The SMARTS Program (Shiawassee Mobile ARTS for Seniors) provides hands-on experience in artistic creation to dozens of Shiawassee County seniors each month. This program allows them to express themselves, includes them in the community, and improves their quality of life. By way of professional artists/instructors, this program also extends opportunities for the kinds of creative experiences that can help seniors grow, further their well-being, and enrich their lives. This Program is possible due to the generous support of the Shiawassee Council on Aging and the Cook Family Foundation.

For more information about the SMARTS Program and schedule of classes call the Shiawassee Arts Center (989) 723-8354.

All classes are $3 for seniors and $5 for family or friends under age 60 who are accompanying a senior.

*Seniors can receive one free class during their birthday month!*

Multi-Media Classes

Shiawassee Arts Center:  Every other Monday, 1 pm – 2:30 pm | RSVP: (989) 723-8354

Owosso Senior Center: Every other Tuesday, 10 am – 11:30 am | RSVP: (989) 723-8875

Morrice Senior Center: First Wednesday of the Month, 12:30 – 2 pm | RSVP: (517) 625-4270

Durand Senior Center: Third Monday of the Month, 10 – 11:30 am | RSVP: (989) 288-4122

Schedule listed below:

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In Person ClassMonday, June 7,  Painting Pet Portraits

Art Bag to Go: Here Comes the Sun! – Oil Pastel Sunshine Picture

SMARTS outdoor, in person classes at Shiawassee Arts Center –  $3 for Shiawassee County Seniors/$5 for those not age 60 or out of county. Call (989) 723-8354 to register.


  • Monday, June 7–  Painting Pet Portraits – With our Exhibit’s Director, Jennifer Ross, who is currently one of the exhibiting artists in the Gallery. Come learn the basics of Pet Portrait painting in acrylics!  Jennifer will give you tips and tricks to get you going on painting your beloved pet. Please come with a good, clear picture of the creature you would like to paint, even if you don’t have a pet. 10am-11:30 am & 1pm – 2:30pm
  • Monday, June 28 – Down by the Sea Shore – Dorothy Neaton, Instructor. Create a piece of art with treasures from the beach! We will share driftwood and shells, but if you have some that you want to use, bring them along! 10am-11:30 am & 1pm – 2:30pm

Please wear a mask.  It is not always easy to remain six feet apart!

Art Bag To-Go- Available at SCOA, Durand Senior Center, Perry Senior Center, and Shiawassee Arts Center. $3 for Shiawassee County residents or $5 out of county or under 60 years of age. 
Here Comes the Sun! – Oil Pastel Sunshine Picture  – Experiment with oil pastels and textured pastel paper.

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