Carla Bates, Painter and Graphic Designer
Carla is a California native whose talents span the fields of both commercial and fine art. She holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree from California State University in Fullerton. As a Graphic Designer and a painter, she has been fortunate enough to work on projects with Malibu-based entities, such as The Malibu Playhouse, Once Upon a Time Children’s Theatre, The Montgomery Arts House for Music and Architecture, Eco Hero Kids, The Malibu String Academy, and The Malibu Civic Ballet. Despite her busy schedule, she makes time for her first love, painting, and has enjoyed success in creating land and seascapes depicting her vision of the Malibu experience.
Gwen Hoeffgen, Artist
New Age Realism artist Gwen Hoeffgen has been honing her ability to create since her early years in high school. After embracing her affinity for the unusual in reality, she began transcribing her emotion onto canvas. Inspired by basic and brilliant human connection, Gwen hopes to implore others to think outside the norm, and breathe in new personal understanding, in time bringing forth their own hidden emotions.
Gwen Hoeff’s preferred medium is acrylic, but works with any/all forms, including pencil sketch, charcoal, and water color.
Along with painting, Gwen also enjoys her guitar as well as traveling to new places/countries to see and experience new things.
How Do I Attend?
All seniors and their families are invited to attend our weekly virtual painting class. To begin, make sure you register. We only have seats for 50 participants, so make sure you click the form above to let us know.
Our class is free! Everyone is welcome to attend and paint their picture.
When you sign up, you will receive a notification email. This gives you instructions to download our meeting app with the ID to attend. It also includes a list of what you need to paint what is needed.
We Can’t Wait To See You There!
With the outbreak of Covid – 19, seniors were requested to stay at home, leaving only if required. What we know at BlueSea Care, is that community is just as important for someone’s health as physical care.
Social Distancing Is Not Social Isolation.
We are committed to connecting seniors together, making sure that they are still a part of the community and are receiving connection and support. Staying together at this time will make us stronger and healthier.
To read more about community and social distancing, read here.
To sign up for our virtual Painting with Mom classes, please click on the register button at the top of the page. After you sign up, watch your email! We will send all information you need to join us, including meeting ID and materials you need to join us online.
Our classes are FREE and a complimentary way to bring the community together. We are interested in everyone benefitting from being with their family while using the arts to come together. It is a part of our Art to Wellness® initiative that uses the therapeutic benefits of the arts. Read more about Art to Wellness® here.
Painting With Mom was originally developed for seniors and their families. We understand that there are therapeutic benefits to the arts and are extending our knowledge for seniors to benefit.
We use Ring Central as our primary method of conducting classes for Painting With Mom. This allows us to collaborate with each other while we are painting. If you miss downloading Ring Central, you can always follow our live class on Facebook.
Ring Central is the only app with video that is HIPAA, which means it has been approved for high-security safeguards. Unlike other apps, this means that strangers entering classes or data being sold to 3rd parties will not occur.
When you sign up, you will receive information about everything you need for class, including:
- How to download the app onto your system
- Meeting ID to join
- Supplies needed for the week
You do not need to register every week and we only require one optin. All information remains the same and you are welcome to join us virtually every week!
If you are in class and have noticed that the screen changes between individuals, you can change how it is set. By default, the screen goes to the participant that is speaking or making the most noise. If you are experiencing our virtual teacher not being seen and can’t follow the painting instructions, then simply change the way the screen responds by doing the following:
* Hover over the video of the teacher or participant you want to see
* Click More
* Select Pin Video
Yes! We love and encourage participation from everyone and hope you add to the experience. Let us know not only about your painting, but feel free to share information about who you are, where you are from, and anything pertinent to getting to know one another. Painting With Mom uses the arts to bring the community together as a part of our Art to Wellness® program and we want you to benefit as much as possible.
Some participants may start experiencing feedback while they are painting with us. Simply turn the volume down on your computer to stop feedback. If there is more than one computer in the room, mute all but one of the devices that are in class.
We understand that you are in your home and controlling background noise isn’t always possible. However, if you can find a space that reduces the amount of noise, it will help everyone to enjoy the class more. Finding a room with no TV that is turned on, or where there are activities taking place outside the painting, will help everyone’s experience. If this isn’t possible, you can temporarily mute your device until it is quiet. We’ll make sure you can still follow all instructions to get the best painting.
We hope you enjoy the class as much as we do. We find that every week brings in a new celebration and happiness to our community. Keep participating with us. Join in next week for another fun-filled class together. Make sure you follow us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/blueseacare/ to keep updated. Participants are also welcome to share selfies and pictures of their family that has painted with us on this page or other sources. We always welcome reviews, feedback, and more participation.
Let’s keep building our community together!