Creative abilities of the residents of Kumasi Cheshire Home

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The research sought to find out whether the residents of Kumasi Cheshire Home who are mentally discharged patients can create artifacts in clay. It was carried out at the home. This thesis is therefore an attempt to find out how creative the residents are and to assess forms and designs made by them. The research has been possible through interviews with residents, nurses and staff of the home literary material, personal observation and experiment. Results were analysed and documented. The scope of the research was limited to the residents of Kumasi Cheshire Home. The report is presented in six chapters. It includes photographs of some selected works of residents. The main finding of the research indicates that the residents can create art forms in clay and that the intensity of their illness has nothing to do with the creativity. While the research findings should be of much relevance to rehabilitation officers to realise the potentials of clay as a medium with plastic characteristics that can be easily manipulated and which can be utilized in the creative activities of the handicapped, it also throws light on the creative abilities of the residents. The recommendations should be of particular interest to the administrative staff of the home and other rehabilitation officers involved in the rehabilitation of mentally discharged.
A thesis submitted to the Board of Postgraduate Studies, Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Kumasi, in partial fulfilment of the requirements for the award of Postgraduate Diploma in Art Education, 1990