The Kaleidoscopes Second Visit to Mencap’s Homes

pattern carlton courtLook I painted this!Kaleidoscope second visit.

The Creative training workshops took place in July; one of the questioned I asked was-

“What creative activity would they like me to deliver, in your homes? It could be any of the creative activities they had tried at the workshops or would you like the Kaleidoscope activity to return?”

The response- “we can do the creative ideas you have shown us today with the materials you have given us, so go on” –

“Bring the Kaleidoscope again PLEASE ”.

(A great validation for the Kaleidoscope art project).

“All the people we support were able to take part in the Kaleidoscope activity – which is wonderful for one and all of them”.

“It is awesome and some staff missed it, please bring it back”.

The second creative kaleidoscope activity sessions in Mencap's Homes.

The second creative kaleidoscope activity sessions in Mencap’s Homes.

The funding was in place from Nottinghamshire County Council Arts Grants enabling Tina,  Mencap’s Activity Coordinator, to arrange a programme of creative visits for me and the Kaleidoscope to visit Mencap’s Nottinghamshire Partnership Homes.

Tina joins in the enjoyment of the creative Kaleidoscope in a home in Newark.

Tina joins in the enjoyment of the creative Kaleidoscope in a home in Newark.

I was happy to deliver the Kaleidoscope Activity, knowing from my experience and the feedback Tina had undertaken how much people had gained and enjoyed the experience.

I also wanted to provide an expanded creative opportunity for the people Mencap support.

creativity and teaI choose to introduce wax resist pattern making techniques to the second set of visit to people living in Mencap’s Nottinghamshire Homes.

I drew my pattern using wax crayons.

I drew my pattern using wax crayons.

 

I choose to introduce wax resist pattern making.  To make this technique accessible – I provided a choice of coloured oil pastels, wax crayons and clear thin wax candles to enable people to clearly see the patterns they drew.

I quickly learnt that people were better able to use the soft oil pastels, and a few people were able to grasp the use of clear wax candles to make their patterns before applying the paint.

Sawley drive (6)

Using clear coloured wax candles to make the pattern

Using clear coloured wax candles to make the pattern

Many beautiful and intriguing patterns were created.

wax resist patternUsing noodlestwo homes come together in clipstontwo groups come together in Clipstonstonecross (11)Sawley drive (7)wax drawing.creating patterns

Annette drew me the Mansfield Stags shield.

Annette drew me the Mansfield Stags shield.

A proud moment and a massive achievement for me.

A proud moment and a massive achievement for me.

I am unable to see but I can feel the wax of my caterpillar drawing on the paper.

I am unable to see but I can feel the wax of my caterpillar drawing on the paper.

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