Andover Townsman, Andover, MA

July 12, 2012

Giving color wheel a 'stunning' new meaning at PCCD

"Wheelchair art" was all the rage at the Professional Center for Child Development recently as each student who uses a wheelchair was able to express themselves through the use of color and movement.

Some of the children aged 3 to 10 in the Developmental Day School created art work in a unusual way.

With the assistance of the classroom staff, each child choose the colors to be used on his or her painting. After the colors were laid down and covered with paper the artists went to work.

"Students and teachers had fun manipulating the wheelchair around the page to craft the contemporary art. When the sheet was reveled the results were extraordinary. Each painting was a one-of-a-kind abstract stunning success," said Ellen McGrail Waddill, PCCD parent and community liaison at the Osgood Street center. "The younger children in the Two-by-Two program were out on the playground and some stopped to watch the Day School students design beautiful pictures to be taken home and hung on the family refrigerator. Teachers explained that all children love art, and just because their friends in the Day School have physical limitations it doesn't stop them from experiencing the joy of creating a masterpiece."