Center for Creative Living Classes

To register or for more information: (910) 695-3980 or 1-800-338-3944, ext. 3980

ARTS

Oil Painting Workshop
This workshop is for the intermediate to more advanced student. It picks up where Oil Painting Basics ends. Students bring their own supplies and typically paint in the style of the old masters, beginning the painting with a value painting base and adding layers upon layers of transparent paint. Accomplished artist Jean Frost offers tips and suggestions, and each class ends with a group critique where students help each other grow in their abilities.
Instructor: Jean Frost
109 Van Dusen Hall
$115

2012
Jul 12-Aug 16
F
9am-12pm

Oil Painting Workshop
For the intermediate to more advanced student, this workshop picks up where Oil Painting Basics ends. Bring your own supplies and paint in the style of the old masters. Begin your painting with a value painting base and add layers upon layers of transparent paint. Accomplished artist, Jean Frost, shares tips and suggestions. Each class ends with a group critique where students learn from each other. Prerequisite: Some oil painting experience and use of mediums preferred.
Instructor: Jean Frost
109 Van Dusen Hall
$154
CEU: 4.2
3006​
Sept 5-Dec 12​
Th​
9am-12pm
(no class 11/28)

Investigating Watercolor
Watercolor basics, including the four main components, paper, paint brushes and, of course, water are all highlighted in this class. Techniques to control and work with water are demonstrated. Designed for beginners or those with limited experience, this 4-week class will cover a new area starting with a still life, floral, landscape and “bring your own photo” landscape. Techniques for flowers, trees, rocks and skies will be demonstrated.
Instructor: Jean Smyth
109 Van Dusen Hall
$45
CEU: 0.8
3007​
Aug 15-Sept 5 ​
Th​
1-3pm

3008​
Oct 29-Nov 19​
T​
1-3pm

Fall Book Club
Meeting the 3rd Friday of each month, this popular book club ignites engaging discussion about the following books:
September 20: Frederick Douglas: Prophet of Freedom by David W. Blight
October 18: Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens
November 15: All the King’s Men by Robert Penn Warren
Facilitator: JoAnne Ashton
Teresa C. Wood Reading Room, Boyd Library
FREE (Registration required)
CEU: 0.8
3009​
Sept 20-Nov 15​
F​
2-4pm
Class meets every 3rd Friday.

Ceramic Designs
Interspersed throughout this course is discussion on the history and trends of heritage art. Learn tips to outfit an appropriate studio and explore hand build ceramic forms using various techniques. Unique form is the key to any successful artist. Learn from an artist who has perfected her technique all while providing valuable insight and business tips into her art. This course challenges pottery students and potential entrepreneurs at all levels with both group and individual instruction.
Instructor: Sandra Hastings
002 Kennedy Hall
$130
CEU: 3.6
3010​
Sept 4-Oct 16​
MW​
5:30-8:30pm
No class 10/14.

3011​
Oct 28-Dec 11​
MW​
5:30pm-8:30pm
No class 11/11 & 11/27.

Floral Design with Margaret
Are you interested in making beautiful floral arrangements or working for or owning a florist? Learn from a local florist how to craft stunning creations with containers and accessories. She will teach design, color and texture and how to market your pieces. Bring your creative spirit.
Instructor: Margaret Smith
109 Van Dusen Hall
$75
CEU: 2.0
3012​
Sept 9-Nov 18 ​
M​
6-8:30pm
No class Nov 11.

Landscape Design for the Sandhills
Designed to teach the principles of landscape design, how to properly maintain plant materials and how to complete a design of your own. Gain a basic knowledge of plant materials and maintenance to create your own enviable design.
Instructor: Dee Johnson
109 Van Dusen Hall
$75
CEU: 1.8
3013​
Sept 5-Nov 7 ​
Th​
6-8pm
No class 10/17.

