Brislington students reaching out to elderly neighbours to share their passion for art

A new project linking artistic students from Oasis Academy Brislington with residents in a local care home is already proving hugely successful.


The idea of the Paint Pals scheme, run by the charity Alive!, is to bring together teenagers and elderly residents who have dementia through art.


A group of Year 8 girls paid their first visit to Robinson House in Stockwood, Bristol, and worked with a local artist.  Together, the students and residents produced a series of images inspired by spring flowers.


Art teacher Ingrid Loxterkamp said: “As everyone began to feel a little more relaxed in one another’s company, stories of life during World War Two and favourite songs were shared. No one wanted the session to end and the next meeting in March is eagerly awaited.”


Since the visit, the students have been producing artwork in their weekly ACE after-school sessions to send to the home and the residents have created their own paintings that they send to the school.


“It's a lovely visual correspondence. We plan to have a series of exhibitions at the end of the year.”