Creative Aging Sampler Class



Creative Aging Sample Class

Mondays, August 12 – September 23, 2024, No Class on Labor Day, Sept 2 | 10:00 am -11:30 am

  • Experience Level: Beginners Ages 55+ 
  • Medium: Mixed Media
  • Materials Included in Fee
  • Registration: If you are a caregiver and are registering yourself plus your loved one, please contact Bernadette
  • Location: Sedona Arts Center, Theatre Studio

Creative Aging is the practice of engaging older adults in participatory, professionally run arts programs with a focus on social engagement and skills building. This program is for people ages 55+ and is also open to participants and their caregivers.

Explore different art mediums in this Creative Aging Sampler Class led by Sedona Arts Center artists.  This sampler class is for ages 55 and older interested in tapping into their creativity and trying out different art forms. Participants will try their hand at storytelling, collage, watercolor, acrylic pens, and water-soluble oils.

  • August 12: Storytelling with Claire Obermarck
  • August 19: Art of Collage with Mary Helsaple
  • August 26: Watercolor with Betty Carr
  • September 9: Modern Art Techniques with Mary Helsaple
  • September 16: Water-Soluble Oils with Gretchen Lopez
  • September 23: Notecard Making with Mary Helsaple

No experience necessary!   Caregivers also welcome.

Claire Obermarck is a traditional oral Storyteller specializing in British & Celtic folktales. Working with all ages, her Storytelling has been utilized by festivals, prisons, recovery programs, historians, archeologists, architects, health services, charities and even Scottish Parliament. Claire is a Certified Facilitator for Timeslips.  She is currently working on a collection of short stories. Learn more about Claire here!

Mary Helsaple is an accomplished nature and environmental water media artist from San Francisco State University with a BFA. She exhibits nationally, and earned, several NEA education grants, and distinguished herself in the year 2000 Colorado’s Governor’s Award in the arts. She recently self-published “The Physics of Watercolor”.  Now 16 years in Arizona, she teaches and is known as an inspirational artist who willingly shares her creativity in the arts. Her work can be seen on her website:

Betty Carr is a Master Artist in the American Impressionist Society; signature member of the Arizona Plein Air Painters and Northern Arizona Watercolor Society and Knickerbocker Artists. She is the author of the acclaimed instructional book, “Seeing the Light, An Artist’s Guide,” and has contributed to numerous books and periodicals.  Her paintings (acrylic, watercolor and oil) can be viewed on her website:

Gretchen Lopez has taught at the Sedona Arts Center for over 18 years, and teaches workshops abroad in Spain and Mexico.  She was nominated for the Viola Award for Excellence in Art Education, and has won numerous awards in the Sedona Plein Air Festival.  Her works are in private collections both nationally and internationally, as well in exhibits at the Historic Phippen Museum of Western Art. Her work can be found at


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Materials Are Included in the Price

Cancellation Policy

Registration and Cancellation Policies


  • Each student must enroll individually.
  • Students may register online or by calling the Sedona Arts Center’s Office at 928-282-3809, ext. 1.

In-Person and Online Classes Cancellation

  • Students must cancel or transfer at least 7 days prior to the first day of class.
  • If a student cancels or transfers before the 7-day cut-off, a 15% fee will be applied.
  • If a student cancels within 7 days prior to class, there are no refunds.
  • If Sedona Arts Center cancels the class for any reason, all payments made will be refunded in full.

Important Message

The Sedona Arts Center is not responsible for providing make-up sessions or issuing refunds, credits, or transfers for courses missed as a result of illness, emergencies, or other events beyond our control. There are absolutely no refunds after the cut-off date for any reason, unless the Sedona Arts Center has to cancel the workshop, then all fees paid will be refunded in full.