“The instructor made the whole group feel that their creation was a work of art!” – Community Care Concepts, Elmira

Outreach Mission

The pathway to enrichment, entertainment, stimulation & encouragement in our community.
Homer Watson House & Gallery is pleased to offer Seniors & Community Outreach Programs within the Waterloo Region, that are designed to enrich, entertain and stimulate. Participation is encouraged through a structured visual art activity or museum based Reminiscent Therapy program that is both accessible and rewarding. Community Outreach Programs are designed and delivered by professionals who are skilled in the areas of Social Services, Education, and Fine Arts.
Therapeutic art programs benefit participants through the process of socialization and self-expression. These programs are developed to evoke emotions, enhance the power of thought and increase stimulus through a creative source.

Art Programs Available for Booking:

*NEW* Reminiscent Therapy

Reminiscent Therapy programs and kits help stimulate long term memories through the senses of sight, sound, touch and smell to connect with past life events. This form of therapy promotes the curative powers of communication, social interaction and increased self-esteem.

Homer’s Travelling Trunk

A tactile museum kit consisting of historical objects related to the life and times of Canadian landscape painter, Homer Watson, is presented for participants to explore and handle.

Dressing up: A Night Out

Hit the town and reflect upon these unique artifacts that would have been perfect for an evening out. Shoes, gloves, jewellery and more are included in this fun museum kit.

Stitch & Fish

Spin and skein some yarn or tell the best fish tale while reminiscing with the help of objects in this unique kit. View buttons of all shapes, sizes and colours, sewing patterns for vintage styles, or fishing tackle, reels and lures – there’s something for everyone!

Childhood Days

Reflect back to a simpler time with this collection of fun childhood toys, clothing, images, and more. Participants can peruse photos, hold and play with a slingshot, and hear the springy sound of a Slinky.

Therapeutic Art Programs:

Geared toward the exploration of art materials and the opportunity for social gathering, participants will have the opportunity to express themselves through art. This program can generally be tailored to any type of art activity of your choice. Accommodations and modifications can be made to both our Educational and Community Outreach programs. Please contact our Educational Coordinator for additional details.

Artistic Exploration in Drawing

Guided by an experienced instructor, participants will create drawings using various media. Drawing increases confidence and prompts storytelling through pictures.

Play with Clay

A professional gently guides participants to express themselves through clay, providing hand-over-hand support. Clay is a medium that provides the participant with control, enabling self-exploration.

Botanical Drawing

This drawing and watercolour course helps participants engage in observation of the organic forms found in nature. Botanical drawing students are encouraged to explore the technical and experimental possibilities of the materials. *Fine motor capabilities are required

Wonderful Watercolours

Participants are encouraged to explore and experiment with paint and colour to stimulate emotion, happiness, and a sense of well-being.

Registration Information

All required materials and supplies are included in the registration fee for each outreach programs. Receive a discount by registering for regular monthly bookings.

Program Cost $175 per group
*Please ask for individual payment arrangements for smaller groups.
Group Size Minimum 5 – Maximum 15
Program Length 1½ – 2 hours

To register or for more information about Community Outreach Programs, please call 519-748-4377 or email

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The Loch Doon area was memorialized in celebrated Scottish poet, Robert Burns piece “Ye banks and braes O’ bonnie Doon”

Ye banks and braes o’ bonny Doon,
How can ye bloom sae fresh and fair?
How can ye chant, ye little birds,
And I sae weary fu’ o’ care?
Thou’lt break my heart, thou warbling bird,
That wantons thro’ the flowering thorn:
Thou minds me o’ departed joys,
Departed, never to return.

Aft hae I rov’d by bonnie Doon,
To see the rose and woodbine twine;
And ilka bird sang o’ its love,
And fondly sae did I o’ mine.
Wi’ lightsome heart I pu’d a rose,
Fu’ sweet upon its thorny tree;
And my fause lover stole my rose,
But, ah! he left the thorn wi’ me.

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