Human life span increases as the human civilization grows, but the retirement age is same, within 60/65 years s/he gets retired from her/his full time job/profession whatever it may be-finding nothing to do passionately they feel bored and irritated-at this phase Art THERAPY would be a great help.Art will keep senior citizens focus, motivated and always hopeful. It keeps them young in mind-if someone is young in mind s/he can conquer any tough situation with a smiling face. Art Therapist will train “How to be evergreen at 60s/70s/80s and so on. But it needs regular training and practice-depending on it creativity of you will take the shape and form.
Art Therapist will help you to grow with the process of art making-end product is not our issue-more you enjoy the process of growing happy with mindfulness more you enjoy life around. Art will fill your emotion with colour, form, plan to do more and also creativity.
When you do not like to talk or you are tired of talking/chatting –when you neither in busy schedule of daily life nor in routine work start enjoying time on your own way of imagination through canvas/craft materials.
Art Therapist has no interest to develop immediate skill –s/he needs to make you feel. It is not your perfection, it is your communication –it is your expression-your silent image of thoughts and observations. Art Therapist makes you to enjoy the freedom of expression created in the canvas by senior clients which s/he is desirous to produce.
It’s not shame to hold brush after 20 years-it is not embarrassing to scratch on a canvas before the junior members of your family-it’s a journey-now you begin journey towards the joy, peace, fulfillment of your silent expression to the World of Today. So my Senior Friends! Just Start, we all wait to see another world of you-the colour of gonna Days………….. By Dr Rupa Talukdar and the members of her Team MIND'S EYE
It gives an alternative way of living for the well
being of physical and psychological growth
Dr. Rupa Talukdar; Chandrima GuhaRoy;
Lopamudra Dutta and Susmita Mukherjee & our
budding Art Therapist Ushna Dutta
The discussion of today is Art as a therapeutic
measure particularly for Senior Citizens.
Specially I am as a psychologist interested to
make our twilight days colourful by practising
ART & CRAFT.
You may ask me, “Is it necessary?”
I find it necessary because of reasons I am
going to talk about.
As people grow old, after 50/55 life begins with a new episode
called The TWILIGHT-
Increase of free time/leisure
Slow depression craves in because of flying off junior members
of family-EMPTY NEST Syndrome
Onset of ANXIETY for the close one who are not at your side
Declining of physical strength and so also emotional health
Emptiness –less family work, family pressure
This is the right time to start SECONDINNINGSof life: it needs
Groundwork & Care
By making group of 8- or 10- or like that
Group activities make the scope of socialization –not through
mere chatting, through colourful activities using colour palette,
brushes, scissors, pencils etc.
This helps a lot to keep Body & Mind both cheerful and active
When people socialize they start chatting, but here when our
senior citizens make a group to enjoy Art & Craft session using
brushes, colour palette, canvas and paper etc. language would be
sketch, drawing, painting and different craft forms. Language of
ART Therapy is Expressive Art-this may be 2D or 3D forms
Just see the two forms created by two participants in an Art
THERAPY session-they were asked to participate in a Self Portrait
Session-it is the dormant emotion
The two pics are same in colour choice, and the drawing
pattern-both the person is aggressive, assertive and with
full of enthusiasm.
But there is some unique differences: which is butterfly-
Life makes the two hugely different: the person drawn
left pic is a social person and likes to take the help of
others in fulfilling his dream-good human being.
The person drawn right pic is loner, needs no one to lead
a life of success: bit selfish person he is.
We only discuss here about Art & Craft Section:
How it works:
It is easier for our brain to remember Picture than
Words-called associate memory
Art allows person to express openly: when words fail
art helps to express spontaneous.
Art promotes attention: helps to be less restless, more
motivated & focus and engrossed in creativity makes
worthy use of leisure time.
Anyone anytime for better feelings as it helps to
learn easily-the way ART helps anyone is the
most creative and lively way.
Here we are talking about for target people
Attractive side of it, they can participate easily as they have
huge source of memories those would be helpful in,
Expanding the original ideas
Many more which is required to give a FORM either 2-/3-dimensional way
As people grow generally s/he becomes,
Dependent on close one: becoming slow
Anxiety prone because of close one
Insecurity for the self
Depressive because of his/her own confinement at home
Always under supervision of young members of family
Empty nest-son/daughter are somewhere else because of services/study
Retirement-/VRS- lazy time around
Less motivated most of time
Feeling lonely because of few people in life-there is no strong
attachment with any one other than family members
Practising indoor activities like ART & Craft is the ideal way of
connecting sweet memories in the present context.
