A few weeks ago I conducted a seminar art class with Senior citizens at Access Care in Louisville, KY. After explaining the concept of collaborative art, two tables were set up with three sheets of paper. One group of grandmas and grandpas quickly proceed to put as much on the sheet of paper as possible, it was nice to see how enthusiastic they were, but after about 30 minutes their patience ran out and only a few people would come and go to add to the piece.
Another sheet of paper was attended to by another group of seniors who needed more motivation and assistance. This was the group that was willing to try out drawing something but did not feel confident about the choices they made. The third sheet of paper was started by a gentleman who used to be an architect and has an artistic background. Most other members of the class refused to contribute there as they were afraid to ruin his work. Overall, the event was a success because it was fun. What I learned from this was that if the project is limited by a short time frame it is better to have a much smaller paper size, this way the participants will cover more space on the page.