STUDENTS 50+ EDUCATION PROGRAM
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POETRY FOR THE FREE SPIRITED
Want to learn to write poetry or just to improve your writing skills? This is a step-by-step, hands-on workshop to answer several questions. What should I write about? What is the right form for my poems? What common problems affect the work of new poets, and how can I avoid them?
CREATIVE WRITING: THE PLOT THICKENS
A plot is not a story, nor does every story have a strong plot. In this course, you will learn to develop plots that captivate, motivate and invigorate. Learn the difference between plot, story, story line and theme. Plots are events, and stories reveal how characters react to those events. Homework assignments and class discussion will soon have you writing stories with strong plots because there is nothing like a writers' workshop to thicken the plot.
Prerequisites: No experience necessary.
This course focuses on writing your memoirs, which are autobiographical, honest and not restricted to chronology. You will write about an event, period of time or situation in your life, and then read it to the class, who will ask questions or provide feedback in a positive manner. Students will be given 'thought notes' and guides for topics to consider. Most of the writing will be done outside of class; however, students do need to bring a notepad and pen to class. Your writing is not submitted or graded and grammar and spelling are of no concern. As you listen to what others have written, memories may come to you, and you will learn more about yourself.
Supplies: At the first class meeting, students will need to bring a notepad and pen. Additional supplies may be necessary and will be discussed at the first class meeting.
Drawing and Painting
Improve your observation skills gain the skills to translate what you see onto paper. Regardless of skill level, anyone can learn fundamental drawing techniques to enhance their creative capabilities. This course, for beginners as well as those who are more advanced, takes a look at drawing through a series of related steps and diverse techniques.
Supplies: For the first class meeting, please bring a sketchbook, pencils and two erasers, Kneaded, Magic, or a similar brand. Additional supplies are required for this course; the instructor will hand out a supply list at the first class meeting.
Textbooks: No Textbook Required.
PAINTING: OIL OR ACRYLIC
Choose from oil or acrylic and learn a wide variety of technical and conceptual areas, including still-life, landscape, portraiture and abstraction. This is a great one-on-one course with lots of individual attention. Beginners to advanced painters are welcome.
Supplies: The course supply list is available at first class meeting, but bring whatever art supplies you already have to the first class.
Textbooks: No Textbook Required.
Learn to speak French through reading, writing, listening and speaking. Basic grammatical concepts and useful travel and business vocabulary will be covered.
Textbooks: French the Fast and Fun Way
GARDENING WITH THE MASTERS
Presented by the Dallas County Master Gardeners, these lectures are designed to help homeowners with their personal landscape needs focusing on the spring and summer seasons and will provide information about protection for your plants and how to improve your landscape.
HOW MUCH DO YOU KNOW ABOUT THE ISSUES THAT AFFECT US?
How we get our news and what it says to us is changing dramatically. This course will challenge students to make choices in determining the sources of their news information. It will also assist them in selecting what events and topics deserve research and discussion in order to understand their impact on our lives.
PIANO, PART I
Students will learn to play cords and gain a basic understanding of harmony while developing music reading skills.
Textbooks: Adult Piano Adventures, by Nancy and Randall Faber. Book 1
COOK TO LIVE
Students will learn how to prepare simple, delicious foods aimed at inspiring a lifelong celebration of a healthy diet. Explore the six basic ingredients every cook should have on hand. The instructor will provide creative ideas for serving vegetables, making soups and cooking meat; and guidance on how to shop for the necessary ingredients to make healthy, satisfying meals and snacks. Food demonstrations will be presented in every class.
RELEASE YOUR PAST FOR A NEW YOU
This course will use an interactive step-process with handouts and exercises from the instructor's book Move Past Your Past - a process for freeing your life. You will create empowerment in various areas of your life, such as awareness, fear, anger, doubt, forgiveness and self-sabotage.
FINANCIAL MISTAKES TO AVOID DURING RETIREMENT
PIANO, PART II
Prerequisites: Piano Class, previous private instruction, or permission of the instructor.
Continue learning and loving to play the piano. Together in a group setting, our students can improve their skills in reading standard music symbols and of the reading-playing process. You will practice what you are learning with in-class performance too. Students must have access to either an acoustic piano or an 88-key touch-sensitive electronic keyboard.
PREPARE YOURSELF AND YOUR MARRIAGE FOR RETIREMENT