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

AND…

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.

Creative Age Festival 2015

We are busy with preparations for the Creative Age Festival happening June 4-6 at the North Edmonton Seniors Association and Timms Centre for the Arts.

The Creative Age Festival features performances by seniors and intergenerational artists as well as workshops in a variety of art forms. This year’s festival will have 8 workshops to choose from in music, theatre, creative writing, dance and much more.

Here is a sneak peak at some of the workshops being offered June 4-6…

1) Musical Improv with Grindstone Theatre

Apr 8 (4)

Grindstone Theatre was formed in 2011 by Artistic Director, Byron Martin, to create new late night content at the Varscona Theatre. Grindstone’s flagship show, The 11 O’clock Number! is currently in it’s third season and it continues to attract attention for its unique form of musical comedy entertainment. Aside from it’s weekly show, The 11 O’clock Number! has performed for The Liberal Party of Canada, Fountain Tire/United Way, Edmonton Potterwatch, HSBC, Edmonton Children’s Dance Theatre and many other corporate events. The show has also toured festivals across western Canada and to New York City.

2) Memoir Writing with Shirley Serviss

Apr 8 (5)

Shirley A. Serviss is a long-time participant in Edmonton’s literary scene as a writer and writing instructor. She has published three collections of poetry and co-edited two anthologies. Her poetry and personal essays have appeared in numerous literary magazines and collections. In addition to teaching at MacEwan University and the University of Alberta’s Faculty of Extension, she has taught at numerous seniors’ centers and for the Edmonton Lifelong Learning Association (ELLA). Shirley also works part-time as the staff literary Artist on the Wards for the Friends of University Hospitals.

3) Performance Storytelling with GeriActors & Friends 

Photo by Eric Kozakiewicz
Photo by Eric Kozakiewicz

The GeriActors & Friends are based at SAGE (Seniors Association of Greater Edmonton) and supported by the Drama Department and Faculty of Arts at the University of Alberta.  They perform to the general public, seniors and caregivers. The ‘Friends’ are students and alumni from the University of Alberta. The GeriActors Outreach Program includes workshops for seniors in Comedy Improvisation, Performance Storytelling, Acting, and Creative Movement. They also help to produce the Creative Age Festival and Under One Sky, a theatre project with multicultural immigrant seniors. They believe in the principle of ‘creative aging’, in which seniors become engaged in artistic activity at a level of comparative mastery. This leads to effective artistic expression, a developing sense of community, social and civic engagement, and an overall increase in health and well-being.

Registration opens May 1 – keep your eyes peeled for more information about the Creative Age Festival 2015.

See you at the festival!!!

For more information visit:

http://www.creativeageedmonton.ca

http://www.geriactors.ualberta.ca/Events/Creative%20Age%20Festival.aspx