​​​​​​​​​​McMinn Senior Activity Center


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!


2018 Art Class Schedule  (dates may be subject to change)


Pottery Class 

January 11 at 10 am

Learn hand building techniques for creating functional and sculptural forms in this fun class designed for all levels. Demonstrations include slab construction, coil building, pinching, and extrusion.


Pottery Painting

January 18 at 10 am

This is your chance to add some color and splash to your pottery piece after it has air dried.


Spring Wreath Making

February 1 at 10 am & 6:30 pm

Whether you want to arrange flowers at home or are interested in becoming a professional floral designer, this class will give you a great foundation on the technical tricks of flower arranging as well as composition, color, and design.


Floral Arranging

March 15 at 10 am & 6:30 pm

Whether you want to arrange flowers at home or are interested in becoming a professional floral designer, this class will give you a great foundation on the technical tricks of flower arranging as well as composition, color, and design.

Candle Making

April (date TBA) at 10 am & 6:30 pm

Beginners welcome - no experience needed - we teach you and give you a hands-on learning experience! Learn the art and science of making your own candles while having fun and meeting new people. 


Jewelry Making

April (date TBA) at 10 am & 6:30 pm

​Imagine planning your outfit for a big night out and thinking, "I'd love a new necklace to spice up my favorite dress," or "I wish I had some fancy new earrings to add a little sparkle!"
Or perhaps you long to give truly unique handmade gifts that will be treasured and cherished by their wearer.Well, wish no more and save a trip to the store! After finishing this course, you'll have all the tools and techniques at your fingertips to be able to whip up a special new style and be the belle of the ball and everyone's favorite gift-giver!


Handmade Paper Books

May (date TBA) at 10 am & 6:30 pm

This introductory course will familiarize students with the basic materials and techniques of bookbinding.


First Thursday Free Draw

May 3 at 10 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!


Folded Book Art 

June (date TBA) at 10 am & 6:30 pm

Book folding provides the chance to use books, both old and new, in an original art form without cutting or gluing the original book so that ultimately it can also be enjoyed by the reader.


Pottery Class

July 12 at  10 am & 6:30 pm

Learn hand building techniques for creating functional and sculptural forms in this fun class designed for all levels. Demonstrations include slab construction, coil building, pinching, and extrusion.


Pottery Painting

July 19 at 10 am & 6:30 pm

This is your chance to add some color and splash to your pottery piece after it has air dried.


Fall Wreath Making

August (date TBA) at 10 am & 6:30 pm

Whether you want to arrange flowers at home or are interested in becoming a professional floral designer, this class will give you a great foundation on the technical tricks of flower arranging as well as composition, color, and design.


First Thursday Free Draw

August 2 at 10 am

You don’t have to have any artistic talent to participate in any of the classes. While the Activity Center hopes to foster a love of the creative arts with these art classes, our main goal is to have fun!


Fall Floral Arranging

August (date TBA) at 10 am & 6:30 pm

Whether you want to arrange flowers at home or are interested in becoming a professional floral designer, this class will give you a great foundation on the technical tricks of flower arranging as well as composition, color, and design.


Autumn Leaf Bowl

August 16 at 10 am & 6:30 pm

The chill is in the air and the leaves are changing color, and there's no better way to preserve the delight than by welcoming it into your home. 


First Thursday Free Draw

September 6 at 10 am

You don’t have to have any artistic talent to participate in any of the classes. While the Activity Center hopes to foster a love of the creative arts with these art classes, our main goal is to have fun!

Art Classes

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