom. Even if you or your senior loved one has rarely put a brush to a canvas or a pencil to a sketchpad, it’s not too late to get started.

Tap your creative juices with a variety of beginner art classes at Mayslake Peabody Estate, 1717 W. 31st St, Oak Brook. Register at (630) 206-9566.

Drawing 101

Local artist Madeline Shea will share her many years of expertise during a drawing and painting class geared toward beginner artists. This six-part class for adults meets from noon to 2:30 p.m. each Monday beginning Sept. 12.


Turn everyday objects, photos and drawings into one-of-a kind collages with an introductory class by renowned local collage artist Laura Lein-Svencner. Offered at 9:30 a.m. Thursdays beginning Sept. 29. Cost for this 6-part class is $175, plus a $10 supply fee.

Botanical Art

Capture nature’s beauty by learning the basics of botanical art. Artist Suzanne Wegener will teach Botanical Art: Fall Color and Texture during a six-part class beginning at 9:30 a.m. Monday, Oct. 10. Cost is $130.

Take Better Pictures

Lean to compose better photographs in Introduction to Photo Composition by Willard Clay. Learn the basics of photo composition and how to create the illusion of a three-dimensional picture. The five-part series begins at 6:30 p.m. Oct. 13. Cost is $150.

Capture Nature

Intro to Nature Photography offers students a basic understanding of the use of natural light, simple computer skills and camera settings to capture the beauty of nature. The five-part class begins at 7 p.m. Oct. 18. Two of the five classes are morning fieldtrips, with locations to be determined. Cost is $150.

The Digital Age

Digital Photography I equips novice photographers with the tools to take great pictures. The five-part class, taught by Fred Drury, begins at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 25. Cost is $150, plus a $20 supply fee.

Scrapbooking is so 2005!

Online sites and simple programs now allow anyone to create beautiful photo books from their digital photos. Learn how during a four-part class beginning at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 26. Make a book for yourself or as a gift. Cost is $120.

Community House

Mayslake isn’t the only place to get to know your inner artist. The Community House in Hinsdale is expanding its artistic offerings as well. Among the classes available is an introduction to watercolors. Instructor Christine Ploense will offer the class at 1 p.m. Tuesdays, beginning Sept. 9. This four-session class will be repeated several times throughout the fall, so don’t worry if you can’t meet the September deadline.

Most supplies are provided! Call (630) 323-7500 for more information or to register.