In Psychological words COLOUR has unique effect on
EMOTION: Susmita Mukherjee will help you to know more abt it
By changing your original chosen colour for the next best
colour Art Therapist will give you serenity of emotion: Chandrima
Guha Roy helps you to make it clear
As people grow old it is necessary to be in uniform
temperament: no high, no low: what is called TRANQUILITY that
one can achieve through creativity.
Creativity always helps to be with imagination, enthusiasm,
motivation- to be around suitable colour appropriate to your
original emotion facilitates a lot for being emotionally strong.
I request Susmita Mukherjee to continue the next portion of the
Now we invite you to participate in
PICTURE DRAWING SESSION
-But here we call you to come on the stage to choose your
JUST TO KNOW YOURSELF
feelings of being
and bit lazy;
a sign of
warm and kind,
aware of own
creative , anxiety
Fear of failure,
not cope up
easily, needs to
express , flexible
Lack of fighting
Colour: down to
A sociable person,
emotional, not to
self, refusal to
stays in anxiety.
desirous to get
on with things,
Colour: demand for
; sensuous and
immature; he has
being to able to
passionate to fulfill
unity and peace
Colour: down to
person, believes in
Torn between a
but has an
inner wish for
has crave for
Lack of cooperation
thinking, can not get
along with others,
bit stressful, desire
to achieve difficult
goals, warm and
likeness in harmony.
harmony and love,
desire to escape from a
situation, clinging for
emphasis on glamour
of life. Security and
emotional safety both
are important to her
life. Bit cold
Drawn by a
we don’t want
needs to act
on it for
Using the filler
to be more
Colour white is
used in many
to represent purity
they use white
dress in marriage,
but it is seen as a
mourning in many
In our state Red is
the symbol of
happiness, so we
use Red in any
colour is somewhat
different; there are
some color effects
that have universal
Entire session of ART THERAPY
Choose art materials( crayons, markers, coloured pencil, sketches)
as you feel comfortable with
Turn on music of your favourite tune
Before living with your project be with you without being
judgmental-you don’t require to be like Picasso, Da-Vinci, Aban
Tagore, or N.Bose-just try to let your inner emotion to flow in the
paper via materials you like to choose
Choose colour and start colouring on paper; after 5 mins take a step
back and see if any images form
Focus on that area to highlight it.
Flip the paper over and write down a description of your piece-
what came up during the time you worked on it-and what you feel
now and what you felt before-just release your inner emotion in a
How the activity be helpful?
Allowing ‘self’ to play in this exercise will
hopefully connect the inner feelings to express
at ease-like our child hood days-innocent, lovely
and spontaneous way-this helps to relax one
emotionally in a creative way.
Materials like old magazines or newspapers, scissors, glue, a large
piece of paper and poster board, a writing piece of paper
Take your time to jot down the materials and idea that you like to
have for growing
Focus on your goal and start flipping the papers of magazines
Select images and words from it for developing –your Goal
human mind needs to be purposeful-that helps to achieve
maturity of ideas/goal
So when you are in the process-automatically images / pictures /
words are chosen by you –stick them on the poster board-and
create your VISUAL BOARD which is called EXPRESSIVE ART
How the activity be helpful:
With this act you can focus on your purpose for a long time
through sticking the chosen images and words on the poster
board-this helps you to focus on your goal what is called LAW of
ATTRACTION-states that we bring into our lives the things we
think about the most and the board is a daily visual reminder of
the things we want for ourselves.
This is where I want to be,
So, what am I doing right now that will help me to get to these
What am I doing that’s hindering me from making these things
Pick up a couple of blank masks, paint, glue, feathers, beads, flowers,
tissue papers, ribbon and any craft item you want
Before beginning any project it is important to focus on what your
goals are for the particular exercise.
For this project you need to split the writing paper into two halves:
part-I labeled as INNER SELF and part-II labeled as OUTER SELF
Take sometimes to think about and write down what characteristics
each of those selves have and what types of emotions these selves has
and what type of emotions these selves feel
Inner is who you are actually when you are alone and outer shows
you when you socialize
After that use the materials start working on BLANK MASK in a way
to express both the SELF as the inside of the mask is INNER and
outside is OUTER
How it would help you?
