Personal Enrichment Classes


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Creative Expression

Everyday Living

Language & Communication

Music & Dance

Technology

Photography

...for Those On the Go



Creative Expression

Drawing for Beginners

Think you can't draw? Well think again! Using simple and familiar tools - pencil, eraser, and vine charcoal - you will explore line, value, proportion, and more to develop and improve your drawing skills. Join us for this creative journey and be sure to bring your most useful tool - your ability to relax, suspend harsh judgement, and let yourself "see."

Meet Your Instructor...Anna Waddell, lifelong artist and teacher, holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Painting. She enjoys motivating and encouraging adult beginners to explore their creativity through art.

Special note: Supplies are not included. Download and print the Drawing Supply List pdf or request that one be sent with your registration receipt.

5 Wed     Apr 1 - 29      6 - 8 PM      $89 ($105 after Mar 25)

Location:  Regional Center for Continuing Education

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Waves of Watercolor

Have you always wanted to try painting in watercolors? Beginners and artists who want to add watercolor to their knowledge base are welcome. Learn about supplies and tools and practice a variety of techniques to develop your painting skills. Your instructor will provide lots of inspiration and feedback as you being your journey on the exciting path of watercolors. See Drawing for Beginners for instructor information.

Special note: Supplies are not included. Download and print the Watercolor Supply List pdf or request that one be sent with your registration receipt.

5 Thurs     Feb 26 - Mar 26      6 - 8:30 PM      $99 ($115 after Feb 19)

Location:  Regional Center for Continuing Education

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Guitar for Beginners

Have you always dreamed of playing guitar but never got around to getting started? For the aspiring guitarist with little or no experience, build a foundation of guitar basics including tuning your guitar, finger placement, chords, strumming patterns, and several scales. Please bring your own guitar to class. Handouts will be provided.

Meet Your Instructor...Jack Lockhart has been playing guitar for 25 years. He has performed with a number of professional bands and has taught guitar lessons for 10 years.

6 Tues      Mar 24 - Apr 28      6:30 - 8 PM      $69 ($85 after Mar 17)

Location:  Regional Center for Continuing Education

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Everyday Living

Beer Tasting 101

In Spring, flowers begin to bloom, the sun's rays feel warmer, and hops are starting to grow. It's time to turn away from the heavy beers of Winter and try some lighter, fruitier craft beers that perfectly compliment the season. Learn about the role the beermaking process and ingredients have in forming the aromas and flavors of beer and how to taste and rate some great "spring" brews.

Meet Your Instructor...Herb Feister is an assistant professor in VSU’s College of Education’s Department of Curriculum, Leadership, and Technology. In a previous life as Operations Manager for a chain of liquor stores, he became fascinated by regional beers and how they have evolved. Herb enjoys sampling and learning about new beer and hosting beer, wine, and spirits tastings.

Class is limited to 15 participants so register early.

Wed      Mar 11     6 - 8 PM      $39 ($45 after Mar 4)

Location:  Unitarian Universalist Fellowship Hall, 1951 E. Park Avenue

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Lets Talk Wine - Champagne & Sparkling Wines

Legend has it that when Dom Perignon first tasted Champagne, he exclaimed, "Come quickly. I am tasting stars." Enjoy a tasting of champagne, prosecco, asti, spumante, moscato, cava, and other bubblies. Learn about the grapes used in making these wines and the methods and chemistry that result in those delightful bubbles.

Meet Your Instructor...John Magnasco, retired Professor of Communication Arts at VSU, has attended numerous wine institutes and programs in California, Virginia, Italy and Portugal and enjoys sharing his knowledge and love of wine.

Class is limited to 14 participants. Register early to guarantee your spot.

Wed      Mar 25      6 - 8:30 PM      $45 ($50 after Mar 18)

Location:  Frogtown South Winery & Vineyard, 7495 Union Road, Hahira. (Directions will be sent with registration receipt or emailed upon request.)

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Attracting Pollinators to Your Garden

Every garden needs pollinators. Bees, butterflies, moths, hummingbirds, and even some beetles help keep food on our tables and ensure a wide variety of beautiful flowers for everyone to enjoy. Discover tips and techniques for attracting and keeping these beautiful and important garden visitors.

