Art sessions at Hydon Hill

25 March 2015

James Cropperby James Cropper

Creative Minds is a social enterprise that delivers fun and stimulating art sessions to care homes and residential homes across Surrey and south east London. We work primarily with older adults and people with learning disabilities. The sessions encourage them to explore their creative sides and create art.

Resident drawing flowers with pastelsWe’ve been delivering art sessions to residents at Hydon Hill in Godalming every two weeks for close to two years. I love visiting Hydon Hill. As a visitor it’s such a warm and friendly atmosphere — it’s instantly welcoming. The day centre is perfect for accommodating a wide range of activities.

There’s regular group of residents that like to attend the sessions. The sessions range from clay modelling to pastel landscapes, and from paper mache sculptures to watercolour painting.

Resident taking part in art sessionIt’s important the residents experience a wide variety of different art materials and mediums in the sessions. It’s also vital that the residents have lots of fun, feel stimulated and are engaged in the creative process.

The most recent art projects the residents have undertaken are two large pastel drawings of a variety of spring and summer flowers. We decided to use soft pastels for the flowers because of their vibrancy and high saturation of colour which complements the flowers well.

Pastel drawing of flowers

Pastel drawing of flowers

Jackie has been attending the art sessions since the very beginning. ‘I very much enjoy the art sessions. I enjoy painting and clay work — I just enjoy getting messy! I find the sessions very encouraging for me. It really boosts my confidence and it’s very enjoyable.’

Malcolm has also been attending the sessions from the start. ‘They really help my confidence. It provides me with the perfect environment to be creative.’

Mike Gunton is manager at the day centre. ‘The introduction of the art sessions at Hydon Hill have been very successful. They provide an excellent range of artistic activities for our residents.’

James Cropper is the founder of Creative Minds. Artwork created in the Hydon Hill sessions is usually posted on the Creative Minds Facebook and Twitter pages.

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