Until last winter, Vietnam veteran Tom Ziegler, 69, had not sat in a formal art class for decades.
As a boy, Ziegler had taken Saturday art classes at the Maryland Institute College of Art, in Baltimore. Then, in high school, he clashed with his art teacher, whom, Ziegler said, kicked him out of his class because he knew "too much."
Drafted out of high school, Ziegler went to Vietnam, coming home after he was wounded before serving overseas in Germany. While in Europe, he made time to visit the Louvre Museum in Paris, never losing his passion for art.
This year, Ziegler engaged that passion again, as he regularly traveled from his home in Linthicum to...