A Happy, Therapeutic approach to Watercolor Painting!
"You Can Do It! ART"--Watercolor
Art in
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Residents encourage and talk with one another in their
watercolor explorations and personal expression! It
catches on, and promotes socialization, as well as
creative outlets. Helen Kirby,84, (on right) watched the
DVD lessons, and is showing Mary Cloud,72, how to get
started. The Activities Director at this health care facility
was able to help another resident with a separate activity
at the same time Helen and Mary were doing the
watercolor program.
This painting was
done by Gail, a
resident with
Alzheimer's, while
exploring brush
strokes in Lesson

The beginning watercolor lessons in "You Can Do It! ART"  DVD series are demonstrated simply and
in a
relaxed manner, taking into account physical limitations a painter may have.

The lessons teach watercolor painting  techniques that are
easily learned and bring forth colorful,
delightful paintings, building
confidence and satisfying feelings of accomplishment.

Emphasis is on personal expression and individual creativity, not following directions to
complete a specific scene or format.

The painter uses the techniques to freely paint whatever colors, brush strokes, textures, and effects
are desired. Truly an individual creation that flows out of the inner person, not dictated by anyone
else! This is what art is all about, and how it contributes to a sense of
personal satisfaction and

Painting can sometimes release and express what words cannot. It allows expression of emotions,
experiences, and sensations on a level that often cannot be verbalized. Victims of trauma or persons
with physical, mental, or emotional struggles often find relief and joy through their artistic expressions
in colors, textures, and shapes. It is a stress-reliever, providing a quiet time of focusing on the
amazing changes of color and form on the watercolor paper.
It is reported that during and even
after the painting experience, physical and emotional pain is reduced, sometimes going
almost unnoticed.

Creating the painting is an experience in itself. But also, when the painting is completed, it  becomes
an avenue of
self-discovery and truly a conversation piece for relating to others.
"I feel so alive!  I can
scarcely contain
myself. It's so much
Helen, 84. She is
beginning  the
Landscape Painting
lessons next.
The kit includes all materials needed. DVDs do all the teaching  from showing
residents how to take care of the brushes and clean out the paint box, and
demonstrating each watercolor technique from start to finish, with encouragement
and coaching an integral part of the teaching.

For persons who may have difficulty holding a brush handle, there are
cushioned sleeves available to slip over the brush handles. Request them
when you order the kit, and they will be included.
More of Helen
and Mary's
painting in

Gallery Room 4
Easy lessons on DVDs teach watercolor techniques which residents use for personal, creative self-expression, with
favorite colors, shapes, and effects.

It not only provides relaxation, but increases socialization among residents as they share their creative experiences
with one another.

Activities Directors look forward to the painting sessions, too, seeing positive results in the residents' morale and
good feelings about their paintings. The paintings remind them every day of their creativity and self-awareness.

This is great for both the residents and their caregivers. "I did that" is the realization that they created something fresh
out of their own inner being, feelings, experiences.

It's self-affirmation and a healthy sense of control over a portion of their lives as other areas are removed from
their control.
Mary Cloud dives into the
lesson on brush
strokes,surprising herself
in the process. "I didn't
think I could do this, but I
CAN! It's fun!"
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