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Art, Music and Drama - Spring 2018

Lifelong Learning Institute in Chesterfield                                    

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Woodcarving: Open Carve Sessions                                       

Wednesday                                      AD181080           

9:00-11:00                          

Jan 3, 10, 17, 24, March 28, April 11, 18, 25

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 Illuminated Lettering                                              

Thursday                                            AD181152            $12

9:30-11:30                          

Jan 4, 11, 18

Instructor(s): Catherine Jordan

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

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Introduction to Oil Painting: Simple Crab                                            

Friday                                  AD181166           

10:00-12:00                        

Jan 5, 12, 19, Feb 2

Instructor(s): Wanda Cutchins

This course will complete a simple oil painting to learn value, technique, and design. Students will paint a simple crab. No previous class required, and all levels are welcome! Supply list will be available at registration and outside the office before class.

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Open Oil Painting for All Levels                                               

Monday                                              AD181167           

10:00-12:00                        

Jan 8, 22, 29, Feb 5, 12, 26

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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Watercolor Open Studio                                             

Tuesday                                              AD181108           

1:30-3:30                             

Jan 9, 16, 23, 30, Feb 6, 13, 20, 27

Instructor(s): Brian Austin, PhD

Come work on your favorite watercolor project with Brian Austin. Class members will be encouraged to bring projects they are currently working on or plan to start during class sessions. Brian and other class members 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 eight sessions of Open Studio. Open Studio is intended as an opportunity for class members to share their ideas and projects they plan to pursue during the class sessions; however, it is not a class where Brian will provide formal instruction. Students are expected to have a working knowledge of water color applications to paper media and to own the necessary tools to pursue their planned projects.

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The Art of Sketching A                                  

Wednesday                                      AD181171           

9:30-11:00                          

Jan 10, 17, 24, 31, Feb 7, 14

Instructor(s): Hal Cauthen

Please register for only one session (A or B) to allow all students a chance to participate. This course will provide a basic introduction to drawing and sketching, adding color with a light watercolor wash. In the six weeks, students will start with basic shapes, adding shading to indicate form. Each week will induct a simple exercise -- a daisy or sunflower, a bee on a thistle, a farmhouse with trees and shrubs, a simple city street scene, and end with a reference of each student’s choosing.

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The Life and Works of Leonardo da Vinci                                             

Tuesday                                              AD181160           

9:00-10:30                          

Jan 16, 23, 30, Feb 6, 13

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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Hospice Crafts                                 

Wednesday                                      AD181003           

1:00-2:30                             

Jan 17, Feb 21, March 21, April 18

Instructor(s): Mary Jane Murphy and Karen Novitzki

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

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YUPO and Watermedia Workshop                                         

Thursday, Friday                                             AD181119           

9:30-2:30                             

Jan 25, 26

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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Woodcarving a Celtic Knot and Hot Air Balloons                                              

Wednesday                                      AD181035            $15

9:00-11:00                          

Jan 31, Feb 7, 14, 21, 28, March 7, 14, 21

Instructor(s): Merv Warner

This session of woodcarving carvers will be doing relief carvings. First, a Celtic knot will be completed followed by a relief of hot air balloons.  Students will need basic palm carving tools or other gouges, and it would be handy if students would bring a piece of graphite tracing paper and a pencil for tracing the patterns. Students should bring their own carving knives and an assortment of gouges. Course fee will cover the instructor-provided 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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Advanced Watercolor with Marti                                            

Thursday                                            AD181012           

10:30-12:30                        

Feb 1, 8, 15, March 1, 8, 15

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                                            AD181111           

2:00-3:30                             

Feb 1, 8, 15, March 1, 8, 15

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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Introduction to Oil Painting: Bird in a Nest                                         

Friday                                  AD181173           

10:00-12:00                        

Feb 9, 16, 23, March 2

Instructor(s): Wanda Cutchins

This course will complete a simple oil painting to learn value, technique, and design. Students will paint a bird in a nest. No previous class required, and all levels are welcome! Supply list will be available at registration and outside the office before class.

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Inventions and Machines by Leonardo da Vinci: A Brief Overview                                          

Wednesday                                      AD181164           

10:30-12:30                        

Feb 14

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 class provides an overview of Leonardo da Vinci's most famous ideas and inventions.

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Institute for Contemporary Art: Past, Present, Future                                   

Thursday                                            AD181176           

10:00-11:00                        

Feb 22

Instructor(s): Carol Anne Lajoie

The Institute for Contemporary Art (ICA) at Virginia Commonwealth University, located in the heart of Richmond, Virginia, is slated to open Spring 2018 and is poised to become a cultural linchpin for the city. The non-collecting museum will showcase a fresh slate of changing innovative exhibitions, performances, films and special programs. The ICA will be an incubator for interdisciplinary experimentation for the entire university while simultaneously providing opportunities for collaboration both locally and internationally. In this session, students will learn about the opening exhibition and programming, as well as membership and the different ways to be involved.

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The Life and Works of Michelangelo Buonarroti                                              

Thursday                                            AD181165           

1:30-3:00                             

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

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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Beginning Acrylic Workshop                                     

Monday                                              AD181132           

10:00-12:00                        

March 5, 12, 19, 26, April 9, 16

Instructor(s): Patrice Reese

This class is for anyone who would like to try painting with acrylic paints.  Students will have a chance to explore some fun projects while learning the basic use of the media. The class is open to beginner students.  The instructor will discuss mixing color, the use of the elements of design and developing a concept for a painting.  Students should bring a working mat, although the instructor will try to have one available.  Students will have more time to work if they bring their own.  Specific questions can be directed to the instructor: (804)360-3792 or patricereese@mac.com.  The first day of class will be used for getting to know the supplies, terms and making friends in class. It is possible to split the supplies if students arrange with someone else in class, and this will be a good time to meet that person. Cheap Joe's Art Stuff and Jerry's Artarama can usually ship quickly. Supply list will be available at registration and outside the office before class.

