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Lifelong Learning Chesterfield


Art, Music and Drama - Spring 2020

Lifelong Learning Institute in Chesterfield                                    

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Colored Pencil Open Workshop                              

Tuesday                                           AD201161          

11:00-1:00                        

Jan 7, 14, 21, 28, Feb 4, 11, 18, 25, March 3, 10, 17, 24, 31

Instructor(s): Laura T. Evans Gewanter

This course is an open art session for students who have taken any courses in Colored Pencil and would like to work on a project with some help. The instructor will be available to assist students with their new or ongoing projects. 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                                     AD201080          

9:00-11:00                        

Jan 8, 15, 22, 29, Feb 5, 12, April 22, 29

Instructor(s): Bill Good

LLI Woodcarvers are invited to gather around the tables for open carving 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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The Art of the Sketch A                              

Wednesday                                     AD201171          

9:30-11:00                        

Jan 8, 15, 22, 29, Feb 5, 12

Instructor(s): Hal Cauthen

Please register for only one session (A or B) to allow all students a chance to participate. This course will focus on the process of developing completed paintings, beginning with a review of the basics — shapes, shading, one- and two-point perspective, etc. Students will then do small “thumbnail” sketches to work out the composition and placement of the “lights and darks”, and then to develop a color pallet. Next, students will layout the larger sketch and then work with both “line and wash” to develop the painting. Students should be able to complete two to three finished 10x14 pieces. The instructor will use an Arches Watercolor Pad, 10x14 inches. A supply list will be available at registration and outside the office before class.

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Open Oil Painting for All Levels                               

Thursday                                          AD201167          

1:00-3:00                           

Jan 9, 16, Feb 6, 13, 20, 27

Instructor(s): Wanda Cutchins

This course will continue exploring the world of oil painting to meet the needs of all levels. Students should bring their own supplies and be ready for a very social open oil painting class. Be sure you bring a plastic cover for the table and odorless paint thinner. A supply list will be available at registration and outside the office before class.

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Zentangle Journal                                        

Monday                                           AD201152           $5

1:30-3:30                           

Jan 13

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 students make original, unique, and beautiful images. In this course, students will create a beautiful journal cover, front and back, using several easy-to-work patterns, adding shading effects, and also coloring effects on darker backgrounds. A fun class for those who are interested in learning what Zentangle is all about and would enjoy leaving with a finished journal! Course fee covers the following materials: a journal, a Micron .01 pen, and use of the instructor's watercolor pens (or they may use their own.)

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Hospice Crafts                                

Wednesday                                     AD201003          

1:00-2:30                           

Jan 15, Feb 19, March 18, April 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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The Life and Works of Gian Lorenzo Bernini                                     

Thursday                                          AD201207          

12:30-2:00                        

Jan 16, 23, 30, Feb 6, 13

Instructor(s): Juana Levi

From his early days as a child prodigy until his death in 1680, just nine days short of his 82nd birthday, Gian Lorenzo Bernini remained unchallenged as the foremost sculptor of his time. His focus on human emotion and sensuality became important to later artists all the way up to the modern period. He is credited with creating the Baroque style of sculpture. As one scholar put it, “What Shakespeare is to drama, Bernini may be to sculpture…” Bernini became Rome’s supreme virtuoso and not just in sculpture. He was also a painter, gifted architect, city planner, and a playwright. Learn about this incredible and fascinating artist’s work and life.

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Watercolor and Acrylic Problem Solving Workshop                                      

Thursday, Friday                                           AD201119          

9:30-2:30                           

Jan 23, 24

Instructor(s): Beverly Perdue

This course is for anyone with intermediate experience using water media including the use of acrylic paint. 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. A supply list will be available at registration and outside the office before class.

