The Expressive Brush
Art Programs For All Abilities
Robin Baratta, AE
Letters of Reference
Arts are the key to dementia care: article by Anne Basting PhD
Ageing, What's Art Got To Do With It? article byBarbara Bagan PhD, ATR-BC
“Our greatest need as humans, is to express and be heard.” Richard Wagamese
I am a professional artist, with an extensive exhibition history.
I am a founding member of The Art Emporium Port Stanley an Artists' Collective, and was instrumental in the founding of the Art Gallery Of Lambeth.
I have served on the executive of several area Artists' Guilds.
I have been offering art programs for persons in retirement and long term care settings since receiving Artist Educator certification in 2011. I have been teaching art as a professional artist since 2008. Prior to that I taught at OpArt a Community Living London Facility for 3 years.
I offer a number of different art experiences to residents.
A fast and fun program using a variety of processes, for different out comes.
It takes on average 45 minutes to complete a project, and we generally cycle through several small groups over a 3 hour period.
I refer to these programs as being more fun art than fine art, with the occasional dip into distinctly crafty territory. With a strong emphasis on enjoyment and meaning, most programs are achievable by residents at all levels of ability.
My goal for each resident taking part in a program is to produce a piece of work they are proud of; creating a sense of accomplishment. All while using fine motor skills, colour and pattern recognition, decision making and language skills such as following instruction, and verbalizing or indicating choices. Sensory play is also an important aspect of my programs as is tying the programs to the seasons and current holidays.
Residents engaged in the programs that I offer, are encouraged to individualise their projects.
My philosophy being that there is no wrong way to do art. I believe my greatest strength as an instructor is my ability to quickly switch gears and adapt a program to fit an individual resident’s ability.
A few of our favourite activities are:
Mono prints -single image prints using a variety of participant made printing plates
Collage -creating pattern and image from various papers and other ephemera
Assemblage -similar to collage only 3-dimensional
Paint and Mask -creating patterns and images with layers of acrylic paints
Clay- Air dry clay is used to create a variety of projects
Base price for a program is $75.00 per session, this covers a 3 hour period on site for teaching. Additional time spent on site is billed at $5.00 per 1/4 hour, billed monthly. I supply all of the equipment, but I will bill for non reusable supplies such as paper, glue, clay and paint. This is usually a minimal cost per program.
Class size is dependant on the ability of the residents, time allowed for the program and the number of volunteers/staff you have available.
Community projects resulting in one large work that as many residents as possible participate in creating.
The most common project is an assembled installation of smaller paintings who's over all pattern create a larger image.
The cost for a community project is based on the number of participants. the size, and complexity of the project.
For higher functioning participants, over the period of 4 weeks, one hour per week, we create a painting from bare canvas to finished product. We learn a bit of colour and compositional theory, and have fun, Participants will need to manipulate a paint brush. Cost $175.00 plus material costs. On the 5th week we celebrate our success with a soiree that participants can invite guests to. I assist with the planning and can provide display stands for the 'show'.
The set up timing and cost is the same as a Paint In, only our media is paper, not paint. Participants print, paint, stamp and splash the papers that will then be cut up to use in the collage. The object is to produce a portrait in the manner of Gustav Klimt. Participants will need to manipulate punches and possibly scissors.
Again set up and cost is the same as a Paint In. This time we use various materials to create collagraph printing plates, and then print images from our plates. This is a highly sensory project as we are using a variety of materials and textures to produce the images, and requires the most fine motor skill of the art activities listed. Participants will need to manipulate punches, scissors, and possibly exacto knives.
Please call or e:mail me if you are interested in discussing programming for your facility.