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Create @Home

Here is a list of YouTube learning resources available for creative aging in place, aging at home and creating at home initially designed and developed to address pandemic restrictions. Now available for individuals or small groups with supporting infographics, slides and/or YouTube demonstrations. Kathy Smith, Creative Age Studio London Ontario Canada

Step by step “how to” workshops and demonstrations
Facilitated or self-directed

Create @ Home Mosaics – Mirror and Picture Frames with Kathy Smith, Creative Age Studio (Step by step slides on YouTube without audio narration)

Create @Home Vintage Button Frames – with Kathy Smith (Step by step slides on YouTube without audio)


Create @ Home – Creative Journaling with Kathy Smith, Creative Age Studio (Introduction Trailer YouTube with audio)

Slides on YouTube without audio

Session #1 – Introduction and overview of journaling including benefits of journaling and types of journals.

Session #2 – “how to” tips and techniques

Session #3 – creative writing and reflective writing


Collage & Mixed Media with Kathy Smith, Creative Age Studio (Introduction YouTube with narration)

Slides on YouTube without narration

Session #1 – overview and history of collage

Session #2 – getting started tips and techniques

Session #3 – advanced skills in design/layering/glazing



Decorative Painting and Surface Decoration (Introduction YouTube with narration

Session #1 – introduction and history of decorative painting and surface design

Session #2 – faux marble how to tips and techniques

Session #3 – faux tortoise shell tips and techniques

Session #4 – semi precious stones

Session #5 – faux wood grain

Session #6 – traditional and contemporary folk art


Seashell photo or mirror frame


Spirit cloths


Painting on fabric


Crazy quilt appliques


Digital Memory Box Project


Regional Ontario Folk Art


Facilitators’ Guidebooks


In my library

Since 1990, I’ve been working with older adults to facilitate the joy of creative discovery through workshops, programs, activities and events – through Fanshawe College Continuing Education, London Public Libraries, arts councils. cultural institutions, retirement homes, seniors centres and seniors social housing. The following is a list of books that might be helpful or of interest. Kathy Smith

Links, bookmarks, resources

Google Arts and Culture
A free, online platform to tour museums and access art across the world from electronic
archives. It presents numerous pictures of art and culture, which can be used to initiate
discussion or increase art appreciation with discussion. This service can be accessed right from the Google Arts and Culture page.

Visit museums around the world. View famous works all in one place. This is a free, online platform
using high-resolution image technology. It presents numerous pictures or art and culture, which can be
used to initiate discussion or increase visual stimulation. This resource is also found on google on their Google Art and Culture Collections page.


Getty Museum recreates famous pieces of artwork from home. Older adults and care givers can either take part in creating their own replications or use the images presented on the website for stimulation and entertainment. These
pictures can be used to entertain clients even if team members are not available to attempt “at home”
recreation. This service can be accessed on The Iris, Behind the scene at the Getty website.