Senior Studio Courses

Lifelong Learning Through the Arts

Creative Aging‘s Senior Studio courses offer lifelong learning through the arts. Lead by talented teaching artists, these multi-session courses provide people who are aging with access to participatory, art making opportunities. Creativity enhances seniors’ sense of control, offers social engagement, enhances physical and mental functioning, and improves attitude.  While Senior Studio courses traditionally meet in person, because of Covid-19, most classes are able to successfully meet virtually.  Please call Creative Aging to learn more about options for a virtual Senior Studio course for your community. 

Upcoming Courses

Creative Writing, July 22 - Aug 26, 2020 @ Memphis Public Libraries, ONLINE

 

Dates & Time

July 22, 29 and August 5 12, 19, 26 from 2:00 to 3:30pm

Location

This class takes place online through Microsoft Teams.  Students receive a link to join each class. If you have questions about the Microsoft Teams platform, we can assist you.   

Cost: FREE

Course Description: 

In this 6 week course (1.5 hours/class), author and expert instructor Elaine Blanchard guides students as they learn to tell a good story and develop creative writing skills. Students move through a creative process to write stories. Students begin their project, select their reader, determine their voice, organize and outline their stories, and encourage and share with one another. This class is offered by Creative Aging in partnership with the Memphis Public Libraries and the Memphis Library Foundation. 

Registration 

Call Creative Aging at (901) 272-3434 to register or for more information.

Dulcimer for Beginners August 7-28, 2020 @ Memphis Public Libraries, ONLINE

Dates & Time

August 7, 14, 21, & 28 from 10:00am to 11:30am 

Location

This class takes place online through Microsoft Teams.  Students receive a link to join each class. If you have questions about the Microsoft Teams platform, we can assist you.   

Cost: FREE

Course Description: 

In this 4 week course (1.5 hours/class), expert instructor Lee Cagle teaches beginner students the basic elements of the dulcimer.  Come learn how to play this simple, yet very beautiful, instrument, and meet new friends. Shelby County residents may check out a dulcimer from the Memphis Public Library, or use their own instrument. Other materials provided.  This class is offered by Creative Aging in partnership with the Memphis Public Libraries and the Memphis Library Foundation. 

Registration 

Call Creative Aging at (901) 272-3434 to register or for more information.

Dulcimer for Beginners: August 7-28, 2020 @ Lakeland Senior Center

Dates & Time

August 7, 14, 21, & 28 from 10:00am to 11:30am 

Location

Lakeland Senior Center, 4527 Canada Road, Lakeland, TN  

Cost: FREE

Course Description: 

In this 4 week course (1.5 hours/class), expert instructor Lee Cagle teaches beginner students the basic elements of the dulcimer.  Come learn how to play this simple, yet very beautiful, instrument, and meet new friends. Shelby County residents may check out a dulcimer from the Memphis Public Library, or use your own. Other materials provided.  This course is offered in partnership with Shelby County Department of Housing and Community Development. 

Registration 

Call the Lakeland Senior Center at (901) 867-2717 to register or get more information.

Basic Clay Aug.12-Sept 16, 2020 @ Lakeland Senior Center

Dates & Time

August 12, 19, 26 and September 2, 9, 26, 2020 from 1:00pm to 2:30pm 

Location

Lakeland Senior Center, 4527 Canada Road, Lakeland, TN  

Cost: FREE

Course Description: 

In this 6 week course (1.5 hours/class), pottery instructor Debbie Lovett teaches students basic clay skills. Participants learn to roll out clay and form it into fun but functional shapes, creating 2 to 4 finished pieces (pieces are fired off-site and returned to the site for glazing). Materials and tools provided.

Registration 

Call the Lakeland Senior Center at (901) 867-2717 to register or get more information.

Mosaics: August 20 - Sept 24 @ Lakeland Senior Center

Dates & Time

August 20, 27 and September 3, 10, 17, and 24 from 11:00am to 1:00pm 

Location

Lakeland Senior Center, 4527 Canada Road, Lakeland, TN  

Cost: FREE

Course Description

Join renowned local mosaic artist Kristi Duckworth to create a mosaic piece for your garden.  Kristi works with beginner students to draw and color a pattern for a mosaic piece, cut the piece from clay, glaze, adhere mosaic pieces, and grout the final product.  This course is offered in partnership with Shelby County Department of Housing and Community Development. 

Registration 

Call the Lakeland Senior Center at (901) 867-2717 to register or get more information.