This is another form of art that focuses on
It is important to be able to identify what parts of our
SELVES we show others and what we keep private; this can
lead to further exploration-
What is there inside of me admirable to share with people
Does my outer self change in different situations and why?
How do you feel to express that outer self Vs inner self?
Does one cause more anxiety and does one feel more
You need simply a piece of writing paper envelope and
If you want to be crafty you need stickers, other
decorative item as you like and glue
Important part is to write all about the stuffs you love
and think about all the things of your body and mind
that does for you-this is a time to appreciate all the
wonderful things you offer to the World
You can write words of encouragement to yourself for
the times when you truly need it
How it would help you?
It is the natural tendencies of human being to be with
wrong/depressive part of life-but we have many palpable
events which are really treasures -but we forget them in our
daily life. So writing and reading a love letter help us to
give credit for being incredible and take us to a place of
compassion and love for ourselves.
It is easy to be nice to others but hard to nice things for
This approach is very common-so take time to love yourself
with this exercise.
Needs a canvas, paint brushes, paint, a pallete or paper plates,
water, paper towels, pencil and mirror and find a comfortable
place to sit
Make sure you have a mirror before you so that you can visualize
you through it
Begin your journey with a pencil on the canvas-it does not mean
to be exact- during a self-portrait session we can start a dialogue
between our thinking mind and our ‘gut’ to draw from an
inexhaustible source of meanings, which must be expressed. The
self-portrait can be incredibly empowering.
Self-portraiture can be a means of self-reflection and
accepting the self both beauty and deficient being
unbiased-fighting with inner critic is one of the hardest part
about the specific task.
Pen down the experiences, your feelings of finding your
portrait drawn by you
How it would help you?
Art therapists/you also can be informed of the benefits and
drawbacks of recreating the self by examining the art which reflects
your inner self.
It can be a different experience for people who spends time only
critiquing themselves in the mirror and attracting emotions to those
You have created self-portraits as a vehicle to understand yourself
Self-portraits can allow you to be open and receptive to the self,
which is an important component of therapeutic growth.
Having a different experience in front of the mirror gives u the
opportunity to have a different perspective, which after more
practice, can hopefully decrease the initial instinct to judge.
Blank unlined index cards, scissors, magazine, writing implements
Participants are requested to list the factors that affect their self-
the list of things that can do to raise their self confidence
Ask participant to keep an ongoing list on the paper
1. Past success
2. Think in a more positive manner
3. Take healthy risks
4. Practice self acceptance
5. Accept that ‘it’s enough to do my best’
6. Let go of guilt
7. Don’t label yourself and other
8. You are just as good, if not better ,than others
9. See the good in yourself
10. Focus on your strength, people/things you love
11. Find positive people to socialize with
12. Develop a support system
13. Learn new skill
Engage in hobbies
Try to be organized
Don’t give up
Avoid people who are negative
Keep a gratitude list
Keep an achievement list
Smile and laugh as possible
Try to see humour in life
Don’t worry what others think
Focus on positive aspect on your life
Accept who you are
Make a list of your positive qualities
Be true yourself, live your own life.
Participants then glue the card on a sheet of papers and after that they
are asked either to draw or stick pictures from old magazines’
paper beside the line representing the special quality of him/her.
How it would help you?
These daily affirmations can help you to develop a
more positive self esteem. Having positive thoughts
about yourself can potentially re-write the connections
in your brain causing you to feel better about yourself.
These are all recycled products made up of newspaper, obviously you could
get to see..its a great threat to Global Warming...so its an Eco Friendly
Products. It has got very good response in hotel industries and in different
Govt. Emporiums and moreover many state governments are perusing T & D
for the under privileged.
Apart from these Eco friendly and Commercial aspects, it has great impact in
both physical and mental health. Let us discuss about physical value....as we
grow old our bones and muscles starts decaying...gradually it slows down our
motion and causes great hindrance to normal activities.
In order to check this ailment we can practise this type of activities which
leads to interesting and motivating exercise of fingers eventually the whole
So far mental health is concern, this is worth mentioning ...its a "Mind
Booster" activity which gives shape to waste products a unique makeover
look and a best utilization”.