Engaging people living with neurodiversity and cognitive impairment through the arts

SENsory
at Belvue School

A day of screen printing at Belvue SEN School in Ealing, as part of series of creative workshops organised by October Gallery.

hands drawing
A student's stencil, cut-out shapes and final screen print

As well as our services for people living with dementia, we also facilitate workshops for those who are neuro-diverse or have mild-cognitive impairment, as many of the sensory techniques are transferrable.

This day-workshop took inspiration from the October Gallery artist, Jordan Ann Craig. Craig who is an artist from the Northern Cheyenne, creates paintings, prints and textile work that draws inspiration from Indigenous textiles, beadwork, pottery and landscapes. With one of her chief methods being screen printing, we conducted a screen printing session in combination with paper cut-outs.

Geometric artwork
Three of the participant's cyanotypes

Craig’s geometric patterns had a visual similarity to the childhood past-time of making paper snowflakes. This proved not only accessible, becuase of it's familiarity to the students, but also a very generative, and a productive method of making stencils which could become prints.

Screen print