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Creative Living Classes to Begin at SCC in January

Closeup of brush and palette.

From painting to languages and cooking, there’s something for everyone in these upcoming Creative Living offerings. Whether you’re looking to challenge yourself by taking a new class or deepen your understanding of a particular topic, Sandhills Community College’s Center for Creative Living can help you reach your personal goals in order to achieve a more intellectually rewarding life.

Arts, Crafts, Hobbies and Business Opportunities

One of the best ways to improve your art is by copying master paintings. Students will copy a painting in easy steps that make their work successful with instructor Harry Neely. In “Copy this Master Oil Painting” students will practice transferring the drawing to their canvas, composition, the use of color and what making their art have “carrying power.”  Students will get an update on paints, brushes, and materials as well as the “new” Best Oil Painting Practices.  This is a class for beginning or continuing oil painters that will move their art to a more professional level.

“Copy this Master Oil Painting” will be held on Tuesdays, Jan. 21-Feb. 11 from 1-3 p.m. The cost is $65.

Students will learn from a local florist how to craft stunning creations with containers and accessories in “Floral Design with Margaret.” She will teach design, color, texture, and how to market pieces. Students should bring their creative spirit.

“Floral Design with Margaret” will be held on Mondays, Jan. 27-March 16 from 6-8 p.m. The cost is $75.

“Spring Book Club” ignites engaging discussion about the following books: Votes for Women! American Suffragists and the Battle for the Ballot by Winifred Conkling, Educated: A Memoir by Tara Westover, An American Marriage: A Novel by Tayari Jones, The Trip to Bountiful by Horton Foote, The Island of Sea Women by Lisa See, and The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows.

“Spring Book Club” will be held on the third Friday of January, February, March, and April and the third Thursday in May and June from 2-4 p.m.

Dance, Fitness & Film

“Line Dancing” is for students interested in improving their skills and confidence on the dance floor. This two-hour class is for all levels of dancers from beginners to intermediate. The latest in country music will move students through fun choreographed dances. Students don’t need a partner, just music and a variety of steps. After six weeks, students will feel confident on the dance floor at any party/event.

“Line Dancing” will be held on Wednesdays, Jan. 29-March 4 from 6-8 p.m. The cost is $75.

“Explore Yoga” is both informative and engaging and designed for all levels. Students will develop a safe physical practice and learn how the physical aspect is just one component of the mind-body connection. Students will learn stress reduction techniques, develop strength, and gain flexibility. Students should bring their own mat.

“Explore Yoga” will be held on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, Jan. 13-May 8 from 9-10:30 a.m. The cost is $288. A second class will be held on Tuesdays and Thursdays, Jan. 14-May 7 from 5:30-7 p.m. The cost is $192.

Students will learn tools to a regular meditation practice in “Meditation Exploration.” Students will calm their body, mind, and soul while finding awareness of their true being. This class will be held on Wednesdays, Jan. 15-May 6 from 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. The cost is $136.

“Restorative Yoga” in the practice of asanas (yoga postures), each held for longer than in conventional classes, often with the support of props; such as bolsters and blocks, to relax the body.  Join in as we bring balance by carving out some time to rest. Through this practice, we will release excess tension while allowing the body and the nervous system to restore.

“Restorative Yoga” will be held on Fridays, Jan. 17-May 8 from 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. The cost is $96.

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. In “Tai Chi Practice,” students will improve balance and reduce stress to improve circulation and enhance both physical and mental well-being. Students will learn and practice the basic postures of the Tai Chi 24 Form/Beijing Form.

“Tai Chi Practice” will be held on Tuesdays and Thursdays, Jan. 21-May 7 from 3-4 p.m. The cost is $145.

Financial

Retiree’s financial concerns are discussed in “Financial Planning for Retirees” including estate and insurance planning, income tax reduction, portfolio balance to reduce risk, getting more income from investments, reducing probate costs and estate taxes, and long-term care planning.

