Ageless art

By AMY WHITFIELD State Journal Staff Writer Published:

One Kentucky State University art professor knows education doesn't stop with a college diploma, and demonstrates through art that people can paint opportunities at any age.

Jeff Alexander, 60, has taught a KSU-sponsored art class for Frankfort senior citizens for more than 20 years. He said he enjoys working with the seniors because of the joy and enthusiasm they bring to the classroom each week.

"It's so delightful for me because they really like it and you don't have to motivate them," Alexander said Tuesday. "They come to rock and roll."

He said participants attend because they are interested in learning about art and they are full of life and that makes his job fun.

On this morning Alexander informally gathered with his age 65 and over students for the first class of the semester at the Senior Citizens Center, 202 Medical Drive, and briefly described what would take place over the next few months.

These students will receive education comparable to a college introductory art class with history, painting and clay modeling, but unlike first-day college classes, most students here have an advantage: they already know the professor. Many students return each semester, and most are on their way to picking up the skills they need to become full-fledged artists.

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