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Bloomington, IN 47404

Phone: (812) 330-4400

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Painting from Photographs & Imagination in Oil (In-Person)

Do you have personal photographs or drawings you would like to see as paintings? Or maybe you want to paint in a particular style? Would you like to learn how to paint in your own style better? Michael’s individual-based method is geared towards the personal needs of his students and emphasizes results. This class will cover various topics in oil painting including glazing, scumbling, and under-painting. It will also include discussion about textural versus flat paints, as well as soft versus hard edge mixing. These classes accommodate new and repeat students, as continuing education is a lifelong experience. Acrylic and mixed media artists are welcome.

CRN: 20303-212
Michael Teague
Wednesdays | 7:00-9:30pm
9/8/21 - 10/27/21 (no class 10/13/21)

From the Eye to the Easel (In-Person)

Nature has a simple way of putting things together. Once you learn her tricks, you will have a way of understanding any creative project you will want to tackle. For the beginning painter, the first thing you learn is to let the brush do the work for you. Painting is a right-brain activity: once you get in the zone, your blood pressure drops, and the painting practically paints itself. Once you let the right brain take over, space, color, light, and form will become second nature.

CRN: 20304-212
Michael Teague
Thursdays | 2:15-4:45pm
9/9/21 - 10/28/21 (no class 10/14/21)

Intro to Abstract Watercolor Painting (In-Person)

Learn how to translate your local surroundings into abstract watercolor paintings. Students will learn how to take sketches and translate them into expressive watercolor landscape paintings. No previous experience is required. Students will learn basic color theory and introductory watercolor techniques, and will be asked to explore their own style and imagination when putting brush to paper.

CRN: 20326-212
Emily Wilson Gillespie
Mondays | 5:00-6:30pm
11/1/21 - 11/29/21 (no class 11/22/21)

Watercolor Guided Practice (In-Person)

Do you know the basic techniques of watercolor but are still uncomfortable painting on your own? Do you want to achieve special watercolor ventures but need help planning and proceeding? Bring your pet projects and painting supplies to this practice lab; an instructor will be there to gently advise, monitor, and help prevent you from “painting yourself into a corner” as you work. It is highly recommended that students have previously taken beginning watercolor classes.

CRN: 20327-212
Carol Rhodes
Tuesdays | 6:00-8:30pm
11/2/21 - 12/7/21

Discovering Your MUSEum: Transforming Your Findings into Your Art (In-Person)

What better place than a museum to search out your Muse? In this course, you have your choice of the world’s museums to explore in search of pieces that stir your creativity. In the first and third weeks of this 6-week course, you will explore and sketch works in the Eskenazi Museum on the IU campus (estimated cost of parking $20). Inspired by all your explorations, you will create your own art based on your chosen pieces.

The class is designed for students and instructors to interact and learn from each other. In this immersive experience, instructors will coach participants in observing and using specific language to communicate about art in ways that are both positive and informative. We will use a web site to share materials and resources including Museum information, readings, assignments, and demonstrations of art mediums and techniques. Between our class meetings, a web-based application called Slack enables us to share, communicate, and practice talking about art. Throughout, instructors and peers guide each other through the process of creating their own personalized artwork.

You may work in any media about which you already know the basics. This course focuses on finding your inspiration and translating it into your artistic medium of choice; it is not focused on basic techniques, nor is it designed to replicate existing artworks. Instructors can help with techniques of drawing or water-based media. This class is a logical next step for anyone who has taken "Painting Styles of the Masters"; however, that class is not a prerequisite. Because we begin our journey by sketching in the museum, a sketchbook is suggested. The Moleskine Cahier Journal (unlined) is recommended. Also bring an HB pencil and kneaded eraser to the first class.

Because we will be using online sites to provide reading resources and links to museums, it is recommended that students be able to use a computer, tablet, or phone. Never fear; instructors will get everyone up and running and personally assist people through all phases of technology including creating accounts if necessary. Please send questions to lifelonglearning@ivytech.edu.

