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. Painting Loosely is a State of Mind. Before beginning a painting you must consciously think about loosening up. Tell yourself that this time you will approach the subject matter with reckless abandon. It is essential to be positive. Tell yourself that something wonderful and magical is about to happen - then make it happen!
2. Stand Up to Paint. Stand up to paint if you are able. Standing keeps you at arms length from the painting surface, and forces you to move your arms and shoulders as you paint, thus encouraging the loosening-up process. Make big, bold strokes across the paper or canvas and feel the exhilaration that it brings.
3. Always paint with Large Brushes. This is an absolute must. It is much easier to loosen up if you are using a large brush (2 inch or larger). A large brush makes you focus on painting the large shapes and discourages you from painting details. You should use a large brush until the painting is nearly complete. At this time your large shapes should be...
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