Fine Arts Classes


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No. 217 THE ART OF STORY TELLING (HS RM C321)

Tuesdays, January 14th

7:00 - 8:30 pm (5-weeks)

Instructor: Kaycee Sewchok

R $30; NR $35; GC $25 

What makes a good story?  This course will explore the art of oral storytelling. It will provide a variety of storytelling techniques utilizing different writing exercises, storytelling styles and active speaking exercises to enhance the understanding and delivery of telling stories.  It is not about how to fabricate a story, but rather how to structure your ideas into a compelling story and present them as an enticing public speaker.

 

No. 104 Make a Memory T-Shirt Quilt (HS RM D102)

Mondays, January 13th

6:00-9:00 pm   (7-weeks)                          

INSTRUCTOR: Pam Bice

R $84; NR $88; GC $80

Gather those T-shirts and finally create that quilt you have been planning to make for years. Together, we will design, prepare, assemble, quilt and bind your shirts into a quilt that will preserve your special memories. Tee Shirt quilts make wonderful graduation gifts!  In this class, you will get general information on quilting, as well as plan and design the quilt.  You will have to bring in T-shirts and other supplies will vary based upon the design and size of the quilt.  After we finalize your custom design, you will assemble the quilt, work with ¼” seams, do sashing and borders and quilting and binding. 
Students should bring in washed (without fabric softener or dryer sheets) tee shirts, pencils, and a measuring tape to the first class.

 

No. 309 GOTHIC SHORT STORIES (HS RM C308)

Wednesdays, January 15th

6:30-8:00 pm (5-weeks)                            

INSTRUCTOR:  Rebecca Carpenter

R $36; NR $39; GC $32

The genre of Southern Gothic has enjoyed a revival in recent years in television, movies, and music.  We may not be able to reproduce dripping live oaks, swamps, and sinister characters lurking in the bayous in Pittsburgh, in the winter, but we'll try!  As a group, we will look at some eerie, often unnerving, and always provocative stories by Faulkner, Capote, O'Connor, Welty, and McCullers.                

 

No. 306 THE PROBLEM OF HAMLET (HS RM C308)

Wednesdays, February 19th

6:30-8:00 pm (5-weeks)                            

INSTRUCTOR:  Rebecca Carpenter

R $36; NR $39; GC $32

We will delve into this mysterious, delicate, and powerful conundrum of a play.  What actually happens?  Who is ultimately responsible for so much chaos and tragedy?  And then there is the "problem" of Hamlet himself.  When the class concludes, the goal is we can all say, "Alas, Hamlet, we know it well."

 

No. 411 WINTER SCRAPBOOKING (HS RM C320)

DATE: Thursdays, January 16th

7:00 - 9:00 pm (6-weeks)

Instructor: Victoria Collier

R $45; NR $50; GC $41 

NO CLASS: 1/30

Enjoy learning and developing scrapbooking techniques in order to create scrapbook pages. You will be able to take your cherished pictures and create a pictorial history preserving your memories for future generations. No experience needed.  Participants will be contacted before the first class and asked to bring in theme related scrapbooking materials each week.  Scissors, glue, tape, markers, etc will be provided.

 

No. 409 Journaling Our Adventures (HS RM C302)

DATE: Thursdays, January 16th

7:00 - 8:00 pm (8-weeks)

Instructor: Mia McPherson

R $40; NR $44; GC $36 

NO CLASS: 1/30

We all have our favorite stories that we like to tell, memorable events to recount, and even sage advice that deserves to be passed along for generations to come. It’s time to write it down! In this class, we’ll begin the process of journaling—or writing down your thoughts and experiences—using thought-provoking writing prompts. Then we’ll develop select journal entries into short stories that can be shared with family and friends, posted publicly in a blog, or simply used for your own personal writing therapy and entertainment.

 

No. 215 Private Guitar Lessons (HS Room D203)

Tuesdays, January 14th (6-weeks)

5:00 pm-9:00 pm (TBD)

Instructor: Bob Biskup

R: $150; NR: $160; GC: $140 

Have you ever considered learning the guitar?  Now is the time to get a feel for this instrument in this 6-week course.  These six 45 minute sessions will provide you with some basic theory as you learn to play 2- 3 songs!  The Office of Continuing Education will contact you one week prior to the beginning of the class to arrange your personal lesson time Tuesday evenings.  About the instructor: Bob Biskup has taught piano and guitar lessons privately and publicly in Pittsburgh Schools for over 20 years.  He is a director at his local church choir as well as performs there.   

 

No. 216 Introduction to Piano (HS Room D203)

Tuesdays, January 14th (6-weeks)

5:00 pm-9:00 pm (TBD)

Instructor: Bob Biskup

R: $150; NR: $160; GC: $140 

Have you ever wanted to try to learn the piano?  Now is the time to get a feel for this instrument in this 6-week course.  These six 45 minute sessions will provide you with some basic theory as you learn to play 2- 3 songs!  The Office of Continuing Education will contact you one week prior to the beginning of the class to arrange your personal lesson time Tuesday evenings.  About the instructor: Bob Biskup has taught piano and guitar lessons privately and publicly in Pittsburgh Schools for over 20 years.  He is a director at his local church choir as well as performs there.   

