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Noncredit Continuing Education Fall 2014 Courses

NOTE: Room numbers are posted in each building lobby on the day of class.





Abstract Collage
Expand your artistic endeavors and learn about abstract design using collage as your medium. Become acquainted with various approaches to collage along with the techniques for making collage papers and other materials. Learn the fundamentals of composition with a series of design exercises exploring shape, color, texture and other elements, as well as numerous ways to start, develop and finish mixed media pieces. Instructor and artist Sharon Robinson has extensive experience as a gallery resident artist and adult educator on both the East and West coasts. Note: Additional cost of materials estimated at $40. $159** (includes $40 in fees*)
Sat 10am-1pm, Sep 13-Oct 18
#8860   XE 110 J1422 Laurel College Center

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Drawing for Beginners
This class introduces students to the basic watercolor techniques needed to control the medium, balance composition, and manipulate color. Composition will be taught through still life and landscape studies. The instructor will provide material for the first class and hand out a supply list needed for subsequent classes. Intermediate and advanced painters are welcome too. The approximate cost of materials for this course is $90. $155** (includes $130 in fees*)
Tue 6:30pm-9:30pm, Oct 7-Nov 4
#8904   XE 201 M1439 Laurel College Center

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Classical Drawing
This class will help you develop your technical skills. After completing it, you will be able to center a composition, render the objects reasonably and in proportion and perspective, and execute the four elements of shading. With still-life as the subject matter and graphite pencils as the media, you will learn how to begin and complete a large finished drawing. Instructor Jennifer Littleton is a graduate of MICA, experienced teacher, founder of the Littleton School of Art, and member of the Charcoal Club of Baltimore. Absolutely no experience needed! The instructor will give a materials list the first day. Estimated cost of supplies is $50. Enroll early, class size is limited to 12. $159** (includes $40 in fees*)
Wed 6:30pm-9pm, Oct 22-Dec 10
#5736   XE 155 6359 Oakland Mills High School
(No class Nov 26)

►Mon 6:30pm-9pm, Nov 3-Dec 15
#1309 XE 155 6454 Oakland Mills High School 

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Oil Painting Landscapes
Practice the basics of one of the most popular and rewarding of all art media. Investigate color mixing and brush techniques. Assignments will consist of several quick studies and one sustained project. Beginners and continuing students welcome. NOTE: A choice between oil and acrylic painting will be offered. A supply list will be provided at the first class. Materials needed for the first class session will be provided. Cost of materials approximately $90 (independent purchase.) Please bring the materials you have at home to the first class session for review by instructor. $155 (includes $40 in fees*)
Mon 6:30pm-9:30pm, Oct 20-Nov 17
#8907   XI 879 M1441 Laurel College Center

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History and Practice of Watercolor I
This class introduces you to the basic watercolor techniques needed to control the medium, balance composition, and manipulate color. Composition will be taught through still-life and landscape studies. The instructor will provide materials for the first class and hand out a supply list needed for subsequent classes. Intermediate and advanced painters are welcome, too. Materials cost approximately $90 (independent purchase). $155 (includes $40 in fees*)
Sat 10am-1pm, Oct 4-Nov 1
#8906   XI 859 M1440 Laurel College Center

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Foundations of Watercolor Painting
Have you always enjoyed the appearance of a realistic transparent watercolor but wondered how to achieve it? In this course, students will learn, through a systematic process, how to execute a detailed line drawing, transfer it to the watercolor paper, and practice flat washes with round and flat brushes. In addition, students will learn through discussion and demonstration how to create tints, complementary colors, and the use of color theory. Students can anticipate utilizing numerous practice sheets to gain mastery of techniques to render one monochromatic and one full color painting. Pupils will be inspired and revitalized by attending. Jennifer Littleton, founder of the Littleton School of Art, award-winning water-colorist and MICA graduate,is the instructor. Materials list will be distributed at the first class. Note: Cost of supplies estimated at $85. $179** (includes $40 in fees*)
Mon 6:30pm-9pm, Sep 8-Oct 27
#5740   XE 224 6692 Oakland Mills High School

