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

lifelonglearning@ivytech.edu
Phone: (812) 330-4400
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VISUAL ARTS


Crafting & Coffee Hour (Virtual)

In this course, you will craft with a class virtually while enjoying a social gathering safely from home. This is a fun course meant to get your creative side engaged while also participating in a shared interest in crafting! So, grab some coffee or some tea and join us at your kitchen table to make anything from mosaics to origami! You will be using everyday household items that can be made into gifts, art, or to get you thinking about what you have around the home.

CRN: 60058-203
Amanda Hutchins
Tuesdays  |  1:30-3:00pm
1/26/21 – 4/6/21 (no class 3/16) 
$95 


Inventing Landscape & Other Imagery with Colored Pencil

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: 60070-203
Michael Teague
Mondays  |  2:15-4:15pm
2/1/21 – 4/12/21 (no class 3/15)
$189


Painting in Oil for Impatient & Hesitant Beginners

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: 60078-203
Michael Teague
Tuesdays  |  7:00-9:30pm
2/2/21 – 4/13/21 (no class 3/16)
$199


Painting from Photographs & Imagination in Oil

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: 60079-203
Michael Teague
Wednesdays  |  7:00-9:30pm
2/3/21 – 4/14/21 (no class 3/17)
$199


From the Eye to the Easel

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.

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

CRN: 60083-203
Michael Teague
Thursdays  |  2:15-4:45pm
2/4/21 – 4/15/21 (no class 3/18)
$199


Beginning Watercolor (Virtual)

Would you like to paint with lovely, vibrant watercolor? This class is designed for those who have never painted as well as those who may have had a little bit of success with watercolor but would like to improve. We’ll begin with the very basics, learning about the tools and different ways to apply paint. Each class will feature hands-on activities, from simple exercises up to a painted piece. To get everyone off to a good start, we will be working with standardized tools. An economical kit of good-quality paints, brushes and paper will be provided to each student.

CRN: 60081-203
Carol Rhodes
Thursdays  |  6:00-7:30pm
2/4/21 – 3/11/21
$140

 

CRN: 60258-203
Carol Rhodes
Tuesdays  |  6:00-7:30pm
4/13/21 – 5/18/21
$140


Drawing for Beginners & Beyond

Drawing teaches you first how to see, then how to translate, and finally how to imagine. In this class students will explore how to create space with line, mass with shading, and how to construct and execute compositions that make even unfinished drawings look complete. Additionally, the instructor will teach the different types of pencils and their uses, as well as how to achieve effects using your eraser.

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

CRN: 60084-203
Michael Teague
Fridays  |  2:15-4:45pm
2/5/21 – 4/16/21 (no class 3/19)
$189


I Can't Believe I Drew That! (Virtual)

Want to learn how to draw, but have been intimidated or disheartened by starting with lots of still-lifes? In this course we begin by creating something from the imagination! This class is for all skill levels and will be a mixture of recorded and live sessions via Zoom. You will learn how to fix the most common errors in drawing, as well as simple ways to beef up your drawings. This class is different from others due to the hands-on approach from the instructor, who will offer individual feedback on your drawings and provide demonstrations by digitally drawing on top of your works.

CRN: 60130-203
Madeleine Neiman
Saturdays  |  2:00-3:30pm
2/6/21 – 2/27/21
$55


Principles of Art through Abstraction (Virtual)

In this light-hearted and exploratory class, students will be introduced to contemporary and master artists who create works of abstraction and non-objective art. They will work in a variety of 2D media, including collage, paint, and drawing, to create their own playful artworks. The class will touch on some basics of composition, color theory, gestalt theory and the elements and principles of art.

CRN: 60085-203
Cassidy Young
Saturdays  |  2:00-5:00pm
2/6/21 – 2/27/21
$70


Printmaking (Virtual)

In this course, you will learn block printing and the history of printmaking. There will be four main projects over the course of the semester. The first project will be a single-color block print, the second project will be a two-color block print, the third project will be a patterned print, and the fourth and final project will conclude the course with a multi-color print of any of the techniques learned throughout the semester. The final project will have a critique and celebration of the projects created during the semester. A supply kit will be provided with all the materials required for this class.

