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Drawing Life provides access to the arts and, until the coronavirus outbreak, a place for social interaction.
Instead of face to face art classes, we are producing a unique sketch book which will contain
photos of our models opposite a blank page for drawing, and scores of beautiful and original line drawings
by our artists for colouring in. Books can be ordered here.

You can now get creative by viewing our YouTube channel for a variety of studio poses introduced by our artists youtube.com/drawinglife

Picasso said it took him a lifetime to learn to paint like a child. Drawing Life puts this typically paradoxical statement to the test. Drawing Life works with people in all stages of dementia.  We are committed to making our classes and workshops available to more people and in more places.

People who may or may not have done life drawing before express themselves in new and surprising ways. Explore our Gallery to see what we mean.

The drawings reveal something fascinating about life and memory to the artists themselves, they offer carers new subjects to talk about with those who may have lost the art of conversation and they show how people living with dementia want to preserve their identity with their own still relevant viewpoint.

Drawing Life is committed to making our classes and workshops available to more people and in more places.

Life drawing improves the wellbeing of participants and in turn combats stigmas associated with dementia, raising awareness to the wider public.

Dementia is one of the main causes of disability in later life, ahead of cancer, cardiovascular disease and stroke. In the UK, one person every three minutes develops dementia, and by 2025 there will be one million people affected, with this figure doubling in just 26 years. Drawing Life is working with academics in art and science to devise ways to contribute to research in this vital field.

Drawing of the Week by Brian, 2019

Art has been widely researched to show many benefits to people living with dementia. By giving someone the opportunity to express themselves artistically, drawing gives a voice to those who many have lost the art of communication.⁣
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Alongside these mental health benefits, the sense of well-being and calmness in our classes is palpable, not to mention the songs, the saucy comments and the infectious laughter that can overcome everyone present – apart from Mike our model, who keeps a straight face and a steady eye, but he’s smiling inside for sure.⁣
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#drawinglife #lifedrawing #arttherapy #artsastherapy #lifewithdementia #dementiaandme #hastingsart #artsfordementia #dementiaactivities

Art has been widely researched to show many benefits to people living with dementia. By giving someone the opportunity to express themselves artistically, drawing gives a voice to those who many have lost the art of communication.⁣

Alongside these mental health benefits, the sense of well-being and calmness in our classes is palpable, not to mention the songs, the saucy comments and the infectious laughter that can overcome everyone present – apart from Mike our model, who keeps a straight face and a steady eye, but he’s smiling inside for sure.⁣

#drawinglife #lifedrawing #arttherapy #artsastherapy #lifewithdementia #dementiaandme #hastingsart #artsfordementia #dementiaactivities
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In this weeks ’60 seconds in the Studio’ we visit director, illustrator and animator @PencilBandit in his studio as he draws from our sketchbook of life drawing poses. 

Subscribe to our Drawing Life YouTube for more life drawing videos (link in the bio)

See more of Pencil Bandit's work over on his instagram ✏️😷

#drawinglife #pencilbandit #illustratorsofinstagram #dementiadrawing #illustrationartists #artsfordementia

In this weeks ’60 seconds in the Studio’ we visit director, illustrator and animator @PencilBandit in his studio as he draws from our sketchbook of life drawing poses.

Subscribe to our Drawing Life YouTube for more life drawing videos (link in the bio)

See more of Pencil Bandit's work over on his instagram ✏️😷

#drawinglife #pencilbandit #illustratorsofinstagram #dementiadrawing #illustrationartists #artsfordementia
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In memory of Anne, a talented artist who brought smiles and laughter to all those around her.

In memory of Anne, a talented artist who brought smiles and laughter to all those around her. ...

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