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Let's Wrap It Up! ★NEW!★
Tired of spending too much money on stationery and presents for all occasions? It's time to get crafty! Design your own wrapping paper, note cards, and stamps to put your unique style on your messages and gifts. Bring to class: scissors, glue, card stock in the color of your choice, watercolor paper 8.5" x 11" or larger, markers, pencils, ballpoint pens, ribbon and scotch tape, plastic wrap or large Ziploc bags. $30** (fee based, no waivers)
Sat 10am-1pm, Nov 15
#8911   XE 202 M1444 Laurel College Center
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Finishing Touches ★NEW!★
Create decorative, one-of-a-kind items for your home by putting your arts and crafts mojo to work! Bring a favorite magazine for inspiration to design your very own theme room. Bring to class: scissors, glue, card stock in color of your choice, watercolor paper 8.5 x 11" or larger, markers, pencils, and ballpoint pens. $30** (fee based, no waivers)
Sat 10am-1pm, Sep 27
#8913   XE 204 M1445 Laurel College Center
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Design and Create Jewelry!
The former owner of The Beader's Workshop will teach you how to design a classic beaded necklace, create stunning wire-wrapped bauble rings, and make chandelier earrings. Each student is required to purchase a bead kit complete with everything needed for the three projects from the instructor. Cost for kit is $55. Tools are available for use and purchase. Projects are subject to change. $55** (includes $40 in fees*)
Mon 6:30pm-9:30pm, Nov 3-Nov 17
#8909   XE 528 M1442 Laurel College Center

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Beginning Sewing
Instructor and seamstress extraordinaire Susan Reinsch will take you through sewing basics, from using and caring for your machine, choosing and reading a pattern, selecting fabric, and completing a pair of pajama pants, perfect for lounging. Bring your own portable sewing machine (perhaps the one stored in the back of your closet) and join a like-minded group to develop a new talent and create something you can use. Class size is limited, so register early. Supplies to be purchased as needed for project. $139** (includes $40 in fees*)
Tue 7pm-9pm, Sep 9-Oct 28
#8885   XE 123 6658 Wilde Lake High School
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The Real Way to Learn to Knit
Have you ever seen a scarf or a sweater and thought, "Wow, I wish I could make that?" Now is the time to learn and enjoy a fun, relaxing new hobby. You will learn how to cast on, knit stitch, purl stitch, and bind off. Find out how to read your stitches, change colors, correct mistakes, and understand a pattern. There will even be a few creative stitches learned along the way. Discover the tools of the trade and how to choose the right supplies for all your projects. After the initial sessions, you will be ready to start your first project. You may choose one that best suits you from a class list. A supply list will be provided prior to the start of your project and you are responsible for obtaining your own materials. Limited enrollment. Register early. Instructor: Carole Ferguson. $99** (includes $55 in fees*)
Tue 7pm-9pm, Sep 16-Oct 7
#5751   XE 401 6458 Centennial High School
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Beginning Quilting
Learn to hand quilt, machine piece, and machine quilt a simple wall hanging designed by instructor. All work can be done by hand. For machine piecing you should have access to a sewing machine (no machines available in class). Supply list provided at first class. Enrollment limited. Instructor: P. Brousil. $119** (includes $40 in fees*)
Tue 7pm-9pm, Sep 16-Oct 21
#5760   XE 545 6440 Centennial High School
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See Beyond the Picture - Storytelling With Photographs ★NEW!★
You have heard the expression "a photograph is worth a thousand words." Join Javid Muradov, a graduate of the New York Institute of Photography and international journalistic photographer, to learn to see beyond the picture. Using observation, framing, lighting techniques and caption writing, share your stories using a viewfinder. Analyzing a series of the instructor's photographs from all over the world, see what most of us do not and then apply what you've learned to your own work. $99** (includes $40 in fees*)
Fri 7pm-9pm, Sep 19-Oct 17
#8863   XE 195 6353 Hickory Ridge

