….. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve heard that and meeting the residents at an extra care scheme in Leicestershire was no different.
At some point after leaving school a lot of people seem to lose their confidence around art and convince themselves they just can’t do it.
One of the nice things about what I do is giving the opportunity to have a go again; to work with professional community artists and try techniques and equipment you may never have tried before in a supportive and enjoyable environment.
Many of the residents at St. Mary’s said all the things above when they came in to join the first art session, but as soon as ten children from John Wycliffe Primary School emerged, fear dissipated and the enthusiasm of youth infected the room.
Each St. Mary’s resident now has a John Wycliffe Primary School buddy for four sessions and judging by the response and feedback from session one, they make quite a team.
The first session involved getting to know your buddy and then designing a desert island together, with a focus on what food you would love to have there, made up or real. Here are a few photographs of the afternoon and I look forward to telling you all about the next project instalment soon …