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Spring 2023 CLL classes are coming soon! Theater & Film spring classes are now open for online registration below and on our Youth Programs page.

ALL CLL spring offerings will be available for registration by mid-December, so keep an eye out for updates here, on our Facebook page, or through our newsletter.

Youth Programs


Contact Us

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

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

Office Hours

Monday-Friday
9:00 AM-5:00 PM

Location and Directions for Main Campus Classes

Connie and Steve Ferguson Academic Building (Main Campus)
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ADULT CLASSES

Creative Arts:  Visual Arts | Ceramics  | Fiber Arts  | Metal, Mosaics, & Glass  | Photography
Humanities
Entertainment  | Music  | History, Literature, & Genealogy | Theater & Film
LifestyleHealth & Wellness  |  Culinary Arts |  Natural Living | Financial Literacy  

VISUAL ARTS

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.

Michael Teague
Tuesday | 7:00-9:30pm
10/25/22 - 12/6/22
$155


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.

Michael Teague
Wednesday | 7:00-9:30pm
10/26/22 - 12/7/22
$155


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.

Michael Teague
Thursday | 2:15-4:45pm
10/27/22 - 12/15/22 (No class 11/24)
$155


Printmaking Basics 

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, patterns, and then a two-color process. 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! All supplies provided.

Amanda Hutchins
Thursday | 6:30-8:00pm
10/27/22 - 12/1/22 (No class 11/24)
$95


Watercolor Guided Practice 

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. NOTE: Students must provide their own painting supplies.

Carol Rhodes
Tuesday | 6:00pm-8:30pm
11/1/22 - 12/6/22
$150


CERAMICS

An Interplay of Ceramic Techniques & Ideas 

This course is designed for people who have experience with shaping clay and who wish to explore their imaginations and broaden their skills in the art and craft of ceramics. The class encourages both independence and the interplay and incorporation of ideas and techniques of fellow ceramicists. That is, we will learn from and teach each other. We will also push ourselves in new directions and face failure together. We will use methods of hand-building, wheel-throwing, surface-texturing, and their combination to create pieces of art of underlying functionality, pure aesthetics, or both. Come to this class with your ideas and goals. You already know what you can do. Now do more.

NOTE: This class is not eligible for fee remission for Ivy Tech employees due to limited capacity. Please see our CLL fee remission guidelines for more information.

Scott Barton
Wednesday | 6:00-9:00pm
10/19/22 – 12/14/22 (No class 11/23)
$265

 

Scott Barton
Thursday | 6:00-9:00pm
10/20/22 – 12/15/22 (No class 11/24)
$265


Beginning Ceramics: Wheel Throwing 

Students will learn to throw from beginner forms (pulling cylinders) and expand to things that interest them! Bowls, cups, mugs, plates, teapots, vases, planters, etc. We will work towards personal goals of the student while improving technique and gaining information regarding throwing itself. No prior experience necessary and all prior experiences welcome!

NOTE: This class is not eligible for fee remission for Ivy Tech employees due to limited capacity. Please see our CLL fee remission guidelines for more information.

Kate Holsapple
Monday | 5:30-8:30pm
10/24/22 – 12/5/22
$265


Experienced Ceramics: Wheel Throwing 

Looking to build new clay skills and refine existing ones? This class is a great continuation for students with some experience who would like to advance their 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 while exploring their own projects. PREREQUISITE: Beginning Ceramics: Wheel Throwing or an equivalent level of experience in ceramics is recommended for this class.

NOTE: This class is not eligible for fee remission for Ivy Tech employees due to limited capacity. Please see our CLL fee remission guidelines for more information.

Lauren Winkler
Tuesday | 6:00-9:00pm
10/25/22 – 12/6/22
$265


METAL, MOSAICS, & GLASS

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.

NOTE: This class is not eligible for fee remission for Ivy Tech employees due to limited capacity. Please see our CLL fee remission guidelines for more information.

Chris Elam
Thursday | 6:00pm-8:00pm
12/15/22 – 1/19/23
$185

MUSIC

Bluegrass Banjo for Beginners 

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. Students must provide their own banjo.

