Intergenerational Art Program brings children and seniors together

January 29, 2014
Santa Paula News

Art to Heart, a new eight-week intergenerational art program which bring seniors and children together to learn from and inspire each other side-by-side, begins March 12. Studio Channel Islands Art Center in Camarillo is now taking applications for their unique program, which addresses the disconnect between two significant population groups that often don’t have the opportunity to enjoy and share creative interaction with each other. Open to seniors age 65 or older and children ages 7 to 12, the program’s projects include sculpting; clay; silk, watercolor and pastel painting; charcoal drawing; fiber arts; and mixed media collage. The sessions are held on Wednesdays at 3:30- 5:00 p.m. from March 12 to April 30. Participants can display their works together at a closing reception at Studio Channel Islands Art Center’s Blackboard Gallery. Program cost is $80, and space is limited. For an application please call the Art Center at 805-383-1368, visit the gallery at 2222 Ventura Boulevard in Camarillo or apply on line at

The Art to Heart Intergenerational Art Program is supported by the Smith-Hobson Foundation Fund and Ventura County Community Foundation. The art instructor is Karin Geiger, Studio Channel Islands Art Center’s executive director, an artist and accredited elementary school and art teacher. The program is in collaboration with Bernadette Limón, an Elder Care Manager and owner of Senior Partners, who has 25 years of experience working with seniors and holds a master’s degree with emphasis in Family Relations. 

Intergenerational programs can help children develop more positive attitudes toward older people, and seniors who interact with children can experience physical and mental health benefits.

The Studio Channel Islands Art Center offices and Blackboard Gallery are at 2222 Ventura Boulevard in Old Town Camarillo. They are open Tuesday 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., Wednesday through Friday 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and Saturday 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. As many as 40 resident artist studios at the Center’s campus across from the gallery are open to the public every First Saturday of the month from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. For more information, go to or call 805-383-1368.

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