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Personal Enrichment

10 Acting: The Action to the Word

Prof. Jeff Coussens, Augustana College Theatre Department

Through a series of improvisational exercises and scripted scenes, the class will explore the art of acting as an interactive process based on the work of Constantine Stanislavsky. Physical, vocal, and emotional aspects of the actor's art will be emphasized in a format that encourages truthful and effective performances.

11 Basic Spanish

James Thornton, Retired

Basic Spanish requires no previous knowledge of Spanish. Greetings, beginning conversation, counting, expressions, etc. are taught to give students the ability to have a beginner's ability in Spanish. There will be games and activities to make learning fun. Class materials will consist of handouts.

12 Beginning Acrylic Painting

Allen Holloway, Figge Art Museum

Learn the basics in acrylic painting. Students will complete a 16x20 landscape painting using the skills taught in the class. These techniques will include glazing, scrumbling, dry brushing, and underpainting. Students will need a 16x20 stretched canvas, synthetic hair brushes #10 round, #2 liner, #8 filbert, and a natural HOGS BRISTLE (STIFF) #4 fan brush, water container, paper towels, foam plates, and the paint: titanium white, cadmium red, cadmium yellow, ultramarine blue, ivory black, burnt umber, burnt sienna, yellow ochre, and gloss glazing medium.

13 Beginning Knitting

Belinda Holbrook and Kathleen Conway

A beginning, advanced-beginning knitting course for new knitters or those who have put down their needles for a while. Learn to cast on, knit, and purl. Bring straight knitting needles size 9 or 11 and a skein of light-colored acrylic or wool yarn. Additional supplies may be needed as projects are selected.

14 Digital Photography - Advanced

Matt Wince, Wince Photographic

Advanced camera settings and shoot preparation will be covered along with exposure, shooting in manual-mode, zone system, multiple exposures, creative blur, long exposures, time-lapse and double exposures. Also, advanced focus techniques, such as hyperfocal distance, back-button focusing, focus stacking, panoramas, the Brenizer method, lens aspects, understanding lens compression and how to minimize distortion. We will also cover processing images in Lightroom and Photoshop. DSLR or Mirrorless camera required.

15 Digital Photography - Basic

Ron Chappell

Bring your camera and the booklet it was shipped with for hands on referencing our goal of demystifying all the scales and numbers that combine to create and properly store image files to meet your photography needs. Class format is open discussion and there will be handouts to introduce you to your camera, composition, and to encourage you to move beyond simple point-and-shoot thinking.

16 Four-Patch on Point

Margaret Estes-Sylvester, Jampatch Designs

Add visual interest to your quilts by turning blocks 'on point' (on the diagonal). Learn an easy method to create diagonal sets for any size block while making a 4-patch on point lap robe. A mini project will also be completed. Tools: sewing machine, rotary cutter, mat, sewing kit.

17 History and Uses of Meditation Labyrinths

Dolores Sierra, Independent Veriditas labyrinth facilitator

Meditation labyrinths are an ancient tool for prayer, walking meditation, stress release, and many other uses. We will explore a brief history and many uses of labyrinth construction, as well as tools for creating ambience. We'll make finger labyrinths and a temporary floor labyrinth during the course.

18 Irish Music on Whistle

Dr. Frank Claudy, MD

Have you ever wanted to play Irish music? Well, now you can. We will learn the basic techniques to play music on a 6-hole tin whistle. For those who read music, notes will be available. For those who don't, we will have fingering charts, but everyone will be taught first by ear, as this is the best way to remember the tunes. As part of each class, we will also hear recordings of master whistle players, and I will also perform each piece slowly and at speed so you can make recordings if desired. I will also provide free copies of my last cd which includes a number of whistle performances.

19 Learn to Crochet

Prof. Sarah McDowell, Augustana College

Learn or re-learn to crochet in this course for beginners or advanced beginners. We will focus on basic stitches and learning to read simple patterns. Bring a crochet hook (size G or H), a skein of yarn (preferably a light-colored acrylic), and a desire to have fun!

