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Lighthouse Models: An Email Guided Independent Study
with Marie Blunt, M.Min.
This 6 week guided independent study class will not Zoom or meet in person but communicate via email and pdf documents written by the instructor. Students will learn about lighthouses and build 6 lighthouse models using cardstock, glue, and other materials generally found at home or available in craft stores for a nominal cost. Each weekly class will consist of three activities: 1) students constructing a lighthouse model; 2) students reading a short “Did You Know” Article about lighthouses; and 3) students responding via email to instructor posed questions about these activities. Upon enrollment the instructor will email each student a Welcome Letter with a detailed list of supplies required to complete the 6 models (materials supplied by student). Each Monday beginning 3/1/21 and ending 4/12/21 the instructor will email one lighthouse model kit to the student as a PDF attachment for the student to print. The instructor will be available via email to answer questions about that model. In addition, each Monday the instructor will pose a question related to the week’s “Did You Know” reading assignment. The “Did You Know” articles are short but each contains links for additional information. Students may explore as much or as little of the additional information as they wish. Models, reading assignments and the ensuing discussions should be completed by the end of the week and the cycle will begin again the following Monday with a new model and reading assignment. Students may study the material any time, but questions about the content will only be entertained by the instructor over the assigned week via email unless prior arrangements are made. Prerequisite: Participants must be able to open and print pdf documents independently. Instructor will not be available to help with technical or printer problems, only issues related to the class content.
Creating Greeting Cards Using Your PC.
with Phil Bertoni, MNS
Making professionally-looking greeting cards using WORD (PC computer only). The first several weeks will be devoted to using the Microsoft Office WORD software program with emphasis on the WORD commands needed for making the cards. Students will learn how to insert photos and illustrations into their cards, including text messages. Downloading photos and illustrations from the Internet, and uploading photos from a cell phone, resizing, cropping photos and illustrations, etc., will be covered. Worksheets will be emailed to participants ahead of time. Toward the end of the course, a free photo editing software program will be investigated for interested students to download and learn to use.
Fabulous Baskets and Bags
with Sue Schneider
Have you always looked admiringly at Vera Bradley© accessories and wondered if you could do it yourself? You can! Join us for this Zoom class designed to build basic skills so you can go on to create endless fabric bags, purses, and home decor items using skills you learn here. We will make four beginner projects you can keep for yourself or give as gifts! We will begin with small fabric baskets, move on to a cell phone holder, mesh project bag, and zippered makeup bag. Zoom class will be supplemented by instructor handouts and assistance, printed patterns, and video tips given by the pattern designer herself. You will become familiar with using stabilizers, mesh, zippers, and vinyl to enhance your projects. We will use free patterns from “byannie.com.” Class will run nine weeks. To minimize supply costs, you will provide your own fat quarters and we will pool our resources to get mesh, stabilizer, interfacing, vinyl, and zippers.
with Lorenzo Riva
Discover the joy of folding origami! This course will cover simple models (animals, objects, envelopes), basic techniques (rabbit ears, crane folds, bases), and the language of origami books. Arm yourself with a lot of paper and enthusiasm, and get ready to learn!
Students will need to purchase origami paper. Instructor recommends the 120 Sheets by Daiso Japan ($4.90) on Amazon. Anything sold in higher quantities than 100-120 sheets will most likely not be a perfect square, which is important when doing origami.
Digital Photography Workshop
with Bernadette Clemens-Walatka, M.LA.
All levels of experience are welcome. We use any camera, from cell phones to interchangeable lens cameras. There is an assignment each week, after the first week, of four photographic files that we will share. Each participant attaches file images to an email, and sends to email to me in advance of the session. I will put the photos together in a simple slide show. We have adjusted our class to the Zoom format for the last two semesters, and the Zoom format works well. Our group discussions are gentle and positive as a small group of friends. This course is a workshop, with emphasis on the elements of the image (the art) with limited technical discussion. The assignments change from session to session.