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Lifelong Learning Chesterfield


Art, Music and Drama - Fall 2017

Lifelong Learning Institute in Chesterfield                                    

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Woodcarving: Open Carve Sessions                                    

Wednesday                                   AD173080         

9:00-11:00                       

Sept 6, 13, 20, 27, Dec 6, 13

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 Basics                                      

Wednesday                                   AD173109         

10:00-12:00                     

Sept 6, 13, 20, 27, Oct 4, 11

Instructor(s): Cathy Notzelman

This class will focus on watercolor basics and essential painting skills through a series of exercises in washes, glazing, and wet-into-wet application. Structured practice will provide the student with an opportunity to develop their confidence in handling pigment and water. This class is great for beginners, as well as students looking to reinforce their skills. 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                                        

Wednesday                                   AD173160         

1:30-3:00                         

Sept 13, 20, 27, Oct 4, 11

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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Introduction to Oil Painting                                   

Friday                               AD173166         

10:00-12:00                     

Sept 15, 22, 29, Oct 6

Instructor(s): Wanda Cutchins

This course will begin with a simple oil painting to learn the techniques, such as how to mix colors, use of light and design. No previous drawing classes required. Students are encouraged to also register for the Oil Painting for All Levels course being offered by the same instructor. Supply list will be available at registration and outside the office before class.

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YUPO and Watermedia Workshop                                     

Monday, Tuesday                                      AD173119         

9:30-2:30                         

Sept 18, 19

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. 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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Hospice Crafts                              

Wednesday                                   AD173003         

1:00-2:30                         

Sept 20, Oct 18, Nov 15, Dec 6

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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Advanced Watercolor with Marti                                        

Thursday                                       AD173012         

10:30-12:30                     

Sept 28, Oct 5, 12, 19, 26, Nov 2

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                                       AD173111         

2:00-3:30                         

Sept 28, Oct 5, 12, 19, 26, Nov 2

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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Rural Landscapes in Watercolor                                          

Monday                                         AD173149         

1:30-3:30                         

Oct 2, 16, 23, 30, Nov 6, 13, 20, 27

Instructor(s): Brian Austin, PhD

Rural Landscape painting with watercolors focusing on panoramic scenes will be the focus of this course. Students will practice “wet on wet” and “wet on dry” techniques of painting. Wash techniques will be explored for communicating both representative and impressionistic scenes. Students should have basic drawing skills and an understanding of compositional issues in constructing landscape scenes. Over the course of the eight class sessions, participants will complete three painting projects of subjects of their choice. Students should come to the first class prepared to start work on their first project. Supply list will be available at registration and outside the office before class.

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Introduction to Colored Pencil                              

Tuesday                                         AD173088         

1:30-3:30                         

Oct 3, 10, 17, 24, 31, Nov 7, 14, 21

Instructor(s): Brian Austin, PhD

This class is intended for individuals seeking an introduction to drawing with colored pencils. Students will be encouraged to complete three projects during this eight-week course. Students will learn the basic techniques of drawing with colored pencils. Blending and burnishing techniques to create rich colors when drawing artistic objects will be emphasized. The first project all students will complete is designed to gain proficiency in those techniques that can be applied to the remaining two projects of the participant’s choice. This class does not require any experience with colored pencils, but some drawing experience will be helpful. A separate course for individuals with colored pencil class experience is also available. Students 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.

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Woodcarving a Fox and a Santa                                          

Wednesday                                   AD173035          $20

9:00-11:00                       

Oct 4, 11, 18, 25, Nov 1, 8, 15, 29

Instructor(s): Merv Warner

This session of woodcarving we will be doing two projects. The first project will be a stylized fox, and the second project will be a carver’s choice of either a four faced Santa or a more traditional Santa face. Students should bring their own carving knives and an assortment of gouges. The instructor will provide the wood blanks for each carver. Students new to the Woodcarving class are asked to please contact the instructor at mervinbwa@gmail.com or 804-310-7018 prior to the first class.

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Oil Painting for All Levels                                        

Friday                               AD173167         

10:00-12:00                     

Oct 13, 20, Nov 3, 10, 17,  Dec 1, 15

Instructor(s): Wanda Cutchins

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

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Advanced Colored Pencil Portraits                                     

Monday                                         AD173150         

11:30-1:00                       

Oct 23, 30, Nov 6, 13, 20, 27

Instructor(s): Laura T. Evans

Learn techniques in Prismacolor pencils that will create stunning portraits and skin tones. For the first five weeks, we will work on a part of the face in each class. On the last week, students are welcome to bring in a portrait to start on for help and tips on completing it. Supply list will be available at registration or outside the office before class.

