The Visual Arts Center of Richmond partners with Senior Connections, The Greater Richmond Senior Center, the YMCA and the Peter Paul Development Center to offer free art classes to seniors in Richmond’s East End.

The program, which is called Studio S, provided more than 200 seniors with art experiences—either on-site at the Visual Arts Center or at off-site locations—last year.

Research shows that when seniors take art classes, there are big benefits. They tap into their creativity, discover hidden talents and participate in new social opportunities. Working with colors, patterns and textures can improve their memory and increase their dexterity.

Studio S participants take classes in a variety of media, including clay, wood, fiber arts, painting, printmaking, glass and drawing. In addition, they enjoy guided tours of exhibitions in VisArts’ True F. Luck Gallery.

If you work with or are a part of a senior group that could benefit from the Studio S program, please contact our arts programs coordinator.