This is an imaginative drawing and painting exercise. This activity can be especially good as an introductory ‘getting to know you’ session or as an interactive form of evaluation.
The idea: In the middle of a tablecloth write a question, such as
These can all work well as starting points but do experiment with your own.
Each person needs a pen to start, writing or drawing, in any size, their response to the question on to the tablecloth – start to incorporate the watercolour paints, painting into the shapes of words, elongating and extending letters and words to form new shapes and new tales inspired by what can be seen.
Theme ideas: Favourite foods/places/activities
Try moving the tablecloth around to put different parts of it in front of different people to allow for collaborative drawing.
The cloth itself can be washed and drawn onto again, creating layers of images, as well as being stitched in to, if suitable.
Ways to adapt for less able residents:
Going straight for soft brushes and bright bold watercolours can be especially good for those who find it difficult to make marks with pens, and the use of vivid colours helps to make the marks more easily visible.
Ways to adapt from group to individual and vice versa:
This method could also be used individually, on a small scale using handkerchiefs in embroidery hoops, which also lend themselves well for stitching in to where appropriate/practical.