The e-book or ePub version of the printed full colour A4 portrait format with 164 pages plus cover, includes many small video files and sound files to enhance the viewer’s experience. We have included a number of animations to pages and images to take advantage of the ePub format.
How Magic Happens:
The e-book version of the printed full colour A4 portrait format with 28 pages plus cover.
By Nancy Tingey
The book Magic Happens describes an extraordinary journey by Canberra artist Nancy Tingey over 20 years in which a recreational art class developed into a specialist program which enabled people with Parkinson’s to produce art works of startling originality and emotional intensity.
It also traces the story of Nancy’s husband, a scientist diagnosed with Parkinson’s aged 46, who rated Painting with Parkinsons a ‘Can do’ activity, replacing abilities lost as his Parkinson’s developed. Although eventually unable to transfer without the help of two people and a machine he painted until he died aged 77. Another member of the group maintained, ‘When I am sketching, I forget about my Parkinson’s and it forgets about me!’
Nancy began with the belief that anyone can paint given a sympathetic environment, good quality materials and encouragement. From there she researched ways of using art as a therapy for Parkinson’s on a Churchill Fellowship – the steepest learning curve of her life – after which she incorporated meditation and rhythmic movement into the program.
Using prompts and triggers, taking things one step at a time, minimising interruptions to the painting process and introducing a variety of stimuli to challenge participants – Painting with Parkinsons collaborates with the Canberra Symphony Orchestra and local poets – the program focuses on restoring confidence and a sense of individual identity to people whose disability has marginalised them as contributing members of society.
Group members are often amazed at the variety of imagery that evolves with each class session. One mark leads to another, but no two marks are the same. And as one of the strengths of people with Parkinson’s is their almost obsessive ability to stick at something once they get started they keep going until they have finished.
It is wonderful to watch people who find everyday activities challenging paint with freedom and fluidity, totally engrossed in the process. They may no longer be able to sign their names, but they can express themselves in paint.
By Ian Bignall, with Nancy Tingey
The manual provides a brief outline of the Tingey Painting with Parkinsons Program which provides opportunities for people with Parkinson’s disease to express their emotions and thoughts through art in a safe and supportive environment.
The manual is designed to be a practical step by step guide to the program for participants with Parkinson’s and their families, as well as facilitators, volunteers, carers and support workers who are interested in following the Tingey Painting with Parkinsons Program.
The manual is particularly useful for facilitators, volunteers and program coordinators who are looking to establish a Painting with Parkinsons program.
It is best read with reference to Nancy Tingey’s book “Magic Happens. The Story of Painting with Parkinsons”.
Tingey Painting with Parkinsons program (TINCAN™)