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February 06, 2013

Art Classes Invite Older Adults to Explore Their Creative Side

One of the best things about retirement is that you finally have time to explore all those things you have wanted to try but never had the time for – until now! For many people, retirement is a time to exercise their artistic muse. Even if you’'ve never picked up a piece of charcoal or wielded a paint brush (painting the bedroom doesn’'t count!), there’'s no reason you shouldn’'t take an art class and see if a budding Grandma Moses lurks within. 

Where to Find Art Classes 

Even if your first canvases fail to reveal a new master in the making, art can be a wonderfully expressive and rewarding pursuit. In Oberlin, FAVA (Firelands Association for the Visual Arts) is now taking reservations for spring art classes; but there are many sources for art classes in northern Ohio. In addition to local arts organizations, art classes are also offered by many community recreation centers, local colleges, art museums, and a few art galleries and art cooperatives. You might also want to check with your local parks and recreation department. Many offer a wide variety of classes for adults and children, including art classes. 

Registration Tips 

If you miss the spring sign-up deadline and the class you want to take hasn’'t started, give the organization a call. If there’s still space in the class, the instructor will probably accept a late reservation. Most organizations run classes on a 6- to 8-week schedule, so you’'ll most likely always have an opportunity to take the class at a later date if you miss the spring cut-off. 

While a class can teach you many important basics as well as expert tips, sometimes the best way to get started is to jump in and start experimenting on your own. You’'ll find affordable basic supplies at area craft supply stores and some college bookstores. Who knows? Your work could one day hang in a gallery at Kendal at Oberlin, or maybe even over your own mantle at home! 

To learn more about the art scene in Oberlin and nearby Cleveland, Ohio, download our free guide today!  


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