Paint with Watercolours, Explore with the Bard!

Join us at the Creative Age Festival, June 4-6 and take part in one of our amazing arts workshops including: Watercolours or Acting Shakespeare!

Watercolours with Willie Wong

Thursday, June 4 from 6 – 8pm

North Edmonton Seniors Association (7524 139 Avenue)

Watercolours made easy. Join renowned Edmonton artist Willie Wong in this 2-hour workshop, designed for all levels of experience, as he walks you through the basics of painting with watercolours. Cost: $15 (all materials included)

Acting Shakespeare with David Barnet

Friday, June 5 from 1 – 3pm

North Edmonton Seniors Association (7524 139 Avenue)

Photo by: Ryan Parker (PK Photography)
Photo by: Ryan Parker (PK Photography)

Try out Juliet or Lear – it’s easier than you think! Play and have fun with the bard with award-winning teacher David Barnet. Cost: $15

And that’s not all – there are 7 more workshops to choose from:

Pottery with Elaine Kwan

Memoir Writing with Shirley Serviss

Performance Storytelling with GeriActors

Handbells with Wendy Hoskin

Musical Improvisation with Grindstone Theatre

Dance and Physical Storytelling with Amber Borotsik & Shula Strassfeld


African Drumming with Deborah Bortscher

Photo by: Ryan Parker (PK Photography)
Photo by: Ryan Parker (PK Photography)

Taking a Creative Age workshop is a great way to meet new people, learn something brand new, expand your current skills, and have fun!

For more information and a complete description of each workshop visit the Creative Age Edmonton website and take a look at our Festival Guide. Workshops are filling up fast so call NESA (780-496-6969) today to reserve your place. Lunch is provided to all workshop participants free of charge.

See you at the festival June 4-6!!!

Creative Age Festival – Play with Clay

Join us at the Creative Age Festival June 4-6 and take a workshop or see a performance. Pottery Workshop

Experience the joys and challenges of working with clay at our Pottery Workshop led by facilitator Elaine Kwan. You’ll learn the basics of handbuilding with pinching and coil techniques to build a small flowerpot or pencil holder.

Come out on Thursday, June 4 from 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. and have fun with clay! The cost is $15 and all supplies, glazing and firing costs are included.

The workshop is held at North Edmonton Seniors Association (7524 139 Avenue). Call 780-496-6969 to register.

Creative Age Festival – Musical Exploration

It’s not very often that people get the chance to play handbells or a Djembe (African drum), but at this year’s Creative Age Festival you can try both instruments!

The Handbells Workshop with Wendy Hoskin will cover basic ringing techniques, how to read handbell music, and how to participate in an ensemble. No experience is needed because you’ll be doubling a position with an intermediate ringer as you learn to ring beginning music. Thursday, June 4 from 2 – 4 p.m. Cost: $15.

Handbells at NESA

At the African Drumming Workshop Deborah Bortscher will teach techniques to achieve the three basic sounds on a Djembe – bass, tone and slap. Using your new-found skills you’ll learn to play a drum song from West Africa. Drums are provided or you can bring your own. Saturday, June 6 from 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. Cost: $15.

Register by calling NESA at 780-496-6969. Both workshops are held at North Edmonton Seniors Association (7524 139 Avenue).

Creative Age Festival – Workshops

Not sure if taking a workshop is right for you? Hear what past participants have said.

Never had so much fun singing. (Rock n’ Roll)

Inclusive, safe, explorative! (Acting Shakespeare)

Found parts of my body still work! (Creative Movement)

Photo by Ryan Parker (PK Photography)
Photo by Ryan Parker (PK Photography)

I found that I could participate even with a cane. (Creative Movement)

This was an introduction to new field. The facilitator made it easy to undertake and to achieve success! (Shadow Puppet)

Confidence and wonderment at the scope of Shakespeare in today’s 21st century realities. (Acting Shakespeare)

Photo by Ryan Parker (PK Photography)
Photo by Ryan Parker (PK Photography)

Energizing when I needed it. Facilitators had great rapport with the participants. (Rock n’ Roll)

I really love to do the movements. It’s an exercise that is good for your body, mind, heart and soul. (Creative Movement)

I love the theatre, and talking part in it. Creating a story and acting – it’s a good experience! (Intro to Acting)

Shakespeare is not as intimidating as I expected. (Acting Shakespeare)

Photo by Zvonimir Rac
Photo by Zvonimir Rac

Be sure to register for some workshops at the Creative Age Festival June 4-6.

We have a great variety of arts workshops lined-up including: African Drumming, Watercolour Painting, Acting Shakespeare, Pottery, Performance Storytelling, Handbells, Dance and Physical Storytelling, Musical Improv, and Memoir Writing.

To register call NESA at 780-496-6969.

Arts Extravaganza – Creative Age Festival 2015

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Join us on June 5 for an evening of performances by talented seniors and intergenerational artists. Featuring the Grove City Barbershop Harmony Chorus, Melle Huizinga, the GeriActors & Friends, and more!

The show will take place at the Timms Centre for the Arts (87 Ave & 112 Street). There will be a reception in the lobby to follow and a cash bar available before and after the show.

Tickets are $10 and can be purchase through the North Edmonton Seniors Association (780-496-6969). Tickets will also be available at the door.

Grove City Barbershop Harmony Chorus

“How can you be unhappy when you are singing?”

The Grove City Barbershop Harmony Chorus is made up of around 30 men from all over the Greater Edmonton area. Some drive over an hour to each of their Wednesday night practices.

Coming from all walks of life and virtually all ages, they are all amateur singers who enjoy singing together and sharing their talents. Their chorus has been active for over 20 years and is the only chorus north of Red Deer. They are part of the 23,000 man, worldwide Barbershop Harmony Society.

In addition to their annual shows they also do many singouts around the Edmonton area, including hospitals, nursing homes, and fundraisers for various charities. They compete at least once a year with other barbershop choruses in Alberta.

The Grove City Barbershop Harmony Chorus performs at the Creative Age Festival 2012
The Grove City Barbershop Harmony Chorus performs at the Creative Age Festival 2012

Melle Huizinga

Melle Huizinga immigrated with his family to Canada in 1948. As a child and as a teenager he was determined to be a farmer but fate intervened and he taught school for 40 years instead.

He learned to love teaching and he keeps his hand in by mentoring student teachers at the King’s University and by teaching a creative writing class through the Minerva Institute for senior studies at MacEwan University.

Melle Huizinga loves to tell stories. The story he tells today, from his first year of teaching in a small Ontario town, is titled “Blundering into Small Town Power Structures”.

Melle Huizinga performing at the Edmonton Poetry Festival 2008
Melle Huizinga performing at the Edmonton Poetry Festival 2008

GeriActors & Friends

“It’s like a tapestry, we’re always making collages of our ideas and stories; somehow we are all one.”

The GeriActors & Friends is an intergenerational theatre company based in Edmonton. The GeriActors are seniors from SAGE and the “Friends” are students and alumni from the University of Alberta. They range in age from early twenties to late eighties. The intergenerational nature of the company generates new energy, brilliant ideas, a great sense of fun, and lasting friendships.

They write plays based on stories and issues from their lives. They perform to audiences of seniors and their families, students, health professionals and the general public and they are currently enjoying a very successful Spring Tour of their newest play Washing. Be sure to join them at the Arts Extravaganza to see their play We Decide When inspired by Shakespeare’s King Lear.

The GeriActors & Friends perform Felixstowe at the Creative Age Festival 2012.
The GeriActors & Friends perform Felixstowe at the Creative Age Festival 2012.