Stansted care home residents take part in online drawing workshop led by former Disney illustrator
PUBLISHED: 10:00 31 October 2020
Residents at a Stansted care home took part in an online life drawing workshop with professional illustrator and author Gary Andrews centered on endangered animals.
Gary, ambassador for The Big Draw and a former Disney illustrator, drew koalas, polar bears, puffins and sea turtles, watched by participants at Care UK’s Mountfitchet House.
He explained drawing techniques such as shading and under-drawings. At the end of the session, residents were asked if the had questions and wanted to submit requests.
Launched in 2000 as part of the Campaign for Drawing, the month-long Big Draw Festival promotes drawing as a tool for learning, expression and invention.
It has encouraged over 4m people to get arty since its inception.
This year’s theme is A Climate of Change and focuses on the relationship between people and their environment.
Jane Maxwell, home manager at Mountfitchet House, said: “The Big Draw was a huge success.
“Creative activities play a big part of life here and we actively encourage residents to continue lifelong arty hobbies and to try new expressive pastimes.
“Drawing has a variety of benefits for older people, especially those living with dementia, as it provides an alternative way to communicate and express emotions, and an opportunity to relive happy memories.
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“Everyone left with a smile on their face – we’re all looking forward to getting our pencils out again very soon!”
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