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Lifelong Learning Chesterfield


Art, Music and Drama - Fall 2019

Lifelong Learning Institute in Chesterfield                                    

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Introduction to Colored Pencil Art                                          

Tuesday                                              AD193088           

11:00-1:00                          

Sept 3, 10, 17, 24, Oct 1, 8

Instructor(s): Laura T. Evans

Students should not have any prior experience in colored pencil when registering for this course. Just the desire to learn! Students will learn the best pencils and paper necessary for the colored pencil art media. The course will cover the basic tools and strokes of colored pencil, the rule of thirds, blending, layers and technique. Students will need their own supplies for the initial and all subsequent classes and should not expect to use adult coloring books. A supply list will be available at registration or 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: Open Carve Sessions                                       

Wednesday                                      AD193080           

9:00-11:00                          

Sept 4, 11, 18, 25, Dec 4, 11, 18

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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Open Oil Painting for All Levels                                

Friday                                  AD193167           

12:30-2:30                          

Sept 6, 13, 20, Oct 4, 18, Nov 1, 8, 15, 22, Dec 6, 13

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 Portrait Bookmarks                                  

Tuesday                                              AD193152            $5

9:30-11:30                          

Sept 10, 24

Instructor(s): Catherine Jordan

Using a circle template, students will make a framed opening for a featured portrait and then use Zentangle patterns and techniques to embellish the surrounding area. Faces, coloring, shading, and highlights will be added as well as a coordinating ribbon to make each bookmark a work of art! Course fee covers the following materials: 10 bookmark blanks and ribbons to finish bookmarks. Students need to bring a Micron .01 black pen, plastic circle template, watercolor set with brush, pencil, blender, color pencil set and hard blender. Optional: 1.5" round picture of a pet or grandchild to add to the frame.

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Advanced Colored Pencil Techniques                                    

Monday                                              AD193110           

1:30-3:30                             

Sept 16, 23, 30, Oct 7, 21, 28, Nov 4, 18

Instructor(s): Brian Austin, PhD

Students will learn to use more advanced colored pencil drawing techniques and how to use both wax and watercolor pencils in creating more complex and larger drawings. Landscapes, floral studies, and still life subjects will be examined, and students will complete three drawing projects. This course is appropriate for students with some experience with colored pencils, specifically: color blending, shading, burnishing, and similar color pencil techniques. 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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Rural Landscapes in Watercolor                                               

Tuesday                                              AD193149           

1:30-3:30                             

Sept 17, 24, Oct 1, 8, 15, 22, 29, Nov 12

Instructor(s): Brian Austin, PhD

This course will focus on rural landscape painting with watercolors focusing on panoramic scenes. 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. Students 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. A supply list will be available at registration and outside the office before class.

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The Life and Works of Raphael Sanzio                                   

Wednesday                                      AD193186           

9:00-10:30                          

Sept 18, 25, Oct 2, 9, 16, 23

Instructor(s): Juana Levi

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

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Hospice Crafts                                  

Wednesday                                      AD193003           

1:00-2:30                             

Sept 18, Oct 16, Nov 6, Dec 4

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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Watercolor and Acrylic Problem Solving Workshop                                        

Thursday, Friday                                             AD193119           

9:30-2:30                             

Sept 26, 27

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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Woodcarving Christmas Ornaments                                       

Wednesday                                      AD193035            $10

9:00-11:00                          

Oct 2, 9, 16, 23, 30, Nov 6, 13, 20

Instructor(s): Merv Warner

This class will be carving several ornaments starting with simple whittling and progressing to slightly more challenging work. If you want to learn to carve, this would be an ideal class to start carving. Tools required for the class include a carving knife. Some small gouges would be helpful later in the class but are not required. Students will decorate their work outside the class. Course fee will cover the blanks and accessories for the ornament projects along with printed materials. Instructor will also provide completed ornaments to view. 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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Colored Pencil Portraits                               

Tuesday                                              AD193150           

11:00-1:00                          

Oct 15, 22, 29, Nov 12, 19, 26

Instructor(s): Laura T. Evans

Students will learn to render eyes, nose, mouth, teeth, hair, ears and skin tones in this course. This is a beginner level course, but students are required to have taken the Intro to Colored Pencil course offered by the same instructor before taking this course as the same supplies and pencil strokes are used. 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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Advanced Watercolor with Marti                                            

Thursday                                            AD193012           

10:30-12:30                        

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

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. 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                                            AD193111           

2:00-3:45                             

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

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. 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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Exploring and Experimenting with Acrylic Paint                                

Monday                                              AD193208           

10:00-1:00                          

Nov 4, 18, 25, Dec 2, 9, 16

Instructor(s): Patrice Reese

This course is pure exploration of what acrylic paint can do. The first week will focus on pouring acrylic paint, and the second will be working with Staining Colors which is done with Fluid Acrylics. Fluid Acrylics will be used again to make collage papers for the third week. A small collage will be started, and the mixture of painting and collage will be explored. The fourth week will be playing with India ink and water to complete a value painting. Texture made with Heavy Gel to show Sedimentation will be the fifth week's project, and the sixth week will pull it all together including completion of the collage. 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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Pewter and Bronze Art: Creating and Appreciating                                         

Wednesday                                      AD193137           

11:30-12:30                        

Nov 6

Instructor(s): Terry Karselis

This course will outline the steps, materials and methods used to create pewter and bronze sculptures, but students will not be making anything in the class.

