August 12, 2020
Written by Jamie
During the precautionary lockdown at Arcare North Shore, clients and team members have been thinking outside of the box to stay active through painting and more.
Many of our regular entertainers from the local community and others who share their talents with us have been staying home and keeping safe.
Therefore, the Lifestyle team at Arcare North Shore have been working hard to find people within our own North Shore community who can help to bring a smile to the clients during this time.
And our first expression of interest came from our very own Food Services Attendant Anja!
When Anja is not working in our community or serving delicious coffee to the clients, she spends her spare time creating masterpieces such as coasters, canvases and other wonderful handmade pieces.
We were all very excited when she offered her time to teach the clients on how to create an abstract canvas with paint.
The clients were initially nervous and hesitant to start, however, once the fun began, all their worries were left behind!
The process involved spreading white paint with their fingers on a piece of plastic sheet that was about the size of our canvas.
‘This brings back so many memories! I used to finger paint as a kid and with my kids too; this is so much fun,’ clients Gillian and Kathryn commented.
From there, clients squiggled and dotted the white paint with an array of colours and then laid their blank canvas flat onto it.
The final product stunned everyone as there were incredible swirls and combinations of colour on their canvases.
‘I didn’t think I would be any good at this yet look at what I’ve made!’ client Kay said.
The clients loved it so much that they have asked Anja to come back and do another session!
We cannot wait for her to show us more amazing creations and techniques to create more stunning art pieces.
Jamie Loh is Arcare's Community Marketing Officer for Queensland. Jamie joined the Arcare team in mid 2019, stepping straight into her responsibilities which include communications with the broader community, community engagement and internal communications responsibilities. Jamie is a firm advocate for consistent communications and engaging ideas to help bridge the gap between those living in aged care residences and the wider communities. Jamie utilises a diverse array of strategies to help improve messaging and boost brand awareness and is always advocating for new methods of communicating in different strategies and mediums. After graduating from Brisbane State High School in 2014, Jamie attended the University of Queensland where she earned a Bachelor's Degree in Communications (Public Relations) and Arts (Japanese). During her time at the University of Queensland, Jamie worked with Brisbane's top Public Relations firms and participated in an intensive language program in Tokyo, Japan.