CRN: 60059-203
Amanda Hutchins
Tuesdays  |  10am-12pm
2/16/21 – 4/6/21 (no class 3/16) 
$180 


Discovering Your MUSEum: Transforming Your Findings Into Your Art (Virtual)

What better place than a museum to search out your Muse? In this online version of Discovering Your MUSEum, you have your choice of the world’s museums to explore in search of pieces that stir your creativity. Inspired by 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 during the weekly Zoom class time and throughout the week. We will use Google Classroom to share materials and resources including Museum information, readings, assignments, and demonstrations of art mediums and techniques. A web-based application called Slack enables us to share and communicate our progress. Throughout the class, instructors and peers will guide each other through the process of creating their own personalized artwork.

You may work in any media you prefer 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, a sketchbook is suggested. The Moleskine Cahier Journal (unlined) is recommended.

Because we will be using Google Classroom, students will need a Google account. Participation may be through a computer, tablet or cell phone. Never fear; instructors will personally assist people through all phases of technology, including creating an account if necessary. Please send questions to lifelonglearning@ivytech.edu.

CRN: 60110-203
Carol Rhodes and Nancy Metz
Thursdays  |  1:30-3:30pm
3/25/21 – 4/29/21
$145


Beginning Flower Design 

Do you love working with flowers, or having flowers in your home? Are you the next “budding florist”? This beginning flower design class will offer opportunities for hands-on experience working with fresh flowers – by creating four different designs of your own. You will also learn beginning elements and principles of flower design, basic care, handling of flowers, several styles of design including table top and contemporary, as well as basic instruction on bouquets to carry and flowers to wear. Four packages of floral food and flowers for four arrangements will be provided with the registration for this class, while students will be responsible for other supplies (follow link to register below for more details and links).

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

CRN: 60095-203
Cathy Teeters
Thursdays  |  6:00-8:00pm
4/8/21 – 5/6/21
$200


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


CERAMICS

Finding One’s Way with Clay

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.

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: 60089-203
Jamas Brooke
Tuesdays  |  6:00-9:00pm
2/9/21 – 3/30/21 (no class 3/16)
$259


Beginning Ceramics: Hand-Building

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
4/13/21 – 5/18/21
$200


Intermediate Ceramics: Sculpting the Human Figure

In this six-week course, we will learn the basics of creating a hollow, life-size ceramic bust. Using basic hand building skills such as coiling, pinching and slab building, we will gain understanding about the characteristics of the human face, how to create animated facial expressions, and some basic anatomy of the head and shoulders. Each student will end up with both a wall-hanging “head planter,” as well as a ceramic bust of themselves, a friend or relative! Supplies for this class are included in the registration.

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: 60120-203
Clarissa Pezone
Thursdays  |  6:00-9:00pm
4/15/21 – 5/20/21
$215


FIBER ARTS

Introduction to Crochet (Virtual)

Join instructor, Kariana, in a beginner-friendly class that will focus on the basics of crochet - a great indoor, hands-on activity for the colder month! In this course you will learn about crochet tools, supplies, and novice-level techniques. You will also learn simple stitches and have the tools required to make both a key fob and a scarf. Each class will have a short lesson and time to practice. Links to supplemental videos will be provided for additional practice outside of class.

CRN: 60077-203
Kariana Wolfe
Tuesdays  |  6:00-7:00pm
2/2/21 – 3/9/21
$60


How To Sew Knits with The Tailored Fit

Join the University of Sewing at The Tailored Fit to learn how to sew knits with sergers/overlockers! In this course, you will learn how to thread a serger/overlocker machine. You will construct a simple 3-piece top out of knits. You will also learn easy finishing techniqies for either home machines or a Coverstitch machine. You should have basic sewing machine experience before registering for this course. If you do not own a serger, let us know upon registration and one will be provided for class use. If you do own a serger, please make sure it is in working order. If you have questions, you can make an appointment to bring it by the University of Sewing at The Tailored Fit. A supply kit will be put together by The Tailored Fit that will be available for purchase by students with cash or check on the first day of class. This $75 kit includes a top pattern, 2 yards of knit material, and thread. (Note: if additional materials are needed the kit fee will be adjusted.)

