Wednesday, 8 July 2015

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Monday, 6 July 2015

An art collaberation with Annie who has Mixed Dementia

Annie has mixed dementia and is residing in a home in Buckinghamshire.

The painting we made took her on a journey, the route was via her childhood where she spoke of picnics, running through fields and family holidays.

How wonderful it is to share these memories with someone I don't know, some one I have only just met.

Research shows that singing and music can access the sub conscious where memories lie dormant.
I believe that art can do the same.

By stimulating conversations and journeying through the work we collaborate to make, we can reach a magical thread of conversation…

Photo credit lynnedjones 2014

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Monday, 29 June 2015

FREE COLOURING SHEETS Butterflies and Flowers - Celebrate Summertime

Here is a drawing of butterflies and flowers to help stimulate memories and conversation when doing activities with people with memory loss, Alzheimers and Dementia.

Hand drawn by Art With The Elderly for you.

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Alzheimers and Art - My Video full of ideas!

Where my journey as an art practitoner began…

Back in 2010 I took part in THE BIG DRAW and volunteered with Sunrise Senior Living in Beaconsfield.

I learned so much during these few weeks.

Art is not just art when you work with people who have memory loss, it is a gateway, an activity, a conversation...

Here is a video of the drawings and paintings we produced.

Saturday, 27 June 2015

Free colouring sheets for elderly people! Roses!

Here is another FREE colouring sheet to print out and use in your residential care home or day centre.

These sheets are great to use for those with Dementia or Alzheimers Disease.

Although I am based in High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire UK, I have just realised that many of my views are coming from Australia, Norway and the USA.

I have had many emails suggesting that I make a book of designs for adults to enjoy and colour in so I am looking into this.

In the mean time please enjoy this image of a Dog Rose I have drew this morning especially for you  to print out and use.

Fyi the rose was a pretty pink with the petals turning from pink to white as they reach the centre of the flower.

Art is a wonderful thing - Even as a spectator!

Sometimes when I go to an art session I draw the people I work with.

When Alzheimers or mixed dementia is well settled into the person that lives with it they almost become a spectator in life.

When I see this I talk to them and draw…

Other residents watch the process as they wander and walk around.

Here is an example of some of my work. These 20 minute drawings are on A4 cartridge paper and coloured loosely with watercolour.

You can see more portraits here on my Facebook page.

If anyone has any suggestions about what drawing pages you would like me to make next please get i touch or leave a comment below.

Art With The Elderly is based in and around Buckinghamshire providing art sessions for elderly people in residential homes and day centres.