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Acting For Non-Actors


with Brigit McCallum

Calendar May 1, 2018 at 7 pm, runs for 7 weeks
Have you ever wanted to step on to the stage and try acting. Come experience a fun, low pressure, acting opportunity. Students will learn the basics of memorizing lines and finish with the ability to perform your own monologue solo. Students will grow through exercises and games geared to getting you out of your shell and onto the stage.

Chalk Painting Kitchen Cabinets/ Furniture


with Miki Earl

Calendar May 2, 2018 at 5:30 pm, runs for 1 week
Is there furniture in your home that needs a fresh look? Been dreaming of a new kitchen? Students will learn the simple Royal Chalk 4 step system for painting your furniture. Students will learn how to create any look you desire, vintage, cottage, antiqued, or modern and in any painted color you desire. Wood, MDF, Laminate can all be painted. No experience required! Visit the site to get an idea of the beauty you can create. Bring a VERY small portable piece of furniture or wooden craft to paint and a one cup sample of flat low-primer paint. We love the Home Depot BEHR Premium Plus flat sheen 8 ounce samples. (Please, no chairs with spindles.)  Wear your painting clothes or an apron and bring a small drop cloth. All materials, chalking supplies and tools will be provided.

Comedy Writing Class


with Ian Stuart

Calendar May 3, 2018 at 6 pm, runs for 6 weeks
Does everybody tell you that you are funny? In this course, students will focus on the techniques and science of comedic writing. Taught by a professional comedian, you will learn how to write one-liner jokes, how to write comedic stories and how to write monologues. This course is for people interested in Stand Up Comedy, Late-Night writing and anyone interested in including comedy in their writing.

Digital Cameras: Introduction


with Peter Wannemacher

Calendar May 1, 2018 at 5:30 pm, runs for 3 weeks
This introductory course provides students with the necessary skills to start taking high quality photographs. The course covers many camera features and settings, focusing on both “point-and-shoot” and D-SLR cameras. Students should expect class discussions about camera topics including shadows, ISO, shutter speed, white balance, aperture priority, resolution, f-stop, and more. To ensure students can apply knowledge for real-world circumstances, the course also covers the organization and printing of photos. The price of this course includes a lab fee of $5.00.

Guitar: Basic


with Mike Duffy

Calendar Apr 28, 2018 at 11 am, runs for 7 weeks
Designed for students with no prior guitar experience, this course covers the basic fundamentals of learning the instrument. Course topics include common chords, tuning, and how to keep a steady strum pattern. Requirements: A guitar and electronic tuner.

Guitar: Continuing


with Mike Duffy

Calendar Apr 28, 2018 at 12:15 pm, runs for 7 weeks
Building off of Guitar: Basic, this course helps students to progress along their guitar-playing path. Students will review and practice what they have previously learned, using that information to learn additional chords and songs. Prerequisite: Completion of Guitar: Basic or instructor permission. Requirements: A guitar and electronic tuner.

Intuitive Writing


with Chrystal Wing

Calendar Apr 25, 2018 at 6 pm, runs for 7 weeks
Rather than focus on writing as an end product, this course is about the enjoyment of writing as a process. Students will be encouraged to trust their own unique intuitive approach, writing from a weekly prompt and receiving supportive feedback. All genres - fiction, autobiography, poetry, plays, as well as unnamed forms - are welcome. Open to writers of any level of experience.

Invasive Bittersweet Baskets Making


with Zachary Rouda

Calendar May 2, 2018 at 6 pm, runs for 1 week
Oriental, Asian, or round-leaved bittersweet is a creeping vine with inedible berries that is invasive in North America. Frustrating to gardeners and arborists, bittersweet is considered a largely useless bane on wild land. Wouldn’t it be nice if it were good for something? We can use ancient harvesting techniques to tend Asian bittersweet in the wild, simultaneously harvesting material for baskets while managing future growth. Students will learn to weave a bittersweet basket and employ several different weaving techniques in order to create a beautiful basket for foraging, or use in the kitchen or garden.

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