ARVADA, Colo. – The Arvada Center offers a series of classes specifically designed with the “ageless adult” (retired or semi-retired adults ages 55+) in mind.This particular grouping of arts and humanities courses is designed to provide inspiration for the mature creative spirit and encouragement for artistic exploration. Following are the “Arts for Ageless Adults” classes being offered this fall (Sept, Oct, & Nov):
Group Piano Lessons
Students join a small group to learn the basics of piano playing, which includes learning to read, count and play melody with chord accompaniment. Students must have access to a keyboard or piano for practice between classes.
Cost:$90 + $9 for materials fee, paid to instructor
Instructor: Lois Badgley
Monday, Sept. 13 – Nov. 15, 12:00 – 1:00 p.m.
Wednesday, Sept. 15 – Nov. 17, 12:00 – 1:00 p.m.
Students will learn the standards songs of the big band era in a friendly environment. Each student will have the security of singing with a group, allowing them to find their best key for each song.Cost: $40 + $3 materials fee
Instructor: Liz Masterson
Thursday, Sept. 23 – Sept. 30,
1:30 – 3:30 p.m.
Clay for Ageless Adults
Students will learn the basics of clay, including hand-building techniques, as well as work on the potter’s wheel.Depending on where your interests are, you can create anything from tableware to sculpture. Cost:$50
Instructor: Lorretta Campbell
Wednesday, Sept. 15 – Oct. 13, 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Wednesday, Oct. 20 – Nov. 17, 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Beginning Wheelchair Dance
Students explore the fluidness and joy of wheelchair dancing whether the student uses a wheelchair or not. Learn basic movements, duo dancing, group dancing and partner dancing. This a great classes for grandparents, parents, siblings and friends of wheelchair users.
Instructor: Teri Westerman
Sunday, Sept. 26 – Dec. 12,
1:30 – 2:45 p.m.
Ballet for Ageless Adults
Students learn basic ballet movements gently combined with stretching and balancing exercises to enhance flexibility and freedom of movement. This class is for those who have always wanted to try ballet or for anyone interested in a gentle and fun dance class. Yoga stretches and deep breathing exercises are included. No previous dance experience is necessary.
Instructor: Christina Noel-Adcock
Friday, (need dates here),
2:45 – 3:45 p.m.
Ageless Adult Tap I & II
Students learn how to tap dance while enjoying a good workout in a fun, supportive atmosphere. Level I is designed for the beginning adult tap dancer and the difficulty level will be adjusted for the participants. Basic skills are introduced, and by the end of the six-week session students will learn short combinations. Students in Level II will build on combinations based on those taught in Level I and will work on technique and correct tap sounds.
Instructor: Deborah Kenner
Thursday, (need dates here),
2:45 – 3:45 p.m.
Tuesday, (need dates here),
3:00 – 4:00 p.m.
This class encourages students to get creative in trying some of the 75 forms of poetry used by poets. Through exploration of emotions in class exercises, students experience the joy of poetry through writing, presenting and listening to others.
Instructor: Kaye Bache Snyder
Thursday, Sept. 23 – Oct. 14, 9:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
The Craft of Story
This class helps students organize their thoughts, write down the meaningful events in their life, and polish their writing skills in order to create their very own story. A friendly critique will be given by the instructor to improve student’s writing abilities.
Instructor: Joey Porcelli
Tuesday, Sept. 21 – Oct. 19, 9:30 – 11:30 a.m.
The Art of Personal Story Telling
This class guides students in uncovering the deeper truths revealed by their ordinary life experiences. With the storytelling techniques of vivid description, characterization and plot development, students learn new tools to bring others along with them as they recount the touching moments of their lives.
Instructor: Christopher Maier
Saturday, Nov. 6, 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
ARTS OF THE GARDEN
Japanese Flower Arranging
Students explore beginning techniques and design principles of ikebana, or flower arranging. Working with flowers and greenery brought by the instructor, students end up with an arrangement to take home.
Instructor: Kyoko Kita
Saturday, Oct. 16, 9:30 – a.m. 12:00 p.m.
MOVEMENT, YOGA & RELAXATION
Rejuvenate Yourself with Yoga
This gentle, restorative and reflective Hatha Yoga practice helps students “come home” to themselves. Body awareness, breath and yoga postures (asana) are combined with healing imagery and affirmation to provide a physical, mental and energetic boost for participants.
Instructor: Leslie Kalechman
Wednesday, Sept. 15 – Oct. 20,
2:00 – 3:30 a.m.
Monday, Nov. 3 – Dec. 15 (except Nov. 24),
2:00 – 3:30 p.m.
This class is designed to help busy people learn how to get a good night’s sleep without medicine.Students will learn techniques that teach the body and mind to relax, allowing them to fall into a restorative slumber.Students should bring blankets, pillows, mats or any other objects they might need for lying down comfortably.
Instructor: Susan Bowling
Saturday, Oct. 30, 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Pastel Materials and Techniques
Students will learn about the basic materials and techniques of pastels while working from still life, florals and landscapes.Students will have the option of making their own sanded pastel boards and exploring different grounds and under-painting techniques.
Cost:$105 + $5 materials fee
Instructor: Joanne Burney
Tuesday, Sept. 14 – Nov. 2, 1:30 – 4:00 p.m.
Students will learn about the tools, materials and color basics of acrylic painting. Students will also problem solve and critique each others paintings and will have fun experimenting and building confidence with this water-based paint as they create a finished painting.
Instructor: Marcia Brill
Monday, Sept. 13 – Oct. 11, 1:00 – 3:30 p.m.
Watercolor Painting for Ageless Adults
Students learn and brush-up on basic skills for creating watercolor paintings. Participants discover how to handle color and create the vibrant jewel-like washes that make transparent watercolor unique. This class teaches both beginning and intermediate students helpful tips that will make a difference in their painting.
Instructor: Marcia Brill
Monday, Oct. 18 – Nov. 15,
1:00 – 3:30 p.m.
To register for classes or to request a complete catalog, call the Arvada Center box office at 720-898-7200 or visit the Center’s website at www.arvadacenter.org
The Arvada Center is generously supported by the Scientific & Cultural Facilities District (SCFD).Created by Denver metro area voters in 1988, SCFD provides a consistent source of unrestricted funding to scientific and cultural organizations.
The Arvada Center for the Arts and Humanities is the metro area’s eighth largest cultural attraction, devoted to all aspects of the arts.Located two and a half miles north of Interstate 70 on Wadsworth, the Arvada Center is just a short 20-minute drive from downtown Denver.For more information call the Arvada Center box office at 720-898-7200 or visit the Center’s website at www.arvadacenter.org
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