Local teacher gifts paintings to long term care resident

Pearl Lorentzen
Lakeside Leader

“When I am at work, I dream about painting,” says Corinna Horsman. “It’s taken over my life. I love it so much.”

Horsman’s most recent project was painting a canvas for each of the 20 residents in Slave Lake long-term care.

On March 23, there was a special ceremony with the residents opening their paintings. They all appeared to like them a lot.

Horsman mentors new teachers in the High Prairie School Division. Before that, she taught Grade 3 at C.J. Schurter Elementary School. Her favourite part was teaching art and music.

Prior to the pandemic Horsman wasn’t an artist.

“It’s made COVID so much better,” she says. “It’s such a great way to reduce your stress.”

During summer break, Horsman started collecting and painting rocks. She started with tiny ones and graduated to big ones by the end of the summer.

In October, the COVID restrictions were less strict, and she had some friends over to paint pumpkins.

At Christmas, she painted at least 70 ornaments. In January, she started with some canvases.

So far, Horsman has given all of her art away.

In February, Horsman saw a post on Facebook from Blanche Chymycz, long term care Recreation Therapist, asking for community members to do something for the residents. Horsman took up the challenge.

Moving forward Horsman is taking online watercolour courses from an artist she admires. Then she’ll likely paint rocks.

Artist Corinna Horsman and long term care resident Margaret show off the painting that Horsman painted for Margaret.
Long term care resident Lynda with her new painting from Corinna Horsman. Horsman painted a canvas for each of the 20 long term care residents.

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