This class is designed for students with little or no previous experience in calligraphy. The Italic hand, also referred to a Chancery, developed in 15th century Italy and spread to Europe and England. It was originally created and used by the pontifical chancery. It is elegant, fluid, and often decorated. This is a six- week class that enables students to work correctly in the space and to be familiar with the tools of the trade. It begins with the lowercase letters, which cover pen angle, size and spacing; then moves to capitals, flourishing, and layout and design. Simple projects are introduced to give students a way to use and share their new calligraphic skills. Practice is encouraged between classes to get students comfortable with lettering. Once the students learn the broad edged pen, they move on to other hands such as Black Letter or an easier step, Romans.
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.
Put your landscapes and still life painting aside for a short while and learn how to set up and paint abstract art with educator and abstract painter, Shiela Lipkin. The principles and ideas will be presented in the first class as well as how to set up your first abstract painting. In the remainder of the classes, new ideas for making the art will be presented as well as critiques and discussions of the paintings. All media welcome and only odorless mediums can be used with those who paint with oils. Please bring paints, palettes, and 12x12 or 11x14 canvases to start. (A limited enrollment class)
Most people are unaware that if they can thread a needle or catch a ball, they can also sketch. The trick is getting into the right side of the brain and this is all the magic that is needed to start sketching! In this applied art class, we will employ the use of exercises to get the right side of our brains working “right,” learn how to shade our drawings and how to represent proportions, (that is how large or small an object is in relation to others), and we will study one point perspective as well as how to set up a portrait. Confidence will be gained as we learn and practice these sketching skills one step at a time. Though designed for beginners, intermediate artists can also benefit from relearning basic drawing fundamentals. (First class required attendance. Course fee includes sketching materials. A limited enrollment class)
The popularity of Garrison Keillor’s public radio show, “A Prairie Home Companion as well as TED Talks, The Moth, Storycorps, and local storyteller guilds make it seem like personal storytelling is something new. It’s not. In fact, it’s the oldest method of human expression. It’s also the method that promotes human connection better than any other human system. 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. Discovering pathways for telling personal narratives is the theme of this interactive course. We will explore why humans are natural storytellers, consider features required to craft a strong story, examine ways to prepare and learn stories we wish to tell, and assess the common denominators that allow us to “plug” into each other without plugging anything in. Each class will consist of a lecture and interactive exercises leading to opportunities for students to organize, prepare and deliver a variety of personal narratives to each other in a supportive and collaborative environment. Enjoy!
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? In this class, popular radio show host and award-winning educator, Dr. Hank, will help students craft the story that they want to tell. 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. The Mah Jongg set will be provided, but each student will need 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. (A limited enrollment class)
Have you ever wanted to paint with watercolor? Basics and skills are the fundamental building blocks of watercolor painting and confidence will be gained as we learn these. The class will begin by learning to mix and make your own colors along with the various watercolor painting techniques. Small studies will be presented to practice each new skill as they are introduced. This class is for beginners and others who want to "brush" up on their skills. Materials will be furnished. (It is important to attend the first class. A limited enrollment class.)
Have you ever wanted to paint with watercolor? From learning to mix your own colors to practicing each fundamental building block of watercolor painting, this class is for beginners and others who want to "brush" up on their skills. Materials will be furnished. (It is important to attend the first class. A limited enrollment class.)