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:




Sign Up for a Class


NEW– FYI beginning with November, 2023 

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

March

Mondays
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
  • March 11 –  Plant Buddies – Create a plant watering stake in clay with a flower top. Marie Gougeon, Artist/Instructor. The glazing to finish this project will be on Monday, April 8. After a second firing, the project maybe picked up at the next SAC SMARTS class.
  • March 25  –  Spring Landscape – Celebrate the spring season by drawing the beautiful and revitalized landscape. Learn to layer and blend with erasable colored pencils. Philip Ruehle, Artists/Instructor
Mondays
Durand Senior Center
8618 E Lansing Rd
RSVP 989-288-4122
10am – 11:30am 
  • March 4 – Air Dry Mushrooms – Pull up a “toad” stool and join us “fungi’s” while making mushrooms out of air dry clay. Participants will also make a forest inspired base using moss and a miniature gnome figure. Guaranteed you won’t be “spored!” (Please note: you will need to finish air drying your mushrooms at home, overnight before gluing them to the base, so please bring a container to carry the project home safely.)  Dorothy Neaton, Artist/Instructor
  • March 18  –  Vintage Teacup/Bunny Decoration – Create a mini bunny patch. Gingham and flowers combine to make a fresh start for spring! Dorothy Neaton, Artist/instructor
Tuesdays
Owosso Senior Center
300 N Washington Street
RSVP 989-723-8875
10am-11:30am
  • March 5 –  Creating Spring/Easter Cards – Join us to do some scrapping, stamping and embossing to make two or three unique cards to send to friends or family. Linda Ruehle & Cora Walby, Artists/Instructors.
  • March 19 –   Apple Blossom Time: Navigate Painting Techniques – Stretch your thinking as you create apple blossoms using watercolor and brushes at your own pace. First, lightly sketch a blossom or use a template. Then, creatively paint around your shape using a wash mix of changing color with your brush. If drying time permits, repeat this technique and discover unique organic shapes of your own. Andrea Czarnik, Artist/Instructor
Wednesdays
Morrice Senior Center
101 W Mason
RSVP 517-625-4270
12:30pm – 2pm
  • March 13 – Shamrock Plant in Acrylic – Paint a beautiful shamrock plant on canvas, just in time for St. Patrick’s Day! Experiment with color mixing, developing composition and values in your painting.  Linda Justice, Artist/Instructor
  • March 27 –  Painted Wooden Birdhouse – Use your creativity to finish this cottage style, unfinished birdhouse with acrylic paint.  Linda Justice, artist/Instructor

April

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
  • April 8 –  Glazing Plant Buddies that were Created on March 11. – Put the finishing spring color on your plant buddy. Pieces will be fired a second time and available for pick up at the next SMARTS SAC class. Marie Gougeon, Artist/Instructor.
  • April 22  –  Celebrate Earth Day!  – Experimenting with watercolor pencils and Mother Earth! Lisabeth Curnow, Artists/Instructor
Durand Senior Center
8618 E Lansing Rd
Two Mondays a Month, 10am – 11:30am  
RSVP 989-288-4122
  • April 15 – Paper Bead Bracelet – Turn paper into beads that can be strung to make a casual spring or summer bracelet. Roll strips of colorful paper into oval shaped beads, and Modge-Podge them for a glossy shine. Sting on an elastic cord with wood beads to complete with a colorful tassel.  Dorothy Neaton, Artist/Instructor
  • April 29  –  Swirling Water (Lily Pond) – Paint a mesmerizing aquatic scene featuring turtles, goldfish or lily pads in bloom. Easy technique using a large brush to swirl shades of aqua and blue acrylic paint on an 8 x 10 wrapped canvas. Good for beginners looking for  great results! Bring your apron and roll up your sleeves! . Dorothy Neaton, Artist/instructor
Owosso Senior Center
300 N Washington Street
Two Tuesdays a Month, 10am-11:30am
RSVP 989-723-8875
  • April 16 –  Painting an unfinished Birdhouse – Use your creativity to finish this unfinished birdhouse with acrylic paint. In house or patio decoration (three styles to choose from).  Linda Van Cise, Artist/Instructor
  • April 30 –  Design and Paint your Own Bouquet – Sketch out a bouquet using a mix of flower and leaf shapes in a pleasing composition. Learn a few painterly tricks with acrylic for a variation, using color and detail. Andrea Czarnik, Artist/Instructor.
Morrice Senior Center
101 W Mason
Two Wednesday a Month, 12:30pm – 2pm
RSVP 517-625-4270
  • April 10 – Spring Fabric Wreath – Create your own colors with pretty Spring fabrics to tie to your wreath  base.   Linda Justice, Artist/Instructor
  • April 24 –  Spring Flower Watercolor – Using wax resist technique with any type of flowers that you desire.   Linda Justice, Artist/Instructor

MAY SAVE THE DATES

Owosso Senior Center (Tues)  May 7 & 14

Shiawassee Arts Center (Mon) May 6 & 20

Morrice Senior Center (Wed) May 8 & 22

Durand Senior Center (Mon)  May 6 & 20


Seniors can receive one Free Class during their birthday month!

Pre-registration at the appropriate location is required






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Owosso, MI 48867
989-723-8354
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