"Creative potential is there in all of us, an inner resource, renewable and vibrant, no matter how much or how little it is used. this creative spirit has the power to change our lives at every age, and to do so in quite different ways as we get older."
- Dr. Gene Cohen, The Creative Age; Awakening Human Potential in the Second Half of Life
CREATIVE AGING CONSULTING
As a champion of Cohen's creative aging movement, I built a career promoting arts engagement as a wellness initiative. In 2017, I became a certified trainer for Expressive Arts in Long Term Care, a health care quality initiative of the Indiana State Department of Health and the University of Indianapolis Center for Aging & Community. Her presentations are interactive and include lots of examples of creative projects that can be duplicated. Presentation can be customized to your specific needs.
Creative Aging Sequential Learning Examples
Painting Van Gogh-ish
In the fall of 2018, Bell Trace elder artists were invited to serve as art-making mentors at a local elementary school. This initiative, coordinated by Indiana University Libraries, used the children's picture book "Ish" by Peter Reynolds, to explore the concept of perfection in the process of making art.
In preparation for their role as art-making mentors, the elders tried out the "ish attitude" when approaching their own creative work in a month long exploration of painting Van Gough-ish. In
In looking at van Gough's work, we discovered that although van Gogh is known best for his paintings, he is considered a master draftsman as well. He often did drawings of paintings both before and after he completed a canvas. Soooo, before we embarked upon the painting process, we spent several weeks studying his paintings using pencil, charcoal, and crayon. This really helped, not only in understanding the composition, but more importantly in understanding van Gough's brush stroke style.