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Enrich your life by exploring our Special Interest classes! Watercolor, dancing, cooking, computers and so much more.

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Watercolor for Everyone!


Watercolor for Everyone!

Take time for yourself this year. Learning how to paint with watercolor is a beautiful, fun way to express yourself creatively. Designed for beginner and intermediate artists, this course will help you explore various techniques in watercolor, such as mixing colors, applying glazes, using the dry brush technique, wet on wet application, and lifting of paint from an area to achieve desired effect. Hands-on instruction in a relaxed environment will help you learn foundational skills, explore your artistic side and also teach you to embrace new techniques. Art is an adventure, and you are invited to explore with us as you learn the unique skill of painting with watercolor! A supply list will be mailed to you before class begins.

Watercolor Supply List

  • Watercolor Paper (Size 9x12) 140 lb. weight Cold Press Paper (Strathmore and Cottman by Windsor Newton are two excellent brands). NOTE: Paper to light (90 lbs.) will buckle and not allow students to achieve the desired effect.

  • Watercolor Paint (Tubes only). Colors needed include: Red, Yellow, Green, Ultramarine Blue, Burnt Umber, Raw Sienna, Yellow Ochre

  • Watercolor paint comes in sets. Sets include:
  • Niji (great for both beginners or advanced students
  • Thomas Kincade Watercolor Paint Set
  • Grumbacher and Windsor Newton

  • Brushes - Either a 1 or 1 1/2 inch Flat Brush

  • Round Brush (#8 or #6 Size), Round Brush (#4 Size), Liner or Detail Brush (Size #1)

  • Brushes also come in sets. (Brushes or very important, so stay away from cheap sets, as the bristles tend to come off while painting).

  • Plastic Pallette or Styrafoam Plate

  • Plastic Container for Water

  • Pencil (No. 2)

  • Eraser and 12 inch Ruler

Start: Sep 21 2021

End: Oct 7 2021

6 30 PM to 9 00 PM





Developing Your Photographic Eye


Developing Your Photographic Eye

Develop the critical eye you need to elevate the quality of your photographs! Among areas to be covered- understanding your camera, basics of composition, aperature, depth of field, shutter speed, the 12 commandments of natural lighting, how to take a perfect portrait, how to plan ahead to elevate the quality of your photographs. Students will be required to shoot assignments on their own time, share them with the class each week and provide honest but fair critiques of other students' work. One pick from five categories is required including: Portraits, Weather, Slice of Life Feature, Special Event and Landscape. About the Instructor: Lucy Schaly is an award-winning photojournalist with more than 25 years working at newspapers in Western PA and Ohio. She shoots editorial events, portraits, weddings, engagements, senior portraits, family portraits and sports photos for business and families. With her unique style of capturing those special moments that matter, she wants to help you develop an eye for taking your own amazing photos! Students are required to bring their own DSLR camera and memory card with them to class.

Start: Sep 14 2021

End: Oct 26 2021

6 00 PM to 8 00 PM




Beekeeping Basics


Beekeeping Basics

Could beekeeping be the hobby for you? If you love nature and have a passion for the environment, this is the perfect fit! Join us for a unique course that is focused on helping you lay a solid foundation in learning how to become a backyard beekeeper. Join us as a local beekeeper teaches you how to understand honey bee behavior and what is going on inside your hives. Learn about the importance of maintaining healthy bees and how to handle common problems and solutions. Class discussion will focus on raising your own queens, honey bee biology, how to obtain and install your bees, managing honey bee colonies, different season of beekeeping, all about honey and the other activities bees do besides making honey. The study of bees is vast and this course is designed to help you get your feet wet and gain an understanding of what you need to do to move forward with maintaining healthy, thriving bees. Instructor Mike Klem is a Master Beekeeper from Canfield, Ohio. Credentials: Beekeeping Basics Instructor @ MCCTC Adult Career Center, University of Montana - Master Beekeeping Certification Member of the American Beekeeping Federation (ABF) - Marketing & Membership and Conference Committees, Life Member of the Ohio State Beekeepers Association (OSBA) and Vice President of the Columbiana/Mahoning Beekeepers Association

Start: Sep 30 2021

End: Nov 4 2021

6 00 PM to 8 00 PM




Crash Course in Conversational French


Crash Course in Conversational French

If you know absolutely no French, this is the class for you! This course will help give you the ability to greet people, ask for directions, exhibit etiquette, order food, make small talk and MORE! No books, props or crafts required... just your ears, mouth and the desire to learn new sounds and a new culture. Instructor Bio: Ron Saffell is a reitred public school teacher who has always had a love of language. He has taught English, Latin, French and American Literature. Ron holds a BA in English with a concentration in linguistics. He continues to teach around the valley, the latest being an adult class from St. Rose Church in Girard.

Start: Oct 5 2021

End: Oct 28 2021

3 30 PM to 5 00 PM


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