American Swedish Institute Historic Mansion Tour

Date/Time: Wednesday, April 25
Lunch: 11:00 AM, Tour: 1:00 PM

Your group tour includes a guided experience through the exquisite 33-room Turnblad Mansion. Hear the stories behind the detailed wood carvings, sculpted ceilings, the 11 ornate Swedish ceramic stoves (kakelugnar) and the architectural vision of this castle-like mansion. Learn about the Turnblad family who lived in the Mansion from 1908-1927 and then donated the building to become a Swedish–American cultural center. Today, as the American Swedish Institute, it has been transformed into a gathering place for all people to share experiences around themes of culture, migration, the environment and the arts, informed by enduring links to Sweden.

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Ballet Barre for All (Seniors Welcome)

Date/Time: 6 Thursdays, April 26 – May 31, 9:30 AM – 10:30 AM

Jan Chamberlin
This class is designed to allow anyone the chance to experience the benefits and joy of ballet. Most of class we will be at the barre performing basic exercises meant to increase strength, endurance, coordination, flexibility, and balance. For the last few minutes of class we will move to the centre and work on simple ballet combinations. Whether you want to try ballet for the first time, return to class after many years off, learn proper technique to apply at your Pilates Barre class, or want to exercise and need something to hold onto for balance or arm support, this is the class for you! Jan has developed multiple classes to meet the needs of older adults and personally manages lymphedema through regular ballet classes.

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Digital Layering and Collage: Make a Fantastical House Collage

Date/Time: Friday, April 27, 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM

Debra Dresler
Come for the fun of creating a playful, whimsical house on your iPad. We will be using 3 apps to edit and enhance images of houses using a digital collage technique. For students with a good working knowledge of their iPad using images from their camera roll. Some experience with Snapseed other image enhancing apps is very helpful for this project. We will be using textures and layering to get results that are fantastical and fun. An email will be sent to students prior to class start date with app download information. Sorry, no Android, Galaxy, etc.

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Fundamentals of Drawing

CLASS ID: 2T08 *new date
Date/Time: Saturday, April 28, 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM

Suzann Beck
This class is ideal for artists who are beginning to draw, or intermediate artists who want to reinforce a good foundation for their drawing skills. In this class you will learn and practice fundamentals including line and tone, light and shadow values, techniques for comparative measuring, and developing good compositions. You will also learn how to render a drawing from start to finish with still life setups to fit individual skill levels. Bring a lunch for an hour break at noon.

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Whimsical Birds on a Wire

Date/Time: Saturday, April 28, 10:00 AM – 12:30 PM

Sylvia Benson
Using acrylic paint on canvas, draw and paint fanciful birds. Don’t worry about exact shapes, the more “out there,” the better. No experience necessary. This class will be tons of fun for everyone, even if you’ve never painted before!

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Advanced Sami Bracelet

Date/Time: Saturday, April 28, 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM

Kim Bakken-Parr
This advanced class uses the same skills learned in the beginning Sami Bracelet class and adds another technique. But never fear – if you have not taken the beginning class you are still welcome in this class! The assembly process is the same and the pewter thread is braided and twisted, this technique just requires more hand sewing If you need magnification for the close hand work, please bring your own. Bring a lunch.

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Circle of Life Prayer Bracelets

Date/Time: Saturday, April 28, 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM

Sue Swanson
The word ‘bead’ comes from the middle English word bede, which means ‘to pray’. We will discuss the origin and development of prayer beads throughout the world and how they are used today. We will create a bracelet using a wide selection of beads including gemstone, glass and metal. The Circle of Life Meditation design was created by Sue to demonstrate the principles of sacred geometry that are present in many cultures. Each person will have an opportunity to talk about their bracelet and how they plan to use it. We will close by using the bracelets together.

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Flower Arranging: Mayday Crowns & Baskets

Date/Time: Monday, April 30, 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM

Ginnie Peterson & Therese Sexe
Ginnie Peterson and Therese Sexe from Crocus Hill Studio will teach you how to make beautiful floral arrangements in these fun classes.  Fill baskets or make a crown.

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Blog with WordPress

Date/Time: Monday, April 30, 1:30 PM – 3:30 PM

Elise d’Entremont
Over 74 million sites use and depend on WordPress, the #1 blog website. Find out why and how to use WordPress for your blog website. Learn how to create, post, categorize and edit your free blog on Don’t have an account? No problem. You can create one in class. Already have a WordPress blog? Learn about your statistics as well as tips and tricks to making the most of your WordPress blog. The world awaits you.

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Introduction to Alla Prima Portraiture

Date/Time: Tuesday, May 1, 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM

Suzann Beck
This workshop will help you learn to paint a realism-style “alla prima” or “all at once” portrait in roughly three hours, using value and color to communicate the light and shadow that gives dimension and drama to a portrait. This workshop will teach you how to draw an under-painting in oil that guides your subsequent color work, how to mix the basic values of skin tone color and build on your under-painting, and the finishing touches that bring life to a painting. In the morning session Suzann will explain her approach to alla prima portraiture and demonstrate painting a full-color portrait from a live model. After an hour lunch break, the afternoon session will feature hands-on practice painting from a live model and one-on-one guidance. Prior drawing and painting experience is suggested. Model fee included. Bring a lunch.

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