The Joy of Knitting
According to the Harvard Gazette, “Knitting has just exploded” among all ages and genders. Knitters “work their needle magic for community, relaxation, and often for charity.” Knitting engages the body and mind and releases tension and stress. Create amazing handmade designs from yarn and other accessories. Bring a pair of size 7, 8, or 9 knitting needles, yarn, and project ideas to each class. From beginners to more advanced, all knitters are welcome. Join yarn artist Letitia Rivera for an enjoyable knitting experience. Supplies available at local craft stores.
Instructor: Letitia Rivera
109 Van Dusen Hall
$60
CEU: 1.8
3014​
Sept 10-Nov 5 ​
Th​
9-11am

UPDATED! Quilting for Beginners
Do you love fabric? If so, this class will introduce participants to the basics of quilting. Classes include lessons on fabric and pattern selection, cutting, piecing and sewing, quilting and binding your own quilt. Various techniques and methods such as patchwork and paper piecing, applique, curves, and others will be presented at each class. Participants can progress at their own pace finishing projects in class or at home. A working sewing machine, some basic sewing supplies, thread and fabric is all that will be needed to get started on this lifelong craft.
Instructor: Jean McGrayne, Sandhills Quilters Guild member
109 Van Dusen Hall
$115
CEU: 2.0
3015​
Sept 4-Nov 6 ​
W​
6-8pm

FITNESS & FILM

Explore Yoga
Are you interested in learning about the yoga practice and all of its benefits? This class is both informative and engaging and designed for all levels. Develop a safe physical practice and learn how the physical aspect is just one component of the mind body connection. Learn stress reduction techniques, develop strength, and gain flexibility. Bring your own mat.
Instructor: Mercedes Ani Saulsbury, E-RYT 500 (Experienced Registered Yoga Teacher), Certified AcroYoga Teacher, Meditation teacher, Reiki Master, Thai massage practitioner & Intuitive Healer
112 Blue Hall
$145
CEU: 4.8
3016 ​
Aug 19-Dec11 ​
MW​
9-10:30am
No class 9/2, 10/14, 11/11, 11/25 & 11/27.

3017​
Aug 20-Dec12​
TTh​
5:30pm-7:00pm
No class 11/26 & 11/28.

AcroYoga
AcroYoga is a physical practice combining yoga and acrobatics in order to create community through beautiful and balanced routines with partners and groups. The practice includes a dynamic solar side as well as a healing therapeutic lunar side. No experience or partner is necessary. This is a beginner course but open to all levels.
Instructor: Mercedes Ani Saulsbury, E-RYT 500 (Experienced Registered Yoga Teacher), Certified AcroYoga Teacher, Meditation teacher, Reiki Master, Thai massage practitioner & Intuitive Healer
112 Blue Hall
$104
CEU: 2.6
3018 ​
Aug 19-Dec 9 ​
M​
5:30-7:30pm
No class 9/2, 10/14, 11/11 & 11/25.

Meditation Exploration
You brush your teeth twice a day, right? Then why leave the house before brushing your mind? Learn tools to a regular meditation practice. Calm your body, mind, and soul while finding awareness of your true being.
Instructor: Mercedes Ani Saulsbury, E-RYT 500 (Experienced Registered Yoga Teacher), Certified AcroYoga Teacher, Meditation teacher, Reiki Master, Thai massage practitioner & Intuitive Healer
112 Blue Hall
$85
CEU: 2.4
3019 ​
Aug 23-Dec 13 ​
F​
8:30-10:00am
No class 11/29.

Tai Chi Basics
Tai Chi is a fun, non-competitive activity for all ages combining movement, relaxation and breathing. Increase and enhance the flow of energy in the body. Improve balance and reduce stress to improve circulation and enhance both physical and mental well-being. Learn and practice the basic postures of the Tai Chi 24 Form/Beijing Form.
Instructor: Hoyle Purvis
112 Blue Hall
$145
CEU: 3.0
3020 ​
Aug 27-Dec 12 ​
TTh​
4-5pm
No class 11/26 & 11/28.

Tai Chi Practice
Tai Chi Practice continues to improve and refine postures learned in Tai Chi Basics and adds various Qi Gong exercises for enhanced stress reduction and improved wellness. The class provides a time and place for like-minded people to gather and practice the Beijing Form. Working knowledge of the Beijing Form is required.
Instructor: Hoyle Purvis
112 Blue Hall
$145
CEU: 3.0
3021 ​
Aug 27-Dec 12 ​
TTh​
3-4pm
No class 11/26 & 11/28.

