"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."
- Dr. Gene Cohen, The Creative Age; Awakening Human Potential in the Second Half of Life
This presentation is appropriate for those in the role of developing and implementing arts engagement for older adults. It features an overview of creative aging research and demonstrates best practice arts programming for older adults adults.
In The Studio at Bell Trace: sequential learning demo
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 the exploration of painting Van Gough-ish.
The whole experience had a profound effect on all that were involved. It changed us. It changed the way we made art, it changed the way we taught art, and it changed the way we looked at art. Please know I'm not fully responsible for all the magic that happened in the studio. It was a co-creative process. Thus, a special thank you goes out to Sandra Tokarski, the tool master.