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The Life and Works of Gian Lorenzo Bernini                                       

Monday                                              AD193207           

9:30-11:00                          

Nov 18, 25, Dec 2, 16

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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Zoltan Szabo in Retrospective                                  

Tuesday                                              AD193204           

11:30-1:00                          

Nov 19

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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YUPO and Watermedia Workshop                                         

Tuesday, Wednesday                                   AD193151           

9:30-2:30                             

Dec 3, 4

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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MUSIC AND DRAMA

Wind Ensemble                               

Tuesday                                              AD193170           

11:00-12:30                        

Sept 3, 10, 17, 24, Oct 1, 8, 15, 22, 29, Nov 12, 19, 26, Dec 3, 10, 17

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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Flute for Beginners                                        

Wednesday                                      AD193181            *$6

11:30-12:30                        

Sept 11, 18, 25, Oct 2, 9, 16, 23, 30

Instructor(s): Scott Hershey

This course is for students who have played the flute at least once 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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Introduction to Reader's Theater                                            

Tuesday                                              AD193209           

2:30-3:30                             

Sept 3, 10, 17, 24, Oct 1, 8, 15, 22, 29, Nov 12, 19, 26, Dec 3, 10, 17

Instructor(s): MA Schaub

This is a beginner level Reader’s Theater class that will help students dip their toes gently into the pool of a type of theater that became very popular during World War II. The course will explore different flavors of Reader’s Theater and explore 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. Reader’s Theater is a great way to keep your reading, comprehension, vocabulary, language, creativity, and teamwork skills sharp!

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Understanding Opera, Part 1                                     

Wednesday                                      AD193020           

10:30-12:00                        

Sept 4, 11, 18, 25

Instructor(s): Glenn Winters

This course serves to introduce students to the first two productions of Virginia Opera's 2019-2020 season. These include Puccini's thrilling tragedy Tosca and Daniel Catán's romantic Il Postino, based on a popular film of the same name. Discussions will provide comprehensive musical and dramatic analysis, illustrated with audio and video excerpts. Recommended for beginners and aficionados alike.

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Lifelong Musicians                                         

Thursday                                            AD193141           

12:00-1:30                          

Sept 5, 12, 19, 26, Oct 3, 10, 17, 24, 31, Nov 7, 14, 21, Dec 5, 12, 19

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                                            AD193015           

1:00-2:30                             

Sept 5, 12, 19, 26, Oct 3, 10, 17, 24, 31, Nov 7, 14, 21, Dec 5, 12, 19

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                                            AD193105            $5

2:45-4:00                             

Sept 5, 12, 19, 26, Oct 3, 10, 17, 24, 31, Nov 7, 14, 21, Dec 5, 12, 19

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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Ventriloquism: Discover the Secrets                                      

Monday                                              AD193182           

11:30-12:30                        

Sept 9, 16, 23, 30, Oct 7, 21, 28, Nov 4, 18, 25, Dec 2, 9, 16

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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History of Classical Music in Russia                                         

Wednesday                                      AD193129           

10:30-12:00                        

Oct 9, 16, 23, 30, Nov 6, 13, 20, Dec 4, 11

Instructor(s): Suzanne Levitas

Let us join the passion of classical Russian music as we journey through the early Russian Empire, Imperial Russia to the Soviet Union, and into modern-day Russia. Pre-18th-century Russian music went through a long history from ritual folk song and dance to sacred music of the Russian Orthodox Church. It was during the 19th-century that we see the rise of Russian classical music. It was this generation of Russian composers who used Russian history, folk tales and literature to create music masterpieces in Russian Romantic nationalism. The third wave is represented by major contributions from 20th-century composers which include Soviet composers. At the turn of the 19th-century, Russian music was enriched by new works from many talented composers and performers including the very peculiar and original music and performance art of the distinguished composer, pianist and conductor, Sergei Rachmaninoff. Following the Russian Revolution in 1917, the music of Russia changed dramatically. The early 1920s, the era of avant-garde musical experiments, was inspired by the Russian’s revolutionary spirit. In the 1930s, a limited style of classicism returned to Russian music. A combination of lectures and representative music selections will be used during this course. No musicals, popular, jazz or rock music will be included unless necessary to illustrate the development of the material. Knowledge of classical music is not required. “Art is not an end in itself, but a means of addressing humanity” (attrib. to Modest Petrovich Mussorgsky (1839-1881), Russian composer, one of “The Mighty Five”).

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Body Percussion Workshop                                       

Friday                                  AD193210           

1:30-3:30                             

Oct 18

Instructor(s): Damir Strmel

Students will be shown how to create inter-locking rhythmic parts that form the basis of Afoxe and Samba music of Brazil and the Rumba music of the Afro-Cuban tradition. No musical experience is required. Each component of the rhythm is simple and easy to learn because no instrument needs to be mastered. Using only hand and body claps, foot stomping, shuffling, and vocalizations the students will create complex polyrhythmic patterns that form the rhythmic foundation for these musical styles.


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