Cinematic Chemistry: Movie Mating Magic
Come explore how serendipitous casting can turn an ordinary movie into a masterpiece of cinema. These films are sure to show how the right pairings-like the perfect wine with an unusual entrée – can elicit laughs, sighs, and tears as the human dynamic unfolds in the dark.
Instructor: Ron Layne, MA
Clement Dining Room, Dempsey Student Center
$45
CEU: 1.2
3022 ​
Oct 17-Nov 14 ​
Th​
2-4:30pm

Silent Film Comedy is Still Modern Comedy – Film Series
Join us for a five-week exploration into the influence of silent comedy on the gymnastics of action filmmaking. Observe the intergenerational and historical links between comedy from the past century and comedy today. Learn to appreciate the artistry of comedians who worked without dialogue and created visual metaphors to convey profound human concerns. You will also appreciate the influence of these masters of comedy on modern dance and gymnastic achievement. Discuss the work of female comics of the past and their influence on creating feminist and male impersonation characters on such programs as Saturday Night Live. Discover silent film comedians who are as fresh and relevant as today’s comedians. Everyone appreciates comedy. It’s a major part of our entertainment viewing.
Instructor: Kevin Lewis, Film Historian
109 Van Dusen Hall
$45
CEU: 1.2
3023 ​
Sept 9-Oct 7 ​
M​
2-4:30pm

FINANCIAL

Financial 101: Back to Basics
In this four-week class, focus on financial topics building a baseline understanding of investment economic terms and definitions. Survey the financial landscape from a beginner’s perspective laying a foundation for your future. Topics include: budget and healthy spending, how to create a sustainable annual budget, benefits of a college savings plan and how to maximize and create employer sponsored retirement plans. Discover the value of basic financial instruments: stocks, bonds, mutual funds, life insurance, long-term care and annuities.
Instructor: Melanie Granville, Financial Planner
103 Van Dusen Hall
$25
CEU: 4.5
3024​
Aug 20-27 ​
TTh​
6-7:30pm

Financial Decision Making for Retirees
Certified Senior Advisor, Noelle Granville, covers investment and estate planning, income tax reduction and insurance planning, proper portfolio balance to reduce investment risk, getting more income from investments, reducing probate costs and long-term care planning.
Instructor: Noelle Granville, CSA
109 Van Dusen Hall
$35
CEU: 0.8
3025​
Sept 10-Oct 1 ​
T​
3-5pm

Financial Fraud and Identity Theft: Protecting Yourself in an Unsecure World
Learn to safeguard your accounts from hackers, viruses and scams and to understand the latest Social Security fraud and identity theft schemes. Discover how to avoid costly mistakes with your secure information. Learn to protect your credit report and ways to ‘lock’ or secure your credit report from perpetrators while learning about current schemes targeted at retirees.
Instructor: Noelle Granville, CSA
109 Van Dusen Hall
FREE (Registration required)
CEU: 0.1
3026​
Oct 22​
T​
6-7pm

Mutual Fund Investing for Retirees
Designed to better equip retirees in mutual fund investing. Course covers various types of mutual funds, expenses, evaluating and balancing funds, mutual funds inside your portfolio, load vs. no-load, funds within annuities and using strategies.
Instructor: Noelle Granville, CSA
109 Van Dusen Hall
$35
CEU: 0.6
3027​
Oct 15-29 ​
T​
3-5pm

Year End Financial Strategies
Join Certified Financial Planner TM Melanie Granville Nichols in her new course, Year-End tax Strategies as she explains year-end techniques to reduce income and estate taxes. The course will detail key deductions and credits, charitable giving, gifting required minimum distributions, retirement plan contributions, tax-loss harvesting, net investment income tax and much more,
Instructor: Melanie Granville, Financial Planner
103 Van Dusen Hall
$25
CEU: 0.3
3028​
Nov 7-14 ​
Th​
6-7:30pm