 

No. 206 GREAT UNKOWN MOVIES (Offsite)

Tuesday, January 21st

7:00-9:30 pm (9-weeks)                            

INSTRUCTOR:  Elaine Wertheim (Limit 20)

R $65; NR $68; GC $62

Series will include CHINESE TAKE-AWAY, THE FAREWELL and 7 other worthwhile films. NEW STUDENTS CALL ELAINE WERTHEIM AFTER REGISTERING 412-341-4463.                              

No. 403 GREAT UNKOWN MOVIES (Offsite)

Thursday, January 23rd                

7:00-9:30 pm (9-weeks)                            

INSTRUCTOR:  Elaine Wertheim (Limit 20)

R $65; NR $68; GC $62

Series will include CHINESE TAKE-AWAY, THE FAREWELL and 7 other worthwhile films. NEW STUDENTS CALL ELAINE WERTHEIM AFTER REGISTERING 412-341-4463.

 

No. 402 PAINTING FOUNDATIONS (HS RM C314)

Thursdays, January 16th            

6:30-8:30 pm (8-weeks)                                           

INSTRUCTOR: Michael Thomas    

R $75; NR $78; GC $68

NO CLASS: 1/30

Always wanted to express your ideas or emotions through images or color? In this class we will be learning how to paint in either acrylic or oil paints. Students will learn proper techniques and basic color theory for making desired colors and outcomes.

 

No. 112 WATERCOLOR PAINTING FUNDAMENTALS (HS RM C314)

Mondays, January 27th

6:00-8:30 pm (10-weeks)            

INSTRUCTOR: Gail Bodkin (Limit 15)       

R $75; NR $78; GC $68

Learn how to successfully manipulate the four elements of Watercolor painting techniques.  Theory, hands on, will be presented while completing painting projects, taught at slow pace.  First class will discuss recommended material and demonstrate basic techniques.  

 

No. 305 WATERCOLOR BEYOND THE FUNDAMENTALS (HS RM C314)

Wednesdays, January 29th

6:00-8:30 pm (10-weeks)                                         

INSTRUCTOR: Gail Bodkin (Limit 15)

R $75; NR $78; GC $68

Build on your fundamental watercolor skills while completing painting projects.  Explore different styles of watercolor painting while beginning to develop your own styles.  Please bring your basic watercolor supplies to first class. 

 

No. 406 LEARN TO DRAW THROUGH COMICS (HS RM C-312)

Thursdays, January 16th                           

6:30-8:00 pm (6-weeks)

INSTRUCTOR: Howard Bender

R $45; NR $50; GC $40

NO CLASS: 1/30

Learn to make your own comic book characters!  Create your own superheroes, heroines and villains with their own fantastic worlds and stories! Learn the fundamentals of human form and anatomy, how to create stunning sequential and compelling panel layouts using perspective and foreshortening techniques that make your characters pop off of the page! Students will draw and put together their own 8 page comic book with cover and 7 page story.  Materials needed: number 2 pencils, separate eraser, 9” X 12” drawing pad, colored pencils and ruler and your imagination.

 

Howard Bender a professional illustrator – has drawn many cartoons and illustrations for newspapers, children’s books and many comic books for DC Comics, Marvel, Disney and others. Characters and titles include Superman, Spider-Man, The Legion of Super-Heroes, Ghostbusters, Micronauts, Archie and Richie Rich. Mr. Bender has also been involved in creating and drawing his own original characters and titles, Mr. Fixitt, Billy & Pop and the Sherlock Holmes Minute Mysteries.  Memberships: The National Cartoonists Society, Pittsburgh Society of Illustrators, The International Society of Caricaturist Artists

 

No. 301 DRAWING 101 (HS RM C-312)

Wednesdays, January 15th                      

6:30-8:00 pm (6-weeks)

INSTRUCTOR: Howard Bender

R $45; NR $50; GC $40  

Unleash your creativity and discover your fundamental drawing skills, abilities, and personal modes of expression with the use of basic drawing.  Work in charcoal, pencil, ink, wash, and other materials learning to use line, value, gesture, and perspective.  Students will work with a variety of subjects, including the figure, still life, and landscape and explore patterns, shapes and color.  Learning a strong foundation in drawing will support work in all of the visual arts.             

 

Howard Bender a professional illustrator – has drawn many cartoons and illustrations for newspapers, children’s books and many comic books for DC Comics, Marvel, Disney and others. Characters and titles include Superman, Spider-Man, The Legion of Super-Heroes, Ghostbusters, Micronauts, Archie and Richie Rich. Mr. Bender has also been involved in creating and drawing his own original characters and titles, Mr. Fixitt, Billy & Pop and the Sherlock Holmes Minute Mysteries.  Memberships: The National Cartoonists Society, Pittsburgh Society of Illustrators, The International Society of Caricaturist Artists