Looking for Ideas - Acrylic Painting with students with Parkinson's Disease

I am an art teacher who is most comfortable with drawing, watercolor, and printmaking. I was contacted by a group of people with Parkinson's Disease (motor control issues abound) who wanted to try their hand at acrylic painting. 

I am not versed in acrylic painting - I use it mainly for mixed media in my watercolors. My personal style is of washes and lines ... so I need some perspective. 

Does anyone have ideas for BEGINNING projects - intro to acrylics not needing high small motor control? 

Thanks, Sasha 

PS here is a photo of our first painting, in progress ... we had lot's of fun mixing colors and experimenting. You can see we used a lot of water ... some of them had trouble getting even coats of paint (which doesn't bother me as a watercolorist - but it might bother them). 

Here is the link for the original lesson located @ https://www.art-is-fun.com/abstract-art-flower

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Hi Sasha, maybe you can try Acrylic Pouring? This should be possible with Parkinson as you dont have to paint lines?


Hello Sasha,

I think you're doing great with just experimenting. I work in a nursing home with people of varying abilities, physical and cognitive. I just find something simple, such as a slice of watermelon, with few colors and details. I paint one in advance, then show them step by step what to do. I have to remind my residents that each person's painting will be different, but they're all beautiful. If they allow me, I hold their hand and help. I don't force anything, and even if a few choose not to paint this time, they might try next time, once they see how everyone else enjoys the process.

I wish you much luck in teaching your kids!  Wonderful that you do this with them!


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