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The Life and Works of Michelangelo Buonarroti                                          

Tuesday                                         AD173165         

9:00-10:30                       

Oct 24, 31, Nov 7, 14, 21, 28

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 Romantic Era in Art                                          

Monday                                         AD173146         

9:30-11:00                       

Nov 6, 13, 20, 27, Dec 4, 11

Instructor(s): Chris Semtner

Romantic artists like Eugene Delacroix, J.M.W. Turner, and Theodore Gericault tried to break free of the limitations of neoclassical art by giving free rein to their emotions, their imaginations, and the untamed forces of nature. They shared their ideals with artists, architects, writers, and musicians throughout Europe and North America. This course will examine some of the leading Romantics and show how they changed not only the course of Art History but also the modern concept of the artist as a solitary, inspired genius.

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Zentangle in 3D                                          

Thursday                                       AD173152          $25

1:30-3:30                         

Nov 9, 16, 30

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 we make original, unique, and beautiful images. This class will cover some of the methods of creating areas to pattern, several easy-to-work patterns, and how to add shading effects as we work on several 3-dimensional forms. Shading with gray pens and paint pens will be included. We will be working patterns on luggage tags, paper maché boxes, and finally note cubes for spectacular results! Each of the completed items will be suitable to be given as a gift. This class is recommended for those who have had a previous Zentangle class but is open to everyone. Class materials include: 4 luggage tags (choice of colors), 2 paper maché boxes, 2 note cubes, white paint pen, and Faber-Castel® gray pen. Students need to supply: Micron® .01 pen, Micron® brush, Sukura® white gel pen, watercolor pens or pencils (or your favorite water soluble materials), small brush, and water cup.

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Color for the Coloring Book                                   

Monday                                         AD173148         

10:00-12:00                     

Nov 13, 20, 27, Dec 4

Instructor(s): Patrice Reese

This class will cover basic color theory, including: the color wheel, monochromatic, analogous, complementary, and split complementary color schemes. Students will use Adult Coloring Books and colored pencils to explore the use of color in pattern. Come enjoy a completely stress-free class of coloring like you did in Kindergarten. Supply list will be available at registration and outside the office before class.

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Watercolor Problem Solving Workshop                            

Thursday, Friday                                        AD173151         

9:30-2:30                         

Dec 7, 8

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

Royal Nova Scotia International Tattoo                             

Wednesday                                   AD173168         

10:30-12:30                     

Sept 6

Instructor(s): Bill and Reta Good

This course will introduce students to the Royal Nova Scotia International Tattoo, with performers from seven countries, massed bands, pipes and drums, dancers, acrobats, comedians, musicians, military teams, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP), historical characters and three amazing vocal soloists. Come see this amazing recording with your fellow LLI members and learn all about it from your instructors who have lived through it three times!

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Lifelong Musicians                                      

Thursday                                       AD173141         

12:00-1:30                       

Sept 7, 14, 21, 28, Oct 5, 12, 19, 26, Nov 2, 9, 16, 30, Dec 7, 14

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                                       AD173105          $3

2:45-4:00                         

Sept 7, 14, 21, 28, Oct 5, 12, 19, 26, Nov 2, 9, 16, 30, Dec 7, 14

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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Understanding Opera, Part 1                                 

Tuesday                                         AD173020         

9:00-11:00                       

Sept 12, 19, 26

Instructor(s): Glenn Winters

This course is designed to foster and enhance appreciation of the often-misunderstood art form of opera by preparing students for the first two productions of Virginia Opera's 2017-2018 season: Camille Saint-Saëns' exotic Biblical drama "Samson and Delilah", and Giacomo Puccini's tale of the California Gold Rush, "The Girl of the Golden West". Discussions include comprehensive musical and dramatic analysis, illustrated with audio and video excerpts. This course is recommended for opera-lovers and beginners alike.

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Advanced Readers Theater                                    

Thursday                                       AD173015         

1:30-2:30                         

Sept 21, 28, Oct 5, 12, 19, 26, Nov 2, 9, 16, 30, Dec 7, 14

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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Eras of Music Series: Pearls of the Baroque                                    

Wednesday                                   AD173129         

10:30-12:00                     

Oct 4, 11, 18, 25, Nov 1, 8, 15, 29

Instructor(s): Suzanne Levitas

Baroque music represents excessive expressivity and epic forms of music communication. Come and experience the pomp and splendor of Baroque music — bold in gesture and conception, vigorous, decorative, and monumental. Discover how music of this era was bolstered to new heights of virtuosity and opulence. And, journey amid socio-cultural tensions between poverty and luxury, and idealism and oppression. We will examine what is unique to the Baroque spirit. Lecture and musical examples will illustrate the innovative treatments of Baroque musical elements: rhythm, melody, and harmony. We will focus on how these elements intertwine and unfold in new musical forms — the opera, the instrumental sonata, and the concerto — unique to the Baroque spirit. The series will include music by Monteverdi, Frescobaldi, Lully, Purcell, Vivaldi, Scarlatti, and the giant of the Baroque - Johann Sebastian Bach, among other important composers. No previous musical knowledge necessary.

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.