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

CRN: 60132-203
Margaret Fette
Fridays  |  1:00-3:00pm
2/12/21 – 3/12/21
$100


Introduction to Sewing with The Tailored Fit

Join the University of Sewing at The Tailored Fit for an introduction to sewing! In this course, you will learn how to thread a sewing machine, wind a bobbin, cut out a simple pattern and follow the pattern instructions to create an apron, and finally, sew the apron! You do not need any prior sewing experience to register for this course. A supply kit will be put together by The Tailored Fit that will be available for purchase by students with cash or check on the first day of class. This $40 kit includes the apron pattern 2 yards of fabric, and thread.

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

CRN: 60133-203
Margaret Fette
Mondays  |  5:30-7:30pm
3/1/21 – 3/22/21
$90


METAL, MOSAICS, & GLASS

Basic Silversmithing & Jewelry Making

Come practice this age-old art by crafting open-cut pendants, rings, earrings, chains and bracelets, and setting semiprecious stones. We will begin with the basics, but this class will still be interesting and fun for those with experience in metalworking. We will learn soldering, sawing, sanding, polishing, chasing, forming, and tool usage, and then build our skill and confidence through a series of projects: a simple pendant, chain, ring or bracelet. From there you’ll be able to branch out into your own interests. This class fills up quickly—sign up early to reserve your spot! NOTE: The supplies and tools used in class are included with registration.

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

CRN: 60091-203
Jamas Brooke
Thursdays  |  6:00-9:00pm
2/11/21 – 4/1/21 (no class 3/18)
$399


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. A supply kit will be provided with registration that includes all materials required for class.

CRN: 60099-203
Rhonda Newsome
Wednesdays  |  5:30am-7:30pm
3/3/21 – 3/24/21
$175


Introduction to Contemporary Mosaics

In this introductory workshop, students will explore stone and smalti (the traditional materials used in both classical and contemporary mosaics) using the hammer and hardie (the ancient tools used for cutting the material). We will learn to apply the fragments called tesserae using the direct method on a mortar bed. Students will complete a 4”x8” project, playing with color, use of light, and texture while demonstrating flow (andamento) in mosaics. Supplies are available for purchase from the instructor at $80. 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: 60101-203
Chris Elam
Thursdays  |  6:00-8:00pm
3/11/21 – 4/15/21
$145


Glass on Glass

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


PHOTOGRAPHY

Photography Camera Basics (Virtual)

In this course, you will learn the basics of your DSLR camera (a camera with a detachable lens). This will help you take better photographs and produce your desired effects when photographing. We will learn aperture, shutter speed, ISO, and many other important settings your camera offers. Any camera model will work! This course is for anyone looking to learn more about their camera's settings. By the end of the course, you will be more comfortable with changing settings and making the photo you see in your head brought to life with the camera.

CRN: 60067-203
Amanda Hutchins
Tuesdays  |  5:00-6:30pm
2/16/21 – 4/6/21
$80 


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? In this class, you will get an introduction to many of the amazing tools in Adobe Photoshop and hands-on experience using images supplied by the instructor. Whether you are totally new to Photoshop or have used it but want to know more, this course will give you a good foundation for continued learning and mastery of this creative photo-editing program. Requirements: You must have on your home computer one of these: Photoshop Elements, Photoshop 5, Photoshop 6, or the Cloud (CC) version of Photoshop.

