ARVADA, Colo. – The Arvada Center offers a series of classes specifically designed with the “ageless adult” (retired and 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 spring (March, April and May):
Great Fun with Great Music
This informal but informative class allows students to explore classical music. Taught by Rocky Mountain News classical music critic Marc Shulgold, this popular course is designed for the beginner as well as the concert hall veteran and focuses on music-listening, rather than music-talking. Great Fun with Great Music is an “ageless adult” favorite in which students learn how great music is put together while gaining insight into the people who wrote and performed some of the great classics.
Saturdays, April 5 – April 26, 9:30-11:30 a.m. (four weeks)
Instructor: Marc Shulgold
YOGA AND DANCE
Rejuvenate Yourself with Yoga
This gentle, restorative and reflective Hatha Yoga practice helps students to lovingly celebrate and “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.
Tuesdays, April 29 – May 27, 2:00-3:30 p.m. (five weeks)
Instructor: Leslie Kalechman
Ballet for Ageless Adults
Basic ballet movements and classical music are combined in this course with stretching and balancing exercises to enhance flexibility and freedom of movement. It is perfect for those who have always wanted to try ballet or for anyone interested in a fun and gentle dance class. No previous dance experience is necessary.
Fridays, April 4 – June 20, 2:45-3:45 p.m. (twelve weeks)
Instructor: Christina Noel-Adcock
Ageless Adult Tap
This class is designed with the beginning adult tap dancer in mind. Students learn basic tap skills and short combinations. Participants complete a healthy workout in a fun and supportive environment. Students need to bring tap shoes, comfortable clothes and a desire to dance.
Thursdays, April 3 – June 19, 2:45-3:45 p.m. (twelve weeks)
Instructor: Deborah Kenner
Partner Free Ballroom and Latin Dance
By using the basic movements and patterns of ballroom and Latin dance, students in this class learn simple choreographed routines that do not require partners. This non-intimidating course offers students a chance to dance using patterns from swing, salsa, cha-cha, waltz and foxtrot. Dancers of all levels are welcome.
Sundays, March 30 – May 11, (skip 4/20), 3:00 – 4:00 p.m. (six weeks)
Instructor: Jean Zartner
In this course, students find their creative energy and learn many beautiful ways to use acrylic paint. Sessions cover tools, materials and color basics as well as group problem-solving and critique. This fun course allows students to experiment and build confidence while using water-based paint to create a finished painting. All levels of experience are welcome.
Mondays, March 17 – April 14, 9:30 a.m.-noon (five weeks) OR
Mondays, April 21 – May 19, 9:30 a.m.-noon (five weeks)
Instructor: Marcia Brill
Watercolor Painting for Ageless Adults
This course helps beginning to intermediate students by teaching them the basic skills needed to create watercolor paintings. Watercolor is a fresh and rich medium that students of all levels can enjoy. Participants learn to express their creativity and implement simple tips that will greatly improve their work.
Mondays, March 17 – April 14, 1:00-3:30 p.m. (five weeks) OR
Mondays, April 21 – May 19, 1:00-3:30 p.m. (five weeks)
Instructor: Marcia Brill
Clay for Ageless Adults
In this beginning to intermediate course, students start by learning the basics of clay. Hand-building techniques are covered, but work on the potter’s wheel is also an important element in this class. Students can create anything from tableware to sculpture, depending on where their interests lie.
Wednesdays, March 26 – April 23, 1:00-3:00 p.m. (five weeks) OR
Wednesdays, April 30 – May 28, 1:00-3:00 p.m. (five weeks)
Instructor: Lorretta Campbell
Writing Family History and Memoir
This course helps students tell family stories in a fun and friendly environment with in-class writing exercises and one short assignment. This workshop provides tips to help organize resources, define approach, select a style and set a writing schedule. The goal of the class is to show students how to concentrate on the most meaningful moments of life through writing.
Tuesdays, April 1 – 29, 9:30-11:30 a.m. (five weeks)
Instructor: Joey Porcelli
Jump-Start Your Writing
This course is designed to help students jump-start their writing on a project that may have been abandoned. Taught by award-winning writer, Kaye Bache-Snyder, students will learn some tricks and tools to keep their writing moving over bumps in the road. This course includes in-class exercises, readings and discussions of creative processes from the beginning to the end.
Thursdays, April 17 – May 8, 1:00 – 3:30 p.m. (four weeks)
Instructor: Kaye Bache-Snyder
Creative Flower Arranging
Students learn how to design and create beautiful flower arrangements that can be enjoyed for many years. Participants will design arrangements in a variety of containers using dried or silk flowers. They will leave this course with arrangements they can be proud of as well as skills and ideas for future projects.
Cost: $30 (plus $3 materials fee paid to the instructor)
Thursdays, April 3 – 10, 1:30-3:30 p.m. (two weeks)
Instructor: Fay M. Andrews
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. For additional information, contact Lisa Leafgreen, education coordinator, at 720-898-7236 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Arvada Center for the Arts and Humanities is the metro area’s 12th 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. For media requests, contact Kristin Stork, director of media relations, at 720.898.7272 or email@example.com.
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