The Advantages of Painting on Pre-Drawn Art Projects
Providing structured art projects that strike a balance between the relaxation of not having to know how to draw and the dignity of painting recognizable imagery, seems to be the key to an enjoyable painting experience for people with dementia and other cognitive challenges.
I have come to call this effective approach “spontaneity within structure.” For a person with dementia, staring at a blank piece of paper with no familiar structure can be a daunting experience indeed. Providing pre-drawn projects with easily sophisticated but recognizable imagery allows the spontaneity of colour choices to emerge.
How can painting on pre-drawn patterns foster original and authentic expression? There is still a vast amount of choice within a pre-drawn project, such as colour and its placement. This process invites people to grow slowly within a comfortable structure that gently encourages creative success.
I have noticed that pre-drawn projects seem to invoke a great sense of ease, accomplishment, dignity and self-esteem for those with dementia and other cognitive challenges. I have witnessed longevity of attention, and deep concentration using this method.