CRN: 60097-203
Juliet Frey
Mondays & Thursdays  |  6:00-8:00pm
3/1/21 – 3/11/21
$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 in-class discussion (Thursdays) with field excursions (Saturdays) to teach you how to caputre these moments. We will explore both the technical and artistic elements necessary to photograph the world around us. The urban field trip is to downtown Bloomington and the landscape field trip is to Lake Griffy. 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.

CRN: 60119-203
Juliet Frey
Thursdays & Saturdays | 6:00-8:00pm & 10:00am-12:00pm
4/15/21 – 4/29/21
$65 

ENTERTAINMENT

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: 60080-203
Tom Hastings
Thursdays  |  6:00-8:00pm
2/4/21 – 3/11/21
$125


Stand-Up Comedy (Virtual)

Comedian Mat Alano-Martin takes a look at the history and evolution of stand-up comedy before getting down to the serious business of joke writing and 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 May 5.

CRN: 60113-203
Mat Alano-Martin
Wednesdays  |  6:00-9:00pm
3/31/21 – 5/5/21
$75


FILM

Visual Literacy Through Cinema: Understanding Art Through Movies & Other Screen Media (Virtual)

It’s easy to be intimidated by film. What makes a film good anyway? Why is it Oscar winners are often movies you’ve never heard of? In this class you don’t have to be a movie buff or “cinephile.” We all know stories, and intuitively know how visual storytelling works. Talking about it, about what makes it good, is something students will come out of this class feeling more confident about. Visual literacy---the ability to “read” an image and understand what it is saying or doing---will be the aim of our discussions. We will break down the elements and principles of art by focusing on the most popular medium of our time. We will watch a variety of movies using Netflix Teleparty with the intention of analyzing them visually and identifying what the film is attempting to say/do through its use of the visual. Screenings will take place on Thursday evenings with follow-up Zoom discussions on Friday mornings. NOTE: Students must have access to Netflix.

CRN: 60100-203
Ray Hummel
Thursdays; Fridays | 6:00-8:00pm; 10:00am-12:30pm
3/4/21 - 4/2/2021
$105


WRITING, LANGUAGE, & LITERATURE

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. With two sessions offered in the 2021 Spring semester, we’ll have the opportunity to explore two different novels: one fiction and one non-fiction. Participants can sign up for one or both sessions. 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. Thanks to your input in our Bloomington Book Club survey, the Fiction section will be reading The Midnight Library, by Matt Haig, available for purchase here at Morgenstern Books. 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.

NOTE: Give us your feedback on what books you would like to read by taking our Bloomington Book Club survey here. Final selections for our Nonfiction section will be announced in early March with a link for purchase at MorgensternBooks.com. Average price will range from $18-20 per book.

CRN: 60135-203
Jasmine Egly with Morgenstern Books
Thursdays | 11:00am-12:00pm
1/21/21 – 3/11/21
$40

 

CRN: 60136-203
Jasmine Egly with Morgenstern Books
Thursdays | 11:00am-12:00pm
3/25/21 – 5/13/21
$40

 

CRN: 60134-203
Jasmine Egly with Morgenstern Books
Thursdays | 11:00am-12:00pm
1/21/21 – 5/13/21 (no class 3/18)
$60 (Reduced Price)


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: 60072-203
Laura Lasuertmer
Tuesdays | 2:00-4:00pm
2/2/21 – 3/9/21
$75

 

CRN: 60108-203
Laura Lasuertmer
Tuesdays | 2:00-4:00pm
3/23/21 – 4/27/21
$75

 

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

 

CRN: 60073-203
Laura Lasuertmer
Tuesdays | 2:00-4:00pm
2/2/21 – 5/25/21 (no class 3/16)
$175 (Reduced Price)


MUSIC

Beginning Ukulele (Virtual)

Learn chords, strumming, and basic fingerpicking techniques for right-handed GCEA tuning. You will be playing songs in no time! A soprano, concert, or tenor ukulele is required, as well as an electronic clip-on tuner.

