Group art projects can involve all ages in a community from the planning and creating stage to the implementation or presentation of the finished art project. Encourage group members to put their joint artistic skills and efforts toward a project that will benefit other people, improve their surroundings, leave a lasting mark or present a human gesture in an otherwise sterile setting.
Churches retirement homes, schools or hospitals might show interest in having a mural painted on a wall to brighten up the surroundings for their members, residents, students or patients. Draw some mural ideas on paper and present the ideas to the people for whom the group is doing the mural. If the art group has not had much experience painting a mural, paint a practice one on a large sheet of paper hung on the wall first so they can get the feel of the mural process. Pick a theme or design that most appropriately fits the surroundings and the people who will be viewing it---something cheery and bright such as a garden or park scene for a hospital, for example, or a scene of Bible stories for a church.
Make removable seasonal or holiday murals on large sheets of paper, an autumn scene for Halloween and Thanksgiving, or a winter village scene or nativity scene for Christmas.
Playground Design Competition and Art Show
Find out whether local schools, day-care centres or parks would be interested in a new playground, and approach them with the idea. Have all of the group members involved draw a design or plan that shows their idea of a perfect playground. This makes for a good project to do with kids, since they have their own ideas of what a fun playground would contain and how it should look. Have a competition for the best design idea. Set up an art show that displays all the designs, and publicise it in the paper, online and with flyers and notices to local residents. Charge an admission fee to the art show to raise funds toward building the playground. Add donation boxes that various people have painted in playground themes, and place them around the art exhibit and in local businesses that might support the group project.
Pick a local charity or group that needs some loving attention, and make small gifts to brighten a regular day, holiday or special occasion. A retirement home or local hospital may welcome something to give to each resident or patient, and the recipients will appreciate the gesture. Make seasonal art place cards to pass out to patients stuck in the hospital during any holiday. Some hospitals bring the gifts to the patients along with their meals.
Make flowers out of fabric, wood, papier--mâché or whatever art supply you have, and give one flower to each person in a hospital wing or retirement home.
Create colouring books to print out and present to children in long-term care in a children's hospital ward along with a small set of crayons for each child.
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