2012 Awards: Workshop Helps Seniors Live Out Loud
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2012 Awards: Workshop Helps Seniors Live Out Loud

May 8, 2013

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Expressive & Creative Arts


Hollin Hall Senior Center,
Alexandria, VA


Have you heard people say, "I don't have a creative bone in my body?” In a recent article in The Wall Street Journal, it states, "… creativity is not magic, and there is no such thing as a creative type. Creativity is not a trait we inherit in our genes or a blessing bestowed by the angels. It is a skill. Anyone can learn to be creative."

Julie Ellis, facilitator, walks participants through this six-week series of one-hour sessions of exploration on how to become more creative. How to Think Like Leonardo da Vinci by Michael Gelb and Sir Ken Robinson readings are inspirations and guides for this class. Hedge away those negative thoughts against non-creativity and pursue the quest for continuous learning through journaling; following Seven Steps to Creative Living a la Leonardo da Vinci; Play Lab with warm up sessions including doodling, collage, and drawing upside down; finding the Artist way through inspiring artists exploration according to Leonardo; seasonal taste testing to nourish your Palette by cooking creatively; including Yoga, Reiki, Wabi Sabi, and Hokey Pokey.

"… Throughout your life there's a voice that only you can hear … a call to make a difference … if you never hear it something magical will be lost. But if you hear it …" OOO, LA-LAH! Creatively explore a new way of seeing and thinking in the sessions. Challenge our aging population; acknowledge those "old negative" messages from youth. This six-week session generates improved positive thinking by learning a different and CREATIVE way of thinking with the willingness to let go of the "I Can't do this" to thinking "If I could never FAIL, what would I do?"

Number of Staff/Volunteers Required

1 staff member; guest speakers; 5-6 volunteers


The class is free, but you must be a member of the center, which has an annual fee of $48

Expense: $50-$100 for journals, food, handouts; Net: ($50-$100)


Julie Ellis
Hollin Hall Senior Center
1500 Shenandoah Road
Alexandria, VA
703-765-4573 or 571-426-2905




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