Storytelling is taking someone on a journey in the past and then returning him or her to the present. We may not remember a person—we do remember their story. We are taught how to write our stories but what about learning how to tell them? Each of us is born a blank page and leaves life as a full book. Our rich experiences are made up of meaningful episodes that fill those pages. In this class award-winning educator, Houston radio personality, and Moth story slam champion Dr. Hank will help students craft the story that they want to tell. We will explore why humans are natural stoytellers, consider features required to craft a strong story, and examine ways to prepare and learn stories we wish to share. Through interactive exercises and learning to organize our rich experiences into a strong narrative, we can all become immortal through the best human connection—Storytelling. (A limited enrollment class)
This class is designed to teach the basic rules and skills of Mah Jongg, a game that originated in China, dating back to the time of Confucius. To this day, it remains the most popular game in Asia. Mah Jongg is a fascinating rummy-like game, combining skill and luck, played with tiles rather than cards. There are several versions of the game, including American Mah Jongg and Chinese Mah Jongg. We will learn the American version. It uses a card of standard hands, which is published by the National Mah Jongg League in NYC and changes every year. The card tells exactly what combination of tiles is needed to win. The Mah Jongg set will be provided, but each student will have to purchase a Mah Jongg card. One can be purchased for $8.00 from the National Mah Jongg League 212-246-3052 or from Where The Winds Blow 281-578-7571. (This class will not meet February 26. A limited enrollment class)
Do you want to update the interior of your home but don’t want to spend a fortune in the process? Featured in the 2014 Houston Chronicle, Margaret Shilstone was described as “a heck of a do-it-yourselfer.” In this class learn money saving tips on simple, cost-effective ways to refresh your look—DIY tricks for both the inside of your home and your outdoor spaces. See creative and unique ways to decorate for a party, develop an eye for finding treasures in a consignment shop, and learn how to “flip” your unwanted decorative items and make money in the process. The first lecture will be at the WI, followed by three weeks of exploring the areas most popular consignment shops. (A limited enrollment class)
Challenge yourself to explore new ideas and ways to enjoy watercolor painting. In this class we will delve deeper into the usage of color as well as introduce other mediums that can be used along with watercolor paints. This is a great time to pick up your paints and brushes and continue to explore many more aspects of watercolor painting.