Generations of Creations will be a digital art project inspired by nature drawing on our experience of running previous projects including Heart Garden, a gardening and art project with regular healthy community cooking and meals as part of it. We will collaborate groups we have worked with before such as AgeUk Islington, Inspire Youth and Articulate the Alzheimers Society, United St Saviours, Anchor Hanover Care Homes to contact volnerable groups to take part in out workshops. variety of online art sessions, using the zoom platform Some of the workshops we will run are: Art and Mindfulness: creating mindful art inspired by nature. Collage: collaging from flowers and plants Copper Embossing inspired by nature. Nature inspired block printing Seasons Watch Drawing workshop: drawing workshops inspired by the four seasons Still lives around the house: drawing from plants, flowers or objects that have the shape or texture of natural forms that everyone has around the home.
What we'll deliver:
Why it's a great idea:
1 - To reduce loneliness and isolation in vulnerable people forced to self-isolate. 2 - That there is an increased feeling of connection and achievement through creativity. 3 - Wellbeing in vulnerable people is improved through art-making 4 - People living with dementia feel empowered and their life in enriched 5 - Connections between generations are made in order to improve mental health and stability of the nation. We believe that art projects are hugely beneficial to the wellbeing of both young people and older people and working together on a project such as this will benefit both group’s mental health: “Art-making has both immediate and long-term associations with wellbeing. At the experiential level, art-making affects multiple dimensions of conscious experience: affective, cognitive and state factors."
Steps to get it done:
The rationale for this approach is that an art project focused around nature will mean that participants must explore and get familiar with natural environments which are proven to improve wellbeing. “Compared to built environments, nature can decrease arousal and perceived stress levels (Ulrich, 1979, 1981; Ulrich et al., 1991), and promote psychophysiological stress recovery (e.g., decrease blood pressure)” Capaldi, C. A., Passmore, H.-A.,Nisbet “As the creative part of the brain can remain undamaged for years, engaging in arts activity can: give life-enhancing new direction for people affected by dementia; bring instant relief from stress and loneliness; maximise cognitive function; regain sense of self; re-energise through social interaction; aid communication with family and friends” (arts4dementia). Intergenerational work is also hugely beneficial. As Margret Mead once said, “Connections between generations are essential for the mental health and stability of a nation."
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