Home and Community Care (HACC) and Planned Activity Group (PAG) staff benefit from training in art. Many already run art groups for clients such as the aged, and those with a disability, dementia, Parkinson’s disease or who have had a stroke. Training provides staff practical skills in painting, clay work, mosaic making and can help generate creative ideas and ways to work with their particular client groups. Training enables these groups to be a much richer experience for both clients and staff.
The photos are of work made during the training sessions with HACC and PAG workers. These paintings demonstrate skill development in colour mixing, finding inspiration in the work of artists, and how working on small scale pictures can be combined to create very striking large works. The focus of the training is to build worker confidence in using art in programs, working with the client’s existing skills and developing new skills whilst also recognising limitations such as reduced motor skills, or mobility.
Participants state in their evaluations that the sessions and training are “excellent”, are appropriate and useful for the workplace and inspire confidence for them to work creatively with their clients.
Some comments from participants :
Trainer was excellent and very helpful.
Excellent the way it was presented.
Most significant thing you gained from this training:
Ways to inspire children and adults to paint.
How people can gain confidence through art.
How to use colours.
I will now be more confident to encourage clients to paint.
How to mix paint and work creatively with the aged and people with a disability.
Understanding how to run a workshop.
What you would do differently as a result of the training :
Show clients they still have the ability to create.
Try more specifically to engage clients.
Too many things to write!