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Digital Camera Basics Workshop
Start from the very beginning! Learn digital camera operation, photographic principles and get some hands-on experience with your camera. Lunch talk on basic composition principles. Bring your digital camera (charged or with fresh batteries), its manual and a bag lunch with you. Enroll early; class size limited to 16. $89** (includes $40 in fees*)
Sun 9:30am-3:30pm, Nov 16
#5753   XE 448 6408 Horowitz Arts Center

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iPhone/Android Smart Device Photography
With the onslaught of smart devices such as the iPhone/iPad and Android phones and tablets, there is a whole new photography world out there. You don’t need a fancy camera to take great photos and movies and create something incredible using various apps, many of them free. Learn how to download various camera and editing apps, install them, use them and move photos and movies from the device to your computer, Facebook, Twitter, and much more. $120** (fee based, no waivers)
Mon 6:30pm-9:30pm, Nov 3-Nov 10
#9119   XE 517 8165 Gateway Campus Lab D

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Picture This-Image Transfers 
Create your own abstract art work using photographs and photocopies. This one day workshop, taught by artist Sharon Robinson, will introduce you to techniques, materials and tools that will allow you to incorporate representative imagery into mixed media gems. Make assorted image transfers from copies and enhance old photographs to stand alone or be integrated into a collage. Please bring to class with you several black and white and color laser (not inkjet) photocopies of your favorite images and photographs. Additional photos, copies and materials will be provided. Instructor can be emailed with questions. $69** (includes $50 in fees*)
Sat 10am-3pm, Aug 2
#4905   XE 177 6344 Hickory Ridge 102

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West Coast Swing/Cha Cha *Special Summer Price*
Whether you want to swing or sway, you’ll have fun learning these two cool dances. Dress comfortably and come prepared to learn some new and dramatic steps. Raymond Clifton, an experienced instructor has taught all levels of dance, from the beginner to the advanced student, for nearly 30 years. No partner necessary. $75** (includes $40 in fees*)
Mon 7pm-8pm, Sep 15-Oct 20
#3681   XE 458 6372 Fellowship Hall
(For directions to Fellowship Hall, call 443-518-4659.)

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Social Dancing: Waltz and Tango *Special Summer Price*
Learn these basic dance steps and have fun at the same time. Singles and couples alike enjoy dancing to some very traditional, yet very popular music. Raymond Clifton, an experienced instructor has taught all levels of dance, from the beginner to the advanced student, for nearly 30 years. No partner necessary. $75** (includes $40 in fees*)
Wed 6:30pm-7:30pm, Sep 17-Oct 22
#5761   XE 552 6352 Fellowship Hall
(For directions to Fellowship Hall call, 443-518-4659)

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Club Salsa/Merengue *Special Summer Price*
Have fun learning some of the hottest Latin dances today, dancing to rhythmic Salsa and Merengue music. Raymond Clifton, an experienced instructor has taught all levels of dance, from the beginner to the advanced student, for nearly 30 years. No partner necessary. $75** (includes $40 in fees*)
Wed 7:30pm-8:30pm, Sep 17-Oct 22
#3682   XE 483 6371 Fellowship Hall
(For directions to Fellowship Hall,  call 443-518-4659.)

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Indian Bollywood Dance

The global hit of Bollywood Dance, one of the hottest international dance styles, owes its popularity to Indian Hindi movies. Combining modern choreography with modified classical movements, it has evolved into a fun and energetic dance form both aerobic and rich in variety. It is taught with emphasis on basic steps, flexibility, stamina, and ends with a dance that engages the mind and body. This class is for all skill levels and combines footwork, hand and body movement. Please dress in loose, comfortable clothing. No partner necessary. $109** (includes $50 in fees*)
Wed 7pm-8:15pm, Sep 24-Oct 29
#5746   XE 348 6360 Oakland Mills High School
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A Joyful Noise
Let’s make joyful noise together! Since the beginning of humankind, people have used singing to express themselves, communicate and simply for the delight of the song. Join Izolda Trakhtenberg, accomplished singer, musician and linguist, on a Saturday morning to learn basic vocal techniques and connect your body, breath, and voice. Rekindle the joy of singing. Immediately put what you have learned into practice with a Community Sing. Family friendly, so register children (over the age of 6) with you. (fee based, no waivers)
Sat 10am-1pm, Nov 8, $35** Family Rate
#9233   XE 217 6685 Hickory Ridge
Sat 10am-1pm, Nov 8, $20** Individual Rate
#9234   XE 217 6686 Hickory Ridge

