Classes for Seniors and Active Adults

The Baird
Classes at The Baird, the hub for South Orange Recreation and Cultural Affairs, include arts, dance and other activities.  Register early to ensure your place. 
For information or registration, call (973) 378-7754 or visit : www.thebaird.org.  * There is a $10 discount on most classes for South Orange residents with a current Recreation & Cultural Affairs ID badge.

The Baird is located at 5 Mead St, South Orange, surrounded by the park and fields.

New Art Classes:

Life Drawing in Line and Form     
4/4/2019-5/30/2019
7:00 PM-9:00 PM
$176 + Model Fee

Life Drawing in Line and Form:  Working from a live model, explore the movement, proportions and anatomical details of the human body in chalk, line, and shadow. Students will learn proportion, anatomy and simple shading to achieve a final more "finished" drawing by the end of the course.

The class will be taught by Lyman Dally, commercial illustrator, fine arts painter, teacher (and former fitness trainer!) who will guide the class in seeing not only what is visible on the model, but what lies in the shadows and beneath the skin. 

There will be a $60 model fee due to the teacher on the first day of class. Students should bring their own materials: drawing board, paper, soft pencil, black chalk/pastels, kneaded erasers and a soft rag.

 Morning Arts and Crafts with Rachel
11:15 AM-1:15 PM
$16
Mosaic 4/11/2019
Handmade Paper 5/9/2019
Paper Cut Art 6/13/2019

 Enjoy a relaxing time with your friends making projects using a variety of easy crafts techniques. At each of our meetings this spring we’ll explore a different artistic medium. We’ll mosaic flower pots in the Pique Assiette technique, make handmade paper, and make paper cut art. Come join in the fun for one or all of our sessions. Rachel Asarnow is an artist living in New Jersey. She has been an artist her whole life and studied art as an undergraduate at Brandeis University. She is a current recipient of a Folk Arts Apprenticeship Grant from the NJ State Council on the Arts and has had the opportunity to apprentice with the Jewish papercut artist Deborah Ugoretz. She also teaches and works in fiber arts, drawing, painting and mosaics, and organic gardening.  Adult Class.

 Intro to Journaling
4/2/2019-4/30/2019
11:15 AM-1:15 PM
$110
Enjoy the benefits of journaling in a book you make yourself.  We’ll make a handmade journal during our first class, and then each session we’ll explore creative projects to fill it with. Projects may involve sewing, papercutting, printmaking, collage, drawing, writing exercises, and more. We’ll mix things up for a second five week session and provide new artmaking experiences, including a different type of book.

Journaling
5/7/2019-6/4/2019
11:15 AM-1:15 PM
$110
Enjoy the benefits of journaling in your own home made book. We’ll make a handmade journal during our first class, and then each session we’ll explore creative projects to fill it with. Projects may involve sewing, papercutting, printmaking, collage, drawing, writing exercises, and more. This 5 week session follows Intro to Journaling, mixing things up with new techniques and artmaking experiences, but beginners are welcome too. 

Maplewood Recreation
Maplewood Recreation offers a range of classes and events for adults and seniors through the Maplewood Senior Center as well as other venues throughout the town.

For programs for seniors, go to: https://www.twp.maplewood.nj.us/senior-citizen-programs 

You can also call the Maplewood Senior Center at (973) 763-0750 to learn more about upcoming events at the Senior Center.

For a full listing of Rec Department programs, go to:  https://maplewood.recdesk.com/Community/Program

The Adult School
The South Orange-Maplewood Adult School is the oldest operating Adult School in NJ and was named a Local Legacy in 2000 by the Library of Congress. They strive to keep class prices down so they can continue the tradition that the school was founded upon – a community school where people can gather to learn, stay informed and be entertained. More than 150 courses and lectures are offered in the fall and spring, with a modified schedule in the summer. These courses enrich the mind, exercise the body and feed the soul. Choices include art, music, business and finance, fitness and recreation, languages and technology.

For more information and to see their catalog of classes, click here: https://www.somadultschool.org/

or contact them at:
The South Orange-Maplewood Adult School
17 Parker Ave. Maplewood, NJ 07040
Phone: (973) 378-7620
Email: schoolinfo@somadultschool.org
Hours: Monday-Friday, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Most classes are at CHS (Columbia High School) or SOMS (South Orange Middle School)
SOMS is located at 70 N. Ridgewood Road, South Orange. Please enter the school from the back parking lot.

Essex County Environmental Center Programs
The Essex County Environmental Center in Roseland has a range of field trips, courses and programs - from birdwatching to yoga to time-management classes. And the Essex County Special Transportation System can take you there!  Scroll through this brochure to see the adult programs: Essex County Winter Brochure