CRN: 60053-203
Ellen Campbell
Tuesdays  |  6:30-8:00pm
1/19/21 – 3/9/21
$105


"From Poetry to Song” with Unlearn Arts and Girls Rock Bloomington for Adults (Virtual)

Girls Rock Bloomington offers music mentorship and personal empowerment through a social justice lens for girls, trans, and non-binary youth and adults. Unlearn Arts seeks to transform the way we engage with Black classic and contemporary literature and art created by Black Femme and non-binary people while inspiring and building community amongst writers. In this virtual workshop series, we will come together in poetry and song. Join Chantel Massey of Unlearn Lit Arts and GRB Founder/Director and 2020 Indiana Governor’s Arts Emerging Artist, Amy Oelsner, to create original writing and put it to music! NOTE: This class will require pen and paper, as well as an instrument of your choice. If you have any questions about instruments or would like to loan one for class, please reach out to lifelonglearning@ivytech.edu.

CRN: 60107-203
Amy Oelsner and Chantel Massey
Thursdays | 7:00-8:30pm
3/18/21 – 3/25/21
$45


HISTORY & GENEALOGY

Intro to Genealogy: Researching Your Family Tree & History (Virtual)

Genealogy can be a fascinating diversion, leisure pursuit, or complete passion. At the heart is often the motivation to preserve family chronicles, tell a story, or it may be a quest to find answers to lost history. There are now online options and libraries throughout the country that have built resources essential for the research efforts to build a family tree and tell the stories of our past. Getting started - sorting through the volume of material, and then keeping organized - can feel overwhelming. Finding access to resources can present challenges, although so much is available from the safety and comfort of home via internet content.

This course will propose starting projects, cover sources and online platforms, review strategic planning strategies, identify organizational options, cover terms and tools, and explore the bounty of the journey and the rewards of discovery. No experience or prior family search experience required. NOTE: It is recommended to have a license to Ancestry.com or another online record keeping option.

CRN: 60052-203
Susan Snider Salmon
Mondays | 6:00-7:00pm
1/25/21 – 3/15/21
$80


A History of Presidential Elections (Virtual)

Unexpected and controversial outcomes are not something new in our Presidential elections, they go all the way back to some of the first contests in the nation's history. This lecture series will explore the ups and downs and challenges we have faced in trying to select our country's most powerful post. We will discuss little-known quirks and controversies, and explore the bigger disputed elections through the last 200+ years. Constitutional crises, fraud, hubris, and occasionally simple mistakes are to blame for throwing into doubt the results of our four-year Presidential races.

CRN: 60057-203
Dax Collins
Tuesdays  |  1:00-2:30pm
1/26/21 – 3/2/21
$30


A Glossary of the Middle Ages (Virtual)

Life in the Middle Ages was so different from today that there is a whole glossary of words to describe it. In our six-week lecture series, we will focus on and explore themes of medieval life such as warfare, religion, and politics. We will explore the daily life of a European in what we used to call the 'Dark Ages' and learn the unusual techniques and terms used by both peasants and princes to get through their day. We will closely examine many daily scenes in the Middle Ages including: exploring the different careers open to a young villager, attending the siege of a fortress castle, and experiencing a royal wedding. Have you ever wondered how a heavily armored knight mounted his horse? Why people went to barbers for medical cures? All this and much more when you open the Glossary of the Middle Ages.

CRN: 60106-203
Dax Collins
Tuesdays  |  1:00-2:30pm
3/16/21 – 4/20/21
$30


Genealogy: Growing Your Tree & Finding Your Roots (Virtual)

The stories we know from our families are steeped in tradition and family lore. The facts may take us beyond the known, and challenge our understanding of who we are. To find the roots of our family’s tree, we can be recreational or diligent in our research. This course is designed to help move beyond beginning skills to the next level where documentation and planned research may yield new dimensions or positively confirm what is already understood to be true. Documenting and fact checking, along with historical context settings, will provide an opportunity to write a story and expand family history. NOTE: 1. The course presumes some experience with tracking family lineages and use of online services 2. We will focus on US based research data and records (international records are more advanced than we will cover) 3. We will touch base on DNA; however, we will not explore the variety of options for using this tool in basics family research 4. Our timeline for this course will not provide the opportunity to dive into financial and land records research, although we will touch on wills and probate in a general way.

