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.
Art exhibition & reception, Art Potpourri, showcased drawings, pastels, collage, wood carvings and clay. Artist Terrie Corbett selected winners: 1st place – Joanne Kowal; 2nd place – Charles C. Pierce; 3rd place – Nancy Juster Johnson; and honorable mentions – Hariette Bradrick, Terry Spearman Burnside, Diane Fogarty, and D. Shearn. Reception guests selected the People’s Choice Awards: Favorite Portrayal of People – Maria Balingit; Favorite Landscape – Margaret Hamilton; Favorite Use of Color – Maria Lucas; and Most Creative and Overall Favorite – Terry Burnside. Exhibit continues through May 20.
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.
Current & Upcoming TSC Art Exhibitions
Portrait artists Jennifer Clinard, Natalia Andreeva, John Felton and Charles Pierce are part of exhibit In The Yellow Chair at 621 Gallery for month of May)
Rose Quartz & Serenity Blue – 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 International Pantone Committee’s selected colors for 2016.
Creativity in Oils & Acrylics
May 23 – July 29, 2016, TSC Auditorium
Art Reception June 3, 6 – 8 p.m.
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.
Art Workshops require preregistration and prepayment one week before the workshop start date. Register by e-mail, Leslie.Puckett@talgov.com or call (850) 891-4016.
Creative Cards Mary Sargent
Wed., May 18, 1–3 p.m. TSC clay studio. Make one-of-a-kind keepsake, greeting cards especially for the upcoming season. Materials provided. All skill levels. $8 Seniors , $10 Others. Register by May 11.
Watercolor, Eluster Richardson, NE Branch Leon County Library
Thu., May 19 – June 23, 1:30 – 4 p.m., (six weeks). Eluster helps develop skills and insight to improve composition and subject matter working with watercolor. Library located on Thomasville Rd, across the street from Wal-mart. Intermediate Level. $54 Seniors, $66 others. Register by May 11.
Acrylic Painting at Lake Jackson Community Center at Huntington Oaks Plaza, Janice McCaskill
Tue., May 17 – June 28, (seven weeks), 9:30 – noon. Develop skills in acrylic painting with interesting exercises for creative thinking. Beginners and Continuing Beginners. $63 Seniors, $77 others. Register by May 10.
Intro … Losing Yourself in Zentangle®, Midori Okasako, CZT
Fri, June 3 – 24, 1 – 3:30 p.m. (four weeks). Discover the fun and joy of creating art one stroke at a time in this calming process founded by Rick Roberts and Maria Thomas. No prior art experience necessary for this beginning level class. Class fee $36 Seniors, $44 others. Register by May 25.
Continue… Losing Yourself in Zentangle®, Midori Okasako, CZT
Wed., June 1 - 22, 1:30 – 4 p.m., (four weeks). Add more depth and detail to your creations with relaxed focus on complex tangles, exploring shading, highlights, and other variations. Programed especially for those who completed the introductory Zentangle® Method workshop…one stroke at a time. Class fee $36 Seniors, $44 others. Register by May 25.
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
Two Senior Center Art teachers have solo exhibits in Quincy April – June 2016.
Eluster Richardson- May I Have This Dance? Is an exhibition of paintings and drawings at Gadsden Art Center by Eluster based on dance. His artwork captures the style and emotion of dance from various world cultures. Exhibition through – June 25.
Janice Ecinja McCaskill’s paintings are on display at the Gadsden County Commissioners Office, through June 2016.
In The Yellow Chair at 621 Gallery, Railroad Square, Tallahassee
For 30 years we have had a group of portrait artists that meet in the TSC Art Studio on Monday mornings to draw portraits from live models sitting in a big yellow chair. For the month of May please visit 621 Gallery to see a beautiful collection of these paintings and drawings by ten very talented artists that do not just render a likeness but imbue their portraits with beauty, dignity and grace. Check out the website for more info http://www.andreeva.com/index.php?id=in-the-yellow-chair.
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.