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Lifelong Learning Chesterfield


Art, Music and Drama - Summer 2019

Lifelong Learning Institute in Chesterfield                                    

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Colored Pencil Open Workshop                                              

Tuesday                                              AD192161           

1:30-3:30                             

May 7, 14, July 2, 9, 16, 23, 30, Aug 6, 13, 20, 27

Instructor(s): Laura T. Evans

This class is an open art session. If you have taken any classes in Colored Pencil and would like to work on a project with some help, Laura will be available to assist you. Bring anything you're working on in Colored Pencil, and you'll be sure to make some progress!

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Woodcarving: Open Carve Sessions                                       

Wednesday                                      AD192080           

9:00-11:00                          

May 8, 15, 22, 29, June 5, 12, 26, July 3, 10, 17, 24, 31, Aug 7, 14, 21, 28

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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Watercolor Problem Solving Workshop                                               

Thursday, Friday                                             AD192119           

9:30-2:30                             

May 9, 10

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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The Life and Works of Raphael Sanzio                                  

Thursday                                            AD192186           

2:00-3:30                             

May 9, 16, 23, 30, June 6, 13

Instructor(s): Juana Levi

Raphael Sanzio, Michelangelo Buonarroti, and Leonardo da Vinci are known as the three heavyweights of Italian High Renaissance art. The youngest of these three, Raphael was also the new kid on the block. But as his genius matured, he became, what many modern art historians believe, the most profoundly influential, the most idealized, the most beloved painter in the whole history of art. In fact, he became so popular that he was called the Prince of Painters. His life and many of his major works will be covered in this course.

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Hospice Crafts                                 

Wednesday                                      AD192003           

1:00-2:30                             

May 15, July 17, Aug 21

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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Open Oil Painting for All Levels                                               

Friday                                  AD192167           

12:30-2:30                          

May 17, 24, 31, July 19, 26, Aug 2, 9, 16, 23, 30

Instructor(s): Wanda Cutchins

This course will continue exploring the world of oil painting to meet the needs of all levels. Students should bring photo options to the first class to discuss and decide which ones to use for their projects. Supply list will be available at registration and outside the office before class.

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The Life and Works of Michelangelo Buonarroti                                              

Tuesday                                              AD192165           

9:00-10:30                          

May 28, June 4, 11, 18, 25, July 2

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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Poe and Surrealism                                       

Monday                                              AD192146           

9:30-11:00                          

June 3, 10, 17

Instructor(s): Chris Semtner

Artists like Rene Magritte, Max Ernst, and Salvador Dali made Surrealism a household name, but few people know just how much they claimed Richmond author Edgar Allan Poe as an influence. Drawing from the artists’ writings and artwork, this course will uncover the connections between the twentieth century art movement and the nineteenth century poet.

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Arts Strategies for Chesterfield County and the Perkinson Center for the Arts                                  

Tuesday                                              AD192206           

11:00-12:00                        

June 4, 11, 18, 25

Instructor(s): Bruce Miller

This is your opportunity to hear about and participate in the strategic planning process for the Chesterfield Cultural Arts Foundation and the upcoming Perkinson Center for the Arts. Bruce Miller will outline his plans for the new facility and Chesterfield's countywide partnership with Virginia Rep's innovative Community Health and Wellness program.

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Advanced Watercolor with Marti                                            

Thursday                                            AD192012           

10:30-12:30                        

June 13, 20, 27, July 11, 18, 25

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                                            AD192111           

2:00-3:30                             

June 13, 20, 27, July 11, 18, 25

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 Spheres                                         

Monday                                              AD192152            $12

12:30-2:30                          

July 15, 22

Instructor(s): Catherine Jordan

Delve deeper into the 3-D world of making Zentangle patterns the most dimensional ever with overlap, shading, and grid and pattern distortion! We will be making beautiful bookmarks by exploring a variety of Zentangle patterns transforming circles into dimensional spheres! Course fee covers the following materials: Micron® .08 and .005 pens; 10 water color paper bookmark blanks, and ribbon for finishing bookmarks. Students need to bring Micron® .01 pen, pencil, tortillion (blending tool), circle template, watercolor pens or pencils, brush, and a water cup.

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Inventions and Machines by Leonardo da Vinci: A Brief Overview                                          

Monday                                              AD192164           

11:15-12:45                        

Aug 5, 12

Instructor(s): Juana Levi

Though Leonardo da Vinci is most famous for his works as an artist, he actually spent a lot more time working on his interests in science and engineering. Of course, his artistry played a large role in his inventions, and his notebooks later provided evidence that Leonardo had envisioned many ideas long before the technology to build them actually existed. This course provides an overview of Leonardo da Vinci's most famous ideas and inventions.