CRN: 60115-203
Susan Snider Salmon
Mondays | 6:00-7:00pm
4/5/21 – 5/24/21
$80

HEALTH, WEALTH, & WELLNESS

Chaos to Calm: Home Organization Made Easy (Virtual)

Are you frustrated with your laundry room? Do you avoid walking past the spare bedroom? Do your groceries sit on the floor until you can find space in your pantry? If you answered yes to any of these questions, then this is the class for you. Instructor, Cheryl Smith, wants to help you capture the calm in the space you call home. She will walk you through the process of setting organizational goals, creating the time to make these dreams a realization, learning tips to help you work through all areas of your home, sharing before and after pictures, utilizing items you already have in your home as organizational tools, and creating lasting habits that will help you keep the calm around you.

CRN: 60082-203
Cheryl Smith with Consider It Done
Thursdays | 6:30-8:00pm
2/4/21 – 3/11/21
$60


Chair Yoga & Meditation (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! And you can do all of this while seated! 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. Students will need to have a sturdy chair without arms and a belt or strap for class.

CRN: 60068-203 
Patricia Pauly with Vibe Yoga
Tuesdays | 12:30-1:30pm
2/9/21 – 3/30/21
$65


Introduction to the Science of Happiness (Virtual)

Nearly two decades of research have now been dedicated to uncovering what enables people to live vibrant, flourishing lives. Positive Psychology is a field of study that uses empirical science to discover the factors related to optimal human functioning. In this two-hour introduction to the Science of Happiness course, you’ll learn what Positive Psychology is and how you can be a part of the Flourishing Revolution. As a foundation, you’ll learn 3 Facts, 3 Myths, and 3 immediately applicable tools to increase your well-being. Come discover what’s RIGHT with you and how you can build more of it.

CRN: 60094-203
Dawn Kutza
Saturday | 1:00-3:00pm
2/20/21
$20


Discovering and Using Your Strengths for Adults (Virtual)

Character strengths allow us to explore what is right with us, and they can be developed. The focus of this session is to cultivate a growth-oriented and strengths-based mindset that will allow participants to celebrate and leverage their strengths in various areas of their lives. Participants will take a Character Strengths Assessment and identify opportunities to put their strengths into practice to increase happiness, find deeper engagement in activities, align strengths with potential careers, and overcome obstacles in everyday life.

CRN: 60096-203
Dawn Kutza
Saturdays | 1:00-3:00pm
2/27/21 - 3/6/2021
$40


Experiencing Zen Buddhism: An Introduction to the Basics (Virtual)

"Zen" has become a shorthand term for zoning out in some blissful state, but in fact this rich, centuries-old practice is not at all aimed at getting us to escape from our lives. Instead, it offers the opportunity to release ourselves from suffering by seeing reality more clearly and becoming intimate with our own moment-by-moment experience. We'll explore what Zen Buddhism is really all about, beginning with the central ideas of Buddhism itself and moving on to the teachings and practices particular to its Zen form. Class will include instruction in sitting practice (zazen) as well as plenty of time for questions and discussion. Enthusiastic participants in this class from previous years went on to form a zazen/book discussion group that is still meeting today. All faith traditions welcome. NOTE: Participants can use whatever meditation cushions, benches or chairs they may already have; otherwise folded towels or blankets are fine.

CRN: 60102-203
Hoko Karnegis
Thursdays | 7:30-9pm
3/11/21 – 4/15/21
$60


Downsizing Dilemma: Helping Parents Clean Out Emotionally & Physically (Virtual)

“What are we going to do with all of this stuff?” This question is familiar to many adult children. For seniors, thinking about downsizing is emotional—and parents may not be ready when you think they should be. Asking you for help may not be something they are used to doing. For adult children, many of whom are juggling careers and families of their own, helping parents with downsizing or moving can be especially stressful. It’s tempting to take a tough love approach and try to get it done as fast as possible, but, as the adult child tasked with helping out, it’s important to think about your parent’s feelings before digging into the logistics.

