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!*
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 -#1 – Valentine Card Making
Art To-Go Bag #2 – National Puzzle Day Celebration
Art To-Go Bag #1 – Thinking Outside the Box!
Art To-Go Bag #2 – Painting like Piet Mondrian
February 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 – Valentine Card Making – includes two cards with envelopes & glue stick, with directions. Created by Dar Gibbs. You may want to add a touch of your own colored pencils or marker
#2 – Northern Lights Landscape – experimenting with oil pastels. Includes textured, black paper, oil pastels and a video to watch by Natalie Park. Directions included, if you are not on the internet
March Art to Go Bags- The SMARTS program will continue to provide Art To Go bags until we are able to resume hosting classes at the Senior Centers.
#1 – Thinking Outside the Box! – Paint/decorate a small unfinished wooden box. The lid has a space for a small photo, message or quote (1.5 x 1.5 inches) When learners are able to think outside the box, they become better thinkers! Explore ideas that are creative and unusual for your little treasure box. Acrylic paint and brushes included.
#2 – Painting like Piet Mondrian – Learn about Mondrian and his abstract style. Includes 2, 5 x 7 inch canvases, acrylic paint, black sharpie, two brushes and step by step instructions.
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!