MindforYou's All About Art Activity Pack

MINDforYOU ACTIVITIES

28t h August 2020

WELCOME It 's that t ime of themonth again and we're back through your let ter box with our next Act ivity Pack! Thisone'sburst ing at the seems with all the creat ive ideaswe have in store for you. Thisact ivity pack is all about ART, from salt dough sculpt ing to apps that help you colour on your phone/ tablet ,we want you to expressyourself, lose all cont rol of your creat ivity and let your creat ive juices flow! You'll also find on one of your addit ional sheets, our recommendat ions for the best virtual art gallery and museum toursavailable for you to do in the comfort of your own home! We hope you enjoy the select ion that thisact ivity pack has to offer, and please do send in any art work you've done, or pictures you've taken for the chance to be featured in our 'Your News' sect ion, and to be posted on our social media!

YOURNEWS

Your News thismonth involvesour Founder, Carol. At the beginning of lockdown, Carol was sent some sunflower seeds from one of our guests, Pauline. They were her husbands favour ite flower. Behold how wonderfully they have grown! Sunflower Lanyardsare used asa symbol to recognise when someone is livingwith a hidden disability. People livingwith dement ia can use them asa discreet way to make others realise you might need addit ional assistance or just a lit t lemore t ime when you're out and about . If you're interested in one, get in touch and we'll pop it in the post for you! Find out more at www.hiddendisabilit iesstore.com/

COLOURINGWITH... TECHNOLOGY?

Helen,who doesmost of the hard work behind our act ivity leaflet , stumbled across something great when researching for new ideas, read as she explainsbelow.... "I love being int roduced to something new and ever since learning about colour ing apps I've become a big fan! I've found 2 that I enjoyed and they are free to download, but there's loadsavailable online":

Zen Online Colour ing Book for Adult s - Easy to download on any device, and enjoy thisdigital colour ing book that offers an immersive exper ience allowing you to create beaut iful art while enjoying calmingmusic. Download Here - www.microsoft .com/en-gb/p/zen-color ing-book-for-adults Happy Colour for IPad/ IPhone - A paint by numbers colour ing game, where you can select any picture from awide var iety of themes to get started on! Download Here - www.apps.apple.com/gb/app/happy-colour-by-numbers

Happy Creat ing!

Emma x

ALL ABOUT ART

CREATINGART FROM POETRY

Our Joy Inside presenter, Rosie suggested thisgreat act ivity in our most recent All About Art session. Poems can create beaut iful images in our minds. Wouldn?t you like to put those imagesonto paper?A great way to really enjoy poet ry is to create a visual representat ion of a poem by making a paint ing or picture that captureshow it makes you feel.We've included a poem in the act ivity pack but you can use whatever poem takesyour fancy. To get started you need to know three thingsabout your poem: 1.What is your poem about ?Does it t ell a st ory?Or does it descr ibe somet hing like a landscape, an object or a feeling? 2. How does t hat poemmake you feel?

All About Art isone of our themed Joy Inside sessions. The session is60 minutes long and is specifically for

carersand people livingwith dement ia to come and t ry new thingsand meet new people.

Then there'snothing else to do except get going on creat ing your masterpiece! 3.What pict ures do you have in your head when you read t he poem?

Pick up your paint brush and put your art cr it icshat on aswe take you on a creat ive r ide around everything art . Let us take you on a journey through the history of some of the wor ldsgreatest art istsand their work, get you involved in meaty conversat ionsaround who's your favour ite art ist and take part in our art quiz! Can you ident ify the masterpiecesand more important ly themastersbehind the work?Call us to book your session today!

WHO'SREADY FORORIGAMI? Thismonth'spuzzle isa lit t le bit different ! Look inside your act ivity pack to find your inst ruct ionson how to create an or igami box.Did you know that or i means folding and gami meanspaper? Neither did we! Why not spend an

afternoon familar ising yourself with this int r icate art form?Once reserved for only the elite in Japan.When you have created your box, how about placing a note in it for a rainy day?Or even bet ter, a chocolate!

DID SOMEONESAY SALT DOUGH?

We know that colour ing and drawing isn't to everyone's tastes, so we thought why not use salt dough asanother medium and you can sculpt yourself up a storm. Look to the addit ional page in your act ivity leaflet for the recipe and ingredients you will need to create the dough and then let your imaginat ion run wild.Make decorat ions for the house, or for your Chr istmas t ree (if not some what premature!) create placemats, tea light holdersor purchase somemagnets to press into the back of your designsand make magnets for your fr idge! Its incredibly easy to do, all you need is3 ingredientsand access to amicrowave or oven to harden your designsso they keep forever!

KEEP IN TOUCH

Now more than ever we want to keep in touch.Wewould love to hear from you, so pop us something in the post , send usan email or pick up the phone.We're post ing regular act ivit ieson facebook and our booking plat form isnow up and running to book your ZOOM connect ion or you Joy Inside event www.mindforyou.setmore.com

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Create Art from Poetry

During our All About Art Joy Inside Session, many of our guests loved the drawing to poetry feature. We wanted to share with you this lovely poem and hope that you enjoy drawing to it too. Please send us your drawings we would love to see them!

Love Songs When I was 'A teenager in love,' I could 'Catch a falling star' from above. 'We certainly weren't 'Too young' As 'Mona Lisa' and 'Earth angel' were sung. 'Only you' could hold my hand, We wrote 'Love letters in the sand.' Like Bobby Darin 'Beyond the sea,' There was 'Someone to watch over me.

'Some enchanted evening,' I swear 'A nightingale sang in Berkeley Square. And at 'Apple blossom time,' it's true, He said, 'I only have eyes for you.

