Author: Jasmin Higgs

From our “Enhance and Grow the Artist in You” class

From the tutor…
The “Enhance and Grow the Artist in You” continued throughout 2021, despite innumerable pandemic lockdowns, via Zoom, albeit with reduced numbers. Over time, we morphed from a class to collegial group that shared the experience and enjoyment of producing our own individual art. The subjects chosen were wide and varied –often suggested and introduced by participants – including still life, the figure, sculptures, flora & fauna, abstracts and when permitted we even ventured out of doors. We worked in many media, pencil, carbon, watercolour, ink. Indeed, we engaged in anything that might stimulate our artistic endeavours. In the process, we encouraged, guided one another, offered non-judgemental criticism and, I believe, enhanced our art expression and had fun.
The “Photo Gallery” selection comprises a representation of our work – submitted by members – which may give some indication of the range of activities.

It has been a privilege and pleasure to be the convenor of this loyal “Enhance” Cohort. I trust that the program will continue in 2022, hopefully with an increased number of keen participation.

David Pincus


Living with Dementia

The University of Melbourne through a study called HOMESIDE, is exploring the effects of music and reading/word-based interventions for people living with dementia and their family caregivers. Caregivers and people with dementia are invited to participate.


The U3A Stonnington Book Club

During Covid-19 the book club has mostly been meeting via zoom. Although that has been wonderful, we are very happy to have the chance to meet face to face again soon. It has been a good year of reading and discussion.