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The Center for Lifelong Learning
200 Daniels Way
Bloomington, IN 47404

lifelonglearning@ivytech.edu
Phone: (812) 330-4400
Fax: (812) 330-6201

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VISUAL ARTS


Plein Air Painting: Styles & Approaches (Virtual)

In this course, you will learn plein air painting both virtually and from outside locations of your choice. The focus of the class will be painting landscape in oil, providing the perfect opportunity to get creative and enjoy spring weather. In this course, you will use a variety of specific color palettes in conjunction with art history, learn about what makes a good composition, create a painting entirely with a knife, and more! Keeping a sketchbook to document ideas will be a component as well. Zoom sessions will consist of instruction in color mixing, paint application, explanation of materials, time lapse demo videos, art history discussions, and group critiques (which may last a little longer than regular class time).

CRN: 60129-203
Ray Hummel
Saturdays  |  11:00am-12:00pm
5/1/21 – 5/29/21
$50


Inventing Landscape & Other Imagery with Colored Pencil (In-Person)

There is logic to how natural forms are put together and appear to us. In this class you will learn a few tricks in order to invent objects and locations in a believable pictorial space. Additionally, you will learn how an impressionist’s imagination with color can evoke not only a style but also a mood. We will explore the medium of colored pencil as a doorway into untapped creativity in landscape artistry.

NOTE: This class will meet in-person and students are expected to follow CDC recommendations, wear masks, and practice social distancing.

CRN: 41049-211
Michael Teague
Mondays | 2:15-4:15pm
6/7/21 – 8/16/21 (no class on 7/5/21)
$189


Painting in Oil for Impatient & Hesitant Beginners (In-Person)

In this step-by-step painting class for beginners, we will take a hands-on approach that is heavy on results: you will be in the middle of your first painting and picking up tricks-of-the-trade before you know it. Much of the instruction is individualized. These classes are also designed to accommodate repeat students, so continuing education can be a lifelong experience. Acrylic painters welcome.

NOTE: This class will meet in-person and students are expected to follow CDC recommendations, wear masks, and practice social distancing.

CRN: 41050-211
Michael Teague
Tuesdays | 7:00-9:30pm
6/8/21 – 8/17/21 (no class on 7/6/21)
$199


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.

NOTE: This class will meet in-person and students are expected to follow CDC recommendations, wear masks, and practice social distancing.

CRN: 41051-211
Michael Teague
Wednesdays | 7:00-9:30pm
6/9/21 – 8/18/21 (no class on 7/7/21)
$199


Beginning Watercolor Part II (Virtual)

This course is an ongoing introduction to the art of watercolor, specifically designed to follow Beginning Watercolor I. Explore new techniques while continuing to discuss and work with the basics of color, atmospheric effects, and tried-and-true watercolor methods. Topics will be: individual trees and clouds; wooded landscapes; water and reflections; simple human figures; and preserving whites. It is highly recommended that students take Beginning Watercolor Part I or a similarly structured watercolor class before this course.

CRN: 41061-211
Carol Rhodes
Wednesdays | 6:00-7:30pm
6/9/21 – 7/7/21
$80


More Watercolor Techniques & Practice (Virtual)

Learn how to conceptualize and paint loose watercolor pieces with soft edges, random fluid effects, and lively color graduations. Working from photo references and using practice examples from various artists, students will learn to see for themselves how to emphasize important details while practicing soft-focus, dramatic painting techniques. With wet-in-wet techniques, painters have less control but more drama that the sharper, more detailed methods. Some quick midweek practice exercises will be recommended. The goal for the course is for students to be inspired to reinterpret their own subject into a vivid and striking painting that brings out the luminous beauty of watercolor. Students should have completed Beginning Watercolor I and II or be comfortable with mixing, brush work, and painting liquid washes in watercolor.

CRN: 41062-211
Carol Rhodes
Wednesdays | 6:00-7:30pm
7/14/21 – 8/4/21
$70


CERAMICS

Beginning Ceramics: Hand-Building (In-Person)

In this six-week beginning hand-building class, we will cover the basics of pinching, coiling, and slab building, as well as various surface decorating techniques. We will explore the basics of clay and its potential to be molded into both functional vessels as well as sculpture. Finally, we will learn about glaze and finishing techniques. Supplies for this class are provided with registraiton.

NOTE: This class will meet in-person and students are expected to follow CDC recommendations, wear masks, and practice social distancing. Due to Ivy Tech's response to COVID-19 and current Return to Campus policies, we are not holding studio hours for ceramics classes.