Que sera sera,' it was seen, 'That's amore,' crooned along Dean. 'Around the world I've searched for you,' 'Come fly with me,' let our hearts be true.

'Love me tender,' he said to my face, So next I was covered in 'Chantilly lace.' Carrying 'Tulips from Amsterdam,' in spring I knew 'Love is a many splendored thing.'

'Memories are made of this,' 'When I fall in love' — it's bliss. 'To know him is to love him' is true. 'You send me,' that's 'The wonder of you.'

Poem from Now Share a Verse (Vol 3)

Available from: www.bonnie-day.co.uk/books

Let’s Get Exploring, with some Virtual Touring!

Although some venues are slowly starting to reopen, it ’s still not very easy to go visit, so we thought, why not bring some of the world’s most famous art galleries and museums into the comfort of your own home through virtual tours! YouTube have some amazing virtual tours, so we ’ve chosen 5 of our favourites. As the theme this month is art, our chosen 5 feature art, but there are plenty available for you to download for free. My favourite is the virtual tour of Buckingham Palace . It combines the history of the palace with a tour around the ornate rooms. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gen0NgJjry4 Buckingham Palace The National Gallery London’s virtual tour enables you to view European Art at its best and it includes paintings by Leonardo Da Vinci and Rubens. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TsSKnRIk0S8 The National Gallery, London The Van Gogh Museum Amsterdam , Netherlands, is dedicated totally to the art works of Vincent Van Gogh. It follows his life through his artwork and enables clear viewing of his master pieces. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iZMJ_y9UqBc The Van Gough Museum The virtual tour of Louvre in Paris begins with the outside of the impressive building and it then takes you inside to closely view Leonardo Da Vinci’s Mona Lisa. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vmKeRxv-xwM The Louvre

Queen Victoria’s Osborne House is a historical tour of the beautiful rooms and gardens. ttps://youtu.be/140XcT3v8zU Osborne House

There’s also a fantastic resource available on Google that allows you to use their street view to click your way, step by step around some of the top galleries and museums at your own pace! Follow the link here https://artsandculture.google.com/partner to find the vast array of places you can explore or see below where we have linked some of our favourites: The Museum of Modern Art MOMA , founded in 1929, in Manhattan was the first museum devoted to the modern era. Today they have a varied collection offers an overview of modern and contemporary art. https://artsandculture.google.com/partner/moma-the-museum-of-modern-art The TATE London , is the oldest gallery in the network, having opened in 1897. It houses a substantial collection of the art of the United Kingdom since Tudor times, and in particular has large holdings of the works of J. M. W. Turner. https://artsandculture.google.com/partner/tate-britain Musee D’Orsay in the centre of Paris was installed in the former Orsay railway station, displaying collections of art from the period 1848 to 1914. https://artsandculture.google.com/partner/musee-dorsay-paris

So put your feet up, relax and travel the world!

How to Create a pretty Origami Box

This month's puzzle is different. We wondered if you would enjoy the ancient Japanese art of origami. The https://www.origami-fun.com/origami-box.html has many fantastic origami creations for you to make. I loved the Origami box Masu in Japanese! Hint: The paper needs to be square for origami. You can make your own by folding the top right corner of the paper and fold it towards the lower left side. Bring it down until the paper forms into a right-angled triangle. Make sure all the corners touch each other exactly. There should be a small rectangular section left at the bottom, cut this off. You should now have a piece of squared paper.

1. Start with a square piece of paper. white side up Fold the paper in half horizontally and then vertically.

2. Fold the four corners of the square into the centre.

3. Fold the top and bottom of this square into the centre and open out again to create creases.

6. Fold down top corner of model and then open out again.

4. Open out the top and bottom triangular flaps.

5. Fold the long sides in to the centre and crease well.

8. You should now have 2 diagonal creases.

10. At one end of the model open along the

9. Repeat step 6 & 7 at the other end of the model, so you have the new creases at both ends.

7. Fold down model in the other direction.

creases you just made. This will raise the top portion of the model vertically.

Hint: To make a lid repeat these steps but make the paper slightly larger!

12.Repeat Step 10. and 11. at the other end of the box and it’s finished!

11.Fold top of model over into the box. It’s taking shape!

Salt Dough Crafting!

Ingredients

• 2 cups plain white flour • 1 cup salt • Up to 1 cup warm water

Instructions

1. Mix the flour and salt together in a bowl.

2. Slowly add the water, a few tablespoons at a time, into the flour mixture.

3. Mix well until it forms a doughy consistency.

4. Transfer the dough to a floured work surface and knead with your hands until smooth and mould into a ball.

NOW YOU ’ RE READY TO GET CRAFTING!

The website https://www.fashion-era.com has some lovely salt dough ideas, we fell in love with this cute hedgehog found on the website https://www.rainyydaymum.co.uk

3. Using scissors or pinching the fingers together, form the spikes for the hedgehog.

1. Shape your ball of dough into an oval. Point the nose of the hedgehog.

4. Leave to dry. As an option, you can add colour by painting.

2. Using the end of a skewer, poke in the eyes and draw in the mouth.

FINISHING TOUCHES

COLOUR: If you want to add colour to your creations, just pop a couple of drops of food colouring to the water before you start mixing the dough. Alternatively, you can choose to paint it after it has been baked/dried with simple watercolours or acrylic paints. BAKING/DRYING: You can just simply leave to dry naturally which is the best method for 2-7 days on a windowsill or you can choose to either bake or cook your creation. If you choose the baking option, put on the bottom shelf of the oven on a tray lined with greaseproof paper and cook at 150 o C/300 o F or Gas Mark 2 for roughly 3 hours. Alternatively, you could use the microwave by placing object on microwaveable plate and cook on high for up to 30 seconds but taking 10 seconds at a time to check.

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