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Lifelong Learning Chesterfield


Art, Music and Drama - Summer 2018

Lifelong Learning Institute in Chesterfield                                    

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Advanced Colored Pencil Flowers                                          

Tuesday                                              AD182150           

1:00-3:00                             

May 1, 8, 15, 22, 29

Instructor(s): Laura T. Evans

This course will cover previous techniques covered in colored pencil with a more advanced tool, Faber-Castell Polychromos pencils! Flowers will be the focus. There are a few other pencils that will be needed for this class, and students can find everything they’ll need on the Supply List. Laura is excited to teach the medium she uses most often! Supply list will be available at registration or outside the office before class.

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Woodcarving: Open Carve Sessions                                       

Wednesday                                      AD182080           

9:00-11:00                          

May 2, 9, 16, 23, 30, June 6, 13, 20, 27, July 11, 18, 25, August 1, 8, 15, 22, 29

Instructor(s): Bill Good

LLI Woodcarvers are invited to gather around the tables for open carving each Wednesday this session.  The idea is to bring our carving enthusiasts together for a fun, social opportunity to work on an old project or start something new.  No formal instruction will be provided, but Bill will act as coordinator. Bring along your favorite carving or tool-of-choice to share, an album of work or a book to inspire, and a hunk of wood to whittle. Attendance is not required at each session, but students are encouraged to mark planned absences on the class roster. Happy carving!

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Open Oil Painting for All Levels                                               

Friday                                  AD182167           

10:00-12:00                        

May 4, 11, 18, 25, June 1, 8, 15, 22, 29, July 6, 13, 20, 27, August 3, 10, 17, 24, 31

Instructor(s): Wanda Cutchins

This course will continue exploring the world of oil painting to meet the needs of all levels. Students with no experience will be given extra support. All students should bring their own canvas and supplies. No supply list needed. For beginners, a small starter oil kit plus a small canvas will suffice. Please use only odorless thinner.

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Hospice Crafts                                 

Wednesday                                      AD182003           

1:00-2:30                             

May 16, June 20, July 18, August 15

Instructor(s): Mary Jane Murphy and Karen Novitzki

Join other LLI members in making craft items to be given to local hospice patients. All craft supplies are collected by LLI members, and the finished products are donated to Crater Community Hospice, Inc. This is an enjoyable service class.

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YUPO and Watermedia Workshop                                         

Wednesday                                      AD182119           

9:30-2:30                             

May 23

Instructor(s): Beverly Perdue

This class is for anyone with intermediate experience using watermedia, including the use of acrylic on paper. Assistance with YUPO paper will be the focus of this workshop. Instructor will provide demonstrations during the class. Students can bring in paintings in progress or brand new pieces that the artist wants to start. Students MUST bring in the reference from which the image originated and should have a black and white image measuring at least 4 x 6 inches for all reference material. There will be individual critiques given and suggestions as to where to go with one's own art voice. Please bring a working mat to put on your work when we discuss it. There will be an hour for lunch, so best to bring lunch with you, if possible, to keep that creative flow going. Any questions can be addressed to Bev at bevperdueartist@aol.com. Supply list will be available at registration and outside the office before class.

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Advanced Watercolor with Marti                                            

Thursday                                            AD182012           

10:30-12:30                        

May 31, June 7, 14, 21, July 5, 12

Instructor(s): Marti Franks

This watercolor class is for those students who have taken a basic or intermediate watercolor class and have advanced to the next level.  They will learn to expand the principles of composition and build on their watercolor skills and techniques, such as wet-on-wet, color washes, glazing, shading and textures. Students will need to bring eight colors of paints, three brushes, a pallet, board, canvas, tape and art erasers. The instructor asks that you please purchase high quality supplies; there will be a difference in the final result if you use lower quality items. Do not purchase student-grade paints, such as Windsor, Newton-Cotman, or Academy. Call Marti, 794-2497, if you would like help ordering your supplies. Supply list will be available at registration or outside the office. Please have your supplies for the first day of class.

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Intermediate Watercolor with Marti                                     

Thursday                                            AD182111           

2:00-3:30                             

May 31, June 7, 14, 21, July 5, 12

Instructor(s): Marti Franks

This class is for intermediates. Students should have some previous watercolor experience. They will continue to develop composition skills and techniques of watercolor painting emphasizing value, shapes, and color. Students will need to bring eight colors of paints, three brushes, a pallet, board, canvas, tape and art erasers. The instructor asks that you please purchase high quality supplies; there will be a difference in the final result if you use lower quality items. Do not purchase student-grade paints, such as Windsor, Newton-Cotman, or Academy. Call Marti, 794-2497, if you would like help ordering your supplies. Supply list will be available at registration or outside the office.  Please have your supplies for the first day of class.

