On July 12, 2018, residents at Mitchell Manor in Mitchell, Indiana, participated in an expressive arts project by painting stepping stones and rocks.
The group met for four sessions to allow residents to work on their decorations.
“It gave them the opportunity to deepen awareness of their own personal creative processes and styles while learning how art therapy supports self-expression,” said Kathi Hignite-Owens, executive director.
Mandy Oppel, activity director, learned about expressive art projects from the Regional Collaboration for Quality Improvement in Long-term Care, and the Indiana Department of Health provided funding for the project.
The completed stones and rocks will be placed out by the facility’s fish pond.
“I enjoyed painting the turtle stepping stone,” said one of the residents. “I painted it different colors. The little rocks were great too!”
Another resident added, “It was fun! I liked painting both the stepping stone and the little rocks.”