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Studio 55+: Printmaking with Paige Dirksen

Durand/Estes Rooms
$150 ($120 for members)
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Frank Lloyd Wright began designing the iconic Guggenheim Museum when he was 76. Anna Moses didn’t begin painting until she was 72. The best is yet to come, so we invite you to come create with us– no matter your age or skill level!

In this eight-week class designed for folks aged 55+, you’ll have the chance to express yourself creatively, build artmaking skills, and make connections with fellow art enthusiasts. You’ll meet on Mondays to learn about the different forms of printmaking with artist Paige Dirksen.

Throughout the course, you’ll focus on the basics of relief printing, including carving linoleum and hand-printing onto paper to make unique print editions. You will also learn to create a multi-colored layered reduction print, experiment with printing on textiles, and work with fellow classmates to create a collaborative piece.

All supplies are included, and no artistic experience is necessary. Need-based scholarships to cover class registration are available.

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

About the Instructor

Paige Dirksen

Paige Dirksen is a printmaker and muralist currently based in Bella Vista, AR, where she lives with her husband and two children. She earned a BA in Studio Art/Psychology from the University of Northern Iowa and an MA in Art Therapy Counseling from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville. Paige primarily works with woodcuts and other forms of printmaking but enjoys exploring different media as well. Beyond her personal studio practice, she is passionate about community arts and has a particular love for large-scale murals and the collaborative nature of this work. As an artist trained in art therapy, she is also deeply interested in the healing properties of creating and believes that art has the power to connect us to our emotions, to help us process trauma, and to foster resilience and hope. Through her personal art, teaching art, and facilitating community arts, she aims to create spaces for reflection and connection.

About Creative Aging at Crystal Bridges

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.


A limited number of need-based scholarships are available for Studio 55+ Portrait Photography, covering 100% of tuition. Scholarships are awarded through a lottery system and cannot be awarded if the participant has already been registered through the regular registration process.

To apply for a scholarship, please fill out the application form here.

Scholarship applications are due Wednesday, January 17. Applicants receiving scholarships will be notified by Friday, January 19.