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Artfully Yours...

Good to Know...

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Artfully Yours...

Drawing Basics

Learn the elements of drawing - line, shape, proportion and perspective, light and shadow, and how to apply these skills to create the “whole drawing.” Supply list will be mailed with registration receipt. Meet the Artist, Ray Noll. 

16SPEL04     4 Mon     Jun 6 - 27     6 - 8 PM      $99 (After May 31, $115)     Supplies not included.

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Good to Know...

Do-It-Yourself Bike Maintenance

In this hands-on workshop, find out how to maintain your bike to keep it in shape. You will learn:

  • Names and functions of bicycle components
  • How to patch tubes and change tires
  • How to adjust derailleurs/gears and brakes
  • How to change cables and housing and much more!

This workshop is suitable for anyone who wants to learn how to keep their bike in tip top shape. A knowledge of basic hand tools and simple machines is helpful, but not required.

You may bring your own bike and tools. The instructor will provide bikes and tools to work on. Instructor Joel Dion is founder of Krank It Up!, a Tallahassee community bike project for building and repairing bikes.

16SPEL07     3 Mon     Apr 4 - 18     6 - 7:30 PM    $59 ($69 after Mar 29)

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Yoga for Stress 

Learn a variety of yoga postures to help you relieve stress. Practice breathing techniques for relaxation. Explore stretching techniques to improve flexibility. Appropriate for beginners and all levels of experience. Please wear comfortable clothing and bring a yoga mat. Instructor Suzanne Montgomery holds a yoga teacher training credential and has 5 years of teaching experience.

16WPEL08     8 Tues     Feb 23 - Apr 12     6 - 7 PM     $69 (After Feb 17, $79)

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Zumba Fitness

Have fun and get fit the Zumba way! This class is appropriate for all levels of exercise experience. Dress in comfortable clothes. Bring a water bottle and towel to class. Instructor Cheryl Powell is Zumba certified and has taught Zumba, dance, and other exercise classes for Continuing Education for 6+ years.

16WPEL14     6 Wed     Mar 30 - May 4     6 - 7 PM     $49

VSU Employees must register at the Employee Development website.

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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.

16WPEL11     5 Mon     TBA

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Musically Speaking

Learn to Play Ukulele!

No musical knowledge needed! Learn strummed chords for soprano, concert, tenor, or baritone 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.

16WPEL05     6 Mon     TBA

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The Joy of Singing

Did you know that singing is a learned skill? Practice vocal exercises and healthy voice techniques. Find your most natural and powerful voice and gain confidence in singing. Instructor Ronda Paoletti is an accomplished professional singer and teaches at Valwood School.

16SPEL02     5 Mon     June 6 - July 11 (No class July 4)     6:30 - 8 PM     $99 (After May 31, $109)

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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 mlm6915841@aol.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.

16FPEL01     Thurs     Oct 6, 2016    6 - 9 PM     $59 ($69 after Oct 3)

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Ballroom 101: Waltz & Foxtrot

Learn the basics of Waltz and Foxtrot so you will be ready to hit the dance floor at your next wedding or other social event! Practice posture, leading, following, and basic dance patterns of these two popular dances. 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 this art form with people of all ages.

16SPEL05    6 Thurs       TBA

Bring a Friend Discount! Two friends registering and paying together for Ballroom 101 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.

16WPEL10     6 Thurs     TBA

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Technology

Currently no classes in this category.

Photography

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.

16WBPD01     5 Tues     TBA

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