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Open Studio in Drawing and Painting                                  

Monday                                           AD201108          

1:30-3:30                           

Jan 27, Feb 3, 10, 24, March 2, 9, 16, 23

Instructor(s): Brian Austin, PhD

Come work on your favorite colored pencil and watercolor project with Brian Austin. Students will be encouraged to bring projects they are currently working on or plan to start during class sessions. Brian and other students will assist individuals as needed. Each class session will begin with students introducing their project and conclude with students offering a brief summary of their progress during the class session. Brian will be working with watercolor pigments, color pencils, and pen/ink on some of his projects during the Open Studio. Open Studio is intended as an opportunity for students to share their ideas and projects they plan to pursue; however, it is not a class where an instructor will provide formal instruction.  Students are expected to have a working knowledge of water color and colored pencil applications to paper media and to own the necessary tools to pursue their planned projects.

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YUPO and Watermedia Workshop                                        

Thursday, Friday                                           AD201151          

9:30-2:30                           

Jan 30, 31

Instructor(s): Beverly Perdue

This course is for anyone with intermediate experience using watermedia, including the use of acrylic paint. 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. A supply list will be available at registration and outside the office before class.

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Beginning Watercolor                                 

Tuesday                                           AD201016          

1:30-3:30                           

Feb 4, 11, 18, 25, March 3, 10

Instructor(s): Poly Cline

This course is for those with little to no experience with watercolor painting. Students will learn how to channel an interest in watercolor into cards, invitations and frame-worthy paintings using easily mastered techniques. A supply list will be available at registration and outside the office before class. Quality supplies help produce quality results, and students will need to come to the first and all subsequent classes with their supplies.

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Tea Bag Art                                     

Monday                                           AD201153           $5

2:00-3:30                           

Feb 10

Instructor(s): Catherine Jordan

Come and enjoy a fun class making Tea Bag Art as we stamp, pencil, and color small empty tea bags with a variety of flora and fauna, navigational, nature, lettering, and postal stamps. Pick your favorite stamps (or bring some of your favorite ones) and use the small tea bag palette to test some simple design principles. We will discuss and explore how to use focal points, lines, and areas to draw the eye through a design and how to highlight focal points using small bits of color. Learn about patterned backgrounds, layering, and scale to enhance any design. Your tea bag can be used as a bookmark or fill it at the end of class with fragrant lavender buds or rose petals for a special sachet. Each student will be making five tea bags, so there will be plenty for gifts and sharing. Each bag comes with a special inspiration saying tag. One example by Lao Tzu is, “Nature does not hurry, yet everything is accomplished.” Course fee covers the following materials: five blank unbleached teabags, lavender buds, and rose petals. Students will be able to share the instructor’s ink, stamps, palette paper, pens and pencils.

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Woodcarving an Easter Bunny                                

Wednesday                                     AD201035           $15

9:00-11:00                        

Feb 19, 26, March 4, 11, 18, 25, April 1, 15

Instructor(s): Merv Warner

This class will be carving, in the round, an Easter Bunny. As time permits, students can also carve one or two shelf sitters. Carvers will need to bring a carving knife, and optional small gouges would be helpful. Course fee will cover all carving blanks and handouts provided by the instructor. Students are welcome to contact the instructor at mervinbwa@gmail.com or 804-310-7018 prior to the first class with any questions.

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The Art of the Sketch B                              

Wednesday                                     AD201172          

9:30-11:00                        

Feb 26, March 4, 11, 18, 25, April 1

Instructor(s): Hal Cauthen

Please register for only one session (A or B) to allow all students a chance to participate. This course will focus on the process of developing completed paintings, beginning with a review of the basics — shapes, shading, one- and two-point perspective, etc. Students will then do small “thumbnail” sketches to work out the composition and placement of the “lights and darks”, and then to develop a color pallet. Next, students will lay out the larger sketch and then work with both “line and wash” to develop the painting. Students should be able to complete two to three finished 10x14 pieces. The instructor will use an Arches Watercolor Pad, 10x14 inches. A supply list will be available at registration and outside the office before class.

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Exploring and Experimenting with Acrylic Paint                              

Monday                                           AD201208          

11:00-1:00                        

March 2, 9, 16, 23, 30

Instructor(s): Patrice Reese

This course is pure exploration of what acrylic paint can do and will focus on pouring acrylic paint, working with Staining Colors and making collage papers. A small collage will be started, and the mixture of painting and collage will be explored. Students will also play with India ink and water to complete a value painting and explore the texture made with Heavy Gel to show Sedimentation. Students will need their own supplies for the initial and all subsequent classes. A supply list will be available at registration and outside the office before class.

