York PA 17401 • 717-848-3200

Creative Aging Program

Creative York’s Creative Aging Program brings experienced teaching artists into senior facilities to engage seniors in quality ceramics and painting classes and to connect older adults with their innate creative selves. Studies show that seniors who participate in weekly art programs have fewer doctor visits and take less medication than those who do not. The Arts improve health, wellness, and encourage social connectivity.

Organizations are encouraged to sign up for multiple classes so participants can experience the full benefits of working with the art materials, can develop a new skill, and cultivate self-confidence through the process. Pricing includes all supplies and instruction (as well as firing fees for clay projects). Creative York reserves the right to add an additional fee for teachers traveling to facilities 20 miles or further away from Creative York.


The Creative Aging Class Menu


Clay Class

Seniors learn to sculpt their very own pottery from a lump of raw clay. Starting every project from raw clay is a great way to create highly-personalized art pieces, as well as sneak in a great exercise for hands and arms. During the second class, participants paint their pieces with colorful glaze.

  • 2-hour class — $180 total
  • 15 students maximum
  • Note: 2 class minimum. Finished projects take 2-3 weeks to be fired in Creative York’s kilns.



Acrylic Painting Class

This class offers participants a great introduction to the basics of painting with acrylic paint while learning about and experimenting with various techniques.

  • 2-hour class — $180 total
  • 15 students maximum




Intergenerational Painted Portraits Class

Our Intergenerational class is a great way to get family members and school groups engaged with seniors. At the beginning of class, seniors and younger guests pair up with each other. Both participants will then learn to create a painted portrait of the other and take home a custom portrait of themselves in this fun acrylic painting class! 

  • 2-hour class — $250 total
  • 20 students maximum (10 pairs)




To schedule a Creative York Creative Aging Class, contact our Director of Education & Programs at steph@creativeyork.org or call 717-848-3200.

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