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Men at Art: Draw a straight line?!? Never gonna happen

by Sid Birns

Members of the Côte St. Luc Senior Men’s Club, for the first time in their lives, stepped into the classroom of art instructor, Phil Goldberg. They all said, “I can’t draw a straight line to save my life.”

Not only that — they had never touched a paint brush in their entire lives, so they were really starting from scratch and that’s the way Phil likes it. One of Phil’s rules is, he only wants students that haven’t ever painted before and will not tolerate rulers in his classroom…ever.

After three hours of instruction, once a week and four months later, 16 students are having their art work displayed at the Eleanor London
Library in Côte St. Luc. A funny thing happened: they couldn’t believe the quality of art they created and even members of their families gave them high praise for their artistic achievements. When Phil talks about his students, he gets very emotional: “I am the happiest art teacher when I see their completed works. I am the highest paid teacher, with the love, and passion, and pleasure I derive when I see their
finished paintings. I thank them all for being my students.”

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