Hi, I’m May,
I am very passionate that residents work is their own work and I love how the projects are carefully designed to be inclusive so that anyone of any ability can join in. I tweak them on site of course to take into consideration the class size and ability. It usually starts with people saying they are not at all artistic, little do they know. Those who can and are able, are encouraged to work on more detail. Many residents just want to experiment with the colours and learn new techniques as many won’t have held a paintbrush for some years. The teaching side and coaching is such fun and rewarding. I encourage everyone to take part no matter how small a part. Its satisfying when you have a resident who declines to part take initially, I ask them to come sit watch or chat with me. Curiosity gets the better of them and the next minute they find themselves joining in. I try also to include some meaningful activity, though at most of my Homes I do have residents come meet me at the car to collect my trolley and art materials and/or help set up the table and clear up afterwards.
Some other residents will need more help than others. Especially those with more profound disabilities, that’s when staff and I support with hand over hand or completing work under instruction, that’s if they are able to instruct.
Whatever the ability or disability it’s hard not feel over the moon to see how their faces light up when they see the progress of on-going projects and the finished project.Visit my page