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Elder Stories Inspire Student Art

By Lexington Squares | March 29, 2013

Lexington Square residents captured in student artwork

Seventeen advanced placement art students from York High School are looking for a good match when they first walk into Lexington Square at the beginning of cheap jerseys their school cheap nba jerseys year. They enter the senior living community to meet 17 residents who will be the subjects of their own living history in the artwork the students will create in their chosen medium.

According to art teacher Kelsey Manning, “This project is so much more than just creating a portfolio piece for their advanced placement in college.” She explains, “Often a bond is created to a lasting friendship between the machania partners.”

Ms. Manning also for noted the curious way the students choose their partners to learn about and create a portrait with a life Die story. Students tend to gravitate to someone their can relate to such as someone their own size, a similar laugh, a love of animals.

Once the artwork is completed, the students welcome the seniors to the high school for lunch and to explain what their piece means to them and why they chose a particular medium to tell the senior’s history. The artwork is then displayed at Lexington Square in Elmhurst for residents and guests to enjoy as they enter the building.

Each piece is very wholesale jerseys China special and captures the senior’s love of something. Resident Laurie DeCarlo’s image wholesale nfl jerseys is portrayed by Claire Cornell, senior, in pen and ink with foot prints in the background to signify her love of dancing, how she met her husband and so many fond memories over the years. Student Patricia Rhea also chose pencil to draw the married hands of Patricia and Jack Golen who told Patricia that the most important thing in their life was their love for each other.

The experience often sparks a long time friendship between the senior and their artist. One such resident, Violet Larson along with several other “partners” recently hosted four of the artists as their guests for lunch at Lexington Square. From ongoing visits to pen pals and sometimes years of Christmas card exchanges, both students and wholesale jerseys elders find the project rewarding in many ways.

Lexington Square is a premier independent and licensed assisted living community that offers memory support and a lifestyle rich with experiences that make life worth living. For more information, contact 630-576-4800 or visit their website at

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