for Nursing-Facility Residents
1998: Catonsville Commons, Catonsville, MD
Alzheimer's Pilot Program: Study
lasted four months.
Objective: To stimulate the
patient's self-expression through the visual and performing arts.
Art Project: 3-D abstract reliefs;
seven-week program in five steps (drawing, painting, 3-D shapes,
painting, and glued add-on shapes).
interest and cognitive skills improved after the first
one-hour art class. Some could not recognize their work from one week to
Home of Greater Washington, Rockville, MD (HHGW)
3-D abstract reliefs
Nannette adapted her 1998 lesson plans* for 10 senior
residents at HHGW. Their prognoses ranged from mild dementia to
The brightly-colored shapes seemed to
revitalize the residents. Some were able to choose colors and place them on
own. All were pleased with the fuss
everyone made over their finished product.
A few residents, who did not speak and napped part of the day, still
attended art class for passive stimulation. One such person, after
painting the shapes in Step Two got quite excited. The resident's eyes brightened, face beamed, and
was proud of what was done. The residents were challenged and most
rose to the occasion. Their faces lit up when they saw their
Nannette took photos of each Steps' progress, and gave
duplicate photos to
the residents. They were pleased to have this memento, even though some
did not remember making the art pictured.
Nannette bonded with many of the participants and received lots of hugs.
Residents enjoyed seeing their artwork
2010: Nannette adapted her workshop to meet the needs and abilities of children and adults of all ages;
in addition to Alzheimer's and Dementia patients,
Step One: Draw shapes
Transferred shapes to poster board and paint
Step Three: Cutout the painted
Step Four: Raise shapes
on backing to create a 3-D relief. The 2-dimensional drawing
becomes a different entity.
Step Five: Finish the
artwork with small shapes of colored construction-paper
N.C. Blinchikoff, ALL
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Steps Three & Four
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