I am consistently thinking of ways to simplify my art projects so that the lovely people I work with can feel good through the whole process. This was a huge success because I went step by step and did much of the cutting myself ahead of time.
Cut out moon from white paper and glue to dark blue construction paper with glue stick.
Students draw spiral around moon with white colored pencil.
Before Class: tear three pieces of paper, each one smaller than the next, black, medium blue and white and glue to black paper.
Have participants glue darkest sheet onto dark blue paper first.
Glue lighter blue sheet over dark blue sheet.
Glue white sheet over blue sheet lining up with the bottom.
Before class :Cut out snowman, hat and carrot nose. Have participants glue to scene making sure the snowman bottom is on the white torn sheet.
You can modify and do this with kids too. I would let the kids do their own cutting and tearing. Bel...
For people with Alzheimer's, a pumpkin is an easy symbol to conjure up from the memory bank, making it a breeze to celebrate and make art. I begin by asking the participants what things we see on Halloween. They come up with a few things, witches, candy, etc. . I show my sample pumpkin and explain that we will be doing a mosaic of a pumpkin.
1. Hand out orange paper and have them cut pieces (Cut pieces ahead of time for those that cannot use scissors) Fold paper to get double the cuts.
2. Hand out black paper with chalk have them draw a big pumpkin shape.
3. Have them wipe glue stick all over the pumpkin shape.
4. Press down orange pieces until pumkin is covered.
*Encourage them to fit pieces next to each other and not overlap but be careful not to discourage with too much instruction.
5. Cut yellow triangles for eyes, nose and mouth.
6. Cut green pieces for top
7. Glue down
8. Sign name
Show them off to each other
*If you need to fill in the time, add orange and gr...
1. Make template with big black marker for face and nose on green card stock.
2. Precut nose slit with x-acto knife.
3. Make template for hat on purple paper
4. Have participants cut along black lines
5. Fold nose on dash line.
6. Slide nose through slit on face, tape down.
7. Glue face onto black card stock
8. Cut hair on horizontal, glue to face, crimp
9. Cut out hat , glue onto head 1/3 down
10. Glue googley eyes.
11. Draw mouth with marker.
12. Embellish with markers and glitter.
Green card stock
Black card stock
glue stick or tape
Thoughts: This brought a smile to their faces, especially when the glitter came out. Glitter is magic to all ages. It helps to show the finished witch often as they forget what they are doing often during the process.
This is a great art project for people with Alzheimer's dementia.
You can alter this to simplify, making it less stressful. Just make the cutout tree beforehand. My group loved this. Crumpling the paper made them feel empowered, something they feel less and less of as this disease progresses. I like to play music while they work. "Autumn leaves" by Nat King Cole, "Autumn in New York" by Frank Sinatra and "Early Autumn" by Johnny Mathis. I stream it off youtube on my phone and connect my phone to a wireless speaker via bluetooth.
Black or Brown Construction Paper
Copy paper 50 Sheets (2 Sheets per person)
Watercolors Sky blue and fall colors
Brushes (1 per person)
water container (1 per 2 person)
Charged Music Speaker
Charged Cell phone
Crumple Paper Fall Trees
Making the Trunk
Hand out white copy paper, black markers and glue stick, blue paint, brushes
This will be my third adventure through France. The 2017 French Adventure was fantastic. We explored unique places in Paris, had a private tour through the city at night, painted in Monet's Garden, ate at a Michelin Star restaurant, stayed in a historic farm house and painted in a Normandy harbor. Deep friendships were cultivated as we shared experiences of a lifetime.
Do not miss the next adventure. We will visit the wine region, making sure to taste the wines of the various houses. We will paint the gorgeous scenery as we investigate the ancient towns built out of the limestone rock. There are caves and waterfalls and of course delicious food, cheeses, cider, etc. We will stay in unique bed and breakfasts learning about the french culture as it truly is, not how a tourist sees it.
Learn to paint the landscape loosely - it is the last Landscape class and I wanted to really shake the stiffness out of my students. I decided to have them do timed paintings of no more than 20 minutes. I used bright photos of landscapes and instructed them to paint only large masses of color and value. No detail or drawing was allowed. These are the photos I chose.
These are the results of the students' paintings.
Observations: I was amazed at how good these paintings were. By painting the shapes and values only, a much more exciting expressive painting becomes possible.
found on the internet. I started with good drawing. The eyes and the nose were hard to see, so I got some clear photos of horse's eyes and nose from the internet and practiced drawing and painting until I understood the anatomy better. Below is a sample of my practice.
Next I practiced the mane to see how I would handle the soft wavy fur. I used a lot of water on a tilt to accomplish the look. One of my students filmed me while I painted (see below).
Once I had the problems resolved I started to paint. I start mostly wet on wet working the background and foreground at the same time allowing the two to be married. I try to work the whole picture, not completing one area more than another. The detail should be reserved for the face only in order to draw the eye there. See video for live demonstration.
Practice 10 minute paintings - This week my students painted 10 minute watercolors at the Vero Beach Museum. Each student was given a colorful photo of a bird with a brief time to sketch onto the watercolor paper and mix colors. When ready, I set the timer for 10 minutes and said “Go!”. Paint brushes were frantically swashing to cover the stark white bumpy paper before the bell rang. Losing edges and getting the paint dark enough were common frustrations. Working within such a short time constraint, the students were able to resist overworking the painting. With no time for fussing, the result was a more expressive and fresh painting. Below are some examples of bird perfection. Do try this at home.