Project Picasso Brings Together Young and Old

Daphne Andrews, Dorothy Roberts and Maureen Grimshaw with their piece Tree of Life, completed with children from West Kinross Kids Care.
Project Picasso Brings Together Young and Old
Daphne Andrews, Dorothy Roberts and Maureen Grimshaw with their piece Tree of Life, completed with children from West Kinross Kids Care.

A GROUP of young children and people with dementia have let their creativity shine for a recent art exhibition.

Children from West Kinross Kids Care and members of Amana Living Club Kinross have been meeting regularly as part of a pilot program begun in September.

As part of their activities, they worked together to create two pieces of artwork for Amana Living’s Project Picasso exhibition last month.

“There was great interaction and fun between young and old in creating the art works,” club co-ordinator Yvonne Pedersen said.

“It was wonderful for staff to be able to step back and allow the club members to initiate conversations independently with the children.”

Club members and residents of Lady McCusker Home in Duncraig also submitted individual pieces for the annual exhibition.

“Project Picasso is an opportunity for people living with dementia to express themselves when words elude them,” Amana Living volunteer and enrichment manager Emily Scarff said.

“We provide as much freedom as possible to create a variety of artworks, by supplying art equipment and lots of encouragement from staff and volunteers.”

Ms Pedersen said the program would continue next year with a new group of children.

“The program has been very successful with great rapport between the children and our club members,” she said. “It has been lovely to witness conversations and relationships happening between the children and members and many of the members look forward to the children visiting.”