Personal Enrichment Classes
Live. Learn. Grow.
- Do-It-Yourself Bike Maintenance
- Let's Talk Wine!
- The Eye of the Needle: Survival Sewing Skills
- Protecting Your Kids on Social Media
- Instant Piano for Hopelessly Busy People
- Learn to Play Ukulele!
- East Coast Swing
- Belly Dance for Fun & Fitness
...for Those On the Go
Online Classes (run all year)
Painting Basics is perfect for the beginner or a refresher for the rusty artist. Explore a variety of techniques using watercolors or tempera paints and watercolor pencils, focusing on line, shape, volume, light, shading, color theory, and perspective. Meet the Artist, Ray Noll.
You will need:
- Pad of watercolor paper 11'X 14" or larger (artist quality, 140 lb paper recommended)
- Range of soft, watercolor brushes from very fine to a wide brush for covering large surfaces
- Small watercolor or tempera paint set
- Watercolor pencil set
- Cup for holding water
Visit Ray's website to see examples of his work.
4 Mon Oct 3 - 24 6 - 8 PM $99 Supplies not included.
Beginning and novice artists, learn color mixing and painting techniques as you paint a still life painting. Next, take your new skilss and turn an image of a landscape into an original work of abstract art. SUPPLIES NOT INCLUDED. Instructor Hunter Pope, will graduate from VSU in December 2017 with a Bachelor of Arts in art, a Bachelor of Arts in psychology, and an Honors College Certificate. Hunter teaches painting, printmaking, and photography classes to children attending VSU Continuing Education's Camp Discovery and has shared her love of art with patients at the Pearlman Comprehensive Cancer Center and clients at My Friend’s House. Read more about Hunter's love of art and her future plans.
You will need:
- Basics paint tubes: red, blue, yellow, large tube of white, black (other colors are up to the individual)
- A pack of paintbrushes, with different sizes, for acrylics (can be found in Michaels in the paint aisle)
- A cup for water
- A rag or paper towels
- A palette or paper plate to use to put paint on.
- One 8X10 canvas
- One 11X14 canvas
6 Tues Sept 27 - Nov 1 6 - 8 PM $109
Get hands-on experience in bicycle maintenance to keep your bike in tip top shape. Bring your own bike or practice on bikes provided by the instructor. Tools are also provided for use during the class, but you may bring your own. Instructor Joel Dion is the founder of Krank It Up!, a community bike-building and repair project located in Tallahassee.
3 Mon Sept 19 - Oct 3 6 - 7:30 PM $59
Let us help you uncork the mystery of wine-speak! Practice proper wine-tasting techniques and learn about terminology, grape varieties, blends, and food pairings for red and white wines. Instructor John Magnasco has attended numerous wine institutes and programs in the U.S. and Europe and enjoys sharing his love and knowledge of good wine.
Wed Oct 19 6 - 8:30 PM $35 per person $59 per couple
Learn basic hand -sewing teclniques to sew on buttons, repair a hem, and other basic mending. Bring clothing which needs some kind of repair and learn to fix it yourself instead of paying someone else to do it. No experience necessary. Your instructor is experienced seamstress Marie Sooy.
2 Mon Oct 3 & 10 6 - 7:30 PM $29
Learn how to recognize the many forms of cyberbullying and what to do when you or your kids encounter inappropriate behavior online. Discover techniques for spotting scams and fraudulent content to avoid falling victim to these schemes. Everything you put on the internet about yourself will never go away and can be seen and used by anyone. Explore "information permanence" and the realities of its impact on you and your kids. Instructor Chad Vantine is a member of VSU's Information Technology security team.
Thurs Sept 29 6 - 8 PM $29
Prepare for the math portion of the SAT, ACT, or GRE. This course is ideal for junior or senior high school students and college students. Materials are TBA.
Dates & times are TBA. $109
Prepare for the English portion of the SAT, ACT, or GRE. This course is ideal for junior or senior high school students and college students. Materials are TBA. Instructor Scott Dickson teaches at Georgia Military College.
6 Tues & 6 Thurs Oct 4 - Nov 10 6 - 7:30 PM $109
Open the doors of communication and explore basic survival sign language. You will be introduced to Deaf culture and etiquette while you learn finger spelling, basic signs, common phrases, and grasp general concepts and structure of American Sign Language (ASL). Build basic conversational skills in a fun and welcoming environment. No textbook required. (1.0 CEU) Instructor Jennifer Beal-Alvarez is an assistant professor in VSU's Department of Middle Grades, Secondary, Reading, and Deaf Education.
5 Mon Aug 29 - Oct 3 (No class Sept 5) $89
No musical knowledge needed! Learn strummed chords for soprano, concert, or tenor ukuleles. Music will be provided. Please bring a 1 ½ inch 3-ring binder. Beginner ukes available for purchase locally from Kilgard Instrument Repair (229-242-3444) or Danny Crosby at Toads & Teacups (229-244-7220) for about $35. (Also available from online vendors such as Amazon.com.) Instructor Jeniene Lee teaches ukulele for VSU Continuing Education’s Learning in Retirement program and other venues around Valdosta.
6 Mon Oct 10 - Nov 14 6 - 7:30 PM $89
If you yearn to experience the joy of playing piano, but you don’t want years of weekly lessons, this short course is for you. In just a few hours you can learn enough secrets of the trade to make piano playing a part of your life. How is it done? Typical piano lessons teach you note reading, but piano professionals use chords. You will learn all the chords needed to play any pop song in this one session: any song. any style, any key. And you’ll get a healthy dose of insider secrets used by professional musicians.
If you already know your way around a keyboard a little, you know enough to enroll in this workshop. If not, email email@example.com for a helpful free pamphlet to get you started. Instructor Michael McMillan is a full-time professional musician/teacher.
Please note: Instructor will collect $25 in class for a book and practice CD.
Thurs Oct 6, 2016 6 - 9 PM $59
East Coast Swing jumped onto the scene in the 1940's and hasn't slowed down since. It's fast, energizing, and lots of fun! Practice posture, leading, following, and a variety of dance patterns. Singles are welcome but we can't guarantee a partner for you. Instructor Janice Blanchard, a lifelong dancer, teaches both public and private dance lessons. She is a member of USA Dance - Tallahassee and enjoys sharing her love of dance with people of all ages.
6 Thurs Sept 22 - Oct 27 6:30 - 7:45 PM $79*
*Bring a Friend Discount! Any two friends registering and paying together for East Coast Swing receive $15 off the second registration.
Discover belly dance for fun and fitness! No experience needed. Learn and practice core movements, isolations, and basic traveling steps. Wear comfortable clothing. No sneakers or rubber-soled shoes; bare feet or socks recommended. Instructor Megan Slator has 15+ years of experience teaching belly dance.
6 Mon Sept 26 - Oct 31 6 - 7 PM $79
Learn basic skills to operate your digital SLR camera and take better photos. SLR digital camera with interchangeable lenses is recommended. An advanced digital camera with an zoom lens and aperture and shutter priorities is acceptable. (1.0 CEU) Instructor Paul Leavy is university photographer for VSU and a past winner of Photo of the Year from the Georgia Associated Press.
17ABPD04 5 Tues Sept 27 - Nov 1 (No class Oct 18) 6 - 8 PM $139