Jesse Goodman
Monday | 6:00-7:30pm
11/7/22 – 12/12/22
$80


HISTORY, LITERATURE, & GENEALOGY

Genealogy Part 3: Peeping Through Cracks & Breaking Down Barriers to Help Resolve Family History Mysteries (Virtual)

In every family tree, there are points where information and even people come up missing. Data may conflict with family stories. Repeated use of family first name configurations can confuse record tracking between generations. Even the loss of common records through fire and flood, or even neglect, can present challenges to locate and confirm facts. Individual records may be compromised by inaccurate assumptions or incomplete information or lack of documentation.

We will look at the practice and purpose of historical record-keeping and evaluate how to distinguish types of available resources, including how to document when records may not be found. Examples will show how to expand searches to utilize collateral family branches, build FAN clubs (family and neighbors) to widen searches with a controlled methodology, demonstrate how to use time charts and location for clues. We will apply mapping techniques to learn how to fill in gaps and formulate conclusions.

Susan Snider Salmon
Wednesday | 7:00-8:00pm
11/30/22 – 12/14/22
$45


THEATER & FILM

The Ivy Tech Center for Lifelong Learning is proud to partner with Constellation Stage & Screen, who offer an exciting lineup of film, theater, and musical theater programs for adults to work with professional instructors to explore their creative talents.

NOTE: Constellation Stage & Screen classes are not eligible for fee remission for Ivy Tech employees.


Intro to Improv for Adults Ages 18+

Constellation’s Intro to Improv for Adults introduces basic improv skills and performance techniques. This class will focus on short-form improv and is open to aduts with no previous improv experience. Improv is a magical art form that is not only fantastically fun, it develops storytelling ability, enhances listening, communication, and collaboration skills, builds resilience, increases confidence, and so much more!

1/23/23 - 2/27/23 | Monday, 7:00pm-8:30pm
Constellation Staff | Constellation Stage & Screen Studios | $150


Acting on Camera for Adults Ages 18+

Whether you're just a little curious about what it's like to act on camera or if you have your sights set on Hollywood, Constellation’s Acting on Camera for Adult's 4-week workshop intensive offers an introduction to the art of film acting. In addition to fun, interactive, skill-building exercises, students will work with an industry professional to learn how to calibrate performances based upon shot size and angle, eye line, hitting marks, emotional and physical continuity, and strength and imagination in acting choices.

PREREQUISITE:Some acting experience preferred but not required.

1/29/23 - 2/19/23 | Sunday, 4:00pm-6:00pm
Constellation Staff | Constellation Stage & Screen Studios | $150


Musical Theater Audition Masterclass Ages 16+

In Constellation Stage & Screen's Musical Theater Audition Masterclass, actors and singers aged 16+ will work on developing the skills, knowledge, and techniques required to deliver a quality musical theater audition.

With professional guidance by Constellation's artistic director, Kate Galvin, students will learn how to:

  • Choose music that matches the show, style, and character for which you’re auditioning
  • Organize your repertoire book
  • Make the best 16 or 32 bar cut
  • Prepare your sheet music in a way that allows your audition accompanist the best chance to help you succeed
  • Communicate and and work with your audition accompanist
  • Choose the best key for your song
  • Engage “the room” through acting choices and singing to your “partner”
  • Look your best--what to wear/what not to wear
  • Avoid audition pitfalls, and more!

Students who would like to participate in a mock audition should bring sheet music of a prepared 16-bar cut of a song of their choosing.

PREREQUISITE:Some singing experience (examples: voice lessons; school/church/community choirs; talent shows; school/community stage productions/concerts/showcases; summer camps, etc.)

3/5/23 | Sunday, 2:00-5:00pm
Constellation Staff | Constellation Stage & Screen Studios | $65


Musical Theater Workshop Ages 16+

Do you dream of being on stage in the next big musical? Want to nail that next audition? Do you struggle with knowing what to sing? Do you just want to have fun belting out your favorite show tunes? If you answered “yes” to any of the above, then this class is for you!

For budding performers with some singing experience to accomplished performers with a long resume, this 4-week workshop is geared towards audition technique and exploring and building musical theatre repertoire (although all genres of music are welcome). You will be able to experiment with new material or fine-tune songs that are already in your repertoire.

