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Youth Programs Summer 2022 Youth Catalog

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The Center for Lifelong Learning
200 Daniels Way
Bloomington, IN 47404
Phone: (812) 330-4400

Office Hours

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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Creative Arts:  Visual Arts  |  Ceramics  |  Photography
:  History, Literature, & Genealogy
LifestyleHealth & Wellness  |  Culinary Arts |  Natural Living Financial Literacy  


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
6/7/22 - 7/26/22

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
6/8/22 - 8/10/22


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
Tuesday | 6:00-9:00pm
6/7/22 – 7/26/22

Clay on the Wheel 

Whether you can shape a hundred yunomi in two hours off the hump or have never had your hands covered with slippery clay slurry, in this class you will continue or begin your adventures with clay on the potter’s wheel, a ceramics tool that has migrated from Mesopotamia across the world in 6,000 years. If you have experience at the wheel, you will push yourself to create new forms, pursue new ideas, take new risks, and share your knowledge with fellow potters. If you have never thrown (from the Old English þrawan, meaning to turn or twist) at the wheel before, you will cultivate the response of clay in your slip-covered hands, learning to work with the clay to create vessels of every imaginable form. After stages of shaping and refining the thrown pots, including fashioning handles, spouts, and lids, we will explore the process of glazing and firing them to produce the final ceramic pieces. Though we will each be at our own wheel, we will work and learn together from both our successes and failures and, most importantly, we will do what we did not know we could.

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
6/8/22 – 7/27/22


Scott Barton
Thursday | 6:00-9:00pm
6/9/22 – 7/28/22

From Ancient to Modern: Raku and Pit Firing 

Pit firing is perhaps the most ancient method of firing clay to create ceramic ware. By its nature, pit firing is a low-temperature (1000 to 1,800°F) method of firing and produces earthenware ceramic work with beautiful, uncontrolled smoke clouds of various colors adorning the surface of the pots. Instead of digging a pit, we will fire ware above ground in metal trash cans. Raku was developed in 16th century Japan by what became the Raku family of potters with close connection to the Japanese tea ceremony. The raku method was brought to the west in the early 20th century and has undergone considerable evolution while still maintaining its Japanese aesthetic of wabi-sabi. Raku is characterized by the random crackling of glazes and stunning flashes of color or deep black on pots. In this 3-day, 2-weekend workshop, we will work with clay to construct pieces either by hand-building or on the wheel or by incorporating both techniques and discuss ways of preparing pieces for firing. The following weekend we will fire the pieces and clean and finish them.

NOTE: This workshop is for experienced ceramics students, though experience with Raku or pit firing is not required. Please also note that the June 18 class meeting is Father's Day weekend for anyone considering schedule conflicts. 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
Saturday/Sunday | 9:00am-2:00pm
6/11/22 – 6/18/22


Beginning/Intermediate Photoshop (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.

NOTE: This is a hands-on course. Students must have Adobe Photoshop on their home computers (preferably a more advanced version than Elements) and will be provided photographs to work on, and detailed handouts.

Juliet Frey
Monday/Thursday | 6:00-8:00pm
7/18/22 – 7/28/22


Genealogy: Branching Your Trees by Revisiting & Maximizing use of Vital Records and Census Data (Virtual)

Vital government records such as birth, death, a marriage hold essential evidence to support expanding individual history, finding stories of lives, and building family trees. Decennial US census data holds extensive information tracking individuals and families over decades and distances, enriching family narratives and supporting (or not) known facts. Using example records and documents, we will examine how to analyze official documents and weigh the details of names, dates, and places, ages, relationships, locations, and secrets found in plain sight. Alternative sources and free online crowd-sourced services will be reviewed and evaluated, including National Archives, Family Search, Find-A-Grave, multi-topic resource and help sites, and pay-for-use on line sources.

We will practice genealogy “best practices” and utilize record keeping tools to intentionally track and compare person by person “facts” over time and map locations to help build a map or time line set in the contemporary of ancestors or collateral family members.

Susan Snider Salmon
Wednesday | 6:00-7:00pm
7/27/22 – 8/10/22

Genealogy: 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 or the available information seems to conflict with family heritage stories. Repeated use of family first name configurations can confuse record tracking between generations. Even the loss of usual 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 and lack of documentation.

We will look closely at the practice and purpose of historical record-keeping and evaluate how to distinguish types of available resources, including how to document that records may not remain for us to find. We 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 and location history for clues and resources, and strategically use newspapers for enriching the research process.

Susan Snider Salmon
Wednesday | 6:00-7:00pm
8/17/22 – 8/31/22


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.

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
Tuesday | 12:30-1:30pm
7/26/22 – 8/30/22


Introduction to Chinese-Style Dumplings 

In this class students will learn to make dough, make filling, and to shape dumplings from scratch. To begin, Chef will introduce the class to common ingredients in Chinese cooking and briefly discuss some of the vast regional differences in Chinese cuisines. Chef will discuss and demonstrate some of the variations possible for dumpling fillings and cooking techniques. In particular, students will learn about two common methods of cooking - boiling from fresh or frozen and the potsticker method which results in a flavorful brown crust. Students will make their own dumplings, choosing which ingredients they would like to include. Versions including meat and vegan versions are available. Chef will demonstrate a basic dipping sauce and the class will conclude with enjoying our homemade dumplings.

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.

Chef Jennifer Ryan
Wednesday | 6:00-8:30pm

Salted Honey Caramels & Turtle Candies 

Salted honey caramel is exactly as delicious as it sounds! In this class we will make salted (local) honey soft caramels and dip them (or not) in dark or milk chocolate, and use the same caramel to make Turtles (toasted pecans + caramel + chocolate). Each student will take home about a dozen of each confection. 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 fee remission for Ivy Tech employees due to limited capacity. Please see our CLL fee remission guidelines for more information.

Chef Stacy Strand
Saturday | 10:00am-2:00pm