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life drawing for everyone in the dementia community
People living with dementia and their carers can easily become marginalized,
lacking creative outlets or means of individual expression. Drawing life provides
access to the arts and space for social interaction.

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

Picasso said it took him a lifetime to learn to paint like a child and Drawing Life puts this typically paradoxical statement to the test.  We offer people with nearly a lifetime behind them the chance to respond to a life model with a stick of charcoal and a piece of paper.  People who may or may not have done drawing before express themselves in new and surprising ways.

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.

 

Judy Parkinson is the project director and she has a special interest in art and memory both as an artist and an author. She has spent many an hour at life drawing classes and she is the is the author of the best selling book about mnemonics “I Before E, Except After C, easy ways to remember stuff”.

Drawing of the Week

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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