Last year, Artist in Resident Louise Underwood, worked with us and groups of carers over a period of months to create beautiful artwork. Many carers expressed that being involved in creating artwork had a positive affect on their wellbeing.
There is a huge amount of evidence to suggest that arts and creative activities have health benefits for everyone. Therefore, during these uncertain and challenging times, Louise will be sharing creative activities for carers to try at home. Louise, explains, Lockdown Creative is something anyone and everyone can get involved with…
“Art and creativity can be very good at helping us during tricky and worrying times… Recently, as the news has become more troubling, I have been thinking about all the lovely friends I made at Newcastle Carers. I remember that we would often talk about how being creative
helps distract us from our worries for a little while.
With this in mind, I thought that over the next few weeks/months, it would be great fun to put together small, regular creative projects which carers might like to have a go at. We could even share images of what you have done whilst in isolation. This would be a lovely way to keep in touch with each other and maybe have a bit of fun…
The plan is to choose activities which do not need lots of resources or materials, hopefully using things you might find close at hand in the ho
We’ll be sharing Louise’s Lockdown Creative activities here, so keep checking this page for more activities over the coming weeks, and we’ll also share activities on our social media platforms. So here goes…
- Activity One: Radiant Rainbows – what does the rainbow symbolise?
- Activity Two: Lockdown Limericks – Can you remember any funny limericks from your childhood? Or, can you come up with any of your own limericks?… The format for a limerick is that there are five lines of verse in total. The 1st, 2nd and 5th lines rhyme with each other, and then the 3rd and 4th lines rhyme with each other. Louise has come up with a couple of examples of her own, and I think you’d agree that they’re great! Example one and Example two.
- Activity Three: Acrostic Poems – an Acrostic poem is one where letters in each line form a word when read vertically. To create an acrostic poem, you need to think of a word you would like to ‘illustrate’ with your poem, for example care, love, thankful – it can be absolutely anything! Then, write the letters of the word vertically down a page. Start each line of the poem with a word beginning with that letter. An alternative way to write an acrostic poem is to ‘run’ the word more centrally through the lines of the poem. Louise, has shared two examples: example one and example two, to get us started… now it’s your turn!
- Activity Four: Origami Hearts – How about making a caring heart which you can use as a bookmark, dangle from a window latch or add a message and send to a friend. You don’t need special origami paper to make it, but it helps if there are different colours or patterns on both sides of the paper. You could even use pages from magazines – one side with pictures, and another side with writing, the different contrast helps with understanding which side you are working on at a time. Cut your paper to 6 inches or 15 cm square – the essential thing is that the paper is square. Here’s a free to use downloadable instruction sheet on ‘How to Make an Origami Heart with Wings‘ which can be used for personal use. Also, Watch Louise’s video with step-by-step instructions on how to make Origami Hearts.
- Activity Five: How to Make a Noughts and Crosses Set – enjoy a game of Noughts and Crosses! Download step-by-step instructions on How to Make a Noughts and Crosses Set. See finished example.
- Activity Six: Sock Friends – Have fun creating Kitty Sock Friends and Owl Sock Friends with Louise’s step-by-step instructions. Enjoy experimenting with different patterned or plain socks and button sizes, and if you really feel inspired, check out the internet for other ideas for Sock Friends.
We would love to see your creations! Please send us your photos: