STUDENTS 50+ EDUCATION PROGRAM
Cooking and Culinary Art
COOK TO LIVE
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.
What if you really did decide to write your memoirs? This course focuses on the practice and development of the memoir: the narrative composed from personal experience. Memoirs are autobiographical but aren't limited to the restrictions of adhering to chronology. Each student will choose a subject or event in their life and then write a short account that will be read to the group for evaluation as to suitability, style and effectiveness. At the conclusion of the course, each student will have generated sketches of their life and experience that can serve as a permanent record.
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
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.
ARE AMERICAN NEWSPAPERS FACING EXTINCTION? - PART I
Learn why your traditional newspaper has become almost an afterthought in providing daily news and whether it's too late for most newspapers to survive in the Internet Age. Trace the history of American journalism and why the press is the only non-governmental organization offered protection in the U.S. Constitution. Explore the explosion of Internet content and learn the differences among blogs, non-newspaper "news" sites, and Web video content.
Your instructor is Barry Hoffman, a news executive whose journalism experience has spanned more than 45 years and included radio news broadcasting, reporting and editing with United Press International, and top editor assignments at major newspaper companies, including Gannett and Times Mirror.
PIANO, PART 1
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
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
PREPARE YOURSELF & YOUR MARRIAGE FOR RETIREMENT
Computer Training for Senior Adults
For additional senior adult courses not listed in this schedule, please contact Janice Groeneman, coordinator for Senior Adult Education Programs at 972-860-4698.
* CONCURRENT: TIPS/TRICKS FOR WINDOWS 8
* CONCURRENT: EXCEL 2013, PART TWO