CRN: 60118-203
Clarissa Pezone
Tuesdays  |  6:00-8:30pm
4/20/21 – 5/25/21
$200


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. Projects will include making functional ware from start to finish such as cups, mugs and bowls. We will progress into more difficult forms and more advanced throwing techniques as students build confidence with the material. Finally, we will learn about glaze and finishing techniques that put the final touch on your ceramic creations. Please note: Due to limited capacity, this class is not eligible for Fee Remission to Ivy Tech Employees.

NOTE: This class will meet in-person and students are expected to follow CDC recommendations, wear masks, and practice social distancing.

CRN: 41074-211
Kayla Barta
Wednesdays | 6:00-9:00pm
5/26/21 – 6/30/21
$245

CRN: 41071-211
Kayla Barta
Thursdays | 6:00-9:00pm
5/27/21 – 7/1/21
$245


Finding One’s Way with Clay (In-Person)

This class is for all who wish to learn the specifics of pinch formwork. You will explore pinch, slab, coil, and hand-built forms, stressing, centering, wedging, as well as raising pieces in one continuous movement. Field trips to the instructor’s studio to learn raku and primitive firing are planned. Finding One’s Way with Clay, by Paulus Berensohn, is the text and the method used for this class. Please note: Due to limited capacity, this class is not eligible for Fee Remission to Ivy Tech Employees.

NOTE: This class will meet in-person and students are expected to follow CDC recommendations, wear masks, and practice social distancing.

CRN: 41059-211
Jamas Brooke
Tuesdays | 6:00-9:00pm
6/15/21 – 7/27/21
$265


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. Please note: Due to limited capacity, this class is not eligible for Fee Remission to Ivy Tech Employees.

NOTE: This class will meet in-person and students are expected to follow CDC recommendations, wear masks, and practice social distancing.

CRN: 41072-211
Kayla Barta
Thursdays | 6:00-9:00pm
7/8/21 – 8/12/21
$245


METAL, MOSAICS, & GLASS

Glass on Glass (In-Person)

In this 6-week class you will learn about the unique effects that transparency, light, and color create with mosaic on glass. Participants will complete a beautiful transparent artwork that will convey the same beauty and qualities of stained glass, but with mosaic techniques. Students are encouraged to bring in rough sketches and ideas to the first class. Substrates approximately 10” x 14” are included. Students will purchase materials from the instructor’s supply with an estimated cost of $75. This can be cash or check on the first day of class.

NOTE: This class will meet in-person and students are expected to follow CDC recommendations, wear masks, and practice social distancing.

CRN: 60122-203
Chris Elam
Thursdays  |  6:00-8:00pm
4/22/21 – 5/27/21
$145


Low-Tech Metalsmithing (Virtual)

In this hands-on course, instructor, Rhonda Newsome, the designer/maker behind Sky + Earth Studio, will show you techniques to set up a low-tech metalsmithing studio from home and begin making your own jewelry! In this course you will use readily available, everyday objects to create jewelry and you will leave the course with the skills to build a new hobby or even explore turning these new abilities into a business. Wire earring, sheet metal, and various rings will all be topics explored. NOTE: A supply kit will be provided with registration that includes all materials required for class.

CRN: 41064-211
Rhonda Newsome
Wednesdays | 5:30-7:30pm
7/7/21 – 7/28/21
$175


PHOTOGRAPHY

Photoshop for Beginners (Virtual)

Are you looking for new ways to make your photographs the best they can be, and even add a little magic to them? This course will show you how to use Adobe Photoshop to significantly improve your photographs and, beyond that, to create dramatic variations, incorporate new elements by using layers, and add self-mats for a finished look, among other useful strategies. This is a hands-on course. NOTE: Students must have Adobe Photoshop on their home computers and will be provided photographs to work on, and detailed handouts.

CRN: 41052-211
Juliet Frey
Mondays & Thursdays | 6:00-8:00pm
6/14/21 – 6/24/21
$65


Urban & Landscape Photography (Hybrid)

Have you ever seen a scenic vista or bustling street and wanted to capture the moment? This unique course will blend virtual class discussion (Thursdays) with in-person field excursions (Saturdays) to teach you how to capture these moments. We will explore both the technical and artistic elements necessary to photograph the world around us. NOTE: This course requires students to provide their own camera. Field excursions will take place in downtown Bloomington and at University Lake. Field trip location details will be discussed further on the first day of class, but the timing will be 10:00am to 12:00pm as noted in the schedule.

