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Arts & Crafts

Looking for an inventive and enjoyable way to spend your free time? Check out our list of art visits, crafting, and more.

Virtual Tours Art Museums

Smithsonian's National Portrait Gallery

The Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery tells the history of America through individuals who have shaped its culture. Through the visual arts, performing arts and new media, the Portrait Gallery portrays poets and presidents, visionaries and villains, actors and activists whose lives tell the American story.

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The Van Gogh Museum

In Amsterdam houses the largest collection of artworks by Vincent van Gogh (1853-1890) in the world. The permanent collection includes over 200 paintings by Vincent van Gogh, 500 drawings and more than 750 letters. The museum also presents exhibitions on various subjects from 19th-century art history.

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Painting and Coloring Crafts

Many seniors enjoy expressing themselves with markers and paintbrushes. Focusing on patterns and colors calms the mind and allows the brain to take a break from daily worries. In fact, some research suggests that coloring can have the same soothing effect on the body as meditation. With that in mind, check out these examples of painting and coloring projects for seniors:

Coloring books for older adults Coloring is not just for kids! Adult coloring books are an increasingly popular way for seniors to relax, relieve stress, and create something beautiful. Large-print coloring books for adults with low vision are also available.

Geometric tape painting Use painter's tape on a piece of canvas to mark geometric lines in a pattern, paint between the tape lines, then remove the tape. This can be a great way for seniors with unsteady hands to produce a painting with nice smooth edges.

Painted rocks Your imagination is the only limit when it comes to painting rocks. You can turn rocks into ladybugs, garden markers, and a lot more.

Painted mirrors If you've got an old mirror with a frame that has seen better days, try giving it new life with some spray paint.

Terracotta pots Add a little pizzazz to ordinary garden pots. You can paint them freehand or use a stencil to add details like hearts, leaves, or stars.Pine cones—Painted pine cones can make a gorgeous addition to any centerpiece.

Watercolor luminaries Want a colorful way to light up your porch or patio? With a bit of paint, some coffee filters, and a mason jar, you can create a beautiful luminary.

Photo Crafts

Incorporating photos into crafts is the ultimate way to personalize a project. Many seniors enjoy taking pictures, and some have boxes of photos gathering dust in a closet somewhere that could be put to good use. If you have digital photos on a memory card, smartphone, or computer, you can print them out yourself or have them printed fairly inexpensively at places like Costco or Walmart.Photo crafts make extremely good gifts because they are so personal.

Consider these ideas:
Scrapbook
Making a scrapbook is an excellent way to preserve memories. Set your creativity loose and use papers, ribbons, stickers, and other embellishments to decorate your pages.Collage board—Create a unique wall hanging by arranging a bunch of your favorite photos in an overlapping pattern and adhering them to wood, canvas, or corkboard.

Photo magnets
Turn your fridge into a photo gallery! With adhesive magnetic sheets, it's easy to create magnets out of photos of any size.Photo cube—Photo cubes are a fun way to display a bunch of photos in a small area, and they make great conversation pieces. It's best to choose photos that will work well as squares.

Photo coasters
Want a practical way to show off some of your favorite prints? Stick them on coasters and put them out for your next social gathering.Photo-covered flower pot Bring a personal touch to an ordinary flower pot. You can let the photos speak for themselves or add other details like a meaningful
phrase or saying.

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5 Min Crafts

Create amazing pieces of art in under 5 minutes!

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Easy Napkin Transfers for Polymer Clay

This video will demonstrate an easy transfer method using printed napkins. I'm using Premo white clay, ( rolled on the third thickest setting on my Pasta machine ) to make bookmarks. Please make a small test piece with your napkin, as a few of them won't transfer well. Burnish (rub) well and cure at the recommended temperature, covered for an hour.

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Last Update: 05/01/20

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