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Art is essential in expanding the horizons of children beyond everyday life. Children that are exposed to art early, are known to do better and go further in life as art creates an inner connection within the child to its outer environment.


Friday, April 1, 2016

How Creativity Improves Your Memory - Caregiver Relief - Caregiver Relief

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Art Lesson Plans : How Creativity Improves Your Memory


artist paintingAlzheimer’s disease can affect any of us in our old age, but doing creative things like creative art lesson plans can help to offset the symptoms of dementia. Alzheimer’s is a degenerative disease and there has been no cure discovered for it yet. This means that it is incredibly important to find ways to help sufferers cope and delay further symptoms.
There is also no known cause of Alzheimer’s, but it has been shown that doing new activities such as learning a new hobby can help promote neural pathway health and growth, both of which are lost as the disease progresses.
Changing Routines
As we get older, we tend to stick to the same behavior patterns that we’ve learned over the course of our lives. The massive amount of learning we undertake as children, both academic and social, sets the neural pathways for our later lives. While the research into the causes of Alzheimer’s is limited, it is suggested that it can stem from a lack of neural stimulation. Out of all of the psychological therapies available, any that require someone to change their day to day routine are shown to help with both mood and brain function.

active-agingActivities for Seniors That are Creative Projects

Learning something new like art lesson plans helps to create new neural pathways, which in turn helps to revitalize and regenerate some of the older ones. Art in particular triggers a whole range of different brain functions:
  • Visual awareness – the act of transferring the 3D world to a 2D medium requires a lot of thought processes, from how to convert scale to conveying foreground and background
  • Color definition – by asking the brain to identify and use the colors of nature, art lesson plans keep the brain’s palette open. It can also help to maintain accurate vision for longer.
  • Hand-eye co-ordination – one of the first things to go with Alzheimer’s disease is the connection between mind and body, and many older people with the disease will not be able to take part in physical activities that will help keep that connection. Painting helps to maintain and improve fine motor control, especially on fine detailed pictures.

One of the other side benefits of taking an art class is that it helps people to make friends and maintain their social skills. The class will give them something new to learn and to practice, but it will also provide a circle of like minded people with whom to discuss their new hobby and compare their work. Simple conversations can be a great way to improve function due to the somewhat unpredictable nature of human relationships and language.
Find the right art lesson plans to suit your needs. Get in touch with your local community college.010-256x300Many colleges offer noncredit courses for extended learning to enrich lives. If committing to a scheduled class does not appeal to you look into downloading complete lessons onto your own computer. I recently purchased and reviewed “I Am Painting” course. The instructions for acrylic painting are very clear and lots of pictures are supplied for the visual learner.
While Alzheimer’s disease prevention may be the goal, relaxation and a sense of accomplishment will be additional benefits. A second career or a way to make added income is not out of the question either.

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Saturday, March 19, 2016

The importance of teaching the arts | Arts & Culture | Education | spiked

We shouldn't value arts education on the basis that it has social or economic benefits, but because it expands the mind and soul.


The importance of teaching the arts | Arts & Culture | Education | spiked: Arts education has always been a contested area. Many arts educators have defended the arts in the school curriculum by emphasising their role in students’ moral and individual development. For example, EB Feldman, defending arts education in the US during the 1980s, argued that it should not be about creating artists but about something broader. He suggests arts education can imbue in young people a sense of the satisfaction that comes from working to create something, the ability to use and understand language effectively, and a profound sense of ‘the values that permit civilised life to go on’.

Like Elliot Eisner and other proponents of arts education on both sides of the Atlantic writing in the 1980s and 1990s, Feldman argues cogently, showing a deep knowledge of art and history and an even deeper commitment to humanist principles. Now, more often than not, arts education is framed instrumentally. It is defended as a means of supporting the rest of the school curriculum (to make it more interesting), a means to enhance students’ employability, and a means of developing a good environmentally aware, health-conscious citizen.
The arts have a complex relationship with society, but arts lovers need to make a case for arts education that doesn’t harness it to contemporary moral, civic, social or economic priorities. And we shouldn’t resort to implying that without it people are likely to be stupid or more inclined to crime and immoral behaviour, or even that it makes people more employable. The Gradgrind mentality of relying on ‘facts’ - that is, ‘evidence’ that arts do good - allows little space for an intellectual consideration of the complexities of arts-based experiences.
Furthermore, arguments for arts or cultural education, made by vociferous advocates in the UK cultural sector, too often rely on dubious ‘brain science’ as supposed evidence that the arts are good for us. Research claiming to show evidence of the benefits of the arts does not stand up to scrutiny, as recognised by a recent OECD report, Art for Art’s Sake?. Even El Sistema, the Venezuelan music-education programme, which takes impoverished young people and gives them a chance to perform music in public, shows the importance of clear focus, high motivation, collaborative effort and a lot of hard work, rather than music itself. Indeed, young people could achieve something similar by playing for a football team. The fact that people are so in awe of El Sistema says more about the low expectations of young people’s abilities than about the importance of the arts to society."

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Saturday, March 5, 2016

Autism girl’s art shows ‘extraordinary mastery’ | The Sunday Times

Iris Grace Carter-Johnson: ‘an intensive observation of nature’

Autism girl’s art shows ‘extraordinary mastery’ | The Sunday Times:

A leading art expert has described the paintings of a six-year-old girl with severe autisim as showing “an extraordinary mastery of techniques that one might find in any London contemporary art gallery”.
Bendor Grosvenor, who is part of the BBC1 Fake or Fortune team, was shown some of Iris Grace Carter-Johnson’s work without knowing her background or age. “The pictures also reveal an intensive observation of nature,” he said.
Iris Grace began to paint, almost by chance, three years ago. Now some of her originals have been likened to Monet’s Impressionist works of his garden and ponds at Giverny, while others have been compared to the American abstract artist Jackson Pollock. They sell for as much as £2,000; buyers include Angelina Jolie, while Olivia Colman and Ashton Kutchter are among her fans.
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Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Ten things children from art

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Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Painting a cottage in watercolour

#UrbanWatercolor steps to put in color washes of #cottage, by artist John Lovett — three steps:

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Painting a leaf with watercolour

Such a beautiful and simple tutorial! Learn how to paint a basic leaf using water colors.:

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Monday, January 25, 2016

Using Watercolor Pencils

Using Watercolor Pencil
Basic Watercolor Pencil Application
Sketching With Watercolor Pencil
When using watercolor pencils with water, use watercolor paper, as regular drawing paper will buckle when dampened. The most common approach to watercolor pencil is to loosely color an area, then brush water over it to create a wash effect. When applying color in this manner, remember that the wash will look a few shades lighter than the pencils you are using, once diluted by the wash.
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Achieving Dense Color
Watercolor can be densely layered like regular colored pencil. Water can be applied to heavily applied color, though it can be tricky to control. Experiment with applying just a little water at time, to minimise dilution of the pigment. Applying more water can give a painterly effect, though it is difficult to control.painting with watercolor pencil

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