Colours for the Elderly

A forthcoming workshop for the residents of the Pine Retirement Home will seek to bring out their creative side.

Colours for the Elderly, a new art programme set up by artists Melanie-Rose and Joseph Betty, is due to start on Thursday, 3 November, a press release says.

The six week programme, tailored for residents and their families is designed as an informal get together, and will include a mixture of poetry, stories, painting, songs and dance, as well as a guest entertainer or speaker.

The workshops will take place every week from 6-8pm from Thursday 3 November till Wednesday 7 December.

Participants will be invited to share a special moment they experienced as part of the creative process. Hands on workshops will further encourage participants to put their emotions on to paper, a press release said.

The first workshop includes comedian Quincy Brown as guest entertainer. Participants will then be taught the basics of how to produce a portrait of themselves using acrylic colours on paper.

The artists, who have been working for the last two months to set up the programme, propose to hang the art work at the National Gallery for exhibit and sale, with proceeds going to the Pines.

Mr. Betty explaining his reasons why the workshop was set up, said: ‘Melanie and I decided we wanted to give something back to society. All too often the elderly are left forgotten in retirement homes. Art is a great creative outlet for all ages, and we want to ensure all age groups benefit from it.’

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