NOTE: This class has in-person meeting times during which students are expected to follow CDC recommendations, wear masks, and practice social distancing.

CRN: 41053-211
Juliet Frey
Thursdays | 6:00-8:00pm
Saturdays | 10:00am-12:00pm
7/15/21 – 7/29/21
$65

WRITING, LANGUAGE, & LITERATURE

Listening to the Muse: An Exploration of Creative Writing (Virtual)

“Your perhaps wacky or even unintelligible jottings may nonetheless reveal aspects of your mind that heretofore have remained hidden. As you reread them, teeny bits, like shells on a beach, will pop up and strike you as beautiful.” – Gail Sher, One Continuous Mistake: Four Noble Truths for Writers

This class is designed to welcome all kinds of people, exploring all kinds of topics, and all forms of writing. You need not “be a writer” for our class, but you must have a desire to write and a willingness to put pen to paper to get the words out. Our class will be a place to inspire new writing and edit and rework old stories and poems. We will leave behind the red-ink of harsh critique in favor of giving feedback that the writer has asked for, feedback that encourages our stories and motivates new understanding of one’s own life as well as their writing. In each class, I will provide writing prompts and time to write, time to share your writing with others, time to hear other people’s writing, and time to give and receive feedback. We will gather as a large group and in small groups as well. With agreements about confidentiality and the presumption of good will, we will create a safe and supportive space to write and share stories. I hope you’ll be able to join us!

CRN: 60075-203
Laura Lasuertmer
Tuesdays | 2:00-4:00pm
5/4/21 – 5/25/21
$60


The Power of Words: Bloomington Book Club (Virtual)

This local book club, made possible by Bloomington’s legendary independent bookstore Morgenstern Books, is focused on deep discussion and close connection with each other. Each week, book club members will read a portion of the selected book and gather online for an hour of engaging, thought-provoking, and lively discussion on topics related to the selected reading.During this course, we’ll have the opportunity to explore two different novels: one fiction and one non-fiction. Participants will vote on one fiction and one non-fiction book the first day of class. Book choices include: Klara and the Sun, Untamed, The Vanishing Half, and Think Again. Book club members will take turns leading and participating in the book club conversations, with different discussion leaders pre-selected from the group each week. This book club is open to all and every member is expected to be respectful of each others’ opinions and views. We look forward to learning, listening, and laughing together as we dive into good reads and stimulating discussions.

CRN: 41073-211
Jasmine Egly
Mondays | 10:00-11:00am
5/24/21 – 7/12/21
$50


ENTERTAINMENT

Stand-Up Comedy (Virtual)

Comedian Dwight Simmons takes a look at the evolution of stand-up comedy before getting down to the serious business of joke writing, habitual creativity, and onstage performance. Students will practice their craft in class before moving to the stage, where they’ll perform their short stand-up routines during a special Comedy Attic virtual show on the final day of class.

CRN: 41055-211
Dwight Simmons
Wednesdays | 6:30-8:00pm
5/12/21 – 6/9/21
$65


The Magician's Dream (Virtual)

Learn basic sleight of hand and the historical, psychological, mechanical, and manipulative dynamics of theatrical magic. Entertain family and friends. Fool yourself and gain an abiding appreciation of this secretive art and esoteric craft from lifelong practitioner Tom Hastings, a retired high school teacher. Hastings has been performing and teaching magic for more than 60 year and has been demonstrating effects at Rich Hill's Magic & Fun Emporium in Nashville, Indiana for the past five years. A supply kit will be provided, which includes two decks of Bicycle cards and an assortment of items from Rich Hill's Magic & Fun Emporium!

CRN: 41063-211
Tom Hastings
Thursdays | 6:00-8:00pm
8/12/21 – 9/16/21
$125


HISTORY & GENEALOGY

Intro to Genealogy: Make a New Start or Expand your Family Tree Using Verifiable Facts (Virtual)

Genealogy can be a fascinating diversion, leisure pursuit, or complete passion. At the heart is often the motivation to find family roots, tell a story, and find answers to lost history. There are many online research options with millions of records to use in the process of “planting” and nurturing your family trees. Getting started and learning how to sort through the volume of materials can be a challenging process. The US family-based course will cover how to: assess your current projects, decide on next steps, and “plant’ new or more trees. We will use all online platforms, learn how to most effectively use Vital Records, and use the US Census as keys to establishing verifiable facts for family history. No experience or prior family search experience required.NOTE: This course does require subscription to Ancestry.com® with monthly costs of at least $10 a month.