In this class, we will learn about starting the conversation and keeping everyone involved in the process. You will also learn some downsizing strategies to help your parents through the process. You might even learn a few things yourself. This class is not just for the child, and would also be helpful for the “downsizer” who is having trouble just getting started. Learning how to start the conversation and work through this emotional process will be beneficial to all members of the family. This process can become a time to reconnect and learn from each other.

CRN: 60114-203
Cheryl Smith with Consider It Done
Mondays | 6:30-7:45pm
4/5/21 – 4/26/21
$45


Retirement Planning Today (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: 60259-203
Doug Hughes with Comprehensive Financial Consultants
Wednesdays | 6:00-7:30pm
3/3/21 - 3/10/21
$39

 

CRN: 60260-203
Doug Hughes with Comprehensive Financial Consultants
Thursdays | 6:00-7:30pm
2/25/21 - 3/4/21
$39


NATURAL LIVING

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: 60093-203
Bill Pursell
Thursdays | 6:00-8:00pm
2/18/21 – 3/18/21
$75


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. The final class will include a bird walk at a local park, the details for which will be communicated in class.

CRN: 60109-203
David Rupp with Indigo Birding
Wednesdays | 7:00-8:00pm
3/24/21 – 4/28/21
$60


Urban Farming: Backyard Chickens (Virtual)

Bill Pursell explores an agricultural approach to living sustainably in this 5-week class on raising poultry. You’ll learn about the different breeds, varieties, and classes of poultry, plus housing and feeding, disease and predator control, egg production, and related practices. The course will cover a wide variety of fowl, from chickens and ducks to geese, peafowls, guineas, quail, pigeons, and doves. No experience in raising poultry is required.

CRN: 60111-203
Bill Pursell
Thursdays | 6:00-8:00pm
3/25/21 – 4/22/21
$75


Composting for Beginners (Virtual)

Landfills are one of the USA’s largest methane sources, accounting for around 20% of all Greenhouse gas emissions. On average, in America, 40% of the waste that we send to landfills is organic, and could be composted!! However, Americans throw out nearly 1 pound of food per day, and in Monroe County alone, 45,000 tons of organic materials are disposed of annually in the County's waste stream. The emissions produced by this landfilled organic material are equivalent to the emissions of 32,000 vehicles driven for a full year, or 26,000 home's annual electricity use!

If you are interested in knowing what kind of sustainable solutions are available to better manage organic waste, join us in this workshop, where we will discuss organic waste management solutions, from basic back-yard composting, to community composting, and large-scale industrial composting. We will review the science of composting, how compost is made at various scales, and we will highlight the environmental, social, and economical benefits of adequate organic waste management systems in our community.

CRN: 60112-203
Andrea and Ryan with Green Camino
Saturday | 1:00-3:00pm
3/27/21
$20


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
4/7/21 - 4/28/2021
$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


CULINARY ARTS

Japanese Home Cooking Made Easy (Virtual)

Spend eight weeks with instructor, Mori, learning to make authentic Japanese dishes including rice and the basics, sushi making, bento boxes, Japanese instant curry and spring rolls, gyoza: potstickers, tempura, teriyaki chicken/tofu, and Japanese dessert. Mori is half-Japanese and has been taught how to prepare Japanese food by her Japanese mother and grandmother. As a little girl, she helped cut veggies, grind the sesame seeds, and fold gyoza skins by hundreds! She has run Katsumi's Teaching Kitchen in Indianapolis for six years. You can visit Mori's website here for a complete ingredient list for class.

CRN: 60054-203
Mori Willhite
Thursdays | 6:00-7:30pm
1/21/21 – 3/11/21
$100