The Coming of Age
A creative workshop exploring the meaning of ageing and old age through the mediation of art.
4 Thursday mornings 11:00-12:30 • 26 Feb; 5/12/19 Mar 2015
“It is the meaning that men attribute to their life, it is their entire system of values that defines the meaning and the value of old age. The reverse applies: by the way in which a society behaves towards its old people it uncovers the naked, and often carefully hidden, truth about its real principles and aim.” Simone de Beauvoir (translated by P. O’Brian, 1972)
Old age in our present world seems constantly overridden by promotions of attributes of youth as desirable normality; through fashion, adverts, beauty and fitness, and even concepts of “well-being”, are often entangled with idealised images of youth. Although attitudes towards old age are culturally variable, within our rapidly changing societies, (technologically, ethically, etc.), old age may find itself at odds with pressures for adaptation and belonging.
WHAT WE OFFER: A weekly session (90mn duration) over a four weeks period. Participants (maximum 15) will meet as a group and be encouraged to work individually with art material (drawing, painting, modelling…). Time will then be allocated to meet again as a group to reflect upon images.
AIMS: To provide a reflective space to possibly break down preconceived ideas of old age by upholding participants’ individual experiences, expressed through the artwork and verbally.
WHO IS IT FOR: People motivated in exploring image making processes and contents with personal or professional interests in reflecting upon old age and experiences of ageing.
No artistic ability or previous experience in using art materials is required and one may use this opportunity as an introduction in working with visual art as a mean for self-expression.
The products of these workshops will be held confidential.
Jean-Jacques Bonneau HCPC, BAAT, (APP, SEA Associate member), has extensive experience as clinician and supervisor with various client groups, including elderly, through his 25 years employment in NHS. Presently setting up in private practice.
Anna Giannotti is an HCPC registered Art Therapist who has worked with mental health patients in the NHS, and has extensive experience in working with people recovering from strokes.