The Whitney's Senior Studio Art Programs offer an accessible, collaborative environment in which seniors share in a hands-on process of creative expression. We currently offer three types of Studio Art Courses, from single 90-minute workshops to 6-week courses.
Seniors explore their own personal histories through artmaking and discussion about American art in the twentieth- and twenty-first centuries. Lectures and artmaking at the senior centers can be integrated with a Museum visit to provide a framework for the project. Following the completion of each 6-week course, participating seniors are invited to the Whitney for a celebration at which completed works are displayed and seniors can discuss their experiences.
6-week courses are scheduled twice annually, in the fall and spring.
Devoted to focused engagement with the Whitney’s current exhibitions, this program includes an introductory slide talk and discussion at the senior center, a tour at the Museum, and two hands-on artmaking sessions at the centers, where seniors complete projects with an eye toward the materials, techniques, and themes of a given exhibition. Similar to the 6-week course, each program concludes with a celebration at the Museum.
4-week courses are scheduled twice annually, in the fall and spring.
Seniors participate in slide-based looking, discussion, and an original artmaking project at their centers. Workshop themes include photography, printmaking, and abstract art.
Our 90-minute workshops are scheduled on a rolling basis throughout the year. Workshops can be designed for particular works or exhibitions on view, and customized for our community partners.