EATON — Forgive me if I’ve told you this one already. Let’s talk about creativity. The Merriam-Webster Dictionary defines ‘create’ as 1. To bring into existence. 2.b. To produce or bring about by a course of action or behavior 4.a. To produce through imaginative skill — I like it! Maybe you have a creative outlet already, one that allows you to be imaginative, bringing something into existence. Think about that, being creative is bringing an idea, a thought, or even a movement into existence. This idea, thought, movement that would not have existed without your willingness to create it. Are you with me? I personally value creativity. I’ve lived my life by this value, making something out of nothing, and the joy that it brings me. As you know the creative process can create other emotions, but for me, at its essence is pure joy, awe, even “Wow.”
In Latin ‘to create’ means to ‘make a fuss’ or ‘kick up a fuss’ or better yet, ‘kick up a rumpus.’ Yet it also means to ‘complain’ or ‘cry.’ Fascinating that one word has such diverse meanings. Still at the essence of creating is ‘bringing into existence,’ whether it’s a product, an emotion, behavior, or movement.
The Preble County Council on Aging is partnering with the Preble County Visual Art Center to offer Art Labs. Once a month a professional artist comes from the art center to the senior center to offer our seniors affordable art options. Each month has a different theme and medium, such as paint your own pottery, canvas painting, and clay projects. All the supplies are provided for each session, as well as instruction. There is a fee for these art labs to cover the costs of the supplies and instruction. Prices vary from $7-$20. The Preble County Art Association is generously waiving all membership fees and non-membership pricing. They would like the opportunity to offer something each month giving seniors access to art-making and alternative materials.
These art labs fall on the fourth Wednesday of each month from 11:30-1:30 p.m. Reservations are preferred, but walk-ins are welcome. We do have a sign-up sheet at our front desk. The next art lab in Feb. 22, 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. We will be painting an 11×14 canvas using acrylic paints. The cost is $12 per person, which is paid the day of class to your instructor. No experience is necessary they provide instruction and all supplies.
If you are feeling like kicking up a fuss or a rumpus and learning something new, or getting back to painting like you did years ago, then come on by and let’s create together!
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