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The Last Supper by Leonardo da Vinci                                 

Tuesday                                           AD201187          

9:30-11:00                        

March 3

Instructor(s): Juana Levi

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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Advanced Watercolor with Marti                                          

Thursday                                          AD201012          

10:30-12:30                      

March 5, 12, 19, 26, April 2, 16

Instructor(s): Marti Franks

Please register for either Intermediate or Advanced Watercolor (only one) to allow all students a chance to participate. This course is not intended for students who have very limited knowledge and skills in watercolor. Students should have a knowledge of composition, value, shapes, contrast, complimentary colors, negative painting and texture in painting. Students will continue to strengthen those skills and improve technical techniques. 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. A 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                                          AD201111          

2:00-3:45                           

March 5, 12, 19, 26, April 2, 16

Instructor(s): Marti Franks

Please register for either Intermediate or Advanced Watercolor (only one) to allow all students a chance to participate. This course is not intended for students who have no experience in watercolor. Some experience in painting through previous class instructions is important with some basic skills in handling a brush and paint. Basic understanding of composition and value is also very helpful.  The intention of this course is to expose and strengthen the fundamentals of composition, value, use of shapes, negative painting, and use of texture. 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. A 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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The Life and Works of Vincent van Gogh                                           

Thursday                                          AD201211          

1:30-3:00                           

March 26, April 2, 16, 23, 30

Instructor(s): Juana Levi

Ask anyone, “Who is your idea of the tortured artist…the mad genius?” Chances are you’ll get one answer, and just one answer: Vincent van Gogh. The eldest son of a Dutch minister and a bookseller’s daughter, Vincent tried various vocations, including that of art dealer and clergyman, before deciding to become an artist at the age of 27. Over the course of his decade-long career (1880–90), he produced nearly 900 paintings and more than 1,100 works on paper. “I want to do drawings that will touch people. I want to get to the point where people say of my work, ‘That man feels deeply.’ ” This course is an overview of Vincent's life and his major works with much of the information taken from his letters.

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Advanced Colored Pencil with Polychromos                                     

Tuesday                                           AD201150          

11:00-1:00                        

April 14, 21, 28

Instructor(s): Laura T. Evans Gewanter

This course is for students with experience in colored pencils, and it is helpful if students have previously taken the Intro to Colored Pencil course. Students will work on drawing a sprig of blueberries in Faber Castel Polychromos. Students will need their own supplies for all class sessions. A supply list will be available at registration and outside the office before class.

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Zoltan Szabo: A Watercolor Artist in Retrospective                                       

Thursday                                          AD201204          

9:30-11:00                        

April 16

Instructor(s): Carri Pandolfe

This course provides a visual journey through some of the extensive work created by the artist, watercolour painter and author, Zoltan Szabo, as well as a few tidbits about this man’s interesting life.

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Introduction to Oil Painting                                     

Friday                                 AD201166          

10:30-12:00                      

April 17, 24, May 1

Instructor(s): Wanda Cutchins

This course is for beginners who have little to no experience in oil painting. Students will be painting a whimsical bunny. Come join this class and have some fun in exploring a new art. A supply list will be available at registration and outside the office before class.

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Oil Painting Tips and Tricks                                      

Thursday                                          AD201214          

1:00-3:00                           

April 23

Instructor(s): Wanda Cutchins

This is a lecture course and demo of oil painting. Brush techniques as well as artist tricks will be shared. Students will see how other mediums can be combined with oils. No need to bring painting supplies. Just come and relax and pick up some tips and tricks for your next oil painting project.

