Classes for Older Adults

I have been teaching older adults for 15 years and enjoy empowering my students with new ideas, embracing happy accidents and building new skills.  I have developed classes suitable for folks with vision, hearing, and mobility loss. My personal artistic process involves experimenting and play which translates well into the classroom. I’m here to facilitate building new neural pathways through letting loose and trying new things. 

Schedule 2 hour workshop specialized for you group of Seniors! 
Email Emily at twirlyskirts @ gmail . com

Abstract Acrylic Painting
This fast drying paint can be intimidating, but it’s also the most forgiving and most versatile. Learn to layer paint with mixed media. Experiment with brushwork techniques and color mixing.

Printmaking – Art Prints, Gift Wrap, and Note Cards
Create decorative wall hangings or personalized note cards. Using Gelli Plates, create unique layered monoprints. Use stencils, nature, and direct painting to create single and multi-drop prints.

Up-cycle Art Jewelry
Create one-of-a-kind necklaces, bracelets, earrings, glasses chains, and key chains. Use #6 plastic from to-go containers to create unique charms. Reuse decorative papers to twist beautiful patterned beads. Combine with prefab beads, broken jewelry, and findings to complete your personalized accessories.

Mosaic Coasters
For coasters, use white indoor cement to set stained glass, ceramic tiles, hardware, and natural stones in a mold to create a one-of-a-kind coaster. Choose color scheme, lay out pattern, and transfer into wet cement to set stones. Coasters harden in 1 hour.

Mosaic Stepping Stones
Create the stepping stones in a 2 hour class and pick them up later. Space used for class needs to have a spot where stones can be left for several hours while thee concrete cures.

Mosaic Flower Pots Flowerpots
This process requires two class sessions. In the first class design, then use mosaic glue to attach stones to pots. In the second session grout and polish mosaics.

Tie Dying with Acrylics
Create one-of-kind fabrics using various tying, folding, dripping, dunking, and painting techniques. Bring in white or light or stained clothing or fabrics and give a new life to them. Use various ties and folds to manipulate and control the pigments. Create unique colors and visual textures. This class is for the bold, as you never know how your creations will turn out. Great fodder for quilters! 

Papermaking – Hand Made Stationary and Substrates
Create beautiful new paper with deckled edges from junk mail and office recycling. Learn traditional paper making process and embellish. Use paper for correspondence or to begin works of art.

Creating Your Own Hand-Bound Sketchbook or Journal
Explore simple book-binding techniques to create your own unique journal or sketchbook using printed and hand-made papers. Students will learn the basics of bookmaking in this unique course and create a 5-signature sketchbook or journal. A discussion of papers will be included and students will even try their hand at creating their own paper. Books will be individualized towards the student’s vision and printing and collage methods will be explored to create unique covers for the finished product.