Seniors Creative Arts Classes


West End Writers Club

We welcome writers of all ages and experience. The West End Writers club provides a supportive atmosphere for writers to read work in progress and receive feedback. Please visit for more information.

Wed Jan 8-Mar 25 7:00-9:30pm
Piano Room at Barclay Manor
Wed Apr 8-Jun 24 7:00-9:30pm

Watercolour Painting

This program for older adults will give you the chance to learn to apply watercolour painting by exploring the medium’s full potential. Learn to use water, paper, colour, and brushes to create an endless variety of tones and atmosphere in your painting. We will focus on landscape painting techniques and studies of nature (flowers). M. Reza Atashzad has over 30 years experience in teaching drawing and painting at his own Atashzad Academy of Art. He has also been teaching different art programs at several community centres in Vancouver since 2011. He has published
more than 700 watercolour paintings, such as greeting cards, posters, albums, and books. Visit:

Instructor: Mohammad Atashzad

Thu Jan 9-Mar 12 10:00am-12:00pm
252031 $149.50/10 sess
Basement at Barclay Manor
Thu Apr 23-Jun 25 10:00am-12:00pm
268081 $149.50/10 sess
Basement at Barclay Manor

“Try it Out” Open Mic

Nestled deep in the heart of the West End here’s a time to get cozy on a chilly evening and meet your neighbours in a creative environment! The Try It Out Coffeehouse is a free, monthly Open Mic held in the lovely Victorian parlour at Barclay Manor. Sign up is at 7 pm and it is first come first serve. Everyone gets 10 – 15 minutes (approximately three songs) depending on the size of the group. This is a time to share music, stories, poems, comedy, interpretive dance, etc or just listen! Open to all ages and abilities. As a friendly and supportive environment where everyone can “try out” ideas and projects, the Try it Out Open Mic has seen first-time performers as young as five and seasoned performers who are – well – ageless! Lots of laughs, fun and even some inspiring moments. Come to listen or share. FREE!

Instructor: Barbara Shaw

Thu Apr 16 7:00-9:00pm
Thu May 21 7:00-9:00pm
Thu Jun 18 7:00-9:00pm
268115 FREE
Piano Room at Barclay Manor


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