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‘They have no fear’: Seniors face new challenges in Yellowknife’s free art classes

The Yellowknife Guild of Arts and Crafts offers free art lessons to help seniors fight isolation, and stay connected to each other.

“It’s something to do in the winter that we know is long and cold here. So it’s an opportunity for seniors to get out in the community and be active,” said Cynthia Levy, one of the board directors of guild.

He said one of the main goals of the classes is to promote healthy aging within the community.

The program began in the fall of 2023 — where participants will be able to do things like pottery, felting and a kind of decorative decoration. New winter classes begin this January and include silversmithing, pottery, stained glass work and basket weaving.

The elders created various pottery projects. One of them is a snowman made with a pinch pot. (Submitted by Jenny Tucker)

For Yvonne Quick, 93, the classes are an opportunity to continue growing.

“You have to keep learning, and you have to keep doing, and you keep going. These things are important for seniors,” he said.

Quick participates in pottery classes, and says it’s an exciting experience.

“You meet new people, you’re outside. You learn a new craft,” he said.

A picture of the works of pottery development.
The elders worked to make things like cups as part of pottery classes. (Submitted by Jenny Tucker )

“You’re dealing with clay and working with your hands,” he said.

Quick said he once bought a plate in Mexico, and would use it as inspiration for his own pottery work.

Jenny Tucker, an instructor of hand building pottery classes, said seniors who take her classes are ready to take on new challenges.

“They’re fearless and they bring a lot of experience, so they’re a lot of fun. Something goes wrong and they go, ‘ha ha ha, I’m just going to do that,'” he said.

“They have no fear if it doesn’t work perfectly the first time because these are people with a lot of life experience.”

He said one of the most exciting parts of the project is getting older people to think about what they want to do.

“I don’t like it [to] Call them old people because … they all have childish minds because they are willing to take this chance, to take this risk, to try this opportunity,” he said.

He said he also teaches children’s and adult pottery classes, and notes that the senior classes are more social.

“I know with the older people that they, some of them are a little lonely and so this is a good time for socialization,” he said.

Those interested in attending the workshops can contact the guild via email: [email protected].

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