 

Creative Writing, Sept. 2 - Oct. 14 @ Memphis Public Libraries, ONLINE

Dates & Time

September 2, 9, 23, 30 and October 7 , 14 from 12:00 to 1:30pm

Location

This class, hosted by the East Shelby Branch Library, takes place online through Microsoft Teams.  Students receive a link to join each class. If you have questions about the Microsoft Teams platform, we can assist you.   

Cost: FREE

Course Description: 

In this 6 week course (1.5 hours/class), author and expert instructor Elaine Blanchard guides students as they learn to tell a good story and develop creative writing skills. Students move through a creative process to write stories. Students begin their project, select their reader, determine their voice, organize and outline their stories, and encourage and share with one another. This class is offered by Creative Aging in partnership with the Memphis Public Libraries and the Memphis Library Foundation. 

Registration 

Call Creative Aging at (901) 272-3434 to register or for more information.

Dulcimer for Beginners: Sept. 4 - 25, 2020 @ Arlington Senior Center, ONLINE

Dates & Time

September 4, 11, 18 & 25, 2020 from 2:30pm to 4:00 pm. 

Location

This class takes place on Zoom.  If you need assistance accessing Zoom, call the number below for help. 

Cost: FREE

Course Description: 

In this 4 week course (1.5 hours/class), expert instructor Lee Cagle teaches beginner students the basic elements of the dulcimer.  Come learn how to play this simple, yet very beautiful, instrument, and "meet" new friends on the Zoom platform. Shelby County residents may check out a dulcimer from the Memphis Public Library, or use your own. Other materials provided.  This course is offered in partnership with Shelby County Department of Housing and Community Development. 

Registration 

Call the Arlington Senior Center at (901) 867-7698 to register or get more information.

Mosaics, Sept. 21 - Oct. 5, 2020 @ Collierville Senior Center

Dates & Time

September 21, 28 and October 5 from 1:00 to 3:00pm  

Location

Linda Kerley Collierville Senior Center, 215 Poplar Ave., Collierville, TN  

Cost: FREE

Course Description

Join renowned local mosaic artist Kristi Duckworth to create a mosaic piece for your garden.  Kristi works with beginner students to draw and color a pattern for a mosaic piece, cut the piece from clay, glaze, adhere mosaic pieces, and grout the final product.  This course is offered in partnership with Shelby County Department of Housing and Community Development. 

Registration 

Call the Linda Kerley Collierville Senior Center at (901) 457-2769 to register or get more information.

Senior Studio Course Catalog

Senior Studio workshops are taught in museums, libraries, and senior communities.  Courses are scheduled upon the mutual agreement of the location and the instructor. Program length, number of participants, and cost varies. Basic course descriptions are below, but most courses can be modified to meet the specific needs of your community. Scholarship funds are available. Contact Mia Henley for more informaiton or to schedule a Senior Studio course!

Abstract Acrylic Painting

Instructor: Judith Weintraub

This 6-week painting course offers students an opportunity for fun, outside-the-box creativity while painting with color, play and movement. Maximum 10.

Acting & Improv

Instructor:  Princeton James Productions 

Activate your improv and acting skills.  This 6 to 8 session class offers students a chance to share their stories through acting and improv, discovering new skills and creating their own short production.  Maximum 20.

Collage & Memories

Instructor:  Cindi Ledger

Students use basic art supplies to create a memory collage from pictures and pieces of paper saved from special events.  Students learn basic skills involving pleasing compositions, collage layering for artistic depth, use of texture and color for interest, and greater creative expression. 4 to 6 weeks, up to 10 participants.  

Creative Journaling: Keeping an Artist’s Sketchbook

Instructor: Jimpsie Ayers

During this 6-week course, students develop an artist’s sketchbook, learning techniques including photo manipulation and alteration, collage, calligraphy, printmaking and image transference. Maximum 10.

Creative Writing & Storytelling

Instructor: Elaine Blanchard

Learn to tell a good story with renowned storyteller Elaine Blanchard. In this 6 week course (meeting 2 hours per week), participants learn various components of storytelling. Maximum 12.

Creative Movement

Instructor:  Kristen Lucas 

Engage your mind, body and spirit in a truly fun experience.  Students will learn a variety of dance styles and dance fundamentals, creating opportunities for skill mastery and creative self-expression.  Up to 20 participants.

Guitar for Beginners 

Instructor:  Randal Toma

In this guitar class for beginners, instructor Randal Toma teaches students the first steps of playing the guitar.  Over 4 to 6 weeks, students explore basic strumming and chord changing, singing while playing simple melodies, bass runs and licks to elevate songs.  Students must bring their own instrument, and a music stand is helpful.  Up to 10 participants.

