I am leading a weekly art project with memory impaired women. Because each project teaches me what works and doesn’t work, I decided to document these projects.
The first project was creating a “MY FAVORITE THINGS” board, which was based on the Vision Board concept. They had great fun going through magazines and pulling out images of their favorite things.
This was a great way to get to know them! I learned what their favorite colors were, I learned which ones played the piano and which ones sang.
Miss Dorothy (pictured above) couldn’t wait to get her board home to have it framed! I learned she had been a professional singer in Los Angeles and held singing and acting workshops for aspiring actors! (working with Bob Barker no less!)
Miss Willa great up on a farm in Alabama. She told the best day of her life was the day her father told her he was tired of farming and they were all moving to Atlanta!
What did I learn?
First of all, I teach vision board workshops – and as a result I have a HUGE stash of magazines. I learned that two to three magazines PER PERSON to choose from would have been worked. Too many choices makes it difficult for them to make any choices.
I purchased poster boards from The Dollar Store (2 for $1.00). Cutting these in half was enough room for them to work with.
Also, stick glue works better, especially the kind that goes on purple and dries clear. They can see they are using the glue. Liquid glue was just too messy for many of them.
I learned they want BLING! Sequins or anything shiny is a must.
When I told them we would do a collage the next week, I was met with blank stares – they didn’t know what a collage was! So – next week I will give them a lesson on collage, and show them the work of Romare Bearden! Giving them a weekly art lesson is going to be fun, I will learn more about African American artists and share it with them.
If you have any lessons you have learned, I’d love to hear about it!