Graduation Date


Document Type

Senior Thesis

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts


Humanities and Cultural Studies

Department or Program Chair

Chase B. Clow, PhD

First Reader

Lynn Sondag, MFA


Art is the expression or application of human creative skills using that individual’s imagination. While most often taught amongst young people, I believe that art is a tool that can be used at all ages to promote reflection, pleasure, and personal passions. As a way to investigate the benefits of artistic expression amongst different groups of people, I have focused on the rewards achieved with art practiced by individuals living with dementia. Highlighting the difficulties a patient with dementia may encounter, and some of the benefits art can have on those patients; I was able to create art workshops that are easily accessible, and enjoyable. The workshops I have developed allow elderly care facilities a way to introduce creative expression to their patients. These classes presented in my paper are supported with research and personal experiences explored through various avenues including an account of my personal teaching experience. The lesson plans discussed were created with the understanding that not all care facilities have volunteers and teachers with teaching backgrounds, and cover basic teaching techniques. Through research I have found that there is a large need for an instrument such as this. My goal as a teacher is to promote independent practice, generate enthusiasm, and to create excitement in the student’s day.