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American Popular Song ★NEW★
This class presents an examination of the song writers, musicians, band leaders, and personalities who contributed to the standard era of American music (approximately 1930-1965). Each session will include numerous recordings and film clips that illustrate the characteristics of music from this era. Topics will include presentations and discussions to be drawn from the likes of George Gershwin, Cole Porter, Irving Berlin, Johnny Mercer, and Harold Arlen, among others. Performances by artists such as Dinah Shore, Ella Fitzgerald, Frank Sinatra, Lena Horne, Judy Garland, Count Basie, Duke Ellington, Barbra Streisand, Glenn Miller, Fred Astaire and Artie Shaw will be presented. Instructor Steve Kramer has spent a lifetime developing knowledge, expertise and presentation skills in this era of music. $99** (includes $40 in fees*)
Wed 7pm-9pm, Sep 17-Oct 15
#8867   XE 190 6364 Gateway Campus

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Learn to Sing–You Can!
Throughout the ages, song has been used to express ourselves and to connect with one another. We often sing without first establishing the crucial connection between breath, body and voice. Perhaps you have a fear of being unable to sing. Using stretches, physical and vocal exercises and techniques, instructor Izolda Trakhtenberg will teach you to connect the body to the breath, the breath to the voice, the voice to the song and the song to the group. In addition to the classes, students will receive a vocal skills practice CD to help keep the connection with their singing voice long after the course is over. $139** (includes $45 in fees*)
Mon 7pm-9pm, Sep 15-Nov 3
#9216   XE 109 6683 Oakland Mills High School

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Chorus (Major Ensemble)
Join this vocal ensemble which performs traditional and contemporary choral literature. Also available as a one-credit course (MUSC-131).

►Tue 6:30 pm-9:20pm, Aug 26-Dec 14
#5758 XE 131 6695  HCC Main Campus

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Beginning Folk Guitar
Instructor Vic Ganderson’s years of experience with HCC will help you discover your hidden talents. Learn to play traditional and contemporary songs using basic strums including flat picking and finger picking techniques as well as complex chords and progressions. Guitar required. $109** (includes $40 in fees*)
Wed 7pm-9pm, Sep 10-Oct 29
#5743   XE 301 6462 Oakland Mills High School

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Native American Flute–An Introduction
Playing music lowers stress, clears the mind, inspires creativity, and creates community. Can you imagine learning to play an instrument in as little as one day? An instrument that is portable so it can be taken anywhere? The Native American flute is famous for its hauntingly beautiful sound and is simple to learn! In this class, students will learn basic techniques, including breath control, fingering, and style. Participants will learn enough--in just the first week--to begin playing simple melodies to share with friends and family, or to add a totally new dimension to meditation practice! No prior experience or musical knowledge required. Intermediate and advanced students are welcome. Instructor Angela Blueskies is a graduate of the Peabody Institute and has performed all over the world. In order to guarantee individual attention, class participation is limited to 10 students. Register early! $200** (includes $140 in fees*)
Wed 7pm-9pm, Sep 10-Oct 15
#5792   XE 668 6690 HCC Main Campus
(Materials fee includes handcrafted, one-of-a-kind Native American flute for you to treasure and continue to use after class is completed.)

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Course Notes
*Fees not eligible for waiver.
**Neither XE courses nor their fees are eligible for waiver.
(S) = Supplies needed. Instructor will provide list at first class.
(T) = Textbook recommended or required. Purchase at HCC Bookstore or online before first class.

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