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Resources for Workshop Facilitators

Are you an occupational therapist, ward manager or art facilitator looking to run a Digital Art School workshop? Here you’ll find our archive of instructional videos and downloadable resources to help guide you to facilitate art workshops for service users.

Welcome to Hospital Rooms Digital Art School

Hear directly from our Co-Founder, Tim A Shaw, about the art supplies included for this year’s programme. We can’t wait to see your creations!

“Being a national service, we have access to far less SLAM-provided services, and don’t have a locality. So having someone [HRDAS] coming in from outside is so valuable – this artist coming from outside is sharing their space, their work, it’s someone new and someone fresh. It brings such a unique level of experience.”

OT Interview, 2022

Resources

Exploring Your Hospital Rooms Art Materials Pack

In your Hospital Rooms art materials pack, you’ll find a variety of watercolour and acrylic paints. Each pack includes:

– Primary Colours: Red, yellow, and blue.
– White: For tinting and lightening colours.
– Additional Colours: A selection of other hues to expand your palette.

Mixing Colours

With these paints, you can mix a wide range of new colours, so you don’t need a large collection of paints. Here’s how to get started:

1. Primary Colours: Use red, yellow, and blue as the base for mixing.
2. Tinting: Add white to lighten any colour.
3. Experiment: Try mixing different amounts to create new shades and tones.

Creating a Colour Wheel

If you haven’t made a colour wheel before, it’s a helpful exercise to understand colour mixing. In a moment, we’ll demonstrate how to combine primary colours to create secondary colours, and then how to mix secondary colours for even more options.

Tips for Mixing Colours

– Keep Water Handy: Always have water ready to clean your brushes between mixing different colours to avoid muddy results.
– Experiment: Don’t be afraid to play around and discover new colours by mixing.

Enjoy experimenting with your paints and exploring the endless possibilities of colour!

Here you can find a poster to print out with space for you to add in the date and time you’ll be hosting your workshop. Print this out and display it in and around your ward or hospital site to engage more service users.

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Download our risk assessment template to complete and share with colleagues on your ward or in your mental health service.

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Caring for Your Hospital Rooms Art Materials

If you’ve received a Hospital Rooms art materials box, you’ll find a selection of different brushes. These are clearly labelled and categorised into:

– Watercolour Brushes: Softer brushes, ideal for watercolours and inks.
– Acrylic Brushes: Firmer brushes, perfect for acrylic paints and applying glues.

Proper care is essential to ensure your art materials, especially the brushes, last for years. Here are some tips to help you maintain them:

After Painting

1. Remove Excess Paint:
– Use tissue paper to gently wipe off any excess paint from the brushes before it starts to dry.

2. Wash the Brushes:
– Rinse the brushes in cool or cold water. Avoid using hot water, as it can cause the bristles to fall out.
– Since the paints provided (both watercolours and acrylics) are water-based, water is usually sufficient for cleaning.

3. Check for Cleanliness:
– The brushes may still appear stained, but they are clean when no paint color comes out while rinsing them under water.

4. Drying the Brushes:
– After washing, give the brushes a quick flick to remove excess water.
– Lay them flat to dry or place them bristle-end up in a jar.

Remember, a brush is for life, not just for Hospital Rooms Digital Art School. Taking good care of your brushes will ensure they remain in excellent condition for your future artistic endeavors.

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Instructional videos

Getting Started

Introducing the Digital Art School Materials Box

Tim describes what you can expect to receive in your Digital Art School materials box.

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How to Set up the Space to Host your Workshop

Top tips from Tim on how to prepare the space you’ll be working in.

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Create a Poster to Promote your Workshop

Nafeesa presents the workshop poster template which you can use to promote your workshop.

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Introducing the Digital Art School Materials Box

Tim describes what you can expect to receive in your Digital Art School materials box.

Watch

How to Set up the Space to Host your Workshop

Top tips from Tim on how to prepare the space you’ll be working in.

Watch

Create a Poster to Promote your Workshop

Nafeesa presents the workshop poster template which you can use to promote your workshop.

Watch

Technical Skills

How to Tear Paper without Scissors

No scissors? No problem! Check out these top tips for tearing paper neatly by simply using a ruler and a dash of water!

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Pencil Exercises (Draw and Shade a Sphere)

Richard demonstrates how to draw and shade a sphere, sharing tips on keeping your hands and wrists flexible for drawing.

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Pencil Exercises (Draw and Shade a Cube)

Richard shows how to draw and shade a cube, offering tips on warming up and keeping your wrists and hands relaxed.

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How to Tear Paper without Scissors

No scissors? No problem! Check out these top tips for tearing paper neatly by simply using a ruler and a dash of water!

Watch

Pencil Exercises (Draw and Shade a Sphere)

Richard demonstrates how to draw and shade a sphere, sharing tips on keeping your hands and wrists flexible for drawing.

Watch

Pencil Exercises (Draw and Shade a Cube)

Richard shows how to draw and shade a cube, offering tips on warming up and keeping your wrists and hands relaxed.

Watch

Accessible Videos (British Sign Language)

How to Tear Paper without Scissors

No scissors? No problem! Check out these top tips for tearing paper neatly by simply using a ruler and a dash of water!

Watch

Pencil Exercises (Draw and Shade a Sphere)

Richard demonstrates how to draw and shade a sphere, sharing tips on keeping your hands and wrists flexible for drawing.

Watch

Pencil Exercises (Draw and Shade a Cube)

Richard shows how to draw and shade a cube, offering tips on warming up and keeping your wrists and hands relaxed.

Watch

Create a Poster to Promote your Workshop

Nafeesa presents the workshop poster template which you can use to promote your workshop.

Watch

Introducing the Digital Art School Materials Box

Tim describes what you can expect to receive in your Digital Art School materials box.

Watch

How to Set up the Space to Host your Workshop

Top tips from Tim on how to prepare the space you’ll be working in.

Watch

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