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WSP 284 — Artful Aging: Exploring Creative Paths to Vitality and Brain Health

Quarter: Spring
Day(s): Saturdays
Course Format: On-campus course
Duration: 2 days
Date(s): Apr 29—May 6
Time: 10:00 am—1:00 pm
Drop Deadline: Apr 22
Unit: 0
Tuition: $195
Instructor(s): Francine Toder
Limit: 40
Status: Open
On-campus course
10:00 am—1:00 pm
Apr 29—May 6
2 days
Drop By
Apr 22
0 Unit
Francine Toder
Whether you’d like to write, paint, act, play a musical instrument, or don’t yet know what new pursuit you want to take on, this participatory workshop will demonstrate that everyone has creative potential and that it’s never too late to find or rediscover your creative self. Students will gain a solid framework for beginning, or resuming, their creative journey.

Based on psychological and neuroscience research, this workshop will show you how creativity is well suited to your “vintage years” and can promote your emotional, cognitive, and physical well-being. We will learn about late-blooming artists who didn’t take up creative pursuits until past age sixty. Guest visual artist Dan Fourrier will share his journey. Students will learn why talent is unnecessary, how to recognize undeveloped potential, and discover how creative doubts and blocks, arising from both within and without, can be turned into allies by using your imagination.

Through slide presentations, lectures, inner reflections, interactive exercises, and discussions, the workshop will give you a roadmap for embarking on your creative journey, which will, in turn, keep stimulating your brain and directing your energies in positive ways. Prior to the workshop you will receive an email questionnaire that will help you maximize the value of the workshop. Students will also come away with a list of helpful readings and resources, and an action plan.

A copy of the speaker’s book, "The Vintage Years: Finding Your Inner Artist: (Writer, Musician, Visual Artist) After Sixty," will be provided by the author during the May 6th class

During the first week, Visual Artist, Dan Fourrier, will join the class as a guest speaker:

Dan Fourrier, M.D., B.F.A is a local Bay Area artist. He had always appreciated art but had never really created any himself. After retiring from a long career in medicine he decided to pursue a formal arts degree and is now exploring the beauty in the world around him through a variety of media: paint, photography, sculpture, and mixed media. He has a fine art studio in San Francisco, where he pursues his painting.

Due to its short format, this workshop may not be taken for Credit or a Letter Grade.

Francine Toder, Psychologist; Executive Coach; Emeritus Faculty Member, California State University, Sacramento

Francine Toder is the author of three books, including The Vintage Years: Finding Your Inner Artist (Writer, Musician, Visual Artist) After Sixty. Her articles in The Huffington Post focus on creative aging and the pursuit of an artistic life. Her creative journey began when she learned to play the cello after age sixty. She received a PhD from Michigan State University.

Textbooks for this course:

Francine Toder , The Vintage Years: Finding Your Inner Artist (Writer, Musician, Visual Artist) After Sixty (Note: The author will distribute this book without charge during the 2nd session). (ISBN 978-0-9882059-2-5)