Creative aging programs honor older adults as creative and social learners and help shift the narrative about growing older away from a negative view to one of optimism, engagement in community, and joy. Skills-based arts learning, in a socially supportive environment, yields multiple benefits for older learners—not the least of which is its intrinsic value in reducing social isolation. The arts are good for you!
A different visual arts technique will be explored at each Creative Aging Workshop session; be sure to register for each date in which you would like to participate. Also, creating art can be messy, so please keep that in mind when choosing the clothing you will wear to the program.
September 6: Conceptual Art - Inspired by postmodern artist Sol LeWitt's collaborative "Wall Drawings." LeWitt postulated, "Each person draws a line differently and each person understands words differently.” We all bring our unique strengths, talents, experiences, and viewpoints to art and life, the sum of which no one else can replicate.
October 4: Collograph Printmaking - Usually reserved for children, pre-cut adhesive foam is elevated to a fine printmaking technique for adults. Adults have the same creative energy as children; they just need to be given the opportunity to tap into it.
November 1: Kintsugi Eggshells - Inspired by Japanese "golden joining" method of repairing porcelain, the art of Kintsugi reminds us that broken, worn, and imperfect things (especially people) are not worthless, but lovely in unique ways.