CRN: 41054-211
Susan Snider Salmon
Mondays | 6:00-7:00pm
7/12/21 – 8/2/21
$60

HEALTH, WEALTH, & WELLNESS

Chair Yoga & Meditation II (Virtual)

Come experience the many benefits of yoga: improve your flexibility, strengthen your muscles, refine your breathing technique, cultivate ease in your joints, reduce stress, and improve your sleep! Each class will work toward these benefits and include a meditation exercise. This class is perfect for students looking for a gentle yoga option or who might have limited mobility. No previous experience is necessary. We will be seated for most of the class, but we will come to stand, using the chair as support, for part of each class as well. Students will need to have a sturdy chair without arms, a belt or strap, and a small tennis ball-sized ball for class.

CRN: 60531-203 
Patricia Pauly with Vibe Yoga
Tuesdays | 12:30-1:30pm
4/20/21 – 6/8/21
$65


The History of Midwifery (Virtual)

Learn from local midwife, Haddie Katz, how midwifery has gone from the longest existing profession, annihilation in American practice, to resurgence in the 21st century? In this course, you will learn about the various implications of race, class, and gender within midwifery care, access, and wider historical context. This course is in partnership with Tandem Community Birth Center and Postpartum House and is great for anyone curious about maternal health care, anticipating a pregnant person in their social circle, or interested in reproductive health care. NOTE: Registrants for this workshop may bring a guest.

CRN: 41056-211
Haddie Katz
Monday | 12:00-2:00pm
6/7/21
$20


The Midwifery Model of Care (Virtual)

Are you curious about what makes midwifery care different from other forms of healthcare? This workshop is just for you! In this course you will be oriented to what makes midwifery unique and how it is and isn’t integrated into American healthcare. You will also learn how communities interact with midwifery care and how communities without midwifery care can supplement the care. This course is in partnership with Tandem Community Birth Center and Postpartum House and is great for anyone curious about maternal health care, anticipating a pregnant person in their social circle, or interested in reproductive health care. NOTE: Registrants for this workshop may bring a guest.

CRN: 41057-211
Haddie Katz
Sunday | 1:00-3:00pm
6/13/21
$20


Community Care (Virtual)

Do you have a new parent or expectant parent in your life? Are you curious about how communities can improve outcomes for new families? In this course, you will learn about the fourth trimester, transition to parenthood, and how to best support your families and communities in the midst of pandemic. This course is in partnership with Tandem Community Birth Center and Postpartum House and is great for anyone curious about maternal health care, anticipating a pregnant person in their social circle, or interested in reproductive health care. NOTE: Registrants for this workshop may bring a guest.

CRN: 41058-211
Haddie Katz
Wednesdays | 10:00am-12:00pm
6/23/21
$20


NATURAL LIVING

Eclectic Herbalism: Plant Medicine for Self-Care & Wellness (Virtual)

In this course you will learn the healing powers of herbs for beauty, cooling, tea blends, tinctures, and fire ciders.

Here is a list of recommended herbs for a well-stocked apothecary from which students can choose all or some of these herbs: Lavender, Spearmint, Peppermint, Chamomile, Hemp Flower (trim), Turmeric, Ginger, Cardamom, Cinnamon, Peppercorns, Sage, Oatstraw, Marshmallow, Lemonbalm, Rose Hips, Hibiscus, Rosemary, Citrus Peel, Rose Petals, Arnica, Dandelion, Nettle, Licorice, Black Tea Leaves, Green Tea Leaves

For salves: Virgin/Organic Coconut oil, Shea Butter, Hempseed, Pumpkin seed, Sunflower or olive oil

For tinctures: Vodka, Stevia (optional)

CRN: 60116-203
Rhonda Newsome
Wednesdays | 5:30-6:30pm
4/28/21 - 5/19/2021
$40


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

Sheep, goats, and cows are the focus of this five-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: 60121-203
Bill Pursell
Thursdays | 6:00-8:00pm
4/29/21 – 5/27/21
$75


Urban Farming: Homesteading (Virtual)

Sustainable living is more than a passing trend, but many practitioners (or those who want to be) often lack practical information on how to successfully live off the land, especially when it comes to raising farm animals. Lifelong farmer, homesteader and Owen County native Bill Pursell guides participants through important considerations associated with homesteading. Classes will cover everything from site and animal selection to land and water management to gardening. Bill pulls the class together by also examining the business of homesteading, including budget and tax considerations, trading, marketing, auctioning, as well as topics of interest to participants.

