Aged care residents make music with their art at St Mary’s Church

Aged care residents make music with their art at St Mary’s Church

AGED care residents were introduced to a technology which transformed their artworks to musical instruments at St Mary’s church in South Perth last month.

Amana Living aged care residents used Makey Makey technology to create sounds from their paintings using conductive tape for the Draw Your Symphony workshop.

Music therapist Giuseppe Reina said this was the first time he has used the Makey Makey technology with paintings for the seniors.

“I usually connect my machine to objects like tomatoes, lemon and carrots, and play them like a piano,” he said.

“Electricity pass through and transform everything you touch into a musical instrument.”

Art therapist Iris Whitelock said they had rehearsals figuring out the processes with the conductive tape.

“It’s just a fabulous combination of those two art forms to enable people to relax and connect with their creativity,” she said.

Mr Reina said they hope to hold more workshops at St Mary’s church for the acoustics and easy access.

The Draw Your Symphony workshop is part of the Amana Living Arts festival from February 11 – March 22.