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Art Classes 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).
Results: Patient's interest and cognitive skills improved after the first one-hour art class. Some could not recognize their work from one week to the next.

2001: Hebrew Home of Greater Washington, Rockville, MD (HHGW)
Art Project:
3-D abstract reliefs
Nannette adapted her 1998 lesson plans* for 10 senior residents at HHGW. Their prognoses ranged from mild dementia to Alzheimer's.

Notes: The brightly-colored shapes seemed to revitalize the residents. Some were able to choose colors and place them on their 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 finished artwork.

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 on display.

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
  Step Two:    Transferred shapes to poster board and paint
  Step Three:  Cutout the painted poster-board shapes

  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

* © 2008 N.C. Blinchikoff, ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.
No part of these 3-D lesson plans may be reproduced, stored in a retrieval or information system, or transmitted in any form or by any means: electronic, mechanical, recorded, photocopied, or otherwise, without the prior written permission of the author.

Step One

Step Two

Steps Three & Four

Step Five

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