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A Happy, Therapeutic Approach to Watercolor Painting!
"You Can Do It! ART"--Watercolor
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Residents encourage and
talk with one another in
their watercolor
explorations and personal
expression! It catches on,
, 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
This painting was done by Gail, a
resident with Alzheimer's, while exploring
brush strokes from Lesson Two.

The beginning watercolor lessons in "You
Can Do It! ART"  DVD series are
demonstrated simply and in a
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

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.
These are two of Mary
Cloud's first paintings,
using cool colors and
imaginative brush
strokes. Before she
started her first lesson,
she said, "This ol' lady
can't paint!"  She
surprised herself and now
says, "I saw a scene at
my son's house that I'm
going to paint a hundred
The kit includes all materials needed. The  DVDs do all the teaching for you, 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, affirmation, and
coaching an integral part of the teaching.

For persons who may have difficulty  holding a brush handle, there are cushioned
sleeves available. Just request this special item when you order the kit. They will
be included free of charge.
See more of Helen and Mary's
painting experience in
Gallery Room 4.
At the Idaho Health Care Association fall
conference in Moscow, Idaho professional
health care providers tested  "You Can Do It!
ART" lessons!   
          Click here to see.
Other assisted living residents
joyfully display their paintings
Gallery Room 5
"You Can Do It! ART"
See other Assisted Living Residents
involved in their first lesson.
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