20 The Life and Times of the American Cemetery

Minda Powers-Douglas, founder-editor of TheCemeteryClub.com

This lively course will take you around the country as we discuss cemetery histories, symbols on gravestones, and much more. We'll cover early American cemeteries through contemporary burial trends. Every life has a story to tell, no matter how large or seemingly small. Step into our cemeteries and listen.

21 Mary Cassatt: An American in Paris

Gloria Burlingame, Figge Art Museum

"The first sight of Degas' pictures was the turning point of my artistic life." Take a look at Mary Cassatt's life, discuss her work, and be inspired to create pieces of your own in soft pastel and watercolor. (A $3.00 materials fee is payable to the instructor at the first class. An apron or paint shirt is recommended.)

22 Paper Crafting with Becky

Becky Pilcher

Enjoy your time learning to make projects using paper. This will include making cards, sticky note holders, and other projects. These are projects you can make for yourself or as gifts for others. Please wear clothes that you won't mind getting dirty.

23 Preserving Family Treasures

Onnica Marquez, St. Ambrose University

Do you have a collection of family heirlooms that you are saving? This course will teach you how to properly store, handle, preserve, and care for your cherished family documents, photographs, textiles, and other artifacts. This course consists of lectures, hands-on activities, and small workshops. Participants are encouraged to bring items from their home. Required text: Caring for Your Family Treasures: A Concise Guide to Caring for Your Cherished Belongings by Jane S Long and Richard W Long, ISBN: 0-8109-2909-0. Optional text: Saving Stuff: How to Care for and Preserve Your Collectibles, Heirlooms, and Other Prized Possessions by Don Williams and Louisa Jaggar, ISBN: 978-0743264167

24 The Psychology of Humor

Dr. William Hampes, Professor Emeritus, Black Hawk College

The course will focus on the types and styles of humor, what makes something funny, and the use of humor in persuasion and advertising, interpersonal attraction, the workplace and teaching. Commercials, films, television shows and individuals such as Abraham Lincoln and professional comedians will be used to illustrate various concepts.

25 The Shamanic Journey: Core Shamanism

Rev. Kathleen Collins

During the basic experiential workshop, participants are introduced to core shamanism, the universal, near-universal, and common methods of the shaman to enter nonordinary reality for problem solving and healing. Particular emphasis is on the classic shamanic journey, one of the most remarkable visionary methods used by humankind to explore the hidden universe otherwise known mainly through myth and dream. Participants are initiated into shamanic journeying, aided by drumming and other techniques for experiencing the shamanic state of consciousness and for awakening dormant spiritual abilities, including connections with nature. This is powerful and FUN!

26 T’ai Chi Ch’uan

Scott Caulpetzer, Great River T'ai Chi Ch'uan

T'ai Chi Ch'uan is a system of Chinese Kung-fu. These slow motion, rounded, balanced movements are practiced by people of all ages around the world for self-defense and to achieve physical, mental and spiritual well being. Wear loose-fitting clothes for this moving meditation.

27 Fine art photography to understand climate change

Trent Foltz, Trent Foltz Photography
Dr. Stephen Hager, Augustana College


As artists and environmentalists, we care deeply about our planet and what is happening to it. In this workshop we will study the art of photography and use the environment, more specifically climate change, to learn about the creative process, what makes great images, and exploring the differences of making vs taking photographs. Context for environmental inspiration will be derived from studying the basics of climate change and how to document such change in the field using photography. Learning about F-Stops, shutter speed and ISO, and how those camera setting will help us with our vision. The goal is to produce amazing images of the environment while making a statement about what is really happening to it.

Course Information
  1. Digital camera (DLSR or mirrorless) required with manual settings for exposure (such as, ISO and M, A, S, and P modes) and depth of field; all students will be taught how to use these functions.
  2. Two class field trips to a local nature preserve; light hiking for about 1 mile and making photographs.
28 What's Your Story?

Chris Jansen, New Ground Theatre

Storytelling is very hot these days, with live performances and blogs like The Moth. In this class, we will take your story and examine the best way to tell it. Anything that has happened to you and affected you and those around you can be told. These are not memorized, but they are rehearsed. Bring a story (or two, or three) that you would like to tell the world, and we will craft it into a moving performance. Students will have the option to tell their stories on the stage of New Ground Theatre (in the Village of East Davenport) at the end of the class.

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