CRN: 20328-212
Carol Rhodes & Nancy Metz
Thursdays | 2:30-5:00pm
11/4/21 - 12/9/21 (meets Tuesday 11/23 the week of Thanksgiving)

Printmaking Basics (In-Person)

In this course you will learn linocut block printing. Any and all skill levels with printmaking are welcome! There will be four different techniques you will learn in this course. Participants will start with a single-color block print, then a two-color process, moving on to patterns, and a fourth one combining what you have learned from the previous sessions. This medium is so simple and fun and really holds its value because you can keep making prints from your blocks. These prints make wonderful gifts, greeting cards, wrapping paper, t-shirts, and much more! Join in the joy of printmaking with linocut block printing this fall!

CRN: 20330-212
Amanda Hutchins
Thursdays | 6:30-7:30pm
11/4/21 - 12/9/21 (no class on 11/25/21)


Beginning Ceramics: Wheel Throwing (In-Person)

In this class we will be making cylinders, mugs, and bowls. We will make bowls just for ourselves and we will make bowls for each other. And then we might make a cylinder that becomes a vase! The cylinder is a foundational form when working on the potter’s wheel. We will shape and trim our pots on the wheel, adding curves, shadows, and inviting lips! In our practice we will be working towards learning how to control our clay, be it on the wheel, in drying, or in glazing. The process of throwing can be joyful and expressive and that is what we will be moving towards together. No prior experience necessary and all prior experiences welcome!

CRN: 20301-212
Claire Miller
Tuesdays | 6:00-9:00pm


CRN: 20305-212
Claire Miller
Thursdays | 6:00-9:00pm
9/9/21 - 10/21/21 (no class 10/14/21)

Intermediate Ceramics: Wheel Throwing (In-Person)

Looking to build new clay skills and refine existing ones? This is the class for you. We will advance our wheel throwing techniques: centering, pulling, forming, and finishing. We will explore the wheel as a tool for making functional ceramics and sculpture. Altered wheel-thrown forms will be demonstrated. Finally, we will learn about glaze and finishing techniques. Students will gain a deeper understanding of the nature of clay, glazes, ceramic processes, and equipment.

CRN: 20323-212
Claire Miller
Tuesdays | 6:00-9:00pm
10/26/21 - 11/30/21

Beginning Ceramics: Wheel Throwing (In-Person)

In this class you will learn the basics of wheel throwing. We’ll get our hands dirty and have some fun as we practice how to wedge, center, throw, form, and finish wheel-thrown objects. We’ll explore the wheel as a tool for making not only functional pottery but also beautiful sculpture. Finally, we will learn about glaze and finishing techniques that put the final touch on your ceramic creations.

CRN: 20324-212
Tommy Connery
Thursdays | 6:00-9:00pm
10/28/21 - 12/9/21 (no class 11/25/21)


CRN: 20325-212
Kate Holsapple
Mondays | 5:30-8:30pm
11/1/21 - 12/6/21


Exploring Epic: Beowulf (Virtual)

“Famed was Beowulf, far spread the glory Of Scyld’s great son in the lands of the Danemen.” - Beowulf: An Anglo-Saxon Epic Poem Translated From The Heyne-Socin Text by Lesslie Hall.

The oldest surviving example of the English language, the epic poem Beowulf has captured and inspired the minds of many since its discovery nearly 230 years ago. But what world created this fantastic tale? Why do English literature and history enthusiasts continue to return to this manuscript? This course will explore the answers to these questions!

We will use historical and literary frameworks to explore the story and historical context of Beowulf as well as the many pop culture adaptations and inspired works. After this course, you will be familiar with the story of Beowulf as well as how it fits within the history of the English language and western culture. Whether you have read Beowulf before or are only reading it for the first time, this course offers something for everyone! This course will be taught virtually, with all class materials being provided digitally. Each class will begin with a brief reflection of the previous class topic before moving into the day's presentation. The class will conclude with time for discussion and questions. Please note that this course may discuss sensitive topics as brought up by the source material.

