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:

Sign Up for a Class

SMARTS Classes –  $3 for Shiawassee County Seniors/$5 for those not age 60 or out of county. 


SAC Classes

10am-11:30am & 1pm – 2:30pm RSVP 989-723-8354

  • October 11 – Lesson in Pyrography – the art or process of producing designs or pictures (as on wood or leather) by burning or scorching with hot instruments. We will be burning wood rounds for decorations, ornaments or coasters. John Suire, Instructor
  • October 25 – Celebrating International Artist Day! –  Focusing on style and textures with acrylic painting. Students will be surrounded by Van Gogh prints for inspiration. Natalie Park, Artist/Instructor.

Owosso Senior Center

10am-11:30am – RSVP (989) 723-8875

  • October 5 – Fall Origami – Fun with Japanese paper folding! CANCELLED
  • October 19 – Georgia O’Keefe style Autumn Leaves,  in watercolor.  Learn more about Georgia, one of America’s most famous artists and new watercolor techniques/color mixing. Lisabeth Curnow, Artist/Instructor

Durand Senior Center

10am – 11:30am  – RSVP  (989) 288-4122

  • October 18 – Fall is in the Air – Create a fall wall hanging/banner on burlap. Embellished with fall fabrics, Scrabble letters and silk flowers. Approximately 12” x 12.” Dorothy Neaton, Artist/Instructor

Morrice Senior Center

12:30pm – 2pm – RSVP (517) 625-4270
  • October 6 –  Autumn Leaves and Pumpkins Please! Painting tree cookies, (wooden rounds), front and back.  One side may be painted for Halloween and the other side, painted as a gourd for November. Marti Dimet, Artist/Instructor


SAC Classes

206 Curwood Castle Drive RSVP 989-723-8354
Mondays, 10am – ll:30am & 1pm – 2:30pm
  • November 15 – 10am – ll:30am & 1pm – 2:30pm. Glass Fused Pendants or ornament- Linda Ruehle and Natalie Park, Instructors
  • November 22Holiday Card Making with Dar Gibbs- One card is a pocket card that holds money or a gift card, and the other is a pop-out 3-D card.

Durand Senior Center

8618 E. Lansing Rd
Monday, 10am – 11:30am RSVP 989-288-4122
  • November 15 – It’s a Dog Day – Painted Pottery Pups
    Glaze a bisque pup that will be fired and available to pick up at the next Durand class or at the Shiawassee Arts Center in about a week.

Owosso Senior Center

300 N. Washington Street
Tuesdays, 10am – 11:30am – RSVP 989-723-8875
  • November 9 – Mini Barn at Harvest – Acrylic Painting in miniature – Andrea Czarnik, Instructor
  • November 30 – Create Button Bracelets – Buttons will be provided, but if you have some that you would like to use, bring them along!  Linda Van Cise, Instructor

Morrice Senior Center

101 W. Mason
Wednesday, 12:30pm-2pm  RSVP 517-625-4270
  • November 3 – Autumn Acrylic Landscape (4 x 4 inches) with mini wooden easel. Marti Dimet,  Instructor

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