Inquire about groups, routine scheduling, and private sessions. 

Call for a consultation to  determine  
if an assessment is appropriate in providing the desired potential outcome of a particular therapeurtic art service.


Jeannine Bestoso

Lets do some art and have some fun!



  Health Facilities  *  Adult Day Care  *  Disability and Recovery Centers
Senior Living Centers  *  Nursing Homes * Hospital Settings


                                       Jeannine Bestoso, Art Ed. M, CSOS, CDAT 
                                             Arts Facilitator and Mentor 



Art Education,  Neurology Based Therapeutic Art and Expressive Activities

How Programs Are Designed

Six Areas of Wellness: 
Programs are designed to be incorporated within the six areas of wellness to provide enhancing life experiences that contribute to having a sense of well being.  Categories of wellness are physical, social, emotional, intellectual, spiritual, and being productive. The three distinct approaches, Art Education, Neuro Art and Therapeutic Art Activities can all provide varying degrees of wellness. At all levels the art making activities  encourage interest, attention, active participation, productivity, and socialization.

An Activity Plan can be developed for long or short term programs but is not always required by the clients or facilities involved. For an individual or for groups a plan starts with data collection for an assessment about the perspective participants.  The assessment includes information concerning precautions and limitations, physician's approval for activities participation (if necessary), the individual's birthday, nationality, social history, and the name of a family contact (ATRA, 1991).  Individual activity plans may include the total client or resident care plan.  

Determining Client / Resident Interest: Interest may be determined by conducting initial interviews using a structured activity interest questionnaire based on the six areas of wellness and other activity categories, (Ryan 1991). Categories can determine activities designed to be supportive, provide maintenance, or provide empowerment. The category can be selected based on clients' or residents' individual needs, strengths, and goals. Guidelines are from the Standards of Practice (1990) National Association of Activity Professionals (NAAP).  

 (both w
ritten and visual of sessions and activities) can be offered at clients request. Documentation of sessions and activities reflect maintenance, progress, or decline. 

*Fees are applied when services for activity plans, interviewing and/or documentation are requested.

  Participation in activities may involve, stimulate, and support:
  • attention
  • cognition, including enhancements in memory, judgment, and mental agility  
  • whole brain activity 
  • mood and attitude  
  • self respect
  • self expression
  • personal choice and interests
  • relaxation
  • stress reduction

        Different Approaches for Different Needs
Art Making Activities:  Examples of activities are collage, stamping, mask making, stone painting, cut-paint - paste,  ceramics,  and group projects.  When active participation and productivity is not possible, then passive or leisure participation can be the means for engagement with a person, either individually or within a group. Involvement may be by watching other group members involved in a creative process, or by looking at art books, listening to music and  listening and conversing within the group. 
Art Education: Engagement in the fine arts at a higher level that can provide a greater sense of fulfillment are explored through block printing, still life and observational drawing, and water color and acrylic painting based on themes and personal interest.              
Art Groups in centers provide group socialization, the dynamics of cooperation, and the sharing of experiences, insights, and products. Groups may be specific to populations and based on the purpose and needs of the group, requiring different themes and levels of activities, structure, reassurance, and assistance. Groups may be for recreational activities or for therapeutic purposes. The groups may be goal oriented meeting the specific needs of different facilities, to include written responses, to share with the group, or for private person-centered witnessing between the artist/leader and the artist/client. 

Groups are appropriate for school settings, psychological behavioral centers, rehabilitation centers for substance abuse, recovery centers, physical rehabilitation, senior living centers, nursing homes, adult day care, and hospital settings for patients and families. Groups are also effective for staff at any of these facilities for both expressive and educational experiences.    

Mask making for a group activity                    Memory Stones             Drawing from Observation

Art as Therapy is a person-centered, therapeutic, tactile, and creative approach.  I use the art making process and therapeutic modalities as a supportive vehicle of communication to connect the intellectual/ cognitive/emotional/verbal domains for each individual. The art processes are avenues of exploration and engage mindful listening and attention of the client.  Together we choose the best course of action of art making in a session.  Each session, with the issue at hand, the relationship between artist/mentor and artist/client, and the art product, stands on its own to provide comfort, healing, awareness, clarity, growth, and direction.
The Art Journal
is a useful of tool for self-exploration, insight, and self-communication.  It can be
added to between sessions and contribute as a vehicle to open discussions of personal issues, or enhance sessions.