CRN: 41060-211
Bill Pursell
Thursdays | 6:00-8:00pm
7/22/21 – 8/19/21
$75


Eclectic Herbalism: Plant Medicine for Self-Care & Wellness (Virtual)

In this course you will learn the healing powers of herbs for beauty, cooling, tea blends, tinctures, and fire ciders. Here is a list of recommended herbs for a well-stocked apothecary from which students can choose all or some of these herbs: Lavender, Spearmint, Peppermint, Chamomile, Hemp Flower (trim), Turmeric, Ginger, Cardamom, Cinnamon, Peppercorns, Sage, Oatstraw, Marshmallow, Lemonbalm, Rose Hips, Hibiscus, Rosemary, Citrus Peel, Rose Petals, Arnica, Dandelion, Nettle, Licorice, Black Tea Leaves, Green Tea Leaves. For salves: Virgin/Organic Coconut oil, Shea Butter, Hempseed, Pumpkin seed, Sunflower or olive oil. For tinctures: Vodka, Stevia (optional). Tools: Measuring cups and spoons, Wide mouth canning jars-pint and 4 oz sizes, a tea ball or reusable tea bag, 1 Cheesecloth.

CRN: 41065-211
Rhonda Newsome
Wednesdays | 5:30-6:30pm
8/4/21 – 8/25/21
$40


CULINARY ARTS

Flavor Cubes 101 (In-Person)

Have you ever been left with a ton of fresh herbs after a recipe only called for a small amount? We have all been there! In this course you will learn how to get your money’s worth and utilize these herbs to spice up your future meals. You will make two different flavor cubes, frozen blends that you can use in stocks, soups, or as a stand-alone sauce or dip, in this one-day workshop. Students will make two sauces in class that they will be able to freeze and use at home. Chef Stacy Strand will also demonstrate how to use a flavor cube in a dish! Ingredients, ice cube storage tray, and recipes will be included. Please note: Due to limited capacity, this class is not eligible for Fee Remission to Ivy Tech Employees.

NOTE: This class will meet in-person and students are expected to follow CDC recommendations, wear masks, and practice social distancing.

CRN: 41067-211
Chef Stacy Strand
Wednesday | 6:00-8:00pm
6/16/21
$70


Homemade Doughnuts! (In-Person)

Who doesn’t love a good doughnut? In this two-day workshop, you will learn the ins and outs of how to make homemade classic and filled yeast doughnuts including the dough, glaze, pastry cream, jelly, and sprinkles! Students will leave the class with a dozen doughnuts to take home to kick off the weekend. Please bring Tupperware. Please note: Due to limited capacity, this class is not eligible for Fee Remission to Ivy Tech Employees.

NOTE: This class will meet in-person and students are expected to follow CDC recommendations, wear masks, and practice social distancing.

CRN: 41070-211
Chef Stacy Strand
Thursday & Friday | 5:00-7:30pm
6/24/21 - 6/25/21
$120


How to Build & Cook from Your Vegetarian Pantry (In-Person)

In this course, students will learn from Chef Stacy Strand how to see meals rather than just ingredients when opening their pantry. Students will learn how to make a vinaigrette and a simple pasta sauce together – both of which can be made without a recipe from items you have regularly stocked in your pantry. In this one-day workshop, students will talk about ingredients and how you could use them regularly. A list of staple pantry items and recipes will be included. Please note: Due to limited capacity, this class is not eligible for Fee Remission to Ivy Tech Employees.

NOTE: This class will meet in-person and students are expected to follow CDC recommendations, wear masks, and practice social distancing.

CRN: 41068-211
Chef Stacy Strand
Saturday | 12:00-2:00pm
7/10/21 - 7/10/21
$70


Summer BBQ with a Twist (In-Person)

There is nothing better than ending a summer day with a BBQ with your friends and family. However, sometimes the basic burgers and potato chips can get a little dull. In this class, students will learn how to spice up their BBQs with a healthier twist. In this course, students will learn alternatives to BBQ main dishes, sides, and desserts. Students will make homemade veggie burgers in the first class, cold salads and slaw in the second, and desserts on the grill in the final class. This is a hands-on class with demonstrations and tastings. Ingredients are supplied, but please bring Tupperware for extra food to take home. Please note: Due to limited capacity, this class is not eligible for Fee Remission to Ivy Tech Employees.

NOTE: This class will meet in-person and students are expected to follow CDC recommendations, wear masks, and practice social distancing.

CRN: 41066-211
Chef Stacy Strand
Thursdays | 5:30-8:30pm
7/15/21 - 7/29/21
$195