CRN: 20312-212
Wendy Vencel
Wednesdays | 5:45-6:45pm
10/13/21 – 11/17/21


Bluegrass Banjo for the Beginner (In-Person)

This course will introduce students to the basic 3-finger picking style of Bluegrass banjo playing. At its conclusion, students will be able to read tablature, play a few songs, play with other people, learn how to practice efficiently, pick out melodies for simple songs, and arrange these melodies into songs using banjo rolls. Student must provide their own banjo.

CRN: 20276-212
Jesse Goodman
Mondays | 6:00-7:30pm


Country & Western Two Step (In-Person)

Have you ever wanted to learn how to dance to your favorite country tunes? Two Step is the most popular country dance and you can learn how in just four weeks! Join dance pro, Mary Hoedeman, for this fun filled program. You'll learn the basic movements as well as how to spin and twirl around the dance floor. Two Step is a great way to enjoy your partner or make new friends. The dance is upbeat and lively bringing a smile to your face as you move to your favorite tunes! Please wear dance shoes or non-marking soft sole shoes. No black heels allowed.

CRN: 20348-212
Mary Hoedeman
Mondays & Wednesdays | 6:00-7:00pm
10/25/21 – 11/17/21


Quasi-War: Iran & U.S. Relations Since the 1970s (Learn Anywhere: In-Person or Virtual)

Once a staunch ally and now part of the Axis of Evil, Iran seems to always be a major part of U.S. Foreign policy. The Islamic Revolution changed Iran's attitude toward the U.S. and ever-increasing tensions have led to a state of quasi-war between the two countries. What is the origin of this conflict? How do we engage with a regime that call us 'The Great Satan?" What are the prospects for resolution? Our six lectures will review that history and see how both sides have tried, and mostly failed, to end the conflict.

CRN: 20277-212
Dax Collins
Tuesdays | 1:00-2:30pm
9/7/21 – 10/12/21

Road Trip: How the Automobile and the National Highways have Shaped the U.S. Experience  (Learn Anywhere: In-Person or Virtual)

Perhaps no invention affected the life of everyday Americans in the 20th century as the Automobile. The road system built to harness these machines changed the way our country grew and thought about itself. Route 66, Roadside Attractions, Interstates, and Suburbs all came to us as we drove more and more cars to more and more places. This lecture series explores the diverse impact the roads and the cars we drove on those roads had in shaping our American Century.

CRN: 20278-212
Dax Collins
Tuesdays | 1:00-2:30pm
10/26/2021 - 11/30/2021


Finding Joy: Self Discovery Through Meditation & Journaling (Virtual)

Sudden change and uncertainty have left a lot of us feeling unsettled, unstable, and unable to find our footing. But the disappearance of what we knew as life brings an opportunity to begin again—a chance to start fresh. What you want has always been an inside job. In a time when you can't go out, why not go in? I have an invitation for you to go on a journey to...

• Reflect on what's working, what's not, and ultimately what you need most right now

• Gather the information you need to understand what your next step is

• Get clear on all that's standing in your way

• Learn how to leverage your current strengths to create more opportunities in your life and work

• Discover the choices you need to make or stop making to get you to where you want to be

Maybe you need this? Maybe a friend needs this? Each week we will explore various themes. There will also be journaling prompts each week to dig deeper into the theme, "Pick Your Own Path" adventures to go on during the week, and further "Heart-work" questions to reveal anything else that may be hiding beneath the surface ready to be revealed. Sometimes we need to step back before we move forward. This course, Finding Joy, was created to help you do just that. Reveal what's stirring beneath the surface, bring it to light, and tap into the joy that's within you right this very moment. Are you ready?

