Bienvenue à la Conversation Française

CLASS ID: 12Y801
Date/Time: 6 Thursdays: December 6 & 20, January 3, 17, 31 & February 14, 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM

Carolynn Johnson
Join us for open-ended conversation among friends. Whatever your proficiency, we’d love to see you. If you’ve always wanted to be more conversational with your French, here’s your opportunity. Bring a notebook if you wish to take notes.

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Introduction to Watercolor

CLASS ID: 12Y222
Date/Time: 2 Thursdays, December 6 & 13, 1:00 PM – 3:30 PM

Date/Time: 2 Saturdays, February 16 & 23, 1:00 PM – 3:30 PM

Sylvia Benson
Finding success in working with watercolor includes learning the basics. Sylvia will describe in detail the materials used in watercolor paintings and how the water and pigment work together on the paper. The class also involves learning brush techniques, mixing colors, graying colors or knocking down the intensity, methods for producing textures, doing value studies, and discussing what makes a good composition. Use a viewfinder to choose an eye-catching composition that can be painted in a larger abstract version, illustrating high, medium, and low key value. Curious? Join us to experience, enjoy, and relax while learning.

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If Picasso Painted a Snowman

CLASS ID: 12Y703
Date/Time: Saturday, December 8, 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Sylvia Benson
According to the book, If Picasso Painted a Snowman, there are many ways to paint a snowman. It all depends on which artist is doing the painting. In this class, students can experience painting a snowman the way Picasso might have painted it. Brighten up winter by using oil pastels and watercolor making a brilliant and exciting painting.

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Make Your Own Blown Glass Ornament

CLASS ID: 12Y102
Date/Time: Saturday, December 8, 10:00 AM

Foci MCGA Instructors
Foci MCGA’s skilled instructors will guide each participant through making a blown glass ornament. Choose your own color to create your own individual ornament, perfect for the holidays. Ages 10 and up! Class end time varies depending on number of participants.

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Polymer Clay Ornaments

CLASS ID: 12Y704
Date/Time: Sunday, December 9, 1:30 PM – 3:30 PM

Erika Arndt
Explore this versatile clay medium by making a variety of holiday-inspired ornaments, such as a snowflake, snowman, tree, elf, and sweet treats.

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Portraits in Pastel Pencil Verdaccio Technique

CLASS ID: 12Y218
Date/Time: Tuesday, December 11, 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM

Suzann Beck
This unusual pastel pencil technique makes portrait drawing seem almost magical. Learn how an “underdrawing” in green values can make your finished skin tones look natural and luminous. The workshop will feature best practices and a demonstration in the morning session with hands-on student work in the afternoon. Students will work from their own photos, learning how to transfer an initial drawing to pastel paper, and how to build skin tones in a step-by-step process. Attention will be paid to drawing accuracy and rendering light effect. Bring a lunch.

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Painting Skills for Beginner Painters

CLASS ID: 12Y211 or 12Y231
Date/Time: 4 Tuesdays, December 11 – January 15, 9:45 AM -12:15 PM OR 6:30 PM – 9:00 PM

CLASS ID: 1Y210 or 1Y231
Date/Time: 4 Tuesdays, January 22 – February 12, 9:45 AM – 12:15 PM OR 6:30 PM – 9:00 PM

CLASS ID: 2Y211 or 2Y223
Date/Time: 4 Tuesdays, February 19 – March 12, 9:45 AM – 12:15 PM OR 6:30 PM – 9:00 PM

Dan Mackerman
This is a class for those with either little or no experience or for those with experience that want to pick up tips they might have missed. Learn the skills that are fundamental to painting so that your imagination won’t be restricted later. Drawing techniques for measuring proportion and composing, color mixing tricks, an introduction to the different kinds of brushes and how to use them, and several different easy methods to developing a painting.

This class will be taught in sections, each new topic building upon the last, starting with the most basic skills in the fall and advancing to more exciting levels of painting by the end of spring. Each topic will be demonstrated so you can see how it’s done before you try it yourself.

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iPad/iPhone Painting: Let’s Learn Art Set Pro App

CLASS ID: 12Y501
Date/Time: Wednesday, December 12, 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM

Debra Dresler
If you have ever wanted to try digital painting, this is the class for you. The Art Set Pro app is like having a portable painting palette set up all on your iPad or iPhone. No mess no fuss. We will begin with a photograph that you paint over with different tools and mediums. There are 7 brush sizes. Included in the app are oil paint, oil pastel sticks, colored pencil, crayons, marker, conte crayon, paint markers, charcoal, eraser, and a variety of pencils. Included are blending tools, like sponge, fabric, thinner, sandpaper and pastel blenders. The color palette includes 55 colors in different opacities and the ability to mix colors. A stylus is recommended, but not required. Amazon has an inexpensive clear disc stylus made by Meko. You can choose from 27 papers and canvas to paint on. No experience needed. Come and try some fun painting. This class is best on an iPad. Come with the ArtSetPro app loaded. Purchase in the App Store, IOS (Apple) only, Sorry no Android, Galaxy etc. You can print your painting at home.

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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

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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Beginning Stained Glass

CLASS ID: 12Y402
Date/Time: Saturday & Sunday, December 15 & 16, Saturday 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM, Sunday 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM

Kim Bakken-Parr & Lee Parr
This introductory class will give students the opportunity to learn the copper-foil stained glass technique. Students will first decide on the pattern of their piece. Pattern sheets are available for use or students can design their own. Glass is chosen and the pieces are cut using glass cutters, grinders, and saws. Once the pieces are cut and cleaned, student will solder their pieces together and attach rings for hanging. Students can bring a special piece of glass they want to incorporate into their design if desired. Not previous glass cutting experience is necessary. Students should wear long pants and close-toed shoes. Long hair needs to be pulled back and put into a binder. All tools are provided, bring a lunch.

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