It’s no secret that individuals today are living longer and embracing new and different activities well into their older years. Longer lives beg the question, what can be done to age well? Keeping one’s health in check with proper nutrition, physical activity, and regular checkups is typically the go-to answer. But it is also important to consider other, seemingly insignificant activities that can benefit seniors’ health. Participating in and enjoying artistic endeavors – even when if someone is not necessarily creatively inclined – can have a positive impact on health by creating a sense of purpose and keeping the mind busy.

Contact the McMinn Senior Activity Center at 423-745-6830 for more information today!

2019-2020 Art Class Schedule
  (dates may be subject to change)

Renea Larue
Tap Dance | October 2019, February 2020, June 2020
Renea has been dancing since she was 16 and was recently coaxed out of retirement to teach a Ladies Tap Class in Sweetwater at Salt and Light Dance Studio. She has been trained under the New York Conservatory of Ballet, Ann Reiking, and Frank Hatchett. She is a member of Dance Educators of America. She was the choreographer for the University of Scranton for 3 years. She has taught at various dance studios in Scranton, PA. She teaches beginner tap dancing here at the center.

Celeste Wyatt
Wreath, Jewelry, Soap Making, Clay, Folk Craft| October 2019, December 2019
Celeste is a resident of Athens. This artist has been a craft instructor as well as craft fair vendor for over 20 years. She is a former military wife and current assistant Cub Master for BSA Cubscouts.  Her lesson plans are fun and economical and Celeste was a favorite instructor at the Center as part of the 2017-2018 arts series. She puts a strong emphasis on resell of the creation by the seniors. 

Diane Hutsell
Mixed Mediums/Watercolors | May 2020, July 2019
Diane has worked with several nonprofits in the area to present art classes to all age groups, from preschool to senior citizens. She earned her Tennessee Wesleyan University and her M.A. at Middle Tennessee State University. She has worked with regional artists developing the Tennessee Overhill Artists and Craftsmen’s Directory as well as developing arts education programs following the Tennessee Academic Guidelines for McMinn County and Meigs County Schools. Over the last two years Diane has taught several classes at the McMinn Senior Activity Center including beginning drawing, alcohol inks, and pottery classes.
Carly Richard
Mixed Mediums/Botanical| April 2020, August 2020
A resident of Englewood, TN and a mother of three, Carly’s artistry has been featured at local craft shows. Carly is an avid gardener and works in several mediums including paper, textile and culinary adventures.

Jen Morrison
Polymer Clay| November 2019
A resident of McMinn County, Jen has not only sold her wares at local craft fairs but online also.

 Colleen Diver
Cake Artist/Decorating | December 2019, March 2020
Colleen is a cake artist in Decatur, TN and a Cubscout Den leader and mother. Collen will be sharing her decorating and baking skills with us.

Theresa Wofford |

Stationary/Card Making| October 2019, January 2020, May 2020

Theresa is senior center member and dedicated craft instructor who works with stationery and paper arts. Theresa’s Invitations and card crafts are uniquely designed and members have requested her classes again. 

Art Classes

These art classes are made possible by a generous grant from the
Tennessee Arts Commission
through the Arts Access Grant and the Arts Build Communities Grant, as well as funding from the
C. Scott and Muriel Mayfield Family Foundation.

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