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Beginner Derwent Inktense Fun                                              

Tuesday                                              AD181175           

1:30-3:00                             

March 6, 13, 20, 27

Instructor(s): Laura T. Evans

Bring any Derwent Inktense pencils you have and a few different sized water brushes to this fun class. Students will be experimenting and learning the ways this media can benefit their colored pencil backgrounds and base layers. Students should bring Derwent Inktense (not regular watercolor pencils), an adult coloring book, a piece of cardboard or artboard, artist tape, water brushes (the type you fill with water), and paper towels.

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Basic Watercolor Techniques for Beginners                                       

Wednesday                                      AD181156           

9:30-11:00                          

March 7, 14, 21, 28, April 11, 18, 25

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. Be sure to get the supplies exactly as described--individual tubes of colors are best, not sets.

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The Art of Sketching B                                  

Wednesday                                      AD181172           

11:30-1:00                          

March 7, 14, 21, 28, April 11, 18

Instructor(s): Hal Cauthen

Please register for only one session (A or B) to allow all students a chance to participate. This course will provide a basic introduction to drawing and sketching, adding color with a light watercolor wash. In the six weeks, students will start with basic shapes, adding shading to indicate form. Each week will induct a simple exercise -- a daisy or sunflower, a bee on a thistle, a farmhouse with trees and shrubs, a simple city street scene, and end with a reference of each student’s choosing.

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Introduction to Oil Painting: Rabbit                                       

Friday                                  AD181174           

10:00-12:00                        

March 9, 16, 23, 30

Instructor(s): Wanda Cutchins

This course will complete a simple oil painting to learn value, technique, and design. Students will paint a rabbit. No previous class required, and all levels are welcome! Supply list will be available at registration and outside the office before class.

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Victorian Painting                                          

Monday                                              AD181146           

9:30-11:00                          

March 19, 26, April 9, 16, 23

Instructor(s): Chris Semtner

The Victorian Era witnessed some of the most elegant and refined British art ever produced. It also saw the mystical paintings of George F. Watts, an abundance of weird fairy paintings, the classicism of Lord Leighton, and the iconoclastic work of James Whistler. This course will explore a host of Victorian artists from the famous to the forgotten.

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Watercolor Problem Solving Workshop                                               

Thursday, Friday                                             AD181151           

9:30-2:30                             

April 12, 13

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

Lifelong Musicians                                         

Thursday                                            AD181141           

12:00-1:30                          

Jan 4, 11, 18, 25, Feb 1, 8, 15, 22, March 1, 8, 15, 22, 29, April 12, 19, 26

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                                            AD181105            $3

2:45-4:00                             

Jan 4, 11, 18, 25, Feb 1, 8, 15, 22, March 1, 8, 15, 22, 29, April 12, 19, 26

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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Wind Ensemble                                              

Friday                                  AD181170           

2:00-3:30                             

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

Instructor(s): Mary Pat McGeary

Dust off your concert band instrument and join the new LLI wind ensemble! The group will be sight-reading and playing high school-level music, so students will need to be able to read music. The ensemble will start with a book of 15 songs, and it is available for purchase at www.sheetmusicplus.com. The name of the book is Standard of Excellence: Festival Ensembles: Book 2 (blue cover). You are encouraged to order the book related to your instrument and come ready for the first day of class!

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Understanding Opera, Part 2                                     

Tuesday                                              AD181020           

9:00-11:00                          

Jan 16, 23, 30

Instructor(s): Glenn Winters

This course is designed to both introduce the art form of opera to beginners and enhance the appreciation of confirmed opera-lovers by completing a survey of Virginia Opera's 2017-2018 season. Works studied will include Benjamin Britten's sparkling adaptation of Shakespeare's “A Midsummer Night's Dream” and Donizetti's Italian classic “Lucia di Lammermoor”. Discussions are illustrated with video and audio excerpts.

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Advanced Readers Theater                                        

Thursday                                            AD181015           

1:30-2:30                             

Jan 18, 25, Feb 1, 8, 15, 22, March 1, 8, 15, 22, 29, April 12, 19, 26

Instructor(s): Sandy Phillips

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

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The Composer Series IV: Franz Peter Schubert - His Life, His Times, and His Music                                         

Wednesday                                      AD181129           

10:30-12:00                        

Feb 28, March 7, 14, 21, 28, April 11, 18, 25

Instructor(s): Suzanne Levitas

Franz Peter Schubert (1797-1828) was, for a long time, the epitome of the unappreciated, unrecognized genius. He enjoyed a close circle of friends and connoisseurs who treasured his music. His private salon concerts were immensely popular among his inner circle, but he was largely unappreciated until after his untimely death in 1828, when his music was rediscovered and finally published. In the mid-20th century, his music managed to shake free of the popular image of an impoverished Bohemian and eternal youth when his legend found rehabilitation as a tragic poet, to become one of the most-loved figures in music history. Schubert’s life was over-shadowed by the music of the early classical music giant, Beethoven.  Schubert’s music is intimate and divine. So…who was Schubert…this short-built, short-sighted, and short-lived wanderer? In this course, students will enjoy the beauty as we explore his life, his times and his exquisite music in lectures and by many musical selections. Join us as we are serenaded with the beauty that is Schubert.

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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.