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Pablo Picasso's Guernica                                           

Tuesday                                           AD201215          

9:30-10:30                        

April 28

Instructor(s): Juana Levi

What would be the best way today to protest against a war? How could you influence the largest number of people? In 1937, Picasso expressed his outrage against war with “Guernica,” his enormous mural-sized painting displayed to millions of visitors at the Paris World’s Fair. It is a painting that still feels intensely relevant today. This course will cover the history of “Guernica” and the complex imagery Picasso used to depict the horrors of war. In his own words from the time, “Painting is not done to decorate apartments. It is an instrument of war against brutality and darkness.”

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MUSIC AND DRAMA

Ventriloquism: Learn the Magic                             

Monday                                           AD201182          

11:30-12:30                      

Jan 6, 13, 27, Feb 3, 10, 24, March 2, 9, 16, 23, 30, April 20, 27

Instructor(s): John Byrd

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

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Wind Ensemble                              

Tuesday                                           AD201170          

11:00-12:30                      

Jan 7, 14, 21, 28, Feb 4, 11, 18, 25, March 3, 10, 17, 24, 31, April 14, 21, 28

Instructor(s): Nancy Ford

Dust off your old band instrument and join the LLI Wind Ensemble.  This course is for those who played a woodwind or brass instrument in high school or college and would like to get back into playing with a band.  The ensemble plays all styles of concert band music, from light classical to swing, golden oldies to pop, musicals to marches, as well as patriotic selections.  Although formal instruction is not provided, fellow musicians share their musical knowledge and expertise to help each student continue to improve their musicality.  While most music is provided, students will be asked to purchase several low-cost ensemble booklets.

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Lifelong Musicians                                       

Thursday                                          AD201141          

12:00-1:30                        

Jan 9, 16, 23, 30, Feb 6, 13, 20, 27, March 5, 12, 19, 26, April 2, 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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Advanced Reader's Theater                                     

Thursday                                          AD201015          

1:00-2:30                           

Jan 9, 16, 23, 30, Feb 6, 13, 20, 27, March 5, 12, 19, 26, April 2, 16, 23, 30

Instructor(s): Sandy Phillips

This course is primarily a performing group. The group performs at LLI Luncheons as well as other local clubs and venues. The requirements for this class include a love of performing, a willingness to “ham it up,” and participation in a recent Advanced Reader's Theater performance.

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Funtastics Choral Group                                            

Thursday                                          AD201105           $5

2:45-4:00                           

Jan 9, 16, 23, 30, Feb 6, 13, 20, 27, March 5, 12, 19, 26, April 2, 16, 23, 30

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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The Structure of Music: An Introduction to Music Theory                                          

Tuesday                                           AD201199           *$25

9:00-10:30                        

Jan 14, 21, 28, Feb 4, 11, 18, 25, March 3

Instructor(s): Robert Wadsworth

This course is designed primarily for amateur musicians who have learned to play an instrument by ear, from chord diagrams, or from tablature and would like to acquire a richer conceptualization of the music they play. It may also benefit the orchestral instrument player who learned to play his/her specific instrument by reading music but lacks broader knowledge of music theory. Classes will cover the basics of music terminology and notation; key signatures; scales and modes; harmonizing with intervals; chord construction, progressions, and substitutions; recognizing when chord changes occur; and strategies for transposing songs to different keys. Students who play guitar or ukulele may wish to bring their instruments to class. The instructor's goal is to provide students with tools to help them grow into more flexible musicians. Although no textbook is required, the workbook, “Edly's Music Theory for Practical People” (3rd Edition) by Ed Roseman is suggested to reinforce and expand upon material covered in class. The book can optionally be purchased through LLI during Open Registration only, and payment is due at registration.

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Introduction to Reader's Theater                                          

Tuesday                                           AD201209          

2:30-3:30                           

Jan 14, 21, 28, Feb 4, 11, 18, 25, March 3, 10, 17, 24, 31, April 14, 21, 28

Instructor(s): Ken Carlson

This is a beginner level Reader’s Theater class that will allow students to investigate and participate in a type of theater that became very popular during World War II. The course will explore different flavors of Reader’s Theater and make use of a few relevant acting techniques such as voice inflection, facial expression, and active listening. All reading levels are welcome, and standing is not required. As a group, this class will work together to decide which material to work with, so the subject matter is open at various times throughout the course. All participation will be within the classroom; no outside performances are expected. Reader’s Theater is a great way to keep your reading, comprehension, vocabulary, language, creativity, and teamwork skills sharp!

