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 – Black Capped Chickadee Drawing.
Art To-Go Bag #2 – Bee Happy…Honey Bee Awareness Collage
Bee Happy…Honey Bee Awareness Collage
Art to Go Bags (Please have $3 or $5 in an envelope for pick up at the Owosso Senior Center)
#1 Black Capped Chickadee Drawing – Instructions included, but a bonus of a virtual demo is available if you have access to a computer or Smartphone. Philip Ruehle is the video instructor. The bag will include a white pencil, white chalk piece, kneaded eraser and black drawing paper. You can use the instructor’s drawing for your reference or you are welcome to use your own photo reference for drawing. If you purchase this bag, we would like your email address so that we can email you the link to click on for the demo site. You just have to click the link at your convenience.
#2 Bee Happy – Honey Bee Awareness Collage – all stamped scrapping papers, stickers, punched papers, Mod Podge, wooden hexagon cell for base and brush will all be included in the bag. August 15 is Honey Bee Awareness Day. A virtual video will also be available with Natalie Park, as the instructor, demonstrating the project. If you purchase this bag, we would like your email address so that we can email you the link to click on for the demo site. You just have to click the link at your convenience.
SAC: Class Schedule
SMARTS Outdoor, Art Class under the Port Cochere at Shiawassee Arts Center (located at 206 Curwood Castle Drive in Owosso). Please call 989-723-8354 to reserve your spot
September 14, 10am & 1pm – “Sunflower Painting” Join us for this late summer favorite, using watercolor with instructor Lisabeth Curnow. Practice brush control and create different textures as we paint bright and cheerful sunflowers. We will also learn about wet on wet, charging, and dry brush watercolor techniques.
September 28 – 10 am & 1pm – “Branch Out” Come create using pastels. Learn to draw trees and foliage in early fall on textured pastel paper. Philip Ruehle, Instructor
Please wear a mask. It is not always easy to remain six feet apart!