CRN: 20336-212 
Rhonda Newsome
Tuesdays | 7:00-8:00pm
11/16/21 – 12/14/21


Birding Basics (Hybrid)

Join guide David Rupp of IndiGo Birding Nature Tours for this class designed to increase your bird knowledge and birding skills. The class will introduce participants to bird biology, behavior, identification, and conservation, while also providing tips on tools of the trade and learning bird songs. David’s teaching style will encourage questions and interaction as he presents bird photos and songs and connects you with the bird world that is all around us. This class is hybrid and will meet in-person at Griffy Lake on 10/13/2021 from 5:30-6:30pm and all other classes will be held virtually via Zoom from 7-8pm.

CRN: 20313-212
David Rupp
Wednesdays | 7:00-8:00pm
10/13/21 – 11/17/21

Urban Farming: Ruminants, Sheep, Goats, & Cows (Virtual)

Ruminants, sheep, goats, and cows are the focus of this 5-week class geared toward the small farming operation. Learn from lifetime farmer Bill Pursell about the different breeds of dairy, meat, and fiber producing animals; housing, disease and predator control; pasture management; and feeds and feeding. Bill also brings his extensive experience to bear on the business-related side of farming, examining marketing, basic management, record keeping, and legislative issues.

CRN: 20332-212
Bill Pursell
Tuesdays | 6:00-8:00pm
11/16/21 - 12/21/21


Intro to Tea & Tea Blending (In-Person)

This class introduces the common tea plant, Camellia Sinensis, and the three factors that make it possible for this one plant to be the source of hundreds of kinds of teas. An exploration of how tea influences culture and tradition on how the world enjoys tea today. Learn how tea lovers around the world enjoy tea in their everyday lives as well as in tea ceremonies and rituals which elevate tea drinking. The class continues with the six stages of tea processing and an overview of the six types of tea that come from this single amazing plant. We will dive into professional cupping and the sensory evaluation of tea – a skill you will develop and hone throughout the program. The session concludes with exploring herbs traditionally used in tea blending as well as blending teas. A supply kit will be provided on the first day of class.

CRN: 20296-212
Jessica Messmer with Cup & Kettle
Mondays | 6:00-8:00pm
9/13/2021 - 11/8/2021 (no class 10/18/2021)

International Cuisines: Korean Bulgogi and Banchan (In-Person)

Traditional dining both at home and in restaurants in Korea always features rice, a main dish, kimchi, and a wide variety of side dishes known as banchan. Explore the flavors of Korea in this one-day course with Chef Jennifer Ryan. Students will be introduced to traditional Korean flavors by learning to prepare Korea's national dish, bulgogi, as well as traditional side dishes including stir fried fish cakes, braised tofu, and kimchi pancakes. Students will have the opportunity to put knowledge into practice concluding class with dinner! Please bring Tupperware for leftovers.

CRN: 20321-212
Chef Jennifer Ryan
Thursday | 6:00-8:00pm

Thanksgiving Series: Up Your Thanksgiving Game (In-Person)

Are you starting to plan for the holidays? This is the perfect course to learn some new skills for Thanksgiving classics! In this two-day class, we will focus on improving skills for preparing some Thanksgiving favorites including roast Turkey or chicken cooking and carving, gravy, stuffing, and cranberry sauce. This course includes both demo and hands-on components that you will learn in Ivy Tech’s professional kitchens! Supplies will be included. Please bring Tupperware for leftovers.

CRN: 20329-212
Chef Jennifer Ryan
Wednesday & Thursday | 6:00-8:00pm
11/3/21 - 11/4/21

Thanksgiving Series: Soft & Fluffy Dinner Rolls (In-Person)

No holiday meal is complete without the most perfect dinner roll (or two!). In this class, students will make the quintessential butter topped, soft, and fluffy Thanksgiving dinner roll. Nothing artisan or fiber rich about these beauties, just a soft white crumb that is perfect with butter, gravy or pan juices. Mmmm! Students will make a dozen or so rolls in Ivy Tech’s professional kitchens! Please bring Tupperware! All supplies will be included. Allergies: wheat, eggs, dairy.

