Four pupils were invited to attend a life drawing session at Hastings Court residential care home on Thursday 21st November 2019 and worked alongside some of the residents who are living with Dementia.  This event has come about through a lottery funded grant for a community initiative called ‘Drawing Life’, which aims is to bring the generations together through a mutual love of Art.

It is hoped that this will become a regular event providing the opportunity for our pupils to work in another environment, to draw from a live model, to break down the barriers between the generations and to obtain an understanding of Dementia through drawing.

Here is some of the feedback:

Delilah G:  ‘I really loved drawing with the older people.  Even though when some of them spoke I didn’t understand them, I felt we connected more through drawing and our mutual love of art than by speaking. I also liked the chocolate at the end and the pear juice I had while I was drawing. All in all I thoroughly enjoyed this experience and would happily do it again.’

Judy Parkinson, organiser:  ‘Once again, thank you so much for arranging for your excellent pupils to join our class yesterday. They are an absolute credit to the school.  We really enjoyed the class, our thanks to them all for being so patient and kind, and not least for creating some lovely drawings.  I hope they all found the experience worthwhile.’

Tracey Konyu