This is a resource produced by Sketchbook Circle teachers and artists for The National Day of Arts in Care Homes 2023.
This painting activity explores the beauty and colours in snowy, wintry landscapes, focusing on the shades in the sky and the shapes of the leafless trees. It is a lovely activity to do in a group or in a pair.
Macclesfield Museums / Julie Longbottom. Developed in partnership with East Cheshire Housing Consortium.
Creating abstract cards
This creative pattern-making activity is a tactile way of making unique cards to share with all. It is a relaxing
activity, almost doodling, either for a group supporting each other or to do one-to-one.
Tara Dean / cARTrefu Age Cymru.
Glitter glue art
Glitter glue art is a fun activity to do with bigger groups. It is easy but produces very pleasing results and can be meditative once people get into it.
Falkland Grange Care Home, Porthaven Care Homes.
Tissue paper pictures
This is a creative crafts activity that produces a great effect when displayed on a window. The result may look messy close up but once displayed on the window it looks fantastic.
West Eaton Nursing Home / Clare Lockley.
This is a fun, dementia-friendly exercise which can help you get to know a person’s interests and passions. It can also work well as an intergenerational activity.
Sue Holmes, Independent Activity Coordinator
The Berkshire model village
This simple activity is a great way to connect people and bring back memories. It works well taking place around a big table in a communal space, but equally people could make elements in their own space to be added to the finished artwork. For example, in a bedroom in a care home.
The Berkshire Nursing and Care Home, Four Seasons Health Care Group.
Seaside collage postcards
An absorbing and gentle visual arts session using collage techniques to capture people’s experiences and thoughts of holidays. It provides an opportunity for people to be creative, explore their imaginations, and create a postcard to share.
Equal Arts / Rosi Thornton. Developed in partnership with Ambleside Residential Home.
Painting with sticks and music
This versatile communal activity combines visual art with movement, through live or recorded music. You can adapt this activity in different ways depending on your context and resources.
Entelechy Arts / Florence Peake, Shane Waltener, Sarah Jarman, Malcolm Buchannan-Dick, Rainer Knupp, Cai Tomos. Developed in partnership with Tower Bridge Care Home, and as part of Lewisham Creative Ageing Festival.