Assisted Therapeutic Art is designed to support clients with physical impairments, developmental disabilities, neurological disorders, and traumatic brain injuries (TBI).  The elderly also benefit with this process.    Using a person-centered approach I assist individuals in achieving productivity, and  in having meaningful aesthetic experiences.  The activities are accomplished through "scaffolding" which is a hand-over-hand collaboration between the client and the facilitator. 
Being involved in the active participation of art and music making allows these clients to be productive in a creative process through their own hands, their determination, and their efforts.  


Read more about how the hand-over-hand process worked with one man:      
The study was written in Memory of Raymond Huot.
for a presentation at the Rhode Island 11th Annual Statewide Brain Injury Conference, March 2012

Click on the link below.
Keeping Curiosity Alive:
How An Expressive and Therapeutic Art Program Worked with a Man Named R


Therapeutic Neurology Based Arts and Activities

Therapeutic neurology based arts and activities are designed to stimulate interest and action through new sensory experiences
and repetition that improve the sense of well being through engagement and accomplishment.  Clients may also experience improved mental cognition and visual comprehension, verbal skills and diverse physical movements and patterns. 

The Neuro Based Art Modality
The process is a 3 tiered visual/sensory/cognitive approach.  It begins by activating the senses with  specific and diverse movements creating awareness of the body and ones surroundings and heightening physical agility. This step prepares the mind for critical and observational thinking in use of color and shapes to stimulate attention and further the building on spatial relationships, improved cognition and speech.
             A Mental, Movement and Visual Program for Individual Growth and Improvement

The  Drawing Series 
 is a developmental process.  It begins with identifying the stimuli of lines, basic shapes and colors in their most simple duet relationships that can progress to editing and increasing the shapes and multiple forms creating complex abstract spatial compositions. The drawing practice process is key to increasing management  of new incoming abstract color and shape stimuli.   

In the Naming Exercisesverbalization, spelling, writing, singing  and memory activities are routinely added  to the drawing exercises. 

Goals:  The sensory stimulating exercises are built on practice to rebuild brain pathways or neuro regeneration to the extent it may be possible and show improvement.  In my work with clients I have used these therapy modalities as notably interventions in relation to: learning disabilities, ADD, traumatic brain injury (TBI),  stroke and visual field cuts, and PTSD, Alzheimer's and dementia.


Fine Arts, Ceramic Projects and Other Activities

Examples of art produced by clients in adult day care,
senior living centers and nursing homes.

    Acrylic Painting.        Acrylic Painting.        Vase of Flowers, Charcoal, Resident Care

       Handbuilding Activity, ceramics.      Handbuilding Activity, ceramic.      Handbuilding Activity from Pattern, ceramic.
      Multi-media activity, acrylic and collage.          Pattern Activity, watercolor. 
   Symbolism Activity, acrylic.           Painting Activity, acrylic.       Mandala Activity, marker.      
“Art (making) requires an act of supreme integration” (Kramer 1971). 
Motor coordination,  intellect, imagination, and emotion must function in  balanced  concert…”
Henley (1992).

To view education and therapy pages click on the links below 

Drawing   *     Painting   *    Ceramics   *    Assemblage Art   *   Mixed Media

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            THERAPEUTIC ART             
    Drawing  *   Painting   *   Ceramics  
Art Activities   
 *   Hand-over-hand Assisted Art 
 Provides Art Education, Art Therapy and Art Experiences 
for Individuals and Groups with Disabilities and Special Needs
Privately, in Health Facilities and in Schools
    Neuro Art Therapy   *   Therapeutic Art Exercises and Cognitive Rehabilitation   
 Therapy modalities that address and help improve memory problems, sensory difficulties and cognition, 
    in relation to Learning Disabilities, ADD,  Brain Injury, Aging, Stroke and Visual Field Cuts, and PTSD.   

Jeannine Bestoso      401-714-7263 / 847-8034

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