SMARTS

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 $4 for seniors and $6 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:  Two Mondays per Month, 10-11:30am & 1 pm – 2:30 pm | RSVP: (989) 723-8354


Owosso Senior Center: Two Tuesdays per Month, 10 am – 11:30 am | RSVP: (989) 723-8875


Morrice Senior Center: Two Wednesdays per Month, 12:30 – 2 pm | RSVP: (517) 625-4270


Durand Senior Center: Two Mondays per Month, 10 – 11:30 am | RSVP: (989) 288-4122

Schedule listed below:




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NEW– FYI beginning with November, 2023 

SMARTS Classes –  $4 for Shiawassee County Seniors/$6 for those not age 60 or out of county. 

May

Shiawassee Arts Center
206 Curwood Castle Drive RSVP 989-723-8354
Shiawassee Arts Center SMARTS classes can also be found at shiawasseearts.org
10am – 11:30am & 1pm – 2:30pm* unless otherwise noted
Two Mondays a Month
  • May 6 – Oil Pastel Sunflowers – In this fast paced class we will work with oil pastels and paint using an unusual painting tool! You will be creating a one of a kind still life design. Joan Larson, Artist/Instructor
  • May 20  –  Shibori (Tie Dye Silk Scarves)  – Shibori is the collective term for all types of resist dyeing using binding, stitching, folding and clamping and pleating and wrapping. The common factor is the compression of the fabric which prevents the dye from accessing some areas which, when dyed and undone, yield a beautiful range of complex patterns. Linda Ruehle and Cora Walby, Artists/Instructors.
Durand Senior Center
8618 E Lansing Rd
Two Mondays a Month, 10am – 11:30am  
RSVP 989-288-4122
  • May 6 – Catalpa Tree Bean Pod Wall Hanging – Get back to nature with this hanging wall piece made with the dried seed pods from the Catalpa Tree. Using hot glue, students will create a frame for the base and create a vase on it that can hold slender stalks of curly grass. Dorothy Neaton, Artist/Instructor
  • May 20  –  Hanging Mosaic – Create a design of your choosing, using colorful pieces of glass. Open spaces will be filled with grout/mortar. Messy? A little, so gloves will be provided! Dorothy Neaton, Artist/instructor
Owosso Senior Center
300 N Washington Street
Two Tuesdays a Month, 10am-11:30am
RSVP 989-723-8875
  • May 7 –  Watercolor Painting of Lily of the Valley – As a birth flower for May, Lily of the Valley represents the sweetness and joy of people born this month. The flower is also popular in wedding bouquets and arrangements, symbolizing the purity, happiness, and luck the bride hopes to bring into her new life.  Linda Van Cise, Artist/Instructor
  • May 14 –  Tulips in Acrylic – May is Tulip Time! Painting with heavy body acrylic paint will be a fun technique on an 8 x 8 inch wrap around canvas. This will be a contemporary piece, not requiring a frame. Linda Justice, Artist/Instructor.
Morrice Senior Center
101 W Mason
Two Wednesday a Month, 12:30pm – 2pm
RSVP 517-625-4270
  • May 8 –  Tulips in Acrylic – May is Tulip Time! Painting with heavy body acrylic paint will be a fun technique on an 8 x 8 inch wrap around canvas. This will be a contemporary piece, not requiring a frame. Linda Justice, Artist/Instructor.
  • May 22 –  Rock Your Art Smock! – Whether it’s cooking, barbecuing, cleaning, painting, crafting, playing in clay, or gifting… get inspired to paint on aprons with acrylic paint.  Linda Justice, Artist/Instructor

June

Shiawassee Arts Center
206 Curwood Castle Drive RSVP 989-723-8354
Shiawassee Arts Center SMARTS classes can also be found at shiawasseearts.org
10am – 11:30am & 1pm – 2:30pm* unless otherwise noted
Two Mondays a Month
  • June 3 – Glass Fused Pendants – Back by popular demand! Create two beautiful pendants or one ornament. Pendants will be fired in the kiln, bails attached for hanging on your necklace or neck ring. Linda Ruehle/Cora Walby, Artist/instructors  
  • June 17 – Red Rose Day/Month – Celebrate by drawing the beautiful and symbolic red rose. Learn to layer and blend with erasable colored pencil. Roses are possibly one of the oldest flowers and each color has a different meaning. Philip Ruehle, Artist/instructor
Durand Senior Center
8618 E Lansing Rd
Two Mondays a Month, 10am – 11:30am  
RSVP 989-288-4122
  • June 10 – Wooden Welcome Sign – Create a unique greeting for your home. Paint a “Welcome” or “Hello” on various square sizes of pallet wood. Have an idea or photo handy of what image you would like to paint in acrylic. Dorothy Neaton, Artist/instructor. 
  • June 24  –  Red, White & blue Windsock – Create a windsock with an embroidery hoop, fabric and hot glue. Dorothy Neaton, Artist/instructor
Owosso Senior Center
300 N Washington Street
Two Tuesdays a Month, 10am-11:30am
RSVP 989-723-8875
  • June 11 – Celebrating “Making Life Beautiful Day!” – We will be painting Lavender in watercolor. What Exactly is Lavender: Lavender is a flowering plant in the mint family that’s easily identified by its sweet floral scent. It’s believed to be native to the Mediterranean, the Middle East, and India, with a history dating as far back as 2,500 years. In ancient times, lavender was used as a holy herb. Additionally, it was often used to freshen up and give a light scent to a variety of personal items, such as clothes and hair. Linda Van Cise, Artist/Instructor.
  • June 25 –  Mixed Media Chickadee Collage – Mixed media is a flexible way to work that can refresh your way of seeing and using different materials. Using different scrapping papers, sheets of music and bird patterns to create your composition, Of course, you can make a different bird if you choose! Kathryn Gehrs-Pahl, Artist/instructor
Morrice Senior Center
101 W Mason
Two Wednesday a Month, 12:30pm – 2pm
RSVP 517-625-4270
  • June 12 – Basics for using Paint Brushes! – Exploring Brush techniques. No more guessing which brush to use! After testing different brush basics, create a composition using them! It may be a forest of trees! These tips will help you in future paintings. Linda Justice, Artist/Instructor
  • June 26 – It’s Just Like Clockwork! – Painting the round, wood disc behind the clock hands with your own theme, in acrylic. Don’t watch the clock; do what it does… Keep going! Linda Justice, Artist/Instructor

July SAVE THE DATES

Owosso Senior Center (Tues)  July 9 & 23

Shiawassee Arts Center (Mon) July 15 & 29

Morrice Senior Center (Wed) July 10 & 24

Durand Senior Center (Mon)  July 8 & 22


Seniors can receive one Free Class during their birthday month!

Pre-registration at the appropriate location is required

NEW– FYI beginning with November, 2023 

SMARTS Classes –  $4 for Shiawassee County Seniors/$6 for those not age 60 or out of county. 






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Owosso, MI 48867
989-723-8354
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