The Veterans Art Ops Program, located at the Art Studio of the Absalom Jones Community Center, 310 Kiamensi Road, Wilmington, has been running every Thursday evening in 2020, and is attracting new members. Guided by the skilled instructor, Jane Quartarone, veterans have been experimenting with various media: pencil sketching, acrylic paints, and most recently, water color.
Of those, the most difficult for newcomers is water color. Knowing how to mix the colors to get the hue and shade you want and how much water to use on your brush takes loads of practice! Some classmates learn faster than others. We are all gifted differently after all; but there is no competition and lots of support, both from the teacher and colleagues. Painting with water colors takes concentration, patience, and a good sense of humor, all of which help veterans coping with stress and varying degrees of physical pain.
The Art Ops curriculum is quite flexible. Jane starts each class with some instruction on a given topic. Then, students are invited to work on what they want to when they want to. Once the class settles in, Jane circulates among the veterans, guiding and encouraging each one in whatever she or he is striving to accomplish.
Photos on this page show that veterans are surprising themselves by what they can accomplish. The best benefits, though, are camaraderie and just having fun playing with pencils and paint. If you’re a veteran, join us! Sign up here