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Lifelong Learning Chesterfield


Art, Music and Drama - Spring 2017

Lifelong Learning Institute in Chesterfield                                    

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Woodcarving: Open Carve Sessions                                       

Wednesday                                      AD171080           

9:00-11:00                          

Jan 4, 11, 18, 25, April 5, 19, 26

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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Zentangle Greeting Cards                                           

Friday                                  AD171152            $25/15

1:00-3:30                             

Jan 6, 13, 20, 27

Instructor(s): Catherine Jordan

These classes explore how Zentangle can be used to make beautiful greeting cards. In the first class we will tangle on written pages and finish 2 cards in class. In the second class, we will tangle a frame around text and complete 2 more cards. The third class will focus on tangling patterns around beautiful script printed on cardstock. The final class explores making computer generated script into Zentangle embellished lettering to personalize the envelopes for the handmade cards (a repeat of a previous class for those who might have missed it and for those new to Zentangle lettering). These classes are an exciting exploration into expanding Zentangle into another art area. No prerequisite. Return students can pay the reduced fee but will need to bring the following supplies: Micron® pen .01, Micron® brush, pencil, tortillion or blending tool, and Sakura® white gel pen. The reduced fee will cover patterned paper, printed cover stock, card stationery, envelopes, black cover stock, and a Sakura .05 gel pen. The full fee will cover all materials needed.

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Water Media Workshop                                             

Monday, Tuesday                                           AD171119           

9:30-2:30                             

Jan 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. You MUST bring in the reference from which the image originated. All reference material needs to have a black and white image of it and be at least 4 x 6 inches. 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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Zentangle on Watercolor Backgrounds                                 

Thursday                                            AD171153            $25/10

1:00-3:30                             

Jan 12, 19, 26

Instructor(s): Catherine Jordan

This class will explore Zentangle on watercolor backgrounds. In the first class we will paint with watercolors to make sheets of beautifully colorful backgrounds. In the second class we will explore how to cut the watercolor sheets into beautiful bookmarks and add Zentangle patterns. In the final class we will take smaller squares of the watercolor paper and work beautiful monotangles, working just one pattern for the whole design! Return students can pay the reduced fee but will need to bring the following supplies: Micron® black pen .01, Micron® black brush, pencil, tortillion or blending tool, Sakura® white gel pen, Crayola or other brand watercolor paint set, small spray bottle, and 1/2" paint or sponge brush. The reduced fee will cover watercolor papers, a Micron .05 pen, ribbons, and use of specialty paints. The full fee will cover all materials needed.

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Woodcarving for Beginners                                       

Wednesday                                      AD171040            $5

9:00-11:00                          

Jan 18, 25

Instructor(s): Merv Warner

This class will provide an introduction to woodcarving for brand new woodcarvers. Students should bring their own carving knife. The instructor will provide a blank for each carver. Students are asked to please contact the instructor at mervinbwa@gmail.com or 804-310-7018 prior to the first class. The Weekly Woodcarvers group will be present for newcomers to meet and ask questions, too!

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Hospice Crafts                                 

Wednesday                                      AD171003           

1:00-2:30                             

Jan 18, Feb 15, March 15, April 19

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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Painting Flowers in Watercolor                                               

Monday                                              AD171149           

1:30-3:30                             

Jan 23, 30, Feb 6, 13, 27, March 6, 13, 20

Instructor(s): Brian Austin

Painting flowers with watercolors can focus on florals as presented in formal arrangements and as they appear in naturalistic settings. This class will initially focus on the formal study of flowers as arranged in bouquets and other means of decorative display. Following these class sessions, special attention will be given to reflected light of wild flowers in natural settings. Participants will practice wet on wet and wet on dry techniques of watercolor painting for communicating both representative and impressionistic scenes. Pin and ink with watercolor wash techniques also will be explored. Students should have basic drawing skills and some experience with watercolor painting. Over the course of the 8 class sessions, participants will complete three painting projects (two projects will be subjects of their choice). Students should come to the first class prepared to start work on an assigned project. Supply list will be available at registration and outside the office before class.

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Introduction to Colored Pencil                                 

Tuesday                                              AD171088           

1:30-3:30                             

Jan 24, 31, Feb 7, 14, 21

Instructor(s): Laura T. Evans

Students do not need any prior experience in art to take this class. Just the desire to learn! Students will learn the best pencils, paper and the tools used for this up and coming art form. The class will cover the basic tools and strokes of colored pencil, the rule of thirds, blending, layers and technique. Participants will need their own supplies for the initial and all subsequent classes. Supply list will be available at registration and outside the office before class. The instructor recommends these optional books for reference (not available for purchase through the LLI Office): Lee Hammond - Lifelike Drawing in Colored Pencil and Ann Kullberg - Colored Pencil Secrets for Success.

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Woodcarving a Loon                                     

Wednesday                                      AD171035            $24

9:00-11:00                          

Feb 1, 8, 15, 22, March 1, 8, 15, 22, 29

Instructor(s): Merv Warner

This class will work on carving a loon resting on the water (or a table top). Students should bring their own carving knives and an assortment of gouges. The instructor will provide a wood blank and glass eyes for each carver. Students new to the Woodcarving class are asked to register for Woodarving for Beginners (AD040) and to please contact the instructor at mervinbwa@gmail.com or 804-310-7018 prior to the first class.