Music in America

Instructor: Christian Stanfield

Learn about the development of American musical genres and be able to recognize their characteristics by ear. This 4-6 week course explores music from 1900 to 1960, including Ragtime, the Blues, Jazz, Big Band, Swing, Country, Rock & Roll, Soul, and others. Courses in other topics also available, including courses focused on African-American music, Jewish Music, and more.  Up to 20 students.

Dulcimer Instruction

Instructor: Lee Cagle

In this 6-hour course, taught over 4 weeks (1.5 hour sessions), students learn basic dulcimer playing skills from acclaimed dulcimer artist Lee Cagle. Advanced beginner courses also availalbe.  Maximum number of students varies. Instruments provided.

Jewelry Making

Instructor: Debbie Lovett

In this 6-hour course, taught over 4 weeks (1.5 hour sessions), students learn basic jewelry making skills using simple and found materials.  Enjoy the instructor's collection, or bring your own items to work with.  Artist Debbie Lovett leads these creative classes.  Maximum number of students 12.  Basic supplies provided.

Painting for Beginners

Instructor: Sarah Nowlin

Painting courses for beginners are offered in two areas:  landscape painting and abstract painting.  During the landscape course, students explore and develop basic landscape painting skills, including composition/color blocking, basic color mixing and mood, creative depth and perspective, and styles of landscape painting. Students finish the course with their own landscape painting. In the abstract painting course, students explore the different elements of abstract painting by studying the works of world masters and then creating a canvas of their own each week.  Both classes meet for 4 weeks, 1.5 hours per class. Maximum 15 students for both courses; supplies provided.

 

Mosaics

Instructor:  Kristi Duckworth

Students learn basic skills needed to work with the art of mosaics from local mosaic artist Kristi Duckworth, including drawing and coloring a mosaic piece pattern, cutting the piece out of clay, glaze, adhering mosaic pieces, and grouting. Up to 8 people. 

Pottery Painting

Instructor: Adam Loeffel

In this 6-week course, participants paint ceramic pieces, exploring aspects of the pottery making process including color theory and principles of design; application processes; and how paints and glazes work together to create different effects, patterns and colors. Maximum 30.

Pottery Making

Instructor: Debbie Lovett

In both of the courses offered by Debbie, taught over 6 weeks (1.5 hour sessions), students practice basic clay skills or create a clay wind chime. In the basic clay class, students learn to roll out clay and form it into fun but functional shapes, creating 2 to 4 finished pieces (pieces are fired off-site and returned to the site for glazing). In the wind chime class, students create, glaze, and assemble a wind chime from pottery and wire.  Maximum number of students 8.  Supplies and tools provided.

Rigid Heddle Weaving or Inkle Loom Weaving

Instructor: Felicitas Sloves

In this 6-week course, participants learn to prepare a loom (warp) and materials for weaving, weave a project, and create a finished product either by sewing, mounting, or framing their work. Looms provided. Maximum 8 (up to 10 if some students have a loom).

Songwriting-Blues from the Heart and Soul

Instructor:  Kenneth Jackson

In this 6-week course, award winning R & B musician and acclaimed instructor Kenneth Jackson teaches students the art of writing the blues. Working first as a group and then individually, students learn the history and cultural impact of the blues, common blues song structure, how to write their own blues song, and how to accompany themselves on homemade instruments.  Up to 15. 

Spanish 

Instructor:  Barbara Mansberg

Via commands and short stories, students interact with the course leader and one another.  Students learn appropriate physical and voice responses, incrementally engaging in and responding to humorous mini-stories and situations. Through involvement in sight and sound, question and response, students build confidence in vocabulary, comprehension, and expression. Up to 10.  Classes occur 2 times per week for 8 weeks. 


 

Voices of the South-Drama & Acting

Instructors:  Alice Berry and Jenny Madden 

Voices of the South creates, produces, and performs theatre from diverse southern perspectives. As reported by The Commercial Appeal, “[Voices of the South] achieves a remarkable vitality and visual vibrancy. Delightful and beautiful…it’s theatre that approximates poetry.” Welcome Voices of the South to your community for a series of 4 virtual theater-making classes focused on monologues.  Each 90 minute class focuses on a different aspect of the monologue, from using pictures to objects to stories, students learn to discover, create, and perform their own monologue.  Limited to 10 students. Classes lead by Voices of the South co-founders Alice Berry and Jenny Madden. 

Writing the Marvelous Real: Stories of the Imagination

Instructor: Sheree Renee Thomas

In this 6-week course (meets twice a week) students explore magical realism—taking ordinary people and places and merging them with the extraordinary—to develop their own marvelous tales. Come prepared to read, discuss and write! Maximum 12.

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