The Advantages of Pre-Drawn Art Projects
For many people with dementia and cognitive challenges, providing structured projects that strike a balance between the relaxation of not having to learn how to draw and the dignity of painting appealing, recognizable imagery seems to be the key to an enjoyable painting experience.
I have come to call this effective approach, “spontaneity within structure”. A person with dementia, staring at a blank piece of paper or canvas with no guidelines or familiar structure can be a daunting experience indeed. The method of providing pre-drawn projects with easily recognizable imagery can allow the spontaneity of color and brush handling to emerge within an associative and familiar structure.
What I discovered was that there is still a vast amount of choice within a pre-drawn project, such as color and its placement. This process invites people to grow creatively and slowly within a comfortable structure in a way that encourages success.
Most remarkably, I have noticed that pre-drawn projects seem to invoke a sense of ease, accomplishment, dignity and self-esteem for those with dementia. I have seen tremendous creativity, enthusiasm and longevity of attention from the artists that I have worked with using this method.
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Traceable Painting Patterns are suitable for elders with and without dementia.