What is the Lifelong Learning Program?

It is an opportunity for older adults to engage in activities that will stimulate the brain, enhance the quality of life and promote overall health and wellness. Research has proven the positive emotional, mental and physical benefits of continued participation in learning.

Lifelong Learning Program at SUNY Oswego

Our mission is to challenge the mind, fulfill the spirit and engage the body of older adults in our community.  We are offering multiple sessions that include structured academic, artistic, health and social programs on our beautiful and welcoming campus.

When does the program start?

During SUNY Oswego's Spring Break! 
March 16-18, 2020

Session 1: Watercolor Painting, March 16 & 17
Session 2: Digital Photography, March 16 & 18

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Topics for this year

Digital Photography

During this Digital Photography class, you will explore the basics of how to use your camera in different situations. You will explore different kinds of lighting and framing, learning how to use your camera most effectively in those ways.

Instructor: Katrina Winberg
Katrina is a photographer and artist from Rome, NY. She will be graduating in Spring 2020 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Studio Art with minors in Photography and Art History. She plans to continue her education to earn a Master’s Degree in Photography with the goal of teaching at the collegiate level. She enjoys being in good company, exploring the outdoors and taking photos of anything that crosses her path

Watercolor Painting

This course is designed for individuals who are interested in learning to paint with watercolors. You will be focusing on color while simultaneously exploring various painting techniques. Some of the paintings you will create include: a color wheel, various washes and transparencies, an Oswego sky, and a lake scene

Instructor: Shea McCarthy
Shea McCarthy is from Buffalo, NY. She will graduate in 2021 with a BFA in Studio Art. She then plans to complete a Master’s Degree in K-12 education. Shea has been awarded the Kathy Budd Emerging Artist Award, the Robert Sullins Studio Award, and the Al Bremmer Award by the SUNY Oswego Art Department. For the 2018-2019 school year, Shea was the Creative Director of The Oswegonian, the student-run newspaper of SUNY Oswego. Shea is the first undergraduate student of SUNY Oswego to have her painting chosen for display in the SUNY Global Center in New York City as a part of the year-long “Global Abstraction” exhibition in 2020. She enjoys creating in oil paint, watercolor, and ink.

Photo credit: SUNY Oswego Blogs, Matthew Seymour



Program Schedule

Monday Tuesday Wednesday
Watercolor Painting AM Session 9:00am-12:00pm 9:00am-12:00pm  
PM Session 1:00pm-4:00pm 1:00pm-4:00pm
Digital Photography AM Session 9:00pm-12:00pm 9:00am-12:00pm
PM Session 1:00pm-4:00pm 1:00pm-4:00pm




Program Fees


Additional material fees may apply on a course basis, please check your registration form.


Pay by mail

Please complete your registration form and return it along with the checks payable to "Oswego College Foundation c/o Lifelong Learning" to the following address

Office of Business and Community Relations,
34 East Bridge Street,
Oswego, NY 13126

Pay online

You may email your completed application to lifelonglearning@oswego.edu and make an online payment at the link below. On the payment page, please enter the total amount next to the Lifelong Learning Program and follow the instructions

Make an online payment


Frequently Asked Questions

We've done our best to cover all the information that you need to participate in this program. Please contact us if there is any specific question you have.

Do I need to bring anything for the program?

No, any materials for the program will be provided. 

Who do I contact in case of emergency?

Please contact the University Police at 315.312.5555

Lifelong learning is important to us and our community

Seniors who have access to lifelong learning activities are many times happier, more productive, and healthier than those who do not. Studies have consistently proven that those seniors who regularly engage in Lifelong Learning activities (formal and informal) gain more than just a “brain boost”.

While Lifelong Learning programs certainly stimulate and increase cognitive abilities, continued learning also plays an important role in a senior’s physical health and emotional wellbeing. Seniors who participate in structured and ongoing educational pursuits are often more cognizant of practicing healthier lifestyles. Lifelong Learning programs can also combat isolation, loneliness, and depression often observed in aging seniors, satisfying the socialization aspect.

By implementing a Lifelong Learning Program we can satisfy many different aspects of the community. Healthy seniors will result in reduced healthcare costs, enhanced quality of life and a greater contribution to the community through civic participation such as volunteering. SUNY Oswego’s Lifelong Learning Program will extend beyond the boundaries of the local community, thus boosting the local economy.



SUNY Oswego
Office of Business & Community Relations

34 East Bridge Street
Oswego, NY 13126
Mon-Fri : 8 am - 4:30 pm