When THIRTYTWOCM asked for artists to conduct art workshops for their "Our House Downstairs @ Moca" Programme at Pek Kio Community Centre, I immediately signed up. I've always wanted to work with seniors but because of covid, there wasn't many opportunities. My previous experience with seniors took place in online workshops and with things opening up on the ground, it was wonderful that I could finally have in-person workshops.
In October, we conducted the Salt Art Jar Workshop for the seniors. It was a time of creating, sharing and listening about values that are important to us - a precious process when we come together as a community to create art. The creative flow and energy empowers, heals and lets us know we are not alone in this journey. There was one lady who shared that her jar represented the value of being 'thankful'. She made only light pastel colours for her salt because she said thankfulness felt like tranquility and she thought these colours matched tranquility. Indeed the seniors have so many beautiful reflections for us to treasure and remember.
And then in November, we conducted our very first Peace Painting Workshop. We encouraged the seniors to relax and practise mindfulness through exploring painting with watercolours. The seniors were so creative and there were so many different styles coming out from their experimentation and exploration! Some of the meaningful reflections I've heard from them:
"The first piece is a warm up and then we have some ideas of what to paint."
"This practise is exploring with watercolour paint."
This is my first time trying watercolour painting, it is so much fun to see how the colours blend."
Contact Rebecca at firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like a process art workshop for seniors at your community or organisation.