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a drawing is simply a
line going for a walk
… according to artist Paul Klee. Our work gives a valuable outlet for self-expression, giving visibility to those who are often marginalised in society. We have found that drawing reveals something fascinating about lives and memories, and gives carers new subjects to talk about with those who may have lost the art of conversation.
"Art and music are so vital to those with dementia "Art and music are so vital to those with dementia. I see the sheer delight on my brother's face when he has drawn a robin on the page, or played a tune on his guitar, as he is now unable to communicate properly with speech, or even know who his sisters are." Veronica, Northern Ireland
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“Using pastels and charcoal means that even the “Using pastels and charcoal means that even the slightest and least assertive mark is evident, and the work is alive with expression and sensitivity” - @sineidcodd, Artist Educator & Project Evaluator
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Careful and considered. Our classes are a chance f Careful and considered. Our classes are a chance for participants to focus and engage with art. 
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The lack of inhibition that often accompanies deme The lack of inhibition that often accompanies dementia is a force for good in this context, sufferers draw with a freedom that allows them a special kind of vision and creativity.  Julia Mortimer, Celia’s daughter
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Drawing keeps our residents busy and relaxed. They Drawing keeps our residents busy and relaxed. They enjoy life drawing a lot, it seems to calm them down and makes them happy. - Georgina Moor, Carer, The Whitebeach Care Home
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Have you been creative during this heatwave? Share Have you been creative during this heatwave? Share your sketchbook photos with us! ☀️🎨
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Our new sketchbook features 25 photos of our models, Mike and Elaine, opposite a blank page to make an original drawing.  Our artist tutors have created scores of beautiful and original line drawings for colouring. Sketchbooks can be ordered here.

It’s up to you how you use this sketchbook, but we suggest everyone should have a book of their own.  Draw one model pose per session, for 20 to 30 minutes, using pencil, charcoal, colour or a combination of all.  If doing this as part of a group session, you can show the drawings round the room and have a chat about them. 

If in a group you can have a discussion while doing this.

Then spend up to 30 minutes colouring one of the line drawings. Perhaps there is a story connected to the drawing, a special location, or a memory.

We have an “anything goes” approach. Take a look at our gallery page to see the variety of styles and approaches people have used to make some wonderful pictures.

Relax, make some marks, take your pencil, pen or brush for a walk around the pages, and most importantly have fun!

“He was so engrossed. I haven’t seen him as engaged with anything other than Inspector Morse or Poirot for quite a while! He’s just asked about colouring in a carrot for the rabbit, and now he’s happily doing that. I really can’t tell you how amazing this is.”
Anne
Peter’s carer