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. 


Shiawassee Arts Center
206 Curwood Castle Dr. RSVP 989-723-8354
Mondays, * 2:30 – 4pm (for each of these days for the May schedule, only because of school tours)

  • May 9 & 23  – Tour of a special Historical Exhibit of Owosso at the Shiawassee Arts Center, in celebration of its 50th Anniversary! A project will follow, creating a piece of art in oil pastel that will be photographed to become a part of a banner-like window display on the north side of the Arts Center. It will be abstract/geometric in design. Both weeks are the same tour and project, so please sign up for the week that is best for you.  Piper Brewer, SAC Executive Director/Your Tour Guide! & Philip Ruehle,  Artist/Instructor

Durand Senior Center
8618 E Lansing Rd
Monday, 10am-11:30am – RSVP 989-288-4122
(3rd Monday of the month unless noted otherwise)

  • May 16 – Copper Embossed Tulip Tiles – Create a raised, embossed design or picture on a 5 x 5 inch copper tile.  If you are not wanting Tulips, no worries…create your own theme! Finish with a patina to add age and dimension.

Owosso Senior Center
300 N. Washington Street
Tuesdays, 10am – 11:30 – RSVP

  • May  3 – Spring Daffodils – Painting step by step with acrylic on canvas. Daffodils are some of the first flowers we see in springtime and are a great indicator that winter is over. Because of this, they are seen to represent rebirth and new beginnings. Linda Justice, Artist/Instructor
  • May 17  – Easy Tulip Painting  – Learn how to paint tulips with watercolor. Tulip fun fact: Tulips originated in Central Asia, and became very popular in Turkey. The tulip’s name comes from the Persian word for turban, because in full bloom tulips have a turban-like shape. Tulips commonly mean perfect love.  Linda Van Cise, Artist/Instructor

Morrice Senior Center
101 W. Mason
Wednesdays, 12:30pm – 2pm – RSVP 517-625-4270
(1st Wednesday of the month unless noted otherwise)

  • May 4  – Rock Your Art Smock!  Gotta Cook? Gotta Clean? Gotta Paint? Gotta play in clay? Get inspired…join us to paint on aprons with acrylic. Jan Paul,  Artist/Instructor


Shiawassee Arts Center
206 Curwood Castle Drive RSVP 989-723-8354
Mondays, 10am – 11:30 am & 1pm – 2:30pm
  • June 13 – Altered Vintage Book Art – Recycle/recreate! Dorothy Neaton, Artist/Instructor
  • June 27 – Summer Seascape Oil Pastel – Learn how to layer and blend oil pastels while drawing a summer seascape with step-by-step instruction.  Philip Ruehle, Artist/Instructor
Durand Senior Center
8618 E Lansing Rd
Monday, 10am – 11:30am – RSVP 989-288-4122
(3rd Monday of the month unless noted)
  • June 20 – Teacup Bird Feeders – Easier to make than you think and so pretty in the garden!  Paint a unique wood post to rest your feeder. on.  Bring a box or large bag for bringing home. Dorothy Neaton, Artist/Instructor
Owosso Senior Center
300 N Washington Street
Tuesdays, 10am – 11:30am – RSVP 989-723-8875
  • June 7 – Strawberry Fields Forever – Watercolor painting of strawberries, blossoms and ferns. This could also be painted on a watercolor note card, if preferred.  Linda Van Cise, Artist/Instructor
  • June 21- Hello Summer Collage – Includes all the things we love about summer in mixed media.   Linda Van Cise, Artist/Instructor
Morrice Senior Center
101 W Mason
Wednesday 12:30pm – 2pm RSVP 517-625-4270
  • June 1 – Watercolor Pear Painting – Wet on wet technique to create a simple still life pear painting.  Pears have a great shape to draw and paint…that must be why the masters have painted pears forever! Google some Cezanne & van Gogh pear paintings! Linda Justice, Artist/Instructor

All  supplies are furnished.

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

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Sat & Sun | 12-4 pm

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