Senior Programs

 

Flushing Town Hall offers programs that provide seniors opportunities to actively engage in the arts and creatively express themselves while learning new skills.

 

 

Performances

 

Seniors are welcomed to attend our matinee performances of music, dance, and theater throughout the year. Tickets are just $7 per person! See our full listing of performances here: http://www.flushingtownhall.org/educational-performances

 

For more information, please contact the Education Department at (718) 463-7700 ext. 224 or email education@flushingtownhall.org

 

Workshops

 

 

 

We encourage seniors to participate in hands-on interactive arts programs to foster life-long learning. Workshops at Flushing Town Hall start at $225 for 30 participants maximum, or at your site for $275.

 

Mexican Paper Arts

 

In this workshop, participants will learn about the history of various secular and religious celebrations that occur throughout the year, and create their own Mexican piñatas using vibrant colored tissue paper and a ready-made papier-mâché structure or colorful Mexican paper flowers.

 

Korean Minhwa Folk Painting

 

Many aspects of Asian culture such as art have been influenced by China. Before the collapse of the Ming dynasty (1368-1644) in China, most paintings were done only by educated painters and shared mainly with those in the upper class. After the collapse, Korea was forced to build new artistic models based on an inner search for Korean subjects. Developed during the latter half of the Joseon dynasty (1392-1897), the last and longest imperial dynasty of Korea, folk paintings called minhwa became very popular. Minhwa paintings were done and shared by ordinary people with vibrant colors and energetic subject matters. Participants will learn about the art of tracing and color blending while gaining a sense of the cultural movement in Asia.

 

Good Nutrition in your Golden Years

 

Nutritionist Christina Camacho instructs seniors on how to achieve balanced nutrition, how to keep your bones strong with calcium & vitamin D, and why being physically active is important. Attention is given to healthy eating as she prepares and demonstrates how to cook quinoa. People who are vegetarians, vegan, and those with cereal grain allergies can base their diets on this delicious nutty food that is easy to prepare and high in protein. Food samples are available following the demonstration.

 

 

For more information, please contact the Education Department at (718) 463-7700 ext. 241 or email education@flushingtownhall.org

 

Residencies

 

 

Seniors have the opportunity to work with artists for an extended period of time on a variety of different art projects that encourage creativity while learning new skills.

 

The Art of Illusion 

 

Art comes in many forms. Throughout art history artists have tried to trick the viewer in believing what they see is actually real or optically real. In this series of workshops, we will explore the artists that tried and succeeded.  Artists such as MC Escher, Victor Vasarely and the Op-Art artists of the 1960's will be introduced. We will also explore the work of Josef Albers (the Father of color theory) and Trompe l'oeil artists. Lastly, we will also discover how a mirror is used to create interesting mirror images. After each artist or art form is introduced, the participants will create their own work inspired by the masters.  This residency will culminate with an art exhibition of the seniors work with an “artists talk-back” at the senior center.

 

Music & Art Making: The Influences of Classical, Ragtime, and Jazz Music on Impressionist, Cubist, and Art Deco art & artists

 

Throughout the ages, music and art have been telltale representations of the day. Every decade in history has its own music and its own art. For example: the Jazz era brought a new modern way of looking at art with its art deco style and big band music. In this series, participants will listen to music of an era and create a piece of art in the style of the era. The teaching artist will introduce Impressionist, Cubist and the Art Deco styles, and seniors will create their own art inspired by representative music (Classical, Ragtime and Jazz) and masters. The seniors' art work will be displayed in a culminating exhibition. 

 

Exploring Master Painters in their Senior Years:  Master Works of Rembrandt, Picasso and O'Keefe

 

Participants will be introduced to works by masters, Rembrandt, Picasso and O’Keefe, who created in their senior years. The teaching artist will lead and guide participants in creating their own versions of masterworks through painting and collage. This project will culminate with an exhibition of the participant’s work.

 

Still Life: Food for Thought Ark-Making Workshop Series

 

Through a series of workshops led by Flushing Town Hall’s teaching artist Steve Palermo, students will discover the many ways artists have interpreted one of the earliest topics of creative expression, the still life.  Each week students will explore different artistic styles by Morandi, della Robbia, Lichtenstein, and more; and by using their own artistic voice students will create their masterpiece.  The class will culminate in a gallery show of their work.

 

Face to Face Ark-Making Workshop Series

 

Through a series of workshops, seniors will explore how artists drew upon the many ways a face can provoke emotion in the viewer. They will discover how artists create a face using a simple technique of proportions.  Flushing Town Hall teaching artist will also lead seniors to visit cultures that believe that making icons and masks can ward off evil and keep them safe. The class will culminate in a gallery show of participants’ work!

 

For more information, please contact the Education Department at (718) 463-7700 ext. 224 or email education@flushingtownhall.org