Arts and Crafts
Founded in 1980, the Tallahassee Senior Center for the Arts offers a supportive environment for both beginning and advanced artists to receive guidance from experienced instructors. Students also benefit from ongoing art exhibits, special classes, and opportunities to display and sell their art.
Tallahassee Senior Center for the Arts
TSC is open Monday – Friday, 9 a.m. – 10 p.m..
Receptions free and open to the public.
Call for Artists
The Tallahassee Senior Artist Showcase is an annual juried fine art exhibition highlighting talented, mature artists residing in the Big Bend Area. Selected artworks will be on display at the Tallahassee Senior Center and LeRoy Collins Leon County Public Library, August-September, 2016. All visual art media is considered (including photography, but excluding video). Artists must be 50 or older and submit an entry application with $15 fee by May 18. $1,000 prize money. Contact TSC Art Coordinator for prospectus/entry form at 891-4016 or email.
Linda Pelc, artist and instructor, (front of class) leads the Watercolor Studio at the TSC on Tuesday, 9-noon.
Current & Upcoming TSC Art Exhibitions
Hank Fleck Retrospect /
Through Apr. 26, 2016
TSC first floor Dining Room
Paintings, pastels and drawings from one of Tallahassee’s finest artists.
Art Potpourri /
Through May 21, 2016
TSC artists display drawings, pastels and clay artworks. Art Reception Apr. 1, 6-8 p.m.
Rose Quartz & Serenity – Pantone Colors of the Year /
May 4 – July 27, 2016
TSC Dining Room
TSC Studio Artists rise to the creative challenge to create artworks using the Pantone colors for 2016.
Upcoming Art Workshops
Art workshops require pre-registration and payment one week before the first class meeting. Most meet once a week with a beginning and end date. They are at the Tallahassee Senior Center unless otherwise indicated. For more info or to register, contact Leslie Puckett, Art Program Coordinator at 891-4016 or via email.
Lose Yourself in Zentangle®, Midori Okasako
Wed., Apr. 20-May 11, 1-3:30 p.m., (four weeks)
Rediscover the fun and joy of creating art! Zentangle® is for you, even if you ‘think’ you are not an artist. Learn this calming process and art form founded by Rick Roberts and Maria Thomas. With a simple stroke of a pen, empower yourself to create beautiful images of tangle patterns inspired by the world around us all. Class fee $36-Seniors, $44-others. Art supply kit for class $20. Register by Apr. 13.
Natural Sculpture, Mariann Kearsley
Thu., Apr. 21-June 9, 1-3:30 p.m. (six class meetings, skip May 5 & 26), TSC Clay Studio.
A walk in the woods is an opportunity to collect interesting shaped sticks, pinecones, lichen, feathers, stones and add some wool or other bits of fiber and bind them together to make your own woodland spirit or green man (or woman). Class fee $54-Seniors, $66-others. Register by Apr. 13.
Beginning Acrylic Painting – Debbie Gaedtke
Apr. 22-June 10, 8 weeks or shorten to 6 weeks, Apr. 22-May 27
Fri. afternoons, 1–4 p.m. If you have wanted to learn to paint and don’t know where to start this is for you. Using the versatile acrylic paints, learn basics in brush technique and color mixing, create shapes and then shades to give depth. $73-Seniors, $80-others. Register by Apr. 13.
Picasso Nudes, Millie Ruffles Smith
Thu., Apr. 28-May 26, 9:30-noon (five class meetings). TSC Clay Studio. One of the innovators of the cubist movement, Picasso would break the human figure into simple shapes and arrange in his unique style. Have fun playing at painting for beginners to learn and intermediates to shake up their perspective. Class fee $45-Seniors, $55-others. Register by Apr. 20.
Creative Cards, Mary Sargent
Wed., May 18, 1–3 p.m. TSC clay studio. Make one-of-a-kind keepsake, greeting cards especially for graduation and 4th of July. Materials provided. All skill levels. $8-Seniors, $10-others. Register by May 11.
Beginning Drawing with Maria Balingit, at Westminster Oaks
Tue. Apr. 19–June 21, 9:30–noon (eight weeks – skip Apr. 10 & June 14) at the pool house. Learn and develop basic drawing technique by drawing still lifes and portraits. For beginners and continuing students. $73-Seniors, $88-others. Register by Apr. 13.