CRN: 20331-212
Chef Stacy Strand
Friday | 5:30-8:00pm

Thanksgiving Series: There's More to Pumpkin than Pie! (In-Person)

Fall is here and you know what that means…pumpkin flavored everything! If watching and learning (and eating) is your thing rather than doing right away this is the class for you! This class is more of a watch and learn (and taste) demonstration rather than hands-on, but there will be some participation from students. We will make four desserts: Pumpkin Cheesecake, Pumpkin Roll (Cake), Pumpkin Crème Brulee, and Pumpkin Ginger Scones. Coffee and tea will be served and students will have recipes to take home. Pumpkin treats and warm drinks make for the perfect fall Saturday afternoon! Allergies: wheat, eggs, dairy.

CRN: 20333-212
Chef Stacy Strand
Saturday | 1:00-3:00pm

International Cuisines: Moroccan Tagine (In-Person)

Visitors to Morocco often note how seriously Moroccans take their spices, made clear in the name of the typical Moroccan spice mix known as ras al hanout, which means "top of the shop." Explore the flavors of Morocco in this one-day course with Chef Jennifer Ryan. Students will learn about the traditional spices and flavors of North Africa from creating your own ras al hanout, to common ingredients such as dried fruit, preserved lemons, and olives. The class will then move on to learning how to combine these flavors to create the Moroccan national dish, tagine and couscous. Students will have the opportunity to put knowledge into practice concluding class with dinner! Vegetarian/vegan option is available. Please bring Tupperware for leftovers.

CRN: 20337-212
Chef Jennifer Ryan
Thursday | 6:00-8:00pm

3 Ingredients: Flour, Butter, Water (In-Person)

In this class, students will use three ingredients to create one of the most essential and versatile pastry doughs, (quick) puff pastry. Students will use their dough to create a free form apple tart, and will collectively make two delicious savory tarts as well as an easy caramel sauce. Students will also learn a few quick delicious treats to make with scraps. There may be left overs, so bring a few containers to take items home. Allergies: wheat, eggs, dairy, alliums, rennet.

CRN: 20338-212
Chef Stacy Strand
Friday | 5:30-8:30pm

Buche de Noel (In-Person)

Are you looking for the perfect dessert to take to a holiday party? Look no further. In this course, each student (or pair) will make a traditional Buche de Noel, which they can take home and enjoy. This holiday tradition, made to look like a yule log, consists of a delicate sponge cake roulade filled with buttercream, decorated with a chocolate frosting, meringue mushrooms and marzipan holly leaves. Students will be able to choose between vanilla or chocolate sponge cake and either vanilla, chocolate or coffee flavored filling. Light snacks will be provided. The cake is somewhat tall, so bring a cake carrier with approx. 12” base or an open cardboard box to take it home. Allergies: wheat, egg, dairy.

CRN: 20339-212
Chef Stacy Strand
Saturday | 11:00am-3:00pm


Retirement Planning Today (In-Person, Virtual)

Learn about the many ways to save for retirement as well as the advantages and disadvantages of each. You will discover how to save money on taxes, manage investment risks and protect your assets from potential long-term health care expenses. Above all, this course shows you how to assess your financial situation and develop a personalized plan to achieve your retirement goals. Whether your objective is to build a nest egg, protect your assets or preserve your lifestyle throughout retirement, this course helps you plan your future with confidence.

CRN: 20317-212
Doug Hughes with Comprehensive Financial Consultants
Tuesdays | 6:00-9:00pm
10/19/2021 - 10/26/2021
This class will be held IN-PERSON at the Ivy Tech Bloomington Main Campus


CRN: 20318-212
Doug Hughes with Comprehensive Financial Consultants
Wednesdays | 6:00-7:30pm
10/20/2021 - 10/27/2021
This class will be held VIRTUALLY via Zoom