You will also:

  • be given song suggestions that are appropriate to age and type, and will subsequently learn how to pick material for yourself
  • learn how to build and organize your audition book
  • work on audition technique, including how to enter the room, talk to the accompanist, and present your material
  • receive acting and musical guidance to help shape your performance, focusing on techniques of musical storytelling
  • analyze song structure and explore given circumstances
  • practice interpreting the lyric, both musically and dramatically
  • build skills in vocal projection, articulation, intonation, physicality, character development, and stage presence
  • learn how to critique your peers in a positive, constructive way
  • gain overall confidence in performance skills
  • have the opportunity to perform in an end-of-workshop cabaret with an invited audience!

PREREQUISITE:Some singing experience (examples: voice lessons; school/church/community choirs; talent shows; school/community stage productions/concerts/showcases; summer camps, etc.)

3/23/23 - 4/13/23 | Thursday, 6:30pm-9:00pm
Constellation Staff | Constellation Stage & Screen Studios | $175


Improv for Adults: Beyond Beginner Ages 18+

Constellation’s Improv for Adults: Beyond Beginner reinforces and builds upon improvisational skills and performance techniques. This class will focus on short-form improv and is open to aduts with previous improv experience (class, workshop, troupe, etc). Improv is a magical art form that is not only fantastically fun, it develops storytelling ability, enhances listening, communication, and collaboration skills, builds resilience, increases confidence, and so much more!

PREREQUISITE:Previous improv experience (class, troupe, etc.).

3/27/23 - 5/1/23 | Monday, 7:00pm-8:30pm
Constellation Staff | Constellation Stage & Screen Studios | $150


Short Film Project for Adults Ages 18+

Jump into a full-scale short film production with Constellation Stage & Screen's Short Film Project for Adults! This immersive, experiential, project-based learning environment will give young filmmakers the opportunity to work on a safe, fun, and collaborative film set. Filmmakers will learn and actively participate in each stage of film production:

Pre-Production:In this 5-week phase, students will get a “writer’s room” experience--a collaborative space where the groundwork for creative ideas comes together. Students will learn world-building by exploring and incorporating elements of screenwriting. Next, filmmakers will go through visual pre-production, shot lists, scheduling, and casting.

Production: In this full-day phase (Satruday, April 29, 10am - 6pm), each student filmmaker will get a professionally guided hands-on experience to make their story come to life. They will learn how to effectively communicate as actors and filmmakers, rotate through crew positions, and practice industry-standard set operations.

Post-Production:In the final 2 project sessions, filmmakers will collaborate through the post-production and editing process and will complete their short film on the final day of the project.

Each filmmaker will have the chance to rotate through a variety of film set positions both in front of and behind the camera. Come ready to find your creative voice!

PREREQUISITE: Eligible students will have participated in one of the following to join this class: Previous BAFT/Constellation Short Film Project; BAFT/Constellation Movie Camp; A Crash Course in Moviemaking; Or equivalent.

3/28/23 - 5/9/23 | Tuesday, 6:30pm-8:30pm
4/29/23 | Saturday, 10:00am-6:00pm
Constellation Staff | Constellation Stage & Screen Studios | $350

HEALTH & WELLNESS

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. If you are interested in this class but have concerns about beginning a yoga practice, please consult a doctor.

NOTE: Students do not need to purchase any materials, but we will use the following household items: a sturdy chair with a back and no arms, a bath or beach towel, a long belt or strap, a tennis ball, a pencil, a thick dense pillow, 2 supports (large sturdy books or Tupperware containers, or yoga blocks).

Patricia Pauly
Wednesday | 12:30-1:30pm
11/2/22 – 12/14/22
$55


NATURAL LIVING

Birding Basics (Virtual)

Join David Rupp, owner of IndiGo Birding Nature Tours, for an introductory look at birds and birding. If you enjoy watching the birds at your feeders and listening to the bird songs when outside but have been wanting to know more, then this class is for you! David will give an interactive online presentation each week, focusing on topics such as bird biology, bird conservation, bird ID, and understanding bird song. After each virtual presentation there will be time for questions and further discussion. This class will be a great way to prepare for the winter bird feeding and watching season!

David Rupp of IndiGo Birding Nature Tours
Wednesday | 7:00-8:15pm
10/19/22 - 11/16/2022
$60


Homesteading (Learn Anywhere - In-Person or 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.

