After several weeks of readings and discussions on creativity and dementia, the students were ready for their first visit to the University of Michigan Turner Senior Resource Center to work one-on-one with the Silver Club and Elderberry members. During the visit the students and members spent time getting to know each other as they created a watercolor and tempera painting. As they learned a bit about each other, the students guided the members through the process to create their paintings. As brush strokes of color were made, conversations emerged and tension eased. Inspired by some of the memories shared, the members’ paintings capture garden landscapes to dynamic energy through color, line, and pattern.
~Anne Mondro, Associate Professor, Penny W. Stamps School of Art & Design, U of M