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The Last Supper by Leonardo da Vinci A                                               

Thursday                                            AD192187           

2:00-3:30                             

Aug 8

Instructor(s): Juana Levi

Please register for only one session (A or B) to allow all students a chance to participate. In 1495, Leonardo da Vinci began what would become one of history's most famous and influential works of art, The Last Supper. It is Leonardo's visual interpretation of an event chronicled in all four of the Gospels (books in the Christian New Testament). Specifically, the Last Supper depicts the next few seconds in this story after Christ dropped the bomb shell that one disciple would betray him before sunrise; and all twelve have reacted to the news with different degrees of rage, surprise, pain and incredulity. The Last Supper's deceptively simple composition, its history and Leonardo's flawed genius are discussed in this class.

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The Last Supper by Leonardo da Vinci B                                               

Thursday                                            AD192188           

2:00-3:30                             

Aug 15

Instructor(s): Juana Levi

Please register for only one session (A or B) to allow all students a chance to participate. In 1495, Leonardo da Vinci began what would become one of history's most famous and influential works of art, The Last Supper. It is Leonardo's visual interpretation of an event chronicled in all four of the Gospels (books in the Christian New Testament). Specifically, the Last Supper depicts the next few seconds in this story after Christ dropped the bomb shell that one disciple would betray him before sunrise; and all twelve have reacted to the news with different degrees of rage, surprise, pain and incredulity. The Last Supper's deceptively simple composition, its history and Leonardo's flawed genius are discussed in this class.

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YUPO and Watermedia Workshop                                         

Thursday                                            AD192151           

9:30-2:30                             

Aug 29

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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MUSIC AND DRAMA

Learn about Ventriloquism                                        

Monday                                              AD192182           

11:30-12:30                        

May 6, 13, 20, June 3, 10, 17, 24, July 1, 8, 15, 22, 29, Aug 5, 12, 19, 26

Instructor(s): John Byrd

This course is for anyone interested in ventriloquism. For those who wish to learn ventriloquism, talking without moving your lips will be covered. For those interested in the history and facts relating to ventriloquism, discussions and demonstrations will be provided. Other topics such as developing a distinctive puppet voice, puppet manipulation, acting for two, and creating the illusion of life will be explored. New and return students are welcome. This course is flexible and will attempt to meet the needs of the students.

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Japanese Taiko Drumming                                         

Monday                                              AD192163           

11:30-12:30                        

May 6, 13, 20, June 3

Instructor(s): Paul Yoon and Audrey Short

Join the 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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Wind Ensemble                                              

Tuesday                                              AD192170           

11:00-12:30                        

May 7, 14, 21, 28, June 4, 11, 18, 25, July 2, 9, 16, 23, 30, Aug 6, 13, 20, 27

Instructor(s): Mary Pat McGeary

Dust off your old band instruments and join the LLI wind ensemble! This course is for those who played a band instrument in high school or college. The selections of music include show tunes, golden oldies, big band era, classics and marches. Most of the music will be provided.

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Lifelong Musicians                                         

Thursday                                            AD192141           

12:00-1:30                          

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

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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Advanced Readers Theater                                        

Thursday                                            AD192015           

1:00-2:30                             

May 9, 16, 23, 30, June 6, 13, 20, 27, July 11, 18, 25

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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Funtastics Choral Group                                              

Thursday                                            AD192105            $5

2:45-4:00                             

May 9, 16, 23, 30, June 6, 13, 20, 27, July 11, 18, 25

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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Flute Playing Revisited                                

Monday                                              AD192181            *$6

11:00-12:00                        

May 13, 20, June 3, 10, 17, 24, July 1, 8

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. Students must bring their own flute whether rented or owned. This class will use the text: "Rubank Elementary Method: Flute or Piccolo" by A.C. Petersen. An instructional video will also 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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The Hammered Dulcimer: An Overview                                              

Wednesday                                      AD192184           

10:30-12:00                        

May 29

Instructor(s): Bob Wadsworth

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 in the latter part of the class.

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The LLI Senior Storytelling Slam 'n Swap                                              

Thursday                                            AD192192           

9:30-11:00                          

May 30, June 27, July 25, Aug 29

Instructor(s): Les Schaffer

Story Slams are a growing phenomenon. Originally based on the poetry slam format and similar to popular radio and live shows like NPR's "The Moth" or "This American Life", RISK!, The Howl, and Richmond's Secretly Y'all, a story slam is a festival for the spoken word. Each month's LLI Slam has a theme and stories may be no longer than eight minutes. Stories must be true affirmed by the storytellers, though embellishments are natural to storytelling. Up to seven story-slammers will be selected for each starting line-up. As time permits, procrastinators or late starters may put their names in a hat to be selected to tell. The theme for this session's first Slam is "The Best of Times/The Worst of Times!" Tell us a happy story marred by tragedy or a tragic story with a redemptive ending. Tell about that great Springsteen Concert you attended, or the time you felt dropped into a Dickens' novel. Interpret liberally. No notes or cheat sheets allowed during the live performance. Remember that the best stories have a beginning, middle and end. They have a point and should be clear about why it's important for you to tell. You'll have an opportunity to tell your story to a friendly, live audience of fellow LLI members. Les Schaffer serves as Slam MC and is available for phone or e-consultation and coaching. Those who plan to slam and those who just want to listen to good stories should register for this course!

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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.