Bill Pursell
Thursday | 6:00-8:00pm
10/27/22 - 12/1/2022 (no class 11/24)
$85


CULINARY ARTS

Middle Eastern Mezze II 

This class is designed to stand on its own or to be a complement to the Middle Eastern Mezze class offered last spring.In this class we will discuss the art of the mezze platter, which traditionally includes flatbread with a delicious array of meats, dips, vegetables, and pickled items to be enjoyed in a communal setting. Chef will demonstrate making tabouli as well as the techniques involved in making delicious stuffed grape leaves from scratch. Students will learn about some of the common components in a mezze platter and how to construct one for maximum variety. Students will also make their own stuffed grape leaves hands-on. Vegetarian and vegan options available.

NOTE: This class is not eligible for Ivy Tech Employee Fee Remission due to limited capacity.

Chef Jennifer Ryan
Saturday | 11:30am-2:00pm
11/12/22
$85


Christmas Stollen & Mincemeat 

Learn to make Christmas Stollen (German fruitcake) and meatless Mincemeat in this two-day workshop, just in time for the holidays! In the first class, students will make their own candied citrus peel and marzipan. The next day, students will use their peels and marzipan to make a few small loaves of Stollen to eat right away or freeze to share for the holidays. Homemade citrus peels make a world of difference to Mincemeat, of which students will make about a pint to be enjoyed immediately or allowed to ripen for few months. Mincemeat is fantastic on a charcuterie board, eaten warm with ice cream or as a cheesecake topping. This course includes both demo and hands-on components that you will learn in Ivy Tech’s professional kitchens.

NOTE: This class is not eligible for Ivy Tech Employee Fee Remission due to limited capacity.

Chef Stacy Strand
Friday | 3:30pm-6:30pm
Saturday | 10:00am-2:00pm
11/18/22 - 11/19/2022
$130


Cast Iron Skillet Cooking: Pizza & Baking 

In this class, students will learn about techniques for cooking in cast iron, with a focus on baking in a cast iron skillet. Chef will discuss the selection of and purchasing of cast iron, the process of seasoning the pan, and proper care of cast iron. Then she will demonstrate baking breads, pies, and pizza in cast iron. Then students will have the opportunity to learn how to make a quick, delicious pizza from scratch in a cast iron skillet that is even easy enough for a weeknight dinner! Each student will practice by making their own pizza with the toppings of their choice. Vegetarian and vegan options available.

NOTE: This class is not eligible for Ivy Tech Employee Fee Remission due to limited capacity.

Chef Jennifer Ryan
Thursday | 6:00pm-8:30pm
12/1/22
$85


Making & Cooking with Indian Paneer Cheese 

In this class, students will learn how to make paneer cheese, an important ingredient in several classic Indian dishes. Chef will demonstrate techniques for cooking with paneer and demonstrate its use in dishes including saag paneer and paneer tikka masala. The students will have the opportunity to make their own paneer cheese to take home with them and try their hand at cooking with paneer. All dishes in this class will be vegetarian.

NOTE: This class is not eligible for Ivy Tech Employee Fee Remission due to limited capacity.

Chef Jennifer Ryan
Friday | 6:00pm-8:30pm
12/9/22
$85


Buche de Noel 

Are you looking for the perfect dessert to take to a holiday party? Look no further. In this course, each student 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 vanilla sponge cake roulade filled with a rich buttercream, decorated with a chocolate frosting, meringue mushrooms and marzipan holly leaves. Students will be able to choose between vanilla, chocolate or coffee flavored filling. Light snacks will be provided. The cake is somewhat tall and long, so bring a cake carrier with approx. 12” base or an open cardboard box to take it home. This course includes both demo and hands-on components that you will learn in Ivy Tech’s professional kitchens.

NOTE: This class is not eligible for Ivy Tech Employee Fee Remission due to limited capacity.

Chef Stacy Strand
Saturday | 10:00am-3:00pm
12/10/22
$90


Sticky Toffee Pudding 

Yes, this is a British thing and yes, we should be eating it, too! The flavor is dark, rich, and sweet; think dates, brown sugar, butter, and molasses. Students will also make a traditional vanilla custard sauce to go with their puddings. Everyone will make and take home an 8”x8” pan of the pudding, approximately 6 servings. This course includes both demo and hands-on components that you will learn in Ivy Tech’s professional kitchens.

NOTE: This class is not eligible for Ivy Tech Employee Fee Remission due to limited capacity.

Chef Stacy Strand
Saturday | 10:00am-2:00pm
12/17/22
$90