People who are mentally and physically challenged can create high quality arts and crafts when given the right adaptations. Sometimes, the adaptations are small, but help a person be successful, such a taping down a paper or using a larger brush.
- Skill level:
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Things you need
- Small paint brush
- Watercolour paper
- Foam block
- Printmaking ink
- Smooth white paper
- Rolling pin
- Various objects for pressing into clay
Draw with crayon all over a piece of white paper. Depending on the person's ability, this can be a scribble or a detailed drawing. It may help to tape down the paper.
Paint over the crayon with watercolours. Encourage the person to make patches of different colours for variety.
Explain how the wax is resisting the water and making a design.
Crayon and Watercolor Painting
Draw firmly on a foam block with a ballpoint pen.
Load paint onto a brayer and roll over the foam drawing. The raised areas will pick up the paint.
Place the foam block upside down on a piece of paper and press, making sure to press on the corners, as well as the centre.
Lift the block from the paper to see the print.
Roll out a 5-by-8-inch slab of clay about 1 inch thick.
Give the person many objects with different patterns that can be used with clay, such as a coin, a fork, or a potato masher.
Encourage the person to experiment with the objects by making patterns in the clay.
Paint with underglazes and fire.
Tips and warnings
- Buy paint brushes with large handles for small or weak hands.
- If help is needed, use the hand-over-hand method so the person is still involved in making the art.
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