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.
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!*
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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Art To-Go Bag #1 – Watercolor Cards
Art To-Go Bag #2 – National Puzzle Day Celebration
January Art to Go Bags – $3 for Shiawassee County seniors/$5 under 60 or out of county
Available at the Owosso, Durand and Morrice Senior Centers and at The Shiawassee Arts Center. It would be good to call ahead at all locations, as hours are limited at the senior centers.
#1 – Watercolor Notecards – This will include a YouTube video with a demonstration by Artist/Instructor, Julie Penfold. There will also be written instructions, if you don’t have internet access. She will be painting a simple floral, but the cards are blank, so feel free to explore other subjects. There will be three note cards, with envelopes and a tray of watercolors with a brush. You will learn about painting transparent layers, working wet on wet and some dry brush techniques. Please leave your email address where you purchase your Art Bag to Go, so that the video link can be emailed to you. Just simply click on the link…as many times as you want.
#2. National Puzzle Day Celebration! – Pick up your Solar System, 100 piece puzzle. With the excitement of the Jupiter and Saturn alignment on December 21, to create the first “Christmas star” in nearly 800 years, this should be a fun and popular puzzle! National Puzzle Day is January 29, and we just found out that the puzzles are behind in shipping, so they may not be available right away in January, so again, please call ahead.
SAC: Class Schedule- Dates to be Announced
In person SMARTS classes at Shiawassee Arts Center (located at 206 Curwood Castle Drive in Owosso). Please call 989-723-8354 to reserve your spot
Please wear a mask. It is not always easy to remain six feet apart!