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Online Classes (run all year)

Artfully Yours...

Drawing Foundations for All Abilities

Drawing Foundations is perfect for the beginner or a refresher for the rusty artist. Explore drawing techniques and styles in a variety of mediums, focusing on form, shape, shadow, volume, and texture.  Meet the Artist, Ray Noll, by visiting Ray's website to see examples of his work.

You will need:

  • Sketch pad, 11" X 14"
  • 6B pencil
  • Fine point Sharpie pen
  • Regular chisel point Sharpie pen
  • Charcoal pencil
  • Charcoal sticks
  • Small set of color pencils
  • Gum eraser
  • Hand-held pencil sharpener

17SPEL01     4 Mon     Apr 3 - 24     6 - 8 PM      $99     (Supplies not included.)


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Painting in Acrylics - Pet & Animal Portraits

Beginning and novice artists, learn the basics of acrylic painting with animal imagery. Bring photos of your pets or favorite animals and use the images to create loose, colorful, painterly works of 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.

You will need:

  • Basics acrylic paint tubes: red, blue, yellow, large tube of white, black (other colors are up to the individual)
  • 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.

  • 2 canvases: Frederix Canvas Pad (sizes 9X12 inches or 12X16 inches) or Artist Loft Canvas Pad (9X12 inches or 12X16 inches). (Check for coupons; available at Hobby Lobby or Michael's)

17WPEL04    Mar 22 - Apr 26     6 - 8 PM     $109     (Supplies not included.)


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Beginning Painting with Soft Pastels

Explore pastel painting through step-by-step projects for a comprehensive overview of this colorful medium. Learn basic techniques and master key concepts; then put them into practice. Wear an apron or old shirt to protect your clothing. Supply list will be mailed with registration receipt. Instructor Shani Voyer is a retired teacher and award winning artist.

You will need:

  • Faber-Castel FC128224 Creative Studio Soft Pastel Crayons (24 Pack) (available at 
  • "9 x 12" Canson Mi-Teintes Pastel Assorted Color Paper Pad (available at Hobby Lobby or Michael's)
  • Lap board or piece of foam board
  • Inexpensive easel, optional (available at Hobby Lobby or Michael's)

17SPEL05    Apr 13 - May 18     6 - 8 PM     $109     (Supplies not included.)


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Good to Know...

Let's Talk Wine - Viva Italia!

Let us help you uncork the mystery of wine-speak! Practice proper wine-tasting techniques and learn about terminology, grape varieties, blends, and more as you explore wines from Italy. 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.

17WPEL06     Wed     Mar 29    6 - 8:30 PM     $35 per person     $59 per couple 


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Protecting Your Kids on Social Media

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.

17WPEL03     Thurs     Mar 23    6 - 8 PM     $29


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There's an Oil for That!

Curious about essentail oils? Discover what they are, differences between single oils and oil blends, benefits they provide*, and how to apply them. Samples and handouts are included.

17WPEL05     Wed     Mar 22     6 - 8 PM     $35    

*The FDA has not established guidelines for the medical or pharmacological efficacy of essential oils.


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Preparing for Retirement

It's never to early (or too late) to plan for your retirement. You will learn:

  • how to build a successful investment portfolio for retirement
  • the role that social security plays in your long-term plans
  • protection strategies for the unexpected

Instructor Mike Meeks is a consultant with Edward Jones. In addition to the topics above, Mike will address the interests and concerns of the participants.

17WPEL09     3 Tues     Mar 7 - 21     6 - 7:15 PM     $29


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Test Prep...

Math for Standardized Tests: SAT/ACT/GRE

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. Handouts included. Instructor Jonghoon Kang, PhD is a professor in VSU's biology department.

17WPEL08     6 Mon & Wed     Jan 30 - Mar 8     5:15 - 6:30 PM     $129


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Language & Communication...

Survival Sign Language

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.

17WBPD04     5 Mon     Mar 27 - Apr 24     6 - 8 PM     $89


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Music, Dance & Movement...

Guitar for Beginners

Enthusiastic learners with little or no experience are welcome. Practice basic chords and strumming and learn to play songs for yourself, family gatherings, school, or around the camp fire. Bring your acoustic guitar, strung and tuned, to class. Instructor Anita Ondrusek is a professor of Library Information Science at VSU and enjoys teaching basic guitar.

17WPEL07     6 Wed    Mar 1 - Apr 12 (no class Mar 15)     6 - 8 PM     $89


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Instant Piano for Hopelessly Busy People

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 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.

17SPEL03     Thurs     Apr 6    6 - 9 PM     $59


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African Dance

Immerse yourself in rich history and traditional dance moves of Africa. Develop a sense of awareness through dance elements like body, time, space, rhythm, relationships, and culture while focusing on core strength, stretches, and stamina. Please wear loose-fitting clothes and barefeet. Instructor Andrea Gourdine is a professionally trained dancer in Ballet, Modern, Jazz, Hip Hop, and African dance from Ballethnic Dance Company and Dallas Black Dance Theater.

17WPEL02     6 Tues     Mar 7 - Apr 11     6 - 7 PM     $79* 

*Bring a Friend Discount! Any two friends registering and paying together for African Dance receive $15 off the second registration.


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Jazz & Hip Hop

Practice basic jazz steps - kick-ball change, jazz runs, leaps and turns - and integrate them with the latest hip hop dance styles in this high-energy class. Instructor Andrea Gourdine is a professionally trained dancer in Ballet, Modern, Jazz, Hip Hop, and African dance from Ballethnic Dance Company and Dallas Black Dance Theater.

17SPEL02     6 Tues     Apr 25 - May 30      6 - 7 PM          $79* 

*Bring a Friend Discount! Any two friends registering and paying together for Jazz & Hip Hop receive $15 off the second registration.


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Belly Dance for Fun & Fitness

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.

17WPEL01     6 Mon     Mar 20 - Apr 24     6:30 - 7:30 PM     $79*

*Bring a Friend Discount! Any two friends registering and paying together for Belly Dance for Fun & Fitness receive $15 off the second registration.


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Zumba® Fitness

Zumba® is a high-energy fitness program that uses Latin dance moves to give you an awesome aerobic workout while toning muscles and helping you lose weight. Beginners and all levels of exercise experience are welcome. Wear comfortable clothes; bring a towel and water bottle. Instructor Cheryl Powell has taught Zumba® and other dance and exercise classes for Continuing Education for more than 7 years.

17WPEL10     Tues     Feb 7 - Apr 11     6 - 7 PM     $89

Location: VSU Physical Education Complex Mezzanine A/B


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Fundamentals of Digital Photography

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.

17WBPD05     5 Tues     Mar 21 - Apr 18     6 - 8 PM     $139


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