Meet Your Instructor...Bobby Flowers, a Georgia Certified Landscape Professional and VSU Horticulturalist, has over 30 years of experience in horticulture.

Tues      Feb 24      6 - 7:30 PM      $15 ($20 after Feb 17)

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Rain Gardens for Your Landscape

What do you get when you combine your passion for gardening with your desire to be a good environmental steward? A rain garden, of course! Learn how building a simple rain garden in your yeard can help prevent storm water runoff from harming our streams and rivers, re-charge our aquifer, and make your landscape beautiful and functional at the same time. Learn about the benefits of creating a rain garden system, the design and installation process, and which plants are most effective for our southern climate.

Meet Your Instructor...Bobby Flowers, a Georgia Certified Landscape Professional and VSU Horticulturalist, has over 30 years of experience in horticulture.

Tues      Mar 10      6 - 7:30 PM      $15 ($20 after Mar 3)

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Language & Communication

Conversational Spanish for Beginners

Are you planning a trip to a Spanish-speaking country for business or pleasure? This is the perfect introduction or refresher. Learn the basics in a practical and enjoyable way with an experienced, fluent instructor. Practice common, useful phrases and vocabulary, correct pronunciation, and basic sentence structure you need to understand and use the Spanish language. No textbook required. (1.2 CEU)

Meet Your Instructor...Marcela Paredes came to the U.S. from Quita, Ecuador as a high school exchange student. Marcela earned her Bachelor of Science in Education and Spanish and Master of Education at VSU. She teaches Spanish at both Valdosta Middle and J.L. Newbern Middle Schools.

6 Thurs      Sept 30 - Nov 4      6 - 8 PM      $99 (After Sept 23 - $115)

Location:  Regional Center for Continuing Education

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Sign Language for Beginners

Open the doors of communication and explore basic conversational sign language, the language used by Deaf and Hard of Hearing persons. You will be introduced to Deaf culture 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)

Meet Your Instructor...TJ Gray is a senior in ASL/English Interpreting at VSU. TJ plans to pursue graduate studies in ASL and interpreting. He has done theatrical interpretation for Cook County Council for the Arts and Peach State Summer Theatre.

5 Thurs      Oct 7 - Nov 4      6 - 8 PM      $89 (After Sept 30 - $105)

Location:  Regional Center for Continuing Education

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Music &  Dance

Bring a Friend Discount!

Two friends registering and paying together for any dance class below receive $5 off each registration.

Belly Dance for Beginners

Take your first steps to learning how to belly dance. Whether you want to try something new and exciting for fun or for fitness, belly dancing is the perfect class for you. No experience necessary. Practice core movements, isolations, and basic traveling steps as you learn the exotic art of belly dance. Wear comfortable clothing. No sneakers or rubber-soled shoes. Bare feet or socks recommended.

Meet Your Instructor...Megan Slator, Senior Secretary in VSU's Department of Math and Computer Science, has been teaching belly dance for 15+ years.

6 Tues     Mar 31 - May 5      6:30 - 7:30 PM      $69 ($79 after Mar 24)

Location:  Regional Center for Continuing Education

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Ballroom 101: Swing

Learn the basics of East Coast Swing, a lively and fast-paced dance that is fun, fun, fun! Practice posture, leading, following, and basic dance patterns so you will be ready to hit the dance floor at your next wedding or social event. Singles are welcome but we can't guarantee a partner for you.

Meet Your 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 this art form with people of all ages.

4 Thurs      Mar 5 - 26      6:30 - 7:45 PM      $59 ($69 after Feb 26)

Location:  Regional Center for Continuing Education

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Ballroom 101: Cha Cha!

The Cha Cha is a versatile, exuberant, fun dance that will get your heart pumping and put a smile on your face. Learn the basic steps, posture, and timing so you can Cha Cha the night away at all of your social events. Singles are welcome, but we can't guarantee a partner. (No sandals, sling backs, sneakers, or running shoes, please. Leather-soled shoes only; women's should have a minimum 1 inch heel.)

See Ballroom 101 for instructor information.

4 Thurs      Apr 16 - May 7      6:30 - 7:45 PM      $59 ($69 after Apr 9)

Location:  Regional Center for Continuing Education

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African Dance

Explore your own natural rhythms through African dance. Feel energized and revitalized as you move arms, shoulders, chest, hips, and feet to the heartbeat of the drums. Beginners and all levels of dancers are welcome.

