Week 1: Brain Fitness—What is the Connection With the Arts?
We’ll consider why brain fitness and the arts are important to our daily lives and in our communities. We will also take a closer look at how the arts are defined, and how they are good for your mental health, cognition and attention. There will be a very informal introduction “circle”, where we tell each other why we’re interested in brain fitness and what arts programs and interests we are involved in.
Week 2: Visual Arts
Visual Arts could be seen as the original, basic art form as they can be found in many of the other arts disciplines. We will take an overview of the visual arts and how different art forms stimulate the brain. We will include drawing, painting, sculpture, photography and crafts. We will also look at some of the new forms of visual arts, such as colouring, and iPad brushstroke. There will be a participatory exercise for this art form.
Week 3: Performing Arts 1—Voice; Music and Singing
In this art form, artists use their voices to convey artistic expression. We will look at musicians and singers in Performing Arts 1. Did you stop singing when someone told you “you can’t sing”? Well, now is the time to start again. Studies show music and singing help lead to improvement in concentration, memory, creativity and coping skills. There will be a participatory exercise for this art form.
Week 4: Performing Arts 2—Movement; Acting, Theatre, Dance
Shake your booty, or not. Movement is so important to brain fitness, and learning something new gets the brain synapses firing while you benefit in so many other ways. We will look at how memorizing lines, improv, and a new dance step (that you can use when you do your morning walk) are all beneficial to the brain.There will be a participatory exercise for this art form.
Act 5: Literary Arts—The Written Word
We will look at reading and writing for brain fitness including, non fiction, poetry and prose, memoir and journaling, word games and puzzles. Language brain-fitness will stimulate your communication, hearing, speech and memory. There will be a participatory exercise for this art form.
Week 6: Discussion
We will discuss and possibly share an art/brain exercise you liked. We will also look at how you are going to use the arts in your life. There will also be a discussion on the resources that can support your arts brain fitness, in your community, online, in meet-up groups and on your own.