The projects, 75 of them from 27 different artists, included paintings of animals and simple landscape projects.
Many of the artists worked with photographs for reference.
The classes began last September. Over the next eight months, students learned how to create light and shade in drawings, as well as experiment with mixing colors.
“As a class we worked together to give the paintings character,” said teacher Antonia Perez said.
Perez has been working with the group at Maspeth Town Hall for four years. She hopes to schedule a trip to the Whitney Museum of Art for her students.
“I focus on working with seniors because a lot of people don’t recognize how much older adults have to offer society, but they are a vibrant part of our community,” Perez said. “It's really important for the senior to share their work with peers, family and the community at large.”
Eileen Pesek said the class brought out creativity in herself she never knew she had.
“This class gave me the confidence to do something different, and I have learned so much about art,” she said. “This art class feels like a little community to me. Antonia made my creativity come alive.”
Kay Neuendorf’s painting of a donkey, sheep and a bird was used for the art show's flyer.
“This class is filled with great people and we always have a good time together,” she said. “I’ve met more friends here than I have anywhere else in my life.”