At Home Activities: Still Life Session

Written by Active Minds on Saturday the 18th of April 2020.

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Still Life Session

It’s well documented that art has a powerful effect on the emotional and mental wellbeing of people living with dementia, so encouraging creativity wherever possible is fantastic.

Painting is a lovely, relaxing activity for people to do quietly on their own away from all distractions. But it’s also fun to do in a group, as everyone can chat and encourage one another.

If the weather is nice, why not set up this activity in the garden and enjoy a little sunshine?

You’ll need

  • Variety of fruit
  • A table
  • A basket
  • Paints
  • Brushes
  • Coloured pencils
  • Cartridge paper
  • Easels


The activity

  • Encourage the group to arrange the fruit in the basket
  • Once the arrangement looks good, put a sheet of paper on each person’s easel or place it on the table in front of them (whichever is most accessible for them)
  • Hand out a variety of pencils or paints
  • Encourage them to paint the fruit bowl
  • Remind the group that art is completely personal, and no painting can be wrong. Art is always open to interpretation
  • It doesn’t matter whether the painting is “good” or not, just encourage them to let their creativity flow and enjoy themselves