First Thursday Free Draw

The McMinn Senior Activity Center in Athens, Tennessee was awarded at $2,500.00 grant from the Tennessee Arts Commission as part of their Arts Build Communities grant program. The grant will enable the McMinn Senior Activity Center to offer a series of art workshops led throughout the year that will cover several different genres of art, including theater, sculpting, textile & fiber arts and watercolor painting classes.

Art Classes

Thursday, June 1 @ 9 am

Drop in and sketch the beautiful flowers that are blooming in the Center Garden. All ranges of drawing experience are welcome, including those who are picking up a sketchbook for the first time. No matter what your medium or skill level, you will enjoy the creative, pressure-free environment of a colorful group of novice and experienced artists. Drawing materials are provided. There is no formal instruction, but plenty of help and advice from others if you need it. FREE TO EVERYONE!

Jewlery Making

Friday, June 9th @ 9 am


Patriotic Wreath and will teach you how to create this beautiful patriotic wreath! Learn the basic techniques of wreath making while creating a patriotic wreath to display all summer long! Class is free to senirs and $5.oo to non seniors.

Postponed. TBA
Instructor: Marie Lambert
Free for seniors, $5.oo for non seniors.

This watercolor painting class is designed for someone with little or no painting experience.  The Activity Center is working with Marie Lambert who has been leading watercolor painting classes for several years at the Etowah Senior Center in Etowah, Tennessee.
​Please sign up at the Front Desk.

"I'm not crazy, I've just been in a bad
​mood for 40 years."

Beginners Watercolor Class

May 4, 2017 | 10am-12pm- Try out to star in a June reading performance of “Steel Magnolias,” the play on which the famous 1989 film featuring Dolly Parton, Julia Roberts and other stars is based.
Director: Gaye Jeffers from the University of Tennessee Chattanooga Theatre Department.


We need six women and one man for this production. This will be a reading performance-there are no lines to memorize and not a lot of rehersal time. We will be doing two performances: a matinee on May 26 and an evening performance on May 27. Please sign up at the Front Office.

There may be no story that better epitomizes the bond of female friendship than “Steel Magnolias.” A warm-hearted comedy set in a beauty parlour in the American deep South. The action is set in Truvy's beauty salon in Chinquapin, Louisiana, where all the ladies who are "anybody" come to have their hair done. Helped by her eager new assistant, Annelle the outspoken, wise-cracking Truvy dispenses shampoos and free advice to the town's rich curmudgeon, Ouiser ; an eccentric millionaire, Miss Clairee, who has a raging sweet tooth; and the local social leader, M'Lynn, whose daughter, Shelby (the prettiest girl in town), is about to marry a "good ole boy." The women at Truvy's beauty parlour are the steel magnolias of the title: Southern belles, flowery on the outside, but strong enough inside to survive any challenge, many of which are presented throughout the course of the narrative.

Thursday, May 25 @ 9 am


Come join us to have fun, spend the day drawing, and learn the basics of drawing in a day! Class is free to seniors and $5.oo for non seniors.

Audition/Theater Performance “Steel Magnolias” by Robert Harling

Patriotic Wreath

These art classes are made possible by a generous grant from the Tennessee Arts Commission.

Art provides a new way for people with memory loss and Alzheimer’s disease to communicate when words no longer work. A licensed art therapist will guide participants through a workshop designed for individuals with Alzheimer’s disease or dementia to do an activity with their caregiver or loved one. In June, as a part of Alzheimer’s Awareness Month, we will host a reception/exhibit to showcase the seniors’ creative works for their families and friends.


Dates: TBA
​Instructor: TBA

Friday, May 19 @ 10 am


Experience the endless choices and creativity of jewelry making. What you create is up to you! Hands on teaching and assistance. Class is free to seniors and $5.oo for non seniors.

May 2017-Alzehimer’s Art Workshop

Beginners Drawing Class

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