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Beginning Guitar                                          

Wednesday                                     AD201183           *$7

10:30-11:30                      

Jan 15, 22, 29, Feb 5, 12, 19

Instructor(s): Diane Applewhite

Have you ever wanted to play the guitar but never had the time or energy? Now’s the time! This course will present the chords necessary to get started on a new guitar-playing adventure. With just a few basic chords, you can play hundreds of songs. No prior experience or music-reading abilities required. Students will need to bring their own guitar, a strap, a tuner (Snark is a good one), picks, a pencil or pen and notepaper. Make sure your strings are no more than six months old since older strings become very dull in sound which complicates the learning process. This class will use the text: Hal Leonard Guitar Method Book 1 by Will Schmid and Greg Kock. The book can optionally be purchased through LLI during Open Registration only, and payment is due at registration. The first week of class, the instructor has arranged a field trip to Sam Ash music store on Broad Street to help new students select their supplies and have lunch together afterwards. Students wishing to attend should meet at LLI at 9:45AM on Wednesday, January 15th and will leave at 10AM. Happy strumming!

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Flute for Beginners                                      

Wednesday                                     AD201181           *$6

11:30-12:30                      

Jan 15, 22, 29, Feb 5, 12, 19, 26, March 4

Instructor(s): Scott Hershey

This course is for students who have played the flute before and wish to learn more and improve their skills. Students will need to bring their flute to each lesson, and it can be checked for condition if the student wishes. Rental flutes are available at most music stores in Richmond. Lessons will review assembly of the flute, proper position when playing, proper assembly and basic tone production. This course will use the text: Rubank Elementary Method: Flute or Piccolo by A.C. Petersen. The book can optionally be purchased through LLI during Open Registration only, and payment is due at registration.

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The LLI Senior Storytelling Slam 'n Swap                                            

Thursday                                          AD201192          

9:00-11:00                        

Jan 16, Feb 13, March 12, April 23

Instructor(s): Judith Onesty and Les Schaffer

Story Slams have rapidly grown in popularity. Similar to popular radio shows like NPR's "The Moth" or "This American Life", a story slam is a festival for the spoken word. LLI story-slammers can register to have the opportunity to tell a short story on each month's theme. Stories must be told in eight minutes or less. Up to seven story-slammers will be selected from those registered for each starting line-up. As time permits, other students may put their names in a hat to be selected to tell. The theme for this session's first Slam is “Starting Over” or “New Beginnings." Slammers may broadly define the topic with the caveat that it must be mostly true, at least in the teller's mind. No notes, paper or cheat sheets allowed during the telling. The audience will be expecting real-life adventures, and 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. This is an opportunity to tell your stories to a friendly, live audience of fellow LLI members. Judith Onesty and Les Schaffer will serve as the Slam MCs and be available for phone or electronic consultation and coaching as slammers develop and polish their stories. Students who plan to slam and students who just want to listen to a good story should both register and plan to attend the monthly sessions.

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Introduction to Chamber Music                              

Monday                                           AD201216          

10:00-12:00                      

Jan 27, Feb 3, 10

Instructor(s): Shawn I. Puller

This course will introduce students to the basic elements of music, giving them the tools to explore and understand the vast and intimate world of chamber music. Topics will include: 1) an overview of the building blocks of music; 2) the Classical Era and the beginnings of the genre; and 3) the genre in the modern era up until the present day.

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World Percussion Workshop                                   

Friday                                 AD201210          

1:30-2:30                           

Feb 7, 21, March 6, 20

Instructor(s): Damir Strmel

Have you ever imagined yourself playing in a samba band? Would you like to learn to play Brazilian, Afro-Cuban and Caribbean, and African rhythms? It's not only easier than you think, it's good for your brain and your mind/body coordination. Come join this course to explore the rhythms of the planet. No experience required, but students must be able to set aside some time each week to practice. This session will focus on Brazilian street samba (Rio style batucada), Afoxe from the North East of Brazil, and softer forms such as Bossa Nova and Pagode. Students will learn to play the basic rhythms on authentic instruments. After students select their instrument from the instructor’s collection, they will need to purchase one of their own. The goal is to have as much fun as is legally possible and to perform what is learned in a parade and/or stage show.

