Visual art learning preferences of older adults
This study sought to determine visual art learning preferences of older adult participants of museum and senior recreation center programs. Through a series of interviews and questionnaires administered to older adults, I sought to identify preferred learning formats, art media, areas of study, and popular learning goals so that local education institutions can plan effective programs to serve the older adult population. It was determined that subjects preferred the learning topics of history, places and cultures, fitness and health, religion and spirituality, and nature. The most popular art media were painting, photography, crafts, drawing, and textile arts. Preferred learning formats were field trips, hands-on activities, individual projects, short series, and lectures. The most popular learning goals were determined to be spending quality time with a loved one, personal growth, making new friends, enjoyment, and social connection. The conclusion offers program development strategies to art educators.