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Noncredit Continuing Education Winter/Spring 2014 Courses

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





Drawing I
Learn how to draw what you see. In-class and homework assignments consist of practice with geometric objects, still-life subjects, composition, and shadow. You will work in pencil and charcoal. The instructor will provide charcoal and paper for the first class session and hand out a supply list needed for subsequent classes. Approximate materials cost is $40 (independent purchase). $155 (includes $40 in fees*)
Tue 6:30pm-9:30pm, Mar 4-Apr 1
#9015 XI 768 M1655      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*)
►Mon 6:30pm-9pm, Apr 21-Jun 16 (No class May 26)
#8584 XE 155 6521        Oakland Mills High School (First class to be held in Hickory Ridge, Room 130)
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For art lovers who want to have fun through “doodling” with an ink pen and a little color. You can transform your illustrations into cake designs, tee shirts, and logos. $30** (fee based, no waivers)
►Sat 10am-1pm, Mar 8
#9084 XE 271 M1667     Laurel College Center
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Fashion Sketching
Develop exciting fashion sketches to express your design ideas. Starting with the basic fashion figure, this course will cover the rendering and draping of fabrics on the figure. Please bring to class: drawing pad, tracing paper pad (velum is optional), pencils, gum eraser and colored pencils or markers and fashion magazines. Instructor: Brenda Greene $55** (includes $40 in fees*)
Sat 10am-1pm, Apr 26-May 3
#0728 XE 616 M1680 Laurel College Center
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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*)
►Tue 6:30pm-9:30pm, Apr 29-May 27
#0755 XI 879 M1681      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, Mar 15-Apr 12
#9018 XI 859 M1656 Laurel College Center
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Dissecting Design ★NEW!★
This course is devoted to design exercises and discussion about composition. Pieces by various artists will be examined to discern the elements of composition and how the artists have used them in their work. Through exercises, you will break down these elements and explore different strategies to construct successful abstract pieces using primarily collage, supplemented with acrylic paint. While participants may complete one or more pieces, the main objective is to understand design concepts and how to apply them. Instructor and artist Susan Robinson has extensive experience as a gallery resident artist and adult educator. Note: Additional cost of materials estimated at $40. Supply list distributed at first class. $129** (includes $40 in fees*)
►Sat 10am-12:30pm, Apr 26-May 31 (No class May 24)
#0771 XE 156 J1687       Laurel College Center
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Design and Create Jewelry
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, Mar 3-Mar 17
#9068 XE 528 M1664 Laurel College Center
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Spring Floral Design
Work with a professional floral designer and create your own unique arrangements. Use a variety of fresh cut flowers and greens to design the floral arrangements of your choice. Learn how to assemble an unusual spring basket that will last for weeks. Make a spring floral bouquet that will bring a feeling of freshness to your home or to a friend’s. Begin summer with a creative and colorful fresh centerpiece. All supplies will be provided. Sessions will be held at Wilhide’s Flowers, 3956 Cooks Lane, Ellicott City. $70** (includes $65 in fees*)
►Tue 7pm-9:30pm, Apr 8 (Basket)
#3914 XE 612 6637       On Company Site
►Tue 7pm-9:30pm, May 20 (Bouquet)
#3909 XE 612 6635       On Company Site
►Tue 7pm-9:30pm, Jun 17 (Centerpiece)
#3912 XE 612 6636       On Company Site
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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 a 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. $129** (includes $40 in fees*)
►Thu 7pm-9pm, Apr 24-Jun 12
#3648 XE 123 6653       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, Feb 25-Mar 18
#9165 XE 401 6551       Centennial High School
►Tue 7pm-9pm, Apr 8-May 6 (No class Apr 14)
#3673 XE 401 6649       Centennial High School
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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, Mar 30 - This course is $79 (includes $50 in fees*)
#9064 XE 448 6517       Horowitz Arts Center
►Sun 9:30am-3:30pm, Apr 27
#3678 XE 448 6423       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, Jun 2-Jun 9
#3901 XE 517 8338       Gateway Campus Lab
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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, Apr 23-May 28
#3670 XE 348 6332        Oakland Mills High School
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Club Salsa/Samba
Have fun learning some of the hottest Latin dances today, dancing to rhythmic Salsa and Samba music. Instructor Raymond Clifton has taught all levels of dance, from the beginner to the advanced student, for nearly 30 years. No partner necessary. $85** (includes $40 in fees*)
►Wed 7:30pm-8:30pm, Apr 23-May 28
#8623 XE 626 6319       Fellowship Hall
(For directions to Fellowship Hall, call 443-518-4659.)
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Social Dancing: Waltz and Tango
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. Instructor Raymond Clifton has taught all levels of dance, from the beginner to the advanced student, for nearly 30 years. No partner necessary. $85** (includes $40 in fees*)
►Wed 6:30pm-7:30pm, Apr 23-May 28
#8610 XE 552 6486       Fellowship Hall
(For directions to Fellowship Hall call, 443-518-4659.)
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Swing and Cha Cha

Whether you want to swing or sway, you’ll have fun learning these two cool dances--East Coast Swing and the Cha Cha. Instructor Raymond Clifton has taught all levels of dance, from the beginner to the advanced student, for nearly 30 years. Dress comfortably and come prepared to learn some exciting and dramatic steps. No partner necessary. $85** (includes $40 in fees*)
►Mon 7pm-8pm, Apr 21-Jun 2 (No class May 26)
#8658 XE 945 6511       Fellowship Hall
(For directions to Fellowship Hall, call 443-518-4659)
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Learn to Sing–You Can! ★NEW★
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, Apr 28-Jun 23 (No class May 26)
#3096 XE 109 6308       Oakland Mills High School
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A Joyful Noise ★NEW★
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, May 10, $35 ** Family Rate
#3101 XE 117 6309 Hickory Ridge
►Sat 10am-1pm, May 10, $20** Individual Rate
#3099 XE 117 6336 Hickory Ridge
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Learn how to play the Great Highland Bagpipe without having to own one. The instrument’s history, components, scale, musical executions, and tunes are discussed. Instructor Lesley Seplaki has over 30 years of experience both playing and teaching hundreds of students in this Gaelic tradition. Absolutely no musical experience is needed for this course. A PRACTICE chanter will be used in class and may be purchased online for approximately $40. $64** (includes $40 in fees*)
►Thu 7pm-9pm, Mar 13-Mar 20
#9090 XE 308 6527       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. $119** (includes $40 in fees*)
►Wed 7pm-9pm, Apr 23-Jun 11
#3666 XE 301 6374       Oakland Mills High School
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Instant Piano for Hopelessly Busy People
If you yearn to experience the joy of playing piano but don’t want years of weekly lessons, this short course is for you. In one evening, you can learn enough technique to make piano playing part of your life, learning chords, not notes. You will learn all the chords needed to play any pop song, in many styles and keys and you will get a healthy dose of pianist tips and tricks. This is an absolute beginning class in chord piano techniques, no experience necesssary. The workbook and practice CD is provided by the instructor, Kim Taulbee, at the class. $89** (includes $65 in fees*)
►Wed 6pm-9:30pm, May 7
#8607 XE 527 6448 Gateway Campus
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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 6:30pm-9:30pm, Jun 25-Jul 16
#8642 XE 668 6113 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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