WHEN: Tuesdays | Mar 6th & May 8th | 9:00 am to 11:30 am
Mesa Arts Center - Multi purpose room
INSTRUCTOR: Tessa Windt, Visual Artist
REGISTER: engagement@mesaartscenter.com


 While it can be wonderful to attend classes and work alongside others creatively, when those sessions end, how do we nurture a personal studio practice? These sessions are for anyone seeking to build an ongoing, independent creative practice


Whether you wish to work on ongoing personal projects, give and receive feedback, offer solidarity, socialize and share ideas and inspiration, answer or tease out new questions – these sessions aim to provide a supportive community and send us back to work with renewed confidence and curiosity!


Participants are most welcome to bring materials and an artwork to work  on during the session, or an artwork you would like feedback on from the group. This artwork may be at any stage of the process-from a pile of materials, notes and ideas through to fully complete. Individual sessions will adjust to fluctuating group interests, facilitated to prioritize all participants and their individual creative interests. No experience necessary! Participants may attend one or more of the quarterly sessions, pre registration is requested.


About the Instructor: 

Visual artist Tessa Windt has worked with individuals aged 55 to 103, from active independent recent retirees to individuals facing physical and cognitive challenges, in settings as broad as senior centers, adult day programs, long-term care facilities, and arts venues; exploring the opportunities found within moments of creative engagement to build connection and address the isolation faced by many older adults.  Windt has worked with the Mesa Arts Center on their Creative Aging Engagement program since 2011, developing and coordinating visual arts projects with older adults at several sites in Mesa.  Projects commissioned by the Mesa Arts Center reconsider formal abstraction in relation to layering of material, creative process and the stories elicited by the process of making.  Since 2015 Windt has been the Artist-in-Residence for the Phoenix Art Museum’s Arts Engagement Program, a program for older adults with memory loss and their care partners. In 2016 she served as a mentor artist to the Teaching Artist Institute for the Arizona Commission on the Arts’ AZ Creative Aging Initiative.


Registration Limited: 15