Tai Chi

CLASS ID: 12Y901
Date/Time: 5 Thursdays, December 13 – January 24, 3:30 PM – 4:30 PM  *date change
*No Class December 27 & January 3

CLASS ID: 1Y906
Date/Time: 6 Thursdays, January 31 – March 7, 3:30 PM – 4:30 PM

Aimee Van Ostrand
Tai Chi is practiced by millions of people in the parks and squares of China. The practice of Tai Chi is a series of silent, fluid seamless slow-motion movements and studies show regular practice supports good health and longevity. It improves circulation, balance, mental focus and sense of wellbeing. It is low impact and can easily be modified to be practiced by those with mobility issues. Aimee Van Ostrand is a Licensed Acupuncturist and owner of Healing Within Acupuncture. No experience or equipment is necessary. Wear comfortable clothing. Sign up for a month at a time, or drop in when you can and pay $15 Member/$19 Non-Member per week.

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Studio Landscape Painting with Mike Rada

CLASS ID: 1Y215
Date/Time: 5 Thursdays, January 17 – February 14, 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM

CLASS ID: 2Y291
Date/Time: 5 Wednesdays, February 21 – March 21, 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM

Mike Rada
Whether you are just getting started or have painted for many years, this class has much to offer. You will work from your own studies, sketches, drawings, or photos and will learn what it takes to create a successful painting from start to finish. Mike will show examples of his work and give demos, short lectures, and lots of positive encouragement while you work on your own projects and style. The information provided applies to all mediums, so you may work in oils, acrylics, or pastels. Class is limited to 10 students. Students cannot miss the first day of class, as Mike will be giving important lectures and demos. No supplies are needed the first day of class, except paper and pen to take notes.

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Art Journaling

CLASS ID: 3Y802
Date/Time: Saturday, March 2, 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM

Sue Swanson
Transform a plain lined journal into a work of art to hold your thoughts, hopes and dreams. Learn some easy ways that will have you looking forward to writing in your journal. We will use collage materials, colored pens and pencils to:
• Make a vision board cover
• Sprinkle inspirational pictures and words throughout the pages
• Use punches to zoom in on motivational images
• Learn some doodles and dangles to enhance the pages
• Make Washi Tape doors and windows
Come ready to create!

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Felted Flowers and Vines

CLASS ID: 3Y401
Date/Time: Saturday, March 9, 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM

Leslie Granbeck
Think spring! Create beautiful felted flowers and vines using wool fibers and a little soapy water. Learn to layer additional fibers, like silk and bamboo, for added texture and detail. Make flowers with stems for a bouquet. Pin your flowers on napkin rings or use them to adorn packages. These pretty flowers have a million uses! $20 supply fee, payable to instructor, includes all fibers and supplies.

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Mindfulness and Creativity in Poetry and Art

CLASS ID: 3Y801
Date/Time: Saturday, March 2, 9:30 AM – 3:30 PM

Greta Gaard, Ph.D. in English, MSW in Clinical Social Work & Mina Leierwood, M.A. in Education
Mindfulness practice teaches one how to set aside habitual patterns of thought, and to pay attention to a deeper level of sensations, images, emotions. Similarly, both good writing and expressive art address life’s greatest questions through a grounded awareness of sensations, environments, other beings, and earthly elements. This workshop introduces mindfulness practice accompanied by the practices of reading and writing poetry, and creating art.

In the morning session, we will read short poems that use mindfulness as a lens on life itself — poems by Mary Oliver, Pablo Neruda, Rumi, Lynn Ungar, David Wagoner, Naomi Shihab Nye — discussing these poems in terms of form, metaphor, sensory detail, rhythm and stanzas. The format alternates mindful poetry reading, reflection, discussion, and the practice of mindful poetry-writing.

In the afternoon session, participants will explore paper, ink, watercolor and assemblage to reflect and expound upon their written works. No artistic experience is necessary, only a sense of curiosity is needed. We’ll be learning to trust our intuitive, artist-selves, and with a little coaxing, your inner spirit is sure to come and play. By the end of the workshop, participants will have created a complementary pairing of poetry and art.

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Writing Roundtable

CLASS ID: 1Y802
Date/Time: 3 Tuesdays, January 22, February 26 & March 26, 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM

Mary Jane LaVigne
Join with fellow writers to talk about craft, try a short exercise, and/or share work. Bring paper, pen, and a writing sample of up to 400 words to read. Readers will have approximately 3-7 minutes to read their material. Please notify the office when registering if you plan on reading. Bringing work is optional.

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Ballet Barre Level 1 and 2 (Seniors Welcome)

BALLET BARRE LEVEL 1
CLASS ID: 9X15
Date/Time: 6 Tuesdays, November 6 – December 11, 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM

BALLET BARRE LEVEL 1
CLASS ID: 1Y903
Date/Time: 11 Tuesdays, January 8 – March 26, 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM
*No Class March 5

BALLET BARRE LEVEL 2
CLASS ID: 9X17
Date/Time: 6 Thursdays, November 1 – December 13, 9:30 AM – 10:30 AM
No Class November 22

BALLET BARRE LEVEL 2
CLASS ID: 1Y904
Date/Time: 11 Thursdays, January 10-March 28, 9:30 AM – 10:30 AM
*No Class March 7

Jan Chamberlin
Ballet dancers begin their day at the barre, and so should you! Using a barre for support we will learn traditional ballet exercises that will increase strength and endurance while also improving balance and coordination. Simple choreography will be taught so each student will feel the joy of dancing and be encouraged to express themselves creatively through the movements. Level 1, perfect for beginners and those wanting to dance at a slower pace, will spend the entire class at the barre. Level 2 is more advanced and will finish each class in the centre dancing without the aid of the barre. Whichever class you attend be prepared to feel lighter, stronger and more graceful when leaving. Whether you want to try ballet for the first time, return to class after years off, learn proper technique to apply to your Pilates barre class, or work on balance, this is the class for you!

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Beginning Tap

CLASS ID: 9X19
Date/Time: 6 Thursdays, November 1 – December 13, 10:30 AM – 11:30 AM
*No class November 22

CLASS ID: 1Y905
Date/Time: 11 Thursdays, January 10 – March 28, 10:30 AM – 11:30 AM
*No Class March 7

Jan Chamberlin
Stomp your feet, kick up your heels and make some noise! Join us in Beginning Tap as we learn to shuffle, brush, dig and other standing and traveling steps. Simple dance combinations will be taught and reviewed each week. Tap dance encourages the development of rhythm, style, balance and coordination. Tap shoes strongly recommended, although any hard soled shoe may be worn.

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Winter Highlights

Check Out All of These Great Events Happening this Winter at WBCA!  Click on any event to learn more. DECEMBER December 6 – 2018 Members’ Exhibition: Reception/Holiday Party December 8 – Make Your Own Blown Glass Ornament December 11 – Portraits in Pastel Pencil Verdaccio Technique December 18 – “It…

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Adult Continuing Ballet

CLASS ID: 9X13
Date/Time: 14 Mondays, September 10 – December 17, 7:15 PM – 8:15 PM
No Class October 22

CLASS ID: 1Y902
Date/Time: 11 Mondays, January 7 – March 25, 7:15 PM – 8:15 PM
*No Class March 4

Jan Chamberlin
Join ballet and enjoy the physical and esthetic benefits of dance. Through a barre, centre work, turning, and jumping combinations, this class will provide opportunities for exercise, stretching, and toning the body. This is a wonderful class for those who danced when they were younger, and for those who never stopped.

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