Thursday, June 27, 2013

Summer Break

Yesterday we had our last class before the summer break.
We had a very small, quiet and content group.
It's nice when that happens.  

We set up some simple flower arrangements for them, 
and encouraged them to just "make marks" 
and put down whatever they feel.  

This gal is not a 3rd floor resident,
but loves to come to the class. 
(She is an artist)  
The others are fascinated by what she does. 
And she sweetly encourages them to 
"just have fun" with it! 

I hope you are enjoying this journey we are on together.
It's an incredible experience for me 
and I feel blessed to have the opportunity to 
work with these amazing and talented people! 

See you back here in the Fall! 

Thursday, June 13, 2013

Everyday objects

My dear friend and assistant Judith 
came up with the idea of having the residents paint  
everyday objects;
toothpaste and brush, scissors, paint brushes, markers, pencils,
colorful spatulas, pliers. etc.
To our great delight,
they got right to work and seemed to love
the subject! 

Since we discovered that
the less we try to guide and control the project,
the more creative they are,
it's so much more fun!

Most of the residents have lost their fear 
No more: "I'm not an artist!" "Why are we doing this".
Instead, they just smile and get to work. 
Enjoy the following! 

I am always touched by how caring and encouraging 
 residents are with each other. 
The conversations they have with each other are priceless. 
(That would be a blog all on it's own! )
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