How to Facilitate Art for Older Adults

  • "Shelley I still refer to the book that I purchased from well done!"

    — B.T. Strathroy, Ontario

Starting Your Own Art Program for Older Adults

Written from an artist's point of view, "How to Facilitate Art for Older Adults" is a practical guide on how to take your art facilitation ideas into the real world. In this e-book, you will learn how to set up an art cart, how to contract out your art facilitation services, and what working within a limited budget might look like.

Beyond therapy and theory, this e-book provides examples of what kinds of art projects have practically worked in care homes and community art programs for the elderly in Canada. This practical 89-page e-book takes you inside of Canada's largest art studio for the elderly and shares the surprising findings of what is artistically possible for older artists.

  • "I have a degree in Recreation Therapy and also I am an artist. Thank you for your insight and I will utilize many ideas from your book. I liked the personal stories of participants in the studio and how the art program enriched and brought meaningful activity and pleasure. I appreciate your years of experience, ideas and thoughts to challenge me and help me develop my art class." ~

    — S.G.
  • "I found the course very enlightening, and I feel it gave me the info I needed to be confident to pursue my dream of facilitating an art program for the elderly in my area."

    — AMH - Somerset, Mass.

Generously illustrated with 75+ photos that detail the wide variety of art projects, you will be surprised at the creative depth and physical and emotional stamina that is possible near the end of life. The e-book details the pros and cons of offering art projects that are structured and instructor assisted, as well as the benefits and detriments of offering spontaneous art projects that are more art therapy inspired. 

This e-book offers ideas on how to engage cognitively well elder adults, as well as those with dementia in art-making activities. Creativity and dementia is often such an inspiring mix. When the cognition of self-censorship fades, the creative expressions that result are original, enlivening and delightfully surprising!

An Artist with Dementia

"An angry and troubled man, he would often switch gears from anger to inspiration and say the most profoundly poetic things when he painted. On one day he would be grouchy, and on another day he became enchanted with the visual world. Often, a look of pure inspiration would appear in his eyes. As he painted, he would gaze out the window and exclaim at the color of the sky, the turn of a tree branch or the shape of a cloud. He would then say, “The sky is off-blue with a whiff of snow.”

What is Art Facilitation?

Many ask me what the parameters of art facilitation are. I have written an article about it HERE.

Facilitating Art
For Older Adults

Accessing Your Guidebook

Your PDF is available right after you purchase. Bookmark this link so you can re-access your Guidebook whenever you want.

Go to "Guidebook Download" in your lessons and you will find your PDF.

Shelley's Biography

Shelley Klammer is a registered counsellor and expressive arts educator with the International Expressive Arts Therapy Association. Shelley worked in Artworks Studio at George Derby Centre in Burnaby, BC for 9 years collaborating with a team of 8 artists and art therapists, maintaining a large working art studio that provided projects in painting, textiles, weaving to seniors with varying levels of dementia and physical challenges.

Shelley has developed and facilitated many therapeutic art programs over the years to various populations. Her intuitive group approach is grounded in the direct experience of engaging many types of people in the art-making process. Shelley has developed art programs for incarcerated youth, adults with acquired brain injuries, people with developmental disabilities, seniors with Alzheimer’s and dementia, as well as children and the general public.

Free Expressive Arts Facilitation Support Group

I have created a free Facebook Facilitator's support group for you to ask your facilitation questions.

You can ask to join HERE.

Painting Patterns

  • "Thanks so much for all of this information! I just wanted to say thank you. I've just started on this journey and have SO much more research and learning to do, but I feel like a new door has opened, and I appreciate you sharing your experiences in this book."

    — S.S. - La Crosse, Wisconsin, USA

This e-book was originally presented as a published booklet for the 2010 Conference for The Society for the Arts in Dementia Care and was revised in 2013 for the DISCOVERY 2013: 28th Annual Alzheimer's Regional Conference in Seattle, Washington, and was updated with many more photos in 2019.

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Purchase Painting Patterns

Traceable patterns are suitable for elders with or without dementia. 

Purchase your Painting Patterns Here.

Frequently Asked Questions

How long do I have access to the course?

Once you've enrolled and paid, you'll have access to the course material for as long as you need.