Our Arts-Based Activities and Online Courses for Caregivers, follow a 3 Pillar System. Every activity, course, and workshop leads you through the action steps for each of the 3 Pillars.
We believe Caregivers have one of the most important & demanding jobs in the world and we want to help make your role as a Caregiver, easier & more meaningful. Our arts-based activities are not only fun; they engage a part of the brain that helps reduce stress.
Be creative together! We show you how to adapt the art-making process to Co-create with the people you care for. The collaborative process promotes greater connection and many moments of joy.
Invite others to join in! By including family, friends and community in the creative process, you add to the fun, reduce social isolation for your loved one, and make special "new memories" for everyone who is involved.
Caregivers want to make a positive change in the lives of the people they care for, but the #1 problem identified by almost all Caregivers is lack of TIME!
You no longer have to spend hours of YOUR TIME trying to find activities that are engaging, enjoyable, accessable, and meaningful. We have done that part for you. Activities include a full range of various artforms!
Before an activity makes it's way to you, we test it and tweak it directly with people living with dementia and their caregivers. This saves YOU the TIME of testing & tweaking for yourself.
Everyone learns in different ways, so we teach the activities in a variety of formats for every kind of learner. You have access to video tutorials, downloadable guides, material lists and weekly coaching sessions to make the learning curve easy, fun & TIME efficient.
Every Caregiver is different and every person you care for is different, so it's very important to find a strategy that works for you. Here are a few options for you to consider!
Our online courses are project-based, to allow you to move through each of the 3 Pillars in a purposeful way; for yourself first, and then to co-create with your loved one and others. All courses are in a video format designed to allow you to follow along. Downloadable guides, instructions and materials lists make it easy for you to learn in your own way and in your own time. You have lifetime access to your courses!
A "Create Date" gives family caregivers a much needed break while we engage your loved one in person-centered art making and co-creation. We report back to you, which arts-based activities result in the most joyful & meaningful outcomes, so you and other family members can have your own "Create Dates" while enhancing Quality of Life and making new joyful memories with your loved one.
Whether you are working with an individual or a family, making & using puppets together is a powerful tool in assisting with communication, self-expression, problem solving, storytelling and healing. In our engaging workshops, you create a sock puppet to assist you in the work you do with others. As a group, we explore a variety of ways puppets can give a voice to those who are too hurt, sad or confused to speak.
"Shelley King embodies Play, Fun and Laughter while giving people the tools to navigate difficult times and emotions safely and creatively!! Her Artful Connections workshops and services inspire the imagination while gently helping participants bring out their true Inner Child. For healthier individuals, families and organizations alike, Shelley King and Artful Connections are a must!"
"Thank you, Shelley, for giving such a fun and informative workshop. Everyone thoroughly enjoyed it and came away with additional tools & ideas to help in both our work and personal lives. The supplies you provided were terrific. Your ideas and encouragement boosted everyone's confidence and unleashed their artistic side. We all had such a blast !"
Isn't it exciting to know you can make an even bigger difference in the life of your loved one or client AND take better care of yourself at the same time? Get started now with our FREE COURSE, "Using the Arts to Create Joy & Connection"!