Adult Art Workshops

Program Founded in 2000 by Art Access

Designed for adults with and without disabilities, ages 19 and older

Come join together in the Art Access workshop space and join other art-minded adults to experience a day of creating art, guided by professional artists. Each year this series of five workshops offers a variety of art medium and an opportunity to develop new art skills.


November 15, 2014: GLASS JEWELRY with Jodi McRaney-Rusho
December 13, 2014: HOLIDAY ORNAMENTS with Bonnie Sucec
April 11, 2015: WILDLIFE PAINTING with Carel P. Brest van Kempen
May 2, 2015: REPOUSSÉ FRAMED MIRRORS with Nancy Starks
May 9, 2015: MOSAIC FLOWERPOTS with Louise Fischman

Schedule: All adult workshops are on Saturdays from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Number of participants: Maximum of 12 adults per workshop

Fee: $75 per workshop (may be reduced based on need) includes art materials and lunch. Pre-registration required. If you have been an apprentice artist in the Partners Program, or you need to request a fee reduction, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Location: Art Access Workshop, 230 South 500 West #110, Salt Lake City


Jean LaSarre Gardner
Workshops Coordinator
801-328-0703 opt. 7, or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Art Explorations Group for People Living with Alzheimer's

Art Access offers an art explorations group for people living with Alzheimer's. Elizabeth Brown, artist and respite care specialist, leads the group's artistic pursuits. The group meets monthly in the Art Access Workshop.

Recent scientific research supports the positive results produced by initiatives that encourage people with Alzheimer's to engage in art and participate in creative endeavors. Dr. Sam Gandy, Chair of the Mount Sinai Alzheimer's Disease Research Center, has emphasized the importance of engagement with art as an effective therapy, stating that, "One of the most important [discoveries] ... has been in showing how important engagement is in either delaying onset [of Alzheimer's] in healthy people, or slowing progression in people who have the disease."

Day care centers, assisted-living facilities and nursing homes nationwide are using drawing, painting and museum visits as effective means for enhancing the quality of life for people living with Alzheimer's. According to neuroscientists, discoveries are being made to support the fact that the parts of the brain related to emotions and creativity are largely spared by the disease. Today, experts recognize the benefits of these new approaches that dramatically change the way we perceive Alzheimer's and dementia.

If you, or someone you care for, is living with Alzheimer's, we invite you to participate in this free art workshop at Art Access. Advanced registration is required.

Group Schedule: the 2nd and 4th Wednesdays of each month from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. Participants are welcome to arrive up to 30 minutes early in order to view the current exhibitions in Art Access Gallery.
Max Group Size: 12 (Individuals who are in the advanced stages of Alzheimer's should be accompanied by a caregiver).
Fee: Free with advanced registration.
To register, contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call Amanda at 801-328-0703, option 5.
Location: Art Access Workshop, 230 South 500 West, #110 in Salt Lake City

Art Explorations for People Living with Alzheimer's is made possible in part through a generous donation from the David and Sherrie Gee family in memory of Viona Hilgert.


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Our 300 Plates Fundraiser and Exhibition takes place the third Thursday in May each year.