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Studio 55+: Jewelry Making

Class/Workshop Health/Wellness
Durand/Estes Rooms
$150 ($120/members)
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A handmade necklace made of beads and wire sits on a velvet cloth

Frank Lloyd Wright designed the Guggenheim—one of his most iconic buildings—in his 70s and 80s. Anna Moses didn’t begin painting until she was 72. Creativity isn’t just for kids—and we’d love for you to create with us.

In this eight-week class designed for folks age 55+, you’ll have the chance to express yourself creatively, build artmaking skills, and make connections with other older adults and art lovers. Join artist Sally Ball as we explore the galleries and examine artworks with close looking and conversation, then transform those works into inspiration for your own wearable creations in the studio.

This fall, we’re borrowing a bit of glam from our new exhibition Fashioning America: Grit to Glamour and learning the finer points of jewelry making. You’ll learn essential techniques anyone can use to create beautiful accessories and adornments, from stamping metal and shaping wire to styling beads and attaching clasps.

Along the way, you’ll get to know the other artists and participants, have a few good laughs, and have the chance to enjoy growing creatively together.

All supplies are included, and no previous jewelry making experience is necessary.

Tickets are $150 ($120 for members), reserve your spot online or by calling Guest Services at (479) 657-2335 today.
Ticket includes all supplies and registration for all eight class sessions.


About the Instructor

Headshot of artist Sally Ball wearing a wide brimmed hat

Sally Ball is a multi-media artist with over two decades of experience as a professional creative. She works in a variety of materials and techniques, ranging from traditional methods of working with fibers, metals, and paint, to more contemporary approaches in which these processes overlap and blend. She is inspired by science, math, and nature for the creation of her works of art and brings a love of process to all her artmaking endeavors.


Why Creative Aging

Creative Aging programs by Crystal Bridges strive to support creativity, self-expression, and community in older adults. Each program is guided by a professional artist and educator and is designed to help participants learn and apply artmaking skills, engage with artworks in the museum collection, and build connections with each other. Our goal is to provide a space for older adults that welcomes all, promotes physical and mental wellbeing, and helps people age creatively together.