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Zentangle Illuminated Frames                                 

Thursday                                            AD182152            $10

9:30-11:30                          

June 7, 14

Instructor(s): Catherine Jordan

Zentangle is an easy-to-learn, relaxing, and fun way to create beautiful images by drawing structured patterns. As a meditational art form, it creates a “relaxed focus” as original, unique, and beautiful images are made. In this course, students will explore making beautiful frames for names, words, or sayings that can be made into personalized cards for gift-giving. Students will also work on the word or phrase of their choice in class as everyone explores easy-to-work patterns, beautiful borders, shading effects, and adding a touch of gold metallic or color for spectacular results. This course is recommended for those who have had a previous Zentangle class but is open to everyone. Class fee covers the following materials: materials to make four greeting cards with envelopes and a special Zentangle handout. Students need to bring: Micron® .01 and .05 pens, pencil, tortillion (blending tool), and Sakura® gold metallic pen. Bringing colored pencils and a blender pencil is optional.

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The Golden Age of Dutch Painting: Rembrandt, Vermeer, and More                                     

Monday                                              AD182146           

9:30-11:00                          

July 2, 9, 16

Instructor(s): Chris Semtner

Four centuries later, these painters are still household names. What is it about the art of the Rembrandt, Vermeer, Hals, and other seventeenth century Dutch painters that makes their work so memorable and so magical? This course will examine their work in the context of many other extraordinary but lesser known artists of their age.

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Beginning Art of Sketching                                         

Wednesday                                      AD182171           

9:30-11:00                          

July 11, 18, 25, August 1, 8, 15

Instructor(s): Hal Cauthen

This course will provide a basic introduction to drawing and sketching, adding color with a light watercolor wash. In the six weeks, students will start with basic shapes, adding shading to indicate form. Each week will introduce a simple exercise -- a daisy or sunflower, a bee on a thistle, a farmhouse with trees and shrubs, a simple city street scene, and end with a reference of each student’s choosing. Supply list will be available at registration and outside the office before class.

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Intermediate Art of Sketching                                  

Wednesday                                      AD182179           

11:30-1:00                          

July 11, 18, 25, August 1, 8, 15

Instructor(s): Hal Cauthen

This is a follow-up to the Beginning Art of Sketching and is open to those who have completed that course in a previous session. Students will start with a review of the basics, including one- and two-point perspective, do some value sketches, then sketch a street scene, add people/figures in various settings, sketch some birds or animals, and end with their choice of a reference. Supply list will be available at registration and outside the office before class.

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The Life and Works of Michelangelo Buonarroti                                              

Monday                                              AD182165           

11:30-1:00                          

July 16, 23, 30, August 6, 20, 27

Instructor(s): Juana Levi

Italian Renaissance painter, sculptor, architect, poet and engineer, Michelangelo is one of the most fascinating geniuses who ever lived. This class will explore his life, personality, and the major works and unequaled masterpieces he created. You will understand why he was known as "il divino" ("the divine one") during his own lifetime.

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The Life and Works of Leonardo da Vinci                                             

Thursday                                            AD182160           

1:30-3:00                             

July 26, August 2, 9, 16, 23, 30

Instructor(s): Juana Levi

Leonardo da Vinci has been described as the quintessential Renaissance man, an individual with unquenchable curiosity whose expertise spanned a significant number of different subject areas. Many people recognize his most famous portrait, religious painting, and his most famous drawing in the world; but there is so much more. Learn about the man, his art, his many other interests, his genius, and his imperfections.

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Intermediate Acrylic Painting                                   

Monday                                              AD182136           

10:00-12:00                        

August 6, 13, 20, 27

Instructor(s): Patrice Reese

This course is a next step for the students who have taken the Beginning Acrylic Workshop or for students who have previous experience with Acrylic painting. Students should bring their own reference photos to class, as well as the supplies used in the Beginning Acrylics Workshops. Students can bring unfinished work or start a new painting and will receive help finishing them. Supply list will be available at registration and outside the office before class.