Drawing II with Maria Balingit, at Westminster Oaks
Tue., Apr. 19–June 21, 1:30–3:30 p.m. (eight weeks – skip Apr. 10 & June 14). Art & Craft Room in Parry Bldg. Continue to develop drawing skills, techniques and composition. For continuing students – intermediates. $72-Seniors, $88-others.
Having Fun with Watercolor with Sue Ellen Knowles, at Westminster Oaks
Fri., May 6–Jun. 24, 9:30–noon (eight weeks). Art & Craft Room in Parry Bldg. Class covers basics in watercolor, techniques, planning and execution. $72-Seniors, $88-others. Register by Apr. 27.
Acrylic Painting, Debbie Gaedtke, at Southwood
Wed., May 4–Jun. 22, 6–8 p.m., (eight classes), Southwood Community Center. Learn basic skills and develop technique with a versatile medium. For beginners and continuing beginners. $72-Seniors, $88-others. Register by Apr. 27.
Painting with Oils, at Fort Braden Community Center, Robert DeWitt Smith
Thu., May 5–Jul. 7, 1–3:30 p.m. (eight weeks). Each session provides both a demonstration and the opportunity to paint. Some experience with oil painting preferable. $72-Seniors, $88-others. Register by Apr. 27.
Acrylic Painting at Lake Jackson Community Center at Huntington Oaks Plaza, Janice McCaskill
Tue., May 17-June 28, 9:30-noon (seven weeks). Develop skills in acrylic painting with some interesting exercises for creative thinking. Beginners and continuing beginners. $63-Seniors, $77-others. Register by May 10.
For more information on these workshops, call 891-4016.
Weekly Studio Art Classes
On-going studio classes meet on a weekly basis and do not require pre-registration, just pay the days you attend. Instructors work with individual students, and students assist and critique one another in a rewarding collaborative environment. It is recommended that you visit the class and talk to the instructor before joining the class; the instructor will provide you with a supply list for that class. Studio Artists have the opportunity to exhibit in the center’s gallery spaces. All classes are located at the Senior Center Art Studio unless otherwise noted. Classes do not meet on holidays, L3X week (Apr. 4-8), or during Maintenance Week (Jun. 27-Jul. 1). $9 per class-Seniors (age 55+), $11-others (age 18-54). Or buy an art card that gives you eight classes for the price of seven.| Call 891-4016 or email for more information.
Artistry in Clay – Handbuilding /
Mon., 9:30-noon, TSC Clay Studio
Drawing Like Durer & Friends – Pen & Ink /
Mon., 12:30-3 p.m., TSC Clay Studio
Watercolor Tuesday Studio /
Tue., 9 a.m. – noon
Watercolor Beginners /
Tue., 1–4 p.m.
Beginners and continuing beginners
Wed., 9 – 11:30 a.m.
No instructor on the third Wed. each month
Oil and Acrylic Painting /
Robert Dewitt Smith
Wed., 1-4 p.m.
Beginners & Intermediate
Watercolor Thursday Studio /
Thu., 9 a.m.-noon
Drawing Etcetera /
Thu., 1-4 p.m., drawing & painting
Oil Painting – Advanced /
Fri., 9 a.m.–noon
Drawing Together /
Fri., 9:30–11:30 a.m.
Developing basics, primarily rendering in pencil
On-Going Studio Labs
Portrait Studio Lab / Mon., 9 a.m. – 12 p.m., $5
Ceramics / Tue. & Wed., 9 a.m. – 12 p.m., $2 plus cost of materials and firing fee
All classes are $2 unless otherwise noted.
Crafting Bee /
Mondays, 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Informal group enjoys all types of crafts. Anyone, with or without experience, welcome.
Mondays, 12:00n - 4:00 p.m.
Join other quilters and work at your own pace. Participants bring their own materials or use donated materials.
Capital City Wood Carvers /
Mondays, 7:00 - 9:00 p.m.
New and experienced wood carvers are welcome. Bring a sharp knife, sandpaper and pencil with eraser. New members always welcome. $20 annually; fee pro-rated.
Nimble Fingers /
Wednesdays, 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Group learns cross stitch, crochet, knitting and other projects, depending on available materials. Anyone is welcome, with or without expertise in a craft.
Ceramics Lab /
Tuesdays and Wednesdays, 9:00 - 12:00 p.m.
Paint and/or glaze mold-made cer a.m.ics. Experienced volunteers assist.
Model Ship Building /
Fridays, 1:00 - 4:00 p.m.
Participants bring their own supplies and projects to work together in this informal setting.