Art Activities for Seniors

Did you know that seniors with creative pursuits tend to be happier than those without them? Making art can feel intimidating sometimes, but you don’t have to be a master painter or crafting genius to consider yourself a creative person. The next time you want to make something beautiful, check out these art activities for seniors.

Art Activities for Seniors

If you think arts and crafts are a frivolous pursuit in your golden years, think again. Continuing to learn and try new things is a vital part of staying happy and healthy throughout your retirement, and artistic pursuits are a great way to do that while still having fun. There are also lots of art projects that are perfect for seniors looking for a new hobby or two. If you’re looking for an artistic pursuit that will scratch your creative itch, try one of these art activities for seniors.

Adult Coloring Books

Coloring books aren’t just for kids anymore! Adult coloring books provide an excellent opportunity for seniors to relax and enjoy playing with colors without the pressure of creating detailed art. Studies also show that adult coloring books can lower stress and boost your mood. If you’re having a bad day, get those colored pencils out and have fun!

No-Sew Art Projects

If you love playing with textiles like yarn and fabric, you may wonder if there’s a way to do that without sewing needles and thread. Luckily, the internet has tons of “no-sew” fabric craft tutorials to show you how to make crafts without those finicky tools. No-sew projects are a great way to get creative and use up your crafting scraps. And the results are always something to be proud of!

Air-Dry Clay

Making things out of clay can be a lot of fun. However, the mess that clay can create and the complications created by kilns and glazes can make clay art frustrating for seniors. Air-dry clay is a more accessible material because it will dry on its own, no kiln or glazing required. With a bit of research, you can learn how to make beautiful pottery, jewelry, and more at your own kitchen table.

Easy Birdfeeders

Many seniors love to watch birds, so why not try a craft that will bring your feathered friends to your window? You can easily make a simple birdfeeder using craft supplies or recycled materials, hang it from your window ledge or a nearby branch, and see who comes by for lunch. Birdfeeders also make great gifts for the birder in your life.


Are you a scrapbooker? Do you collect old magazines or other forms of paper art? If you’re looking for a unique way to use those supplies, decoupage might be just the ticket. All you need are a decoupage glaze, some paper art, and something to decorate. You can make all kinds of unique and beautiful crafts with this deceptively simple art technique.

Step-by-Step Painting Tutorials

No-fail art activities can be fun, but sometimes the point of an artistic pursuit is to challenge yourself and try something new. If you want to develop a creative skill, a step-by-step tutorial can guide you. Just pick a design you’re interested in trying, make sure you have the supplies you need, and give it a shot!


Embracing art activities for seniors is a great way to keep yourself active and try something new. Why not choose one of the activities listed above the next time you’re searching for something fun to do?

P.S. Know someone who suffers from memory loss? Explore art therapy for dementia.

If you’re looking for a community that will allow you to thrive, look no further than Springhouse Village. As an active living community, we delight in providing a thriving activities calendar for our residents. We make it easy for our residents to be active participants in our community. Whether that means encouraging residents to join an exercise class or assisting them in starting a garden club, we strive to help our residents thrive. To learn more about the amenities and services we offer, contact Springhouse Village today by sending us a message online or calling 417-708-3403.

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