Staff and residents at Tallington Lodge Care Home near Stamford have been getting creative and recreating famous works of art as part of an arts project. The art activities were aimed at engaging residents with the arts and providing opportunities to be creative and have fun. Engaging with the arts has been shown to improve the quality of life and the health of older people. It provides an opportunity for people to socialise and stimulates creative thinking.
Residents at Tallington Lodge chose to recreate the iconic photograph of the moon landing and enjoyed acting out the moonwalk. They used resources from around the home to make their ‘moon’ and create costumes. Residents also tried their hand at making a space travel-themed animation and showed off the results on the home’s Facebook page. Later in the week the kitchen team joined in and provided a selection of fruit and vegetables to use to recreate famous paintings. Residents spent time browsing books of famous artworks and selecting paintings they’d like to recreate. They chose the Girl with the Pearl Earring by Johannes Vermeer and the Birth of Venus by Botticelli, producing impressive results.
“Being creative in any context can really bring out the best in people.” Explained Wellbeing Coordinator Chantal DeVries. “It can inspire a whole host of activities that bring out a different side of people. We had lots of fun with our creations and our residents loved having the opportunity to do something unusual”.