Meet Your Instructor...Cheryl Powell teaches a variety of dance, movement, and exercise classes and is a certified Zumba instructor.

6 Tues      Feb 10 - Mar 17      6:30 - 8 PM      $69 ($79 after Feb 3)

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Technology

How to Sell on eBay

Do you want to start a business or just make some extra money selling on eBay? There are over 145 million registered buyers worldwide. Learn the tips, techniques, and tools to sell to your customers. (.4 CEU)

Meet Your Instructor...Paul Leavy is VSU’s photographer and an experienced eBay entrepreneur.

2 Thurs      Apr 2 & 9      6 - 8 PM      $39 ($49 after Mar 26)

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*Please note: The following four classes are offering in conjunction with our Learning in Retirement program.

File Management*

This class is a must for all computer users. Learn to set up a useful and effective filing system for all your files. No more lost pictures or documents! Practice moving, copying, saving, and deleting files and folders. (.5 CEU)

Meet Your Instructor...Debbie Seko is a certified Microsoft Office User Specialist and teaches computer and writing classes for the VSU's Learning in Retirement program.

4 Tues    Jan 20 - Feb 24 (No class Feb 10 & 17)     9:30 - 10:30 AM     $39

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Beginning PowerPoint*

Learn to create slide show presentations with PowerPoint, incorporating animations, pictures, clip art and text. (.75 CEU)

Meet Your Instructor...Debbie Seko is a certified Microsoft Office User Specialist and teaches computer and writing classes for the VSU's Learning in Retirement program.

5 Wed     Jan 21 - Feb 25 (No class Feb 11)     1 - 2:30 PM     $59

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Movie Maker*

Learn to use videos and pictures to create a movie that can be saved and shared with family and friends or uploaded to the internet. (.9 CEU)

Meet Your Instructor...Debbie Seko is a certified Microsoft Office User Specialist and teaches computer and writing classes for the VSU's Learning in Retirement program.

6 Thurs     Jan 22 - Feb 26     1 - 2:30 PM     $69

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iPad 101*

Got an iPad but don't know how to make the most of it? Let us help! Learn navigation basics, including searching, settings, and customizing your device. Find out how to manage and use pre-loaded apps that come with your iPad. Visit the App Store to find and install additional apps. Learn how to use the camera and make the most of your battery life. (.2 CEU)

Please note: Bring your iPad fully charges. If you already have an Apple ID, you must know your username and password. Participants will receive a guest WiFi account to use during this class, so you MUST be registered with payment by Tuesday, March 10.

Meet Your Instructor...Sheila Hall is a training specialist with VSU's Training and Communication department.

Thurs      Mar 12      6 - 8 PM      $29 ($35 after Mar 5)

Location:  Regional Center for Continuing Education

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Photography

Fundamentals of Digital Photography

Learn basic skills to operate your digital SLR camera and take better photos. Explore auto settings, exposure control, how to choose ISO settings, and gain an understanding of color temperature, white balance, image noise reduction, and more. A prosumer SLR digital camera with interchangeable lenses is recommended; an advanced digital camera with a zoom lens and aperture and shutter priorities is acceptable. Please bring your camera to class. (1.0 CEU)

Meet Your Instructor...Paul Leavy earned his B.S. in Journalism in 1985 from the University of Florida. Paul became the university photographer for VSU in August 2012 after more than 25 years as Valdosta Daily Times staff photographer and has won many photography awards including the Photo of the Year from the Georgia Associated Press.

5 Tues      Sept 30 - Nov 4 (No class Oct 21)      6 - 8 PM      $139 (After Sept. 23 - $155)

Location: Regional Center for Continuing Education

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Photoshop Basics

Learn the basics of image editing with Adobe Photoshop and build skills that will help you go further with the application. Practice using core tools, working with images and selections, resizing, create and modify layers, adjust and retouch images, and more. (.45 CEU)

Meet Your Instructor...Roberto Leal is part of VSU’s Media Services team. He teaches workshops and classes for students and staff in many Adobe programs including Photoshop, InDesign, Premiere, and Illustrator.

3 Thurs      Oct 2 - 16      6 - 7:30 PM      $59 (After Sept. 25 - $69)

Location: Regional Center for Continuing Education

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