Today's art class was self portrait based. I started of by showing the aged care residents a few bright Warhol prints of Marilyn Monroe and Liz Taylor. A few were familiar with his work, but mostly it was a prop to demonstrate how we would be using colour and creativity to paint in self portraits and portraits of familiar movie stars. As I painted with each resident, we talked about hair colours and styles that people had in their youth. One of the ladies was blonde and bobbed so we looked to recreate that in her self portrait. Another lady started off with a lilac rinse through her hair then stopped and thought more on where she wanted her self portrait to go. She decided she wanted it to be like the can-can: red and fun, so we painted a rose in her hair and a blouse that was varying shades of red and pink.
One of the men had never painted before. He wasted no time in giving Marilyn Monroe a rainbow hairdo and purple eye brows.
This is half the fun of running art classes in aged care; learning a little something new about each person and watching residents engage with the activity and truly enjoy it.