Creative Aging for Ages 60+
Classes & Workshops

Specially designed for ages 60 and over, join inspiring instructors to explore unique creative endeavors! Enjoy the camaraderie of a small group of soon-to-be new friends as you discover and unleash your artistic energies together, transforming curiosity into new skills.

Metro Regional Arts Council logo These activities are made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Metropolitan Regional Arts Council, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund.

 Cfreative Aging Japanese textiles series

Creative Aging for Ages 60+: Japanese Textile Immersion 6-Week Series

(6) Thursdays 10:00 a.m.-1:30 p.m.: March 10, March 17, March 24, March 31, April 7, April 14, 2022

Chiaki O'Brien, Renowned textile artist/teacher for over 17 years, and Jerome Fiber artist grant recipient who learned the SAORI artform directly from the founder and then brought it to the United States. Watch an interview with the artist

Level: No experience preferred!
Supplies: All supplies included

Specially designed for ages 60 and over, this fun 6-week series will introduce you and fellow students (and soon-to-be friends) to explore the world of Japanese textile art and culture! These art forms don’t require a lot of “small motor skills,” an advantage for anyone with limited hand dexterity. No experience is necessary...in fact, no experience is preferred! Learn about the rich history of Japanese textile in art, then delve into four art forms which originated in Japan:

  • SAORI
    SAORI Weaving focuses on the process, not a "finished product." Let the weaving itself tell you what it wants to be, perhaps a scarf, vest, or shawl!
  • Kumihimo
    Japanese Braiding can be adapted in many decorative ways. Learn a "knotting" technique to make a lucky charm key chain.
  • Itajime Shibori
    Using Bengala Mud Dye, create a yard square wrapping cloth ("Furoshiki" in Japanese).
  • Bengala Mud Dye
    Learn some designing ideas and apply your own creativity to a scarf as you twist, clamp, fold, tie or combine techniques!! There will be a dozen colors to choose from.

You will have the time and space to create your art pieces in a meditative, relaxing environment which will bring out your inner creative voice. There will be much time for discussion, questions and reflection of the day’s activities. The final session is spent on evaluation and reflection along with reception and a fashion show for friends and family as you and fellow students will be able to showcase your work by walking down a classroom runway.

You may want to bring your own snacks/beverages to enjoy during class, or plan to purchase from the Arboretum Cafe. Review these Covid-19 safety protocols for attending in-person classes at the Arboretum.

Limit 12, in person at the Snyder Building - Tea Room

WAITLIST Sold out. Add your name to the waitlist, we will contact you if a spot opens! $199 member/$249 non-member, includes Arboretum admission for all (6) sessions and all supplies

examples of Japanese textile art for Creative Aging class, photos/art credit: Chiaki O'Brien

 nature sketchbooks, credit Pam Luer

Creative Aging for Ages 60+: Exploring Nature through Art 6-Week Series

(6) Thursdays 10 a.m.-1:30 p.m.: April 21 & 28, May 5, 12, 19 & 26

Pam Luer, professional artist specializing in nature based motifs. Pam has licensed her designs with gift and home decor industries. Watch a video about Pam Luer

Level: Come as you are with little or no drawing experience. This is an exploratory class to connect you more deeply with nature through observation.
Supplies: All supplies included

What better place to artistically engage with the flora and fauna than the MN Landscape Arboretum? Specially designed for ages 60 and over, this in-depth 6-week series allows you and fellow students (and soon-to-be friends) to build a deep connection to our natural world as you learn a variety of drawing and observational techniques. Each session will build on the last as you develop skills and techniques to create your unique illuminated nature journal, a tradition that stems from the ancient Greeks to famed naturalists such as Audubon, Muir and Darwin. 

  • Learn traditional horticultural field note practices which includes thoughtful communion with nature through the arts, science and writing
  • Experiment with a variety of materials
  • Explore a wide range of artistic ways to record nature
  • Visit with Arboretum horticultural professionals and tour the rare books in the horticultural library to deepen your knowledge and appreciation of nature, and the art of recording it.

Reflect at the end of each session with this community as you develop a deeper portal to the natural world. Leave with the knowledge and creative practice in place for future connections to nature and art which can translate into a life-long practice.

You may want to bring your own snacks/beverages to enjoy during class, or plan to purchase from the Arboretum Cafe. Review these Covid-19 safety protocols for attending in-person classes at the Arboretum.

Limit 16, in person at the Snyder Building - Tea room

2 financial scholarships are still available for those who are would otherwise not be able to attend. Please contact the Learning Center office at ArbEdu@umn.edu or 612-301-1210 to inquire.
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Sold out. Add your name to the waitlist, we will contact you if a spot opens! $199 member/$249 non-member, includes Arboretum admission for all (6) sessions and all supplies

Banner of nature sketchbook images from artist Pam Luer's website, PamLuer.com



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