CompanyArt of Elysium Children’s Workshop at Shriners Hospital

Art of Elysium Art Workshop at Shriners Hospital

January 31, 2012 –

I had the opportunity to work with some absolutely sweet and adorable little kids who were patients at Shriners Hospital through the Art of Elysium organization. The majority only spoke Spanish (mi espanol is atrocious) but despite the language barrier we all bonded over some wild sand art.

And even more special for me was that the project I taught them was one that came out of the art book written by my favorite art teacher when I was a kid! Rose Speicher… she taught me to shade and how to see light, among other things. I looked her up about a year ago thinking that there really aren’t many teachers I’d care to check in with, but she was something special.

Not only did she remember me, but she still has a Christmas ornament that I painted for her over 20 years ago and still hangs it on her tree!

After reconnecting, she sent me her book “Paint Adventures!” as well as this hilarious old pic of me in art class with her. I’m in the front row, black tshirt & horrible hair helmet. For anyone interested in teaching art to kids, you can still find copies online (Paint Adventures! by Hubbard and Speicher), I checked and saw quite a few on Barnes & Noble. I used the Sand Painting project for this particular workshop and the kids really loved it.

So awesome to continue passing on the love of art to another generation, and especially for art to be used as a healing tool for the body and soul!!!

Thank you for everything Rose 😉



Lolo Siderman received her degree in Business Administration from the University of Southern California’s Marshall School of business in 2010, after graduating from the Art Institute of Pittsburgh with a degree in graphic design. She has successfully started and either managed or co-managed four companies in a variety of industries, such as design, real estate services, and sports training.

One Response to “Art of Elysium Children’s Workshop at Shriners Hospital”

  1. Rose Speicher says:

    Lolo,thank you for your kind comments. So glad the sand painting idea worked well for your class, it looks like the students had fun and created some wonderfully creative work! Then again, not too surprising since you were a delightful, talented student who has become a wonderfully creative artist and teacher! So glad to see your talent used for such a great cause, keep up the good work:)

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