workshops for Seniors
Interactive workshops delivered straight to you (live or online). Please note: online workshops require a smart board (or equivalent) with internet access. Below is a list of workshops we currently offer. All materials supplied.
Creative arts workshops
Explore colour and texture while being guided by Beverly’s clear step-by-step instructions. Participants have fun while learning new skills, and will leave with a completed painting of their very own!
Read about two recent paint parties on our blog:
“Painting Activities for Seniors: Year Two in Our Partnership with MEPEC”
Using scissors and drawing tools, participants will maintain and strengthen their fine-motor skills, learning techniques to help explore and express their emotions creatively. Participants will each receive their own small journal that they can add to after the workshop, continuing to build their own creative practice.
Participants will create one or multiple cards with detailed imagery using watercolour techniques, black fine tip pens and colouring and graphite pencils. There is also the option to make themed cards during different holiday seasons.
Participants will create bowls out of papier mâcher, painting, decorating and lacquering the bowls according to their tastes and incorporating seasonal themes. This workshop requires multiple visits to complete the project.
Participants will be introduced to the beautiful medium of pastels, and use their intense colours to create gorgeous works of art that they can be proud of. The results are always fabulous and create the perfect decoration for any living space.
Participants will be invited to try graphite, charcoal and inks to explore the many facets of mark making. There is no experience required! Drawing is one of the most meditative art forms, as the task both occupies and soothes the mind.
Discover your style and creativity with one of Beverly’s amazing art classes including painting, drawing, watercolours, pastels, journaling, 3D papier maché, card-making – and more!
Celebrated Inuit artist, Jason Sikoak, loves stories and he wants to help seniors bring their memories to life. Jason will help participants create images based on the stories they share. Each person will leave with a unique work of art representing a memory they hold dear.
This workshop allows participants to create unique and personal decorative objects from dried gourds. They will discover the potential of this magical fruit and highlight its unique shape with the guidance of Floribert Bantsimba, a multidisciplinary artist of African origin, notably from Congo-Brazzaville. This workshop is offered in French.
This course introduces participants to the creative and decorative process of embroidery. Through the exploration of the essentials of embroidery, basic hand embroidery stitches, and pattern making, participants will create their own personalized and unique project. This course will have you in stitches!
Movement, Music and Wellness Workshops
The young dancers of The Préville Youth Company are excited to dance for you! After their performance, they’ll help you experience swing and jazz-era music through gentle movement, in an interactive, intergenerational activity led by Dalcroze eurythmics expert, Alcina Chiu.
Have fun and relax while increasing your mind-body awareness. Passionate fitness instructor, Tanya DeVilliers will lead you through a series of gentle and stimulating exercises set to beautiful music.
Exercise your funny bone and feel your spirits lifted by Guy’s gentle, playful, improvisation-based activity where connection is the name of the game. Guy’s humorous and interactive workshop incorporates laughter yoga and is designed to bring you out of your shell!
Nia is a sensory-based movement practice that draws from martial arts, dance arts, and healing arts. It empowers people of all shapes, sizes, and abilities by connecting the body, mind, emotions and spirit. Classes are accompanied by soul-stirring music from around the world.
In this workshop, choir director, Zoé, will facilitate sing-alongs with seniors, inviting family members or groups of children from local schools. Examples of song choices: folk songs, broadway classics, Christmas or other holidays songs.
Live shows for Seniors
Makhena, an Anishnabe-Cree, Franco-Ontarian hoop dancer, will present an interactive hoop dance workshop where they will perform, and then teach participants how to execute basic steps, while also sharing about the regalia, history and ceremony behind this traditional storytelling art form.
These amazing performers will start off by sharing a variety of First Nations stories from across Turtle Island, discussing their messages and hidden meanings. Participants will have the opportunity to view many examples of traditional Indigenous artifacts intended to generate sharing and questions. Participants will learn how storytelling was not just used as a form of entertainment but also as a legitimate example of formalized education. Topics range from ecology, environmentalism, sustainability, language, history from Indigenous perspectives, music, and Indigenous philosophy.
Using a variety of David Finkle’s traditionally handmade instruments and Laura’s powerful singing voice, the duo will finish with an immersive musical experience. All presentations are age-appropriate, being tailored to each group individually depending on age and interests.