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Advanced Watercolor with Marti                                            

Thursday                                            AD171012           

10:30-12:30                        

Feb 2, 9, 16, March 2, 9, 16

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                                            AD171111           

2:00-3:30                             

Feb 2, 9, 16, March 2, 9, 16

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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Surrealist Art                                    

Monday                                              AD171146           

9:30-11:00                          

Feb 6, 13, 27, March 6, 13, 20

Instructor(s): Chris Semtner

In the early 1920s a groups of disillusioned young artists and poets tried to change the world by overthrowing reality itself. It just might have worked. Surrealist art and ideas have since infiltrated our culture, and some of these artists, like Salvador Dali and Rene Magritte, are among the most popular artists of the twentieth century. Others, like Hans Bellmer and Toyen, are lesser known but deserve a second look. This class will take a trip through the strange art and unusual lives of Surrealists both well-known and obscure.

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Basic Watercolor Techniques for Beginners                                       

Wednesday, Friday                                       AD171156           

10:00-11:30                        

Feb 15, 17, 22, 24, March 1, 3, 8, 10

Instructor(s): Carol Henderson

This beginning Watercolor course will include basic techniques, color theory and tips on how to use various tools. Supply list will be available at registration and outside the office before class.

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The Life and Works of Leonardo da Vinci                                             

Tuesday                                              AD171160           

9:00-10:30                          

Feb 21, 28, March 7, 14, 21

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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Colored Pencil Open Workshop                                              

Tuesday                                              AD171161           

1:30-3:30                             

Feb 28, March 7, 14, 21, 28

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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Watercolor Problem Solving Workshop                                               

Thursday, Friday                                             AD171151           

9:30-2:30                             

March 30, 31

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. You MUST bring in the reference from which the image originated. All reference material needs to have a black and white image of it and at least 4 x 6 inches. 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

Karaoke Sing Along with the Oldies                                       

Monday                                              AD171162           

11:15-12:15                        

Jan 2, 9, 23, 30, Feb 6, 13, 27, March 6, 13, 20, 27, April 3, 17, 24

Instructor(s): Charles Barron

This will be a "no pressure" class, and we plan to have an hour of fun each week. Song titles include oldies, ballads, blue grass, country, and some rock and roll. Besides the "rule" to have fun, there are a couple of guidelines we will follow: (1) Solo performances will be discouraged, but this does not rule out any song in our inventory being sung as long as there are least two singers (duets). (2) Students will be asked to submit their favorite song titles or artists names to the class leader at the end of a given class to ensure that the correct background music is available for the next class session.

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Theater Troupe                                               

Tuesday                                              AD171118           

2:00-3:00                             

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

Instructor(s): Sandy Phillips

This class will focus on the development of many aspects of performing. Approaches to such areas as use of speech, movement, and the many elements of character development will be considered. Materials will be drawn from theater, musicals, (lyrics only) and poetry. Class members will also be able to choose their own material if they so desire. As the class progresses, individuals will have many opportunities to perform for the class. Having been in a prior Readers Theater class may be a help, but definitely is not required.

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Lifelong Musicians                                         

Thursday                                            AD171141           

12:00-1:00                          

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

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 the 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                                            AD171015           

1:30-2:30                             

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

Instructor(s): Sandy Phillips

This class will continue its tradition of primarily humor-based theater. We will work on skits and playlets without the need to memorize! Give the "ham" in you an outlet as you enjoy fun with classmates. Class members should have been involved in at least one prior Readers Theater class.

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Funtastics Choral Group                                              

Thursday                                            AD171105            $3

2:45-4:00                             

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

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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Beginners Readers Theater                                        

Wednesday                                      AD171158           

1:00-2:00                             

Jan 11, 18, 25, Feb 1, 8, 15, 22, March 1, 8, 15, 22, 29

Instructor(s): Bob Ferguson

No acting or previous Readers Theater experience is required for this course. We will be using old radio scripts, along with a number of silly skits from various sources. Our goal will be to have some fun performing for each other, and we will learn a little bit about the art of acting in the process. As time and interest permit, we may also try our hand at improvisation.

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Understanding Opera, Part 2                                     

Tuesday                                              AD171020           

9:00-11:00                          

Jan 24, 31, Feb 7

Instructor(s): Glenn Winters

This course completes a survey of the operas presented by Virginia Opera at the Carpenter Theater. Works discussed include Weber's supernatural drama Der Freischütz and Puccini's spectacular Turandot. Recommended for curious beginners and seasoned opera buffs alike! Discussions are illustrated with video and audio excerpts.

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Music Appreciation: Listening to Music                                               

Wednesday                                      AD171129           

10:30-12:00                        

Feb 22, March 1, 8, 15, 22, 29, April 5, 19, 26

Instructor(s): Suzanne Levitas

No training required!! Why do we listen to music? Does it keep us in touch with music trends, help us get through our morning exercise, or relax us in the evening? Turn on the radio and do we hear drama or poetry? No, usually we hear just music. Why is music so appealing? Why does some music give us goosebumps? What is its attraction? Why is music so powerful? In this class, areas for consideration and review will include the brain on music and the very elementary elements of music. The major music eras and representative composers of each will be discussed. From The Middle Ages and the Renaissance, the Baroque to the Classical Period and Romanticism, and Modern and Postmodern Art Music will be covered using listening examples from notable composers Josquin des Prez, Monteverdi, and Palestrina; J.S. Bach and Handel; Haydn, Mozart and Beethoven; Schubert, Wagner and Brahms; Debussy and Ravel; Stravinsky, Copland and Schoenberg; Prokofiev, Shostakovich and Bartok; and the American Gershwin. American popular music, global music and virtual music will not be covered in this course.

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