PERSONAL ENRICHMENT AND LECTURE SERIES

We the People: The Many Faces of America
America as the melting pot, a rich mix of cultures and faiths, ethnicities and geographies—this is a metaphor that artists and writers often adopted to express both the diversity of our fellow citizens and the tensions many experienced when different constituencies were at odds. Our discussions focus on decades when painters recorded the formation of new communities, for example Robert Henri’s and George Luks’s paintings of immigrant families who crowded into New York in the early 1900s and Archibald Motley’s and Jacob Lawrence’s images of the Harlem Renaissance in the 1920s and 30s. In the 30s artists like Georgia O’Keeffe discovered the indigenous Native American communities in New Mexico, attracted to the lessons of scale and values they offered for industrialized America. By 1950, the idea of community had become universalized, so that when Edward Steichen exhibited his Family of Man photographs in 1955 at the Museum of Modern Art, visitors were able to identify with a global family, one that transcended politics and class.
Instructor: Molly Gwinn, PhD
109 Van Dusen Hall
$45
CEU: 0.8
3029 ​
Sept 18-Oct 23 ​
W ​
2-4pm
No class 10/2 & 10/9.

Land of the Free, Home of the Brave – Part III
Join Peter Yellin, former Chief Prosecutor for Military Trails with the 2nd Marine Division at Camp Lejeune and former Chief of Staff to the New York and Arkansas Attorneys General, for Part III of the candid and highly interactive discussions of contemporary events. This class will feature the Rule of Law, with emphasis on Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s report, the Department of Justice, and the FBI. Congressional oversight and the role of the Federal Judiciary will be highlighted.
Instructor: Peter Yellin
109 Van Dusen Hall
Free (registration required & limited seating)
CEU: 0.4
3030 ​
Oct 1 & 15 ​
T ​
1-3pm

The Israeli/Palestinian Dilemma: One Step Forward and Two Steps Back
Join Jason Criss Howk, Major (Retired) U.S. Army Foreign Area Officer, M.A. Middle East and South Asia Studies, Naval Postgraduate School in a study of Evolution, Confrontations, more.
Instructor: Jason Criss Howk
109 Van Dusen Hall
$45
CEU: 0.8
3031​
Sept 18-Oct 9​
W​
10am-12pm

Understanding Vaccines and their Role in the Prevention of Disease
Vaccines are major topics in both the mainstream and social media. Do you know their compositions, how they are developed, or how they work? This course discusses the history of vaccination; types of vaccines and the immune response; specific vaccines for children and adults; potential future vaccines in development; a detailed look at influenza vaccine, and exposure of vaccine myths. Improve your knowledge and understanding of vaccines to increase your confidence in the science of vaccination and reduce vaccine hesitancy. Serious diseases are still out there and vaccines play a major role in protecting individuals and the entire community from these diseases.
Instructor: Edward Balkovic, PhD
102 Van Dusen Hall
$45
CEU: 0.8
3032​
Oct 8-29 ​
T​
2-4pm

Understanding the Modern American Military and Intelligence Community
Join Jason Criss Howk, Major (Retired) U.S. Army Foreign Area Officer, M.A. Middle East and South Asia Studies, Naval Postgraduate School look inside the most important military units and intelligence agencies that are working 24-hours a day around the globe.
Instructor: Jason Criss Howk
109 Van Dusen Hall
$45
CEU: 0.8
3033​
Oct 30-Nov 20 ​
W​
10am-12pm

Civility in Public Discourse: Agree to Disagree
Propose a topic; develop well-rounded perspectives and appreciations; and learn to agree to disagree in a civil, well-intended manner. Peter Holmes leads discussion and engagement in this thought-provoking class allowing you to learn from each other on the topic at hand and, as a result, come to an understanding–not an agreement necessarily, but learn to reach a civil disagreement. “It’s what we need in today’s society,” says Holmes. Peter Holmes spent his 38-year professional career in Washington DC serving in a variety of positions including Director of the US Department of Health, Education and Welfare’s office for Civil Rights from 1973 to 1975 making him responsible for the Title VI and Title IX anti-discrimination laws with respect to federally-assisted health, welfare, elementary, secondary and higher education institutions.
Instructor: Peter Holmes
102/103 Van Dusen Hall
$45
CEU: 0.6
3034​
Sept 10-Oct 3​
TTh
​10-11:30am