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Watercolor Problem Solving Workshop                                               

Tuesday, Wednesday                                   AD182151           

9:30-2:30                             

Aug 21, 22

Instructor(s): Beverly Perdue

This class is for anyone with intermediate experience using water media, including the use of acrylic on paper. Assistance with yupo paper will also be available. Instructor will provide demonstrations during the class. Students can bring in paintings in progress or brand new pieces that the artist wants to start. Students MUST bring in the reference from which the image originated and should have a black and white image measuring at least 4 x 6 inches for all reference material. There will be individual critiques given and suggestions as to where to go with one's own art voice. Please bring a working mat to put on your work when we discuss it. There will be an hour for lunch, so best to bring lunch with you, if possible, to keep that creative flow going. Any questions can be addressed to Bev at bevperdueartist@aol.com. Supply list will be available at registration and outside the office before class.

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MUSIC AND DRAMA

Project Storytelling: Creating and Telling Family, Folk and Fairy Tales                                   

Tuesday                                              AD182178           

9:30-11:00                          

May 1, 8, 15, 22, 29, June 5

Instructor(s): Les Schaffer and Judith Onesty

This course will provide a safe, relaxed and supportive arena to tickle and awaken your inner story-teller and story-listener. Stories are a time-honored way to pass on family traditions, history, values and beliefs. We also know that they are a time-proven way to stimulate brain, emotional and physical health. Using a fun Reality Show format, students will begin with family and personal reminiscences that recreate known worlds, and then use their imaginations to create the worlds of folk and fairy tales. Students will also have opportunities to meet, listen to and learn from guest professional tellers. There may be no greater gift to pass on to younger generations than the gift of story. “I would ask you to remember only this one thing,” said Badger. “The stories people tell have a way of taking care of them. If stories come to you, care for them. And learn to give them away where they are needed. Sometimes a person needs a story more than food to stay alive. That is why we put these stories in each other’s memory. This is how people care for themselves. One day you will be good storytellers. Never forget these obligations.” Badger speaking in “Crow and Weasel” by Barry Lopez.

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Reminiscence Theatre                                 

Wednesday                                      AD182180           

9:00-10:30                          

May 2, 9, 16, 23, 30, June 6, 13, July 11, 18, 25, August 1, 8

Instructor(s): John Countryman

Reminiscence theatre is about realizing the dramatic potential in real life stories. It takes verbatim memories as the basis for theatre scripts, using the experiences of older adults as the source. The process entails collecting personal histories, creating from them a written script and developing that into a dramatic production. Students in this course will use a script based on themes from the practice of guided autobiography, such as “Life’s Branching Points.”

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Advanced Readers Theater                                        

Thursday                                            AD182015           

1:30-2:30                             

May 3, 10, 17, 24, 31, June 7, 14, 21, 28, July 5, 12, 19, 26, August 2

Instructor(s): Sandy Phillips

Join us to become part of a fun- and laughter-filled performing group. No memorization required, as we are part of a growing national trend of senior citizen theatrical groups who use a script. When performing, we enjoy doing primarily humorous skits and scenes from many sources. We share the fun as we perform for LLI audiences and occasionally other audiences nearby. As we develop our performing skills, the focus stays on having a happy time and letting the "ham" in each of us shine! Some previous experience in theater is helpful but not required!

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The Art of Ventriloquism                                            

Monday                                              AD182182           

11:30-12:30                        

May 14, 21, June 4, 11, 18

Instructor(s): John Byrd

This course will teach students how to talk without moving their lips. Depending on the level of interest, other topics will be explored such as developing a distinctive puppet voice, puppet manipulation, acting for two, and creating the illusion of life. This course may be the first of many!

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Wind Ensemble                                              

Monday                                              AD182170           

2:00-3:30                             

April 30, May 7, 14, 21, June 4, 11, 18, 25, July 2, 9, 16, 23, 30, August 6, 13, 20, 27

Instructor(s): Mary Pat McGeary

Dust off your old band instruments and join the LLI wind ensemble! The group will be sight-reading and playing music, including swing, marches, show tunes, and oldies from the 50s and 60s. Students are encouraged to bring their own instruments to class.

