Praxis Care Coleraine – Westbann Home Response – (a service provided to people with mental ill health) recently started an art group with the simple idea of making artwork by painting stones.
The project took off and resulted in a series of workshops and a final new mosaic being created by the service users.
Geoff Buntin temporary team Leader says
“The original idea to do a simple art project grew, becoming part of a much bigger, joint project as service users and staff swapped suggestions and came up with the “bright” idea of a mosaic, using painted stones and glass tiles arranged on a wooden background.
Preference in the design stage, colours chosen, and adding personal touches meant the project was owned by the service users from start to finish.
Several stages were involved in the process, which encouraged the service users to tackle familiar and new skills, with some support from the staff team. The first step was to come up with a design on paper. This was transferred on to the wooden background, which gave the outline within which the stones would be glued, after they had been painted and varnished.
Staff said they enjoyed every minute of the project, seeing the commitment and satisfaction of the service users each step of the process, especially as the finished mosaic was proudly mounted on the wall of the Westbann office.”
Service user comments sum this up well included
“Gaining a sense of achievement by looking at the finished project”
“Improving my sense of worth by being part of the team on the project.”
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