Creative Art in Groupwork
Highly accessible, this manual contains 142 art activities developed specifically for use with groups of people of all ages.
Activities include drawing, painting, collage and sculpture, covering themes such as relationships, emotions, culture, spirituality and celebrations.
Each activity includes step-by-step instructions and information on the aim, suitable age range, time to allow, suggested group numbers and materials required.
The book also includes a brief history and rationale of art in groupwork.
- Background and foundation
- Theory and Practice
- Activities (Warm-up; Core Exercises; Linkage; Discussion and feedback; Closure and ending)
- Information (Materials and resources; Art media and techniques; Training; Bibliography)
- Alphabetical list of activities.
Who Will Benefit from this Activity?
Creative Art in Groupwork will be enjoyed by people in all stages of dementia. Art therapy provides a valuable contribution to quality dementia care by allowing people with dementia, whose language skills have been impaired, to express their feelings and increase self-esteem through the language of pictures or words. Art therapy may be undertaken through drawings and colorings, through creating collages of magazine images, or through objects of colored or textured figures and shapes.
With art therapy, it is important to remember that it is not a matter of giving the person with dementia some paint and paper and then leaving the room. You must stay with them and encourage them, by starting the conversation through pictures and words. The outcome of the activity may vary depending on the person’s ability, however for people with dementia, it is important to remember that when participating in the activity, the focus should not be about the activity itself, but the quality and enjoyment of the interaction. It is the enjoyment of the activity that will contribute to their overall sense of happiness and well-being. Those in the later stages of dementia may not be able to participate fully, however they will benefit from the interaction and conversation of the activity.
Engaging in art allows friends and family to connect with their loved one with dementia.
If you need help choosing an appropriate activity for someone affected by dementia, click here to view our guidelines.