“Financial Planning for Retirees” will be held on Wednesdays, Jan. 22-Feb. 19 from 3-5 p.m. The cost is $35.

Personal Enrichment and Lecture Series

In reaction to the increasing materialism, urbanism, and corruption of religious and political institutions of late 19th-century European culture, a number of artists sought new sources for their art in spiritualism and Eastern religions. Discussion in “Dreamers and Visionaries: Vincent van Gogh, Odilon Redon, and Hilma af Klint” will focus on three of the best known and beloved of these painters, Van Gogh, Redon, and the newly discovered female mystic Hilma af Klint. Van Gogh, who had practiced as a lay preacher in the Dutch Reformed church before he devoted himself to painting, sought to create a modern form of sacred art with paint and canvas. While Van Gogh dreamed of a brotherhood of like souls in sunny Arles, Redon found his community within a circle of Symbolist artists and writers in Paris. Redon’s early Catholic formation inspired an art of Christian imagery, visions, and dreams. Hilma af Klint belonged to a close-knit group of Swedish artists, who together developed a new system of mystical thinking and a new artistic language of abstraction.

“Dreamers and Visionaries: Vincent van Gogh, Odilon Redon, and Hilma af Klint” will be held on Wednesday, Jan. 22 and Wednesday, Jan. 29 from 2-4 p.m. The cost is $35.

With November 2020 looming, “Assessing the 2020 Presidential Candidates” examines the remaining field of 2020 presidential candidates’ policies and ideas following a series of debates that winnowed an overloaded list of competitors for the presidential ticket.  Students will explore where each remaining candidate stands on the major domestic and foreign policies of the day.

“Assessing the 2020 Presidential Candidates” will be held on Wednesdays, Jan. 22-Feb. 19 from 10 a.m.-noon. The cost is $55.

Languages

“Sign Language for Beginners” is an introduction to Sign Language used in the Deaf and Hard of Hearing Community. Whether using in the workplace or for personal, students will 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.

“Sign Language for Beginners” will be held on Tuesdays, Jan. 14-March 3 from 6-8 p.m. The cost is $75.

In “French Beginning Conversation” beginning lessons cover asking and responding to simple questions using basic vocabulary. Students will 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.

“French Beginning Conversation” will be held on Tuesdays and Thursdays, Jan. 28-Feb. 27 from 6-8 p.m. The cost is $75 plus the cost of text.

Develop basic vocabulary and expressions used in everyday situations in “German Beginning Conversation.” Students read a variety of basic written materials and learn to write simple sentences needed in everyday life. This class will be held on Mondays and Wednesdays, Jan. 27-Feb. 27 from 6-8 p.m. The cost is $75 plus the cost of text.

Culinary Club

Easy weeknight meals do not have to be from the frozen food section in order to be quick. In “30-Minute Meals” students will be given three inspirational ideas that are quick and delicious. Students will make Salmon in a Pouch, Buddha Bowl, and Soba Noodle Stir Fry.

“30-Minute Meals” will be held on Wednesday, Jan. 22 from 5-8 p.m. A second class will be offered Friday, Jan. 24 from 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. The cost is $75.

Cooking is so much easier with the right tools and the skills to use them. “Knife Skills 101,” students will learn how to select, maintain and use their knives. Then, students will practice basic knife cuts as they prepare a dish of vegetarian sushi.

“Knife Skills 101” will be held on Wednesday, Jan. 29 from 5-8 p.m. A second class will be held on Friday, Jan. 31 from 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. The cost is $75.

Registration

Seats are still available for these classes. To register in person, stop by the Sandhills Community College Continuing Education office located on the first floor of Van Dusen Hall. Registration by phone at (910) 695-3980 or preregistration online at sandhills.edu/cereg are also available accepting all major credit cards. Registration hours are Monday through Thursday, 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. and Fridays 8 a.m. until 4 p.m.

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