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October 31, 2017

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.

Instructions:

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...

October 31, 2017

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...

October 19, 2017

I wanted to teach a little about Monet and have the participants remember by doing a version of his painting.

Supplies

watercolor paper

liquid watercolors, blues and greens

salt

oil pastel

brushes

water containers

Instructions:

1. Show the participants a photograph of Monet's bridge.

2. Ask questions about the painting to get them to pay attention to the details so that the painting process will be more meaningful.

3. Draw bridge on watercolor paper ahead of time in pencil.

4. Hand out paper and have them put their names on back

5. Hand out blue green oil pastel and have them trace over the bridge using pressure.

6. Take away blue oil pastel and replace with yellow, then pink

7. Have them make flowers below bridge in a variety of dots.

8. After they make their flowers apply blue and green watercolor.

9. Before the water dries apply salt immediately. Watch the magic.

Thoughts: Make sure to remove paint after they sprinkle salt. Going back into the painting with paint will ruin the salt effect.

I encourage...

October 18, 2017

How to make a Witchy Craft.

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.

Supplies

Scissors

Green card stock

Black card stock

Orange paper

purple paper

glue stick or tape

googley eyes

Markers 

Glitter 

 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.

October 5, 2017

How to make crumpled paper Trees.

  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.

SUPPLIES

Black Markers

Scissors

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)

Glue sticks

Charged Music Speaker

Charged Cell phone

Crumple Paper Fall Trees

STEPS

Making the Trunk

  1. Hand out white copy paper, black markers and glue stick, blue paint, brushes 

  2. Put initials on bottom of both

  3. On white paper, draw...

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