Artist inspires the Fidelis Iota chapter of Alpha Delta Kappa

Artist Cindy Sullivan, left, with ADK member Ann Leonard and one of her creations.

Cindy Sullivan, an artist and teacher, was introduced to Redlands and Yucaipa Fidelis chapter of Alpha Delta Kappa by Ann Leonard a member of ADK who is a student in Sullivan’s watercolor class at the Redlands Senior Center on Lugonia Avenue.

Leonard showed her first watercolor painting of a rusty truck sitting in Joshua Tree National Park.

Leonard explained that Sullivan showed the class in four 90-minute sessions how to trace the pencil drawing on watercolor paper, how to mix the paints and how to paint the picture using certain watercolor painting techniques.

On Tuesdays at the senior center Sullivan inspires her adult students to be creative and learn more watercolor techniques with every class and every painting.

Sullivan shared that she has been teaching art for 30 years and has great joy in helping others to see. She was inspired by her second grade teacher that chose her drawing to put on a pumpkin which in turn allowed Sullivan to call herself an artist at age 7.

Sullivan feels that art is communicating what you see and how you see it along with what you have to say about what you see.

She taught first through eighth grade art history helping the students to learn about prehistoric art, multi-cultural art, North American tribes, Westward expansion, American colonial art, Egyptian, Greek, Roman art, Renaissance and modern art.

Sullivan is proud of her former students Owen Aurelio, who is an art instructor at Cal State San Jose, and Betina Rheingantz who had her watercolor paintings on display in a one-woman art show this year in Brazil.

ADK members were impressed with Sullivan’s paintings of a gingerbread house, blue aeonium succulents, roses, portraits, birds, animals, pitcher on lace, and an award-winning succulent painting. Sullivan’s ever-expanding imagination has allowed her to travel the road less traveled for over sixty years.

Her students are lucky that she has chosen to share her talents to teach them how to see and communicate through watercolor paintings. Fidelis Iota is the retired teachers’ chapter of Alpha Delta Kappa, an honorary organization for women educators.

Chapter president Sonya DeLange of Yucaipa officiated at the November 1st meeting. Linda Browning, Laurie Shelbourne, and Ann Leonard provided the fall decorations for the tables and the program.