Acrylic Rx: A program evaluation of a professionally taught painting class among older Americans

Nikky Greer, K. Jill Fleuriet, Adelita G. Cantu

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    Abstract

    Objective: The purpose of this arts program evaluation was to understand the impact of a professionally taught painting class on the health and well-being of fixed-income senior participants in San Antonio, Texas. Method: Data were obtained over a 14-month period through formal surveys, semi-structured and spontaneous interviews, and participant observation. Results: Meanings of art, aging, and health coevolved during the classroom experience to effect positive psychosocial change in participants' lives. Participants perceived significant improvements in mental and psychosocial health through increased social engagement, self-awareness, empowerment, and a sense of calm and relaxation. Conclusions: Structural aspects of the class, free instruction and materials, flexible participation, leadership, and teacher pedagogies facilitated these improvements. Mandated funding through federal policy for senior residential complexes and nursing homes should explicitly include ongoing opportunities for professionally taught creative art classes in a variety of media for healthy and ailing senior populations.

    Original languageEnglish (US)
    Pages (from-to)262-273
    Number of pages12
    JournalArts and Health
    Volume4
    Issue number3
    DOIs
    StatePublished - Oct 2012

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    Paintings
    Program Evaluation
    Art
    Health
    Nursing Homes
    Mental Health
    Observation
    Interviews
    Population
    Acrylic
    Teaching

    Keywords

    • aging
    • arts
    • program evaluation
    • psychosocial health

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)
    • Medicine (miscellaneous)

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    Acrylic Rx : A program evaluation of a professionally taught painting class among older Americans. / Greer, Nikky; Fleuriet, K. Jill; Cantu, Adelita G.

    In: Arts and Health, Vol. 4, No. 3, 10.2012, p. 262-273.

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    Greer, Nikky ; Fleuriet, K. Jill ; Cantu, Adelita G. / Acrylic Rx : A program evaluation of a professionally taught painting class among older Americans. In: Arts and Health. 2012 ; Vol. 4, No. 3. pp. 262-273.
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