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Lifelong Musicians                                         

Thursday                                            AD182141           

12:00-1:30                          

May 3, 10, 17, 24, 31, June 7, 14, 21, 28, July 5, 12, 19, 26, August 2, 9, 16, 23, 30

Instructor(s): Donnie Amos

Calling all LLI students who used to or still play an instrument of any kind! This is the class for you!  No formal instruction will be provided, but the instructor will guide the class as they explore their mutual lifelong passion for music. Various genres and eras of music will be shared. This is for entertainment and not performance. Don’t be surprised if it revives a passion for music! Music is good for the soul!  Students should bring their instruments to class but are welcome to join if they don’t have the instrument they would like to play. If you play guitar, piano, trumpet, ukulele, or kazoo, come and join this class! Students are also welcome to register at any point during the session.

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Funtastics Choral Group                                              

Thursday                                            AD182105            $3

2:45-4:00                             

May 3, 10, 17, 24, 31, June 7, 14, 21, 28, July 5, 12, 19, 26, August 2

Instructor(s): Sandy Phillips

The Funtastics rehearse once a week, singing a variety of music, including popular pieces, classics, as well as poetry set to music. All are welcome! Reading music isn't required, but it helps. If reading music isn't your thing, we can help you learn. We perform on occasion for both non-LLI and LLI functions. Singing is good for you--in many ways! Many studies have confirmed this, and some time with the Funtastics will confirm it as well!

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Beginning Guitar                                            

Friday                                  AD182183           

10:00-11:00                        

May 4, 11, 18

Instructor(s): Diane Applewhite

Have you ever wanted to play the guitar but didn’t know where to start? Well now’s your chance! In just three short weeks, students will learn the chords necessary to get started on a new guitar-playing adventure. No prior experience or music-reading abilities required. Students will need to bring their own guitar, tuner, picks, pencil or pen and notepaper. If guitar strings are older than 1 year, they should be replaced before class. Happy strumming!

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Flute Playing Revisited                                

Monday                                              AD182181            *$6

10:00-11:00                        

May 7, 14, 21, June 4, 11, 18, 25, July 2

Instructor(s): Scott Hershey

This course is for students who have played the flute in the past and would like to revisit development of technique, sound production, and embouchure development. Another aspect of the course will focus on identifying poor habits that may surface and finding ways to correct them. Students will provide an overview of their past playing and, more importantly, goals they would like to achieve. This class will use the text: Rubank Elementary Method: Flute or Piccolo by A.C. Petersen, and an instructional video will be incorporated into the lessons. The book can optionally be purchased through LLI during Open Registration only, and payment is due at registration.

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Japanese Taiko Drumming                                         

Wednesday                                      AD182163           

10:30-11:30                        

May 16, 30, June 6, 13

Instructor(s): Paul Yoon and Audrey Short

Join founders of Heian Daiko for an introduction to Japanese drums. Heian Daiko is a Richmond-area Japanese taiko drumming group formed specifically to welcome older adults with mobility concerns. We will cover the fundamentals of stance and hitting through rhythmic exercises accessible to all.

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The Hammered Dulcimer: An Overview A                                          

Tuesday                                              AD182184           

10:00-11:30                        

May 22

Instructor(s): Bob Wadsworth

Please register for only one session (A or B) to allow all students a chance to participate. The hammered dulcimer is a musical instrument related to, but much older than, the piano. Its unusual appearance and engaging sound never fail to attract attention and elicit questions when it is played in public. In this course, students will receive an orientation to the history of the instrument, its layout of musical notes and scales, the different sizes and configurations in which it comes, and types of music played on it. The instructor will demonstrate how the hammered dulcimer is played, and students will have the opportunity to try playing a simple scale or tune.

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The Hammered Dulcimer: An Overview B                                           

Wednesday                                      AD182185           

1:00-2:30                             

June 6

Instructor(s): Bob Wadsworth

Please register for only one session (A or B) to allow all students a chance to participate. The hammered dulcimer is a musical instrument related to, but much older than, the piano. Its unusual appearance and engaging sound never fail to attract attention and elicit questions when it is played in public. In this course, students will receive an orientation to the history of the instrument, its layout of musical notes and scales, the different sizes and configurations in which it comes, and types of music played on it. The instructor will demonstrate how the hammered dulcimer is played, and students will have the opportunity to try playing a simple scale or tune.

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About Fees
Your Lifelong Learning Institute membership gives you access to all of LLI classes and trips, most without any additional costs. There are some classes and trips which require additional fees. Where there are additional fees, those fees must be paid at the time of registration. Fees can be paid by check, cash or credit card. If paying by check, please clearly indicate the classes and trips being covered.