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Classical Music History of the British Isles                                         

Wednesday                                     AD201129          

10:30-12:00                      

Feb 12, 26, March 18, 25, April 1, 15, 22, 29

Instructor(s): Suzanne Levitas

Students are invited to join a classical music journey from medieval England to the rich tapestry of modern-day British music. The Land Without Music, Britain has often been called, pointing to extended periods of time between recognizable composers. Written music in England can be traced back from before the Norman Conquest through 11th-century Winchester Cathedral and from 13th- and 14th-century music fragments. John Dunstable is the first recognizable composer whose works date from the early 15th-century. Later, highly ornate sacred music was written, and much is preserved in the Eton Choirbook. Due to its close proximity to the Continent, England was easily influenced by the Lowlands and French music movements and the rich polyphony in Italy. The Reformation and Counter-Reformation marked profound changes to religious music in England, and famous 16th- to 17th-century English madrigalists would later compose English secular music. The well-known oratorios of Georg Friedrich Händel are still performed worldwide today. England then fell into a musically sparse period. In the mid-19th-century, music dramas drew enthusiastic listeners back to concert halls. A distinctly British sound developed in the singular figure, Edward Elgar, and in the music of Ralph Vaughan Williams music-goers heard the pastoral English sound. Today marks a welcome revival of the ages-old, rich, English choral tradition. England’s music traditions have waxed and waned over centuries, but today Britain is no longer regarded as the land without music. Join this course to explore the grand tradition of music with a distinct English accent! A knowledge of classical music is not required.

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Understanding Opera, Part 2                                    

Wednesday                                     AD201020          

10:30-12:30                      

Feb 19, March 4, 11

Instructor(s): Glenn Winters

This course will introduce students to the final two productions of Virginia Opera's 2019-2020 season: Rossini's zany comedy "Cinderella" and Verdi's monumental tragedy "Aida". Discussions will include comprehensive musical and dramatic analysis illustrated with audio and video excerpts. Recommended for opera beginners and aficionados alike.

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Intermediate Guitar                                    

Wednesday                                     AD201205           *$7

10:30-11:30                      

Feb 26, March 4, 11, 18, 25, April 1

Instructor(s): Diane Applewhite

This course is for students who have taken the Beginning Guitar class or for those who have some prior guitar-playing experience. This is an opportunity to delve deeper into an assortment of easy songs and chords, basic music therapy, and use of a capo that fits properly. Students will need to bring their own guitar (with strings 6 months old or newer), a strap, a tuner (Snark is a good one), picks, a pencil or pen and notepaper. This class will use the text: Hal Leonard Guitar Method Book 1 by Will Schmid and Greg Kock. The book can optionally be purchased through LLI during Open Registration only, and payment is due at registration. The first week of class, the instructor has arranged a field trip to Sam Ash music store on Broad Street to help new students select their supplies and eat lunch together afterwards. Students wishing to attend should meet at LLI at 9:45AM on Wednesday, February 26th and will leave at 10AM. Happy strumming!

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Shrek the Musical: Behind the Scenes at JTCC                                 

Friday                                 AD201217          

10:00-12:00                      

April 3

Instructor(s): Kerrigan Sullivan

This course is designed to give students a behind the scenes look at "Shrek the Musical" which will be performed in The Lynn Theatre at John Tyler Community College this spring. Students will learn about the director’s vision for the show, how that vision was executed in production design, meet some of the performers and have a sneak peek of a few of the show’s musical hits. Students will also have the opportunity to see the show as a group on Sunday, April 5th at 2pm at The Lynn Theatre on the Midlothian campus of John Tyler Community College and go on a backstage tour.

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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.