Focus Power – Taming the Dragons
Once we’ve developed fundamental skills for any task, the primary causes that keep us from performing are best are doubt, tension and lapses of concentration. Gain basic knowledge and skills to help you tame these annoying dragons. It becomes essential to have a sharp awareness of thoughts, beliefs, emotions and actions to make daily choices that either fuel or tame. Sessions includes written exercises with practice of both mental and physical exercises. There is extensive research proving the validity of all techniques presented which can also have an amazing impact of health and wellbeing. Session 1: Body to Mind. Session 2: Mind to Body.
Instructor: Karen Wheeler, RN-BC, RHC, CCP, MGCP
201 Van Dusen Hall
FREE (Registration required)
CEU: 6.0
3035​
Sept 12 & 19​
Th​
5:30-8:30pm

LANGUAGES

Sign Language for Beginners
An introduction to Sign Language used in the Deaf and Hard of Hearing Community. Whether using in the workplace or for personal, learn to build vocabulary, understand how a sign is formed, and learn the language of everyday conversation including fingerspelling and the importance of facial expression in conveying a message through non-verbal communication.
Instructor: Garris Egbert
210 Van Dusen Hall
$75
CEU: 1.6
3036​
Aug 20-Oct 15 ​
T​
6-8pm
No class 9/3.

Sign Language II
Introducing additional vocabulary allowing students to become more comfortable communicating with American Sign Language (ASL) in the Deaf and Hard of Hearing Community. Learn more about facial expressions and non-verbal communication markers for both personal and workplace use. Prerequisite of Sign Language for Beginners or prior experience.
Instructor: Garris Egbert
210 Van Dusen Hall
$75
CEU: 1.6
3037​
Oct 22-Dec 10 ​
T​
6-8pm

French Beginning Conversation
Whether you need to speak French for business or personal reasons, our classes are a great way to learn. Beginning lessons cover asking and responding to simple questions using basic vocabulary. Engage in simple conversations and interact in social, business, and travel situations. Students read a variety of basic written materials and learn to write simple sentences needed in everyday life.
Instructor: Liuba Keller Wofford , Linguist
206 Van Dusen Hall
$75 + text
CEU: 2.0
3038​
Aug 21-Sept 25​
MW​
6-8pm
No class 9/2.

French II Conversation
A continuation of French Beginning, focus on the fundamental elements of the French language within a cultural context. Emphasis is placed on the progressive development of listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills. Upon completion, you will comprehend and respond with increasing proficiency to spoken and written French and demonstrate further cultural awareness. Prerequisite: French Beginning Conversation or prior experience.
Instructor: Liuba Keller Wofford , Linguist
206 Van Dusen Hall
$75 + text
CEU: 2.0
3039​
Oct 7-Nov 13​
MW​
6-8pm
No class 10/14 & 11/11.

Italian Beginning Conversation
America the “melting pot” entices the lifelong learner whether you want to speak Italian for business, travel or personal enrichment. Learn la bella lingua. Develop basic vocabulary and expressions used in everyday situations. Students read a variety of basic written materials and learn to write simple sentences needed in everyday life.
Instructor: Liuba Keller Wofford , Linguist
214 Van Dusen Hall
$75 + text
CEU: 2.0
3040​
Sept 24-Oct 24​
TTh
​6-8pm

Italian II Conversation
A continuation of Italian Beginning focus on the fundamentals of the Italian language within a cultural context. Designed for students who are planning to travel or those who have distinct business needs. Prerequisite: Italian Beginning Conversation or prior experience.
Instructor: Liuba Keller Wofford , Linguist
214 Van Dusen Hall
$75 + text
CEU: 2.0
3041​
Nov 5-Dec 10​
TTh​
6-8pm
No class 11/28.

Spanish Beginning Conversation
Join this lively and animated Spanish instructor and learn basic Spanish fundamentals of conversation for work or pleasure while also learning about the Spanish culture. Instructor Saulsbury is a native of Madrid, Spain and studied languages at the Berlitz School.
Instructor: Mercedes Saulsbury, SCC Instructor for 26+ years
207 Van Dusen Hall
$75 + text
CEU: 2.0
3042​
Sept 9-Oct 9​
MW​
6-8pm

Spanish II Conversation
Designed for students who plan to travel or those who have a distinct business need. Prerequisite: Spanish Beginning Conversation or prior experience.
Instructor: Mercedes Saulsbury, SCC Instructor for 26+ years
207 Van Dusen Hall
$75 + text
CEU: 2.0
3043​
Oct 21-Nov 25​
MW​
6-8pm
No class 11/11.

 

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