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Adult summer classes are now available for online registration! See below for class listings and details.

Youth Programs Summer 2022 Youth Catalog


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  |  Photography
Humanities
:  History, Literature, & Genealogy
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
6/7/22 - 7/26/22
$165


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
$195


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
Tuesday | 6:00-9:00pm
6/7/22 – 7/26/22
$265


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
$265

 

Scott Barton
Thursday | 6:00-9:00pm
6/9/22 – 7/28/22
$265


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
$175


PHOTOGRAPHY

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
$65

HISTORY, LITERATURE, & GENEALOGY

Genealogy: Essential Research Processes to Allow you to Fertilize and Grow your Family Trees (Virtual)

Genealogy can be a fascinating diversion and a leisure pursuit which can easily become a complete passion. At the heart of family research is often the motivation to find an answer to a question, honor loved family members, preserve family chronicles, tell a story, or it may be a quest to find answers to lost history. Launching into growing trees can offer a wonderful exploration of information and reap rewards of the recent expansion of on-line information.

Essential elements of strategic planning, identifying record-keeping organizational options, and categorizing key elements of the big picture can help lead to a bountiful journey and offer the rewards of documented and sourced discovery. Class sessions will focus on developing a research topic, developing a research plan, citing resources, utilizing research logs, use of on-line searches for locality information and locating records availability. We will focus on how to use a “big picture” perspective for family research.

Susan Snider Salmon
Wednesday | 6:00-7:00pm
7/6/22 – 7/20/22
$45


Exploring Epic: Táin Bó Cúailnge (Virtual)

Here I stand, no flimsy sail against the men of Ireland, never to retreat, nor fail to take on an opponent.” - Cú Chulainn, Táin Bo Cuailnge, Book IX p.129

The Táin Bó Cúailnge, is a 1st century Irish epic, often called “The Irish Iliad”. It explores thepre-Christian heroic age of Ireland and is the central text of a group of early Irish tales known asthe Ulster Cycle. The Táin tells of a war between Queen Medb and her husband King Ailill, centering around the bull Donn Cuailnge. Due to a curse upon the King and his warriors, the invaders are opposed only by the hero Cú Chulainn. The Táin has had an enormous influence on Irish literature and culture. It is often considered Ireland's national epic.

We will use historical and literary frameworks to explore the story and historical context of The Táin. After this course, you will be familiar with the story of The Táin as well as how it fits within the history of Ireland.

This course will be taught virtually. Students are highly encouraged to purchase their own copies of The Táin, however free, online versions will be made available.

Please note that this course may discuss sensitive topics as brought up by the source material.

Wendy Vencel
Thursday | 5:45-6:45pm
7/7/22 – 8/4/22
$30


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
$45


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
$45

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.

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
6/7/22 – 7/19/22 (No class 7/5)
$50


CULINARY ARTS

Classic Caribbean Snacks: Jamaican Beef Patties and Cuban Tostones with Mojo Sauce 

This class will cover two classic snacks from the Caribbean. We will be making classic Jamaican beef patties. This dish is similar to other meat-filled snacks found throughout the Caribbean and Latin America, but Jamaican Patties have their own flair, with a particularly Jamaican spice profile and classic bright yellow curry-flavored dough. Tostones are a twice-fried snack made from green plantains that are a staple throughout the Caribbean. We will pair ours with a classic Cuban Mojo sauce. Chef will demonstrate each snack and the sauce and students will have an opportunity to learn to make Jamaican beef patties and tostones hands-on.

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
6/29/22
$80


Summer Berry Pavlova 

A Pavlova is an incredibly light, sweet dessert made from meringue topped with a lightly sweetened whipped cream and fresh fruit. It is perfect as a centerpiece or a simple after dinner dessert. Each student will make a 6” Pavlova to taste and take home, best eaten the day it's made. We will also learn about and create a few easy meringue “cookies”. Meringues and Pavlovas are naturally Gluten Free.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 | 11:00am-2:00pm
7/9/22
$85


Korean Kimchi Stew & Side Dishes 

The centerpiece of this class is the spicy and tangy Korean kimchi stew known as kimchi-jjigae. Traditionally the stew begins with a homemade anchovy stock and includes ripe home-fermented kimchi, pork and tender silken tofu. Each student will have the opportunity to make their own stew, choosing their own ingredients including the opportunity to make a vegetarian version if desired. While the stews are simmering, Chef will also demonstrate good technique for making rice to accompany the stew as well as two complementary side dishes, a seaweed salad and macaroni salad. Class will end with a shared meal.

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
7/13/22
$80


Strawberry & Cream Layer Cake 

This is not a birthday cake – layer cake, this is a light and airy Sponge Cake with whipped cream and fresh strawberries. Each student will make and take home the remains of a 6” two-layer cake. We will have a box, but feel free to bring your own cake carrier. 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
7/16/22
$85


Vegetarian Tagine & Flatbread 

Tagine is both the national dish of Morocco and, traditionally, the vessel it is cooked in. The vegetarian version of this stew includes a variety of flavors with a base of chickpeas or lentils, sweetness from honey and dried fruit, tangy and salty preserved lemons, and savory aromatics and spices.We will discuss making spice blends, some of the possibilities for variations of ingredients in tagine, and each student will have the opportunity to make their own tagine. In addition, students will learn methods for making a basic flatbread to accompany the tagine.

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
7/20/22
$80


Doughnuts 

In this class we will fry and glaze classic round yeast doughnuts. Students will make vanilla custard and there will be jam available for a filled doughnut option. Each student will take home approximately a dozen doughnuts (depending on size), we will have boxes available but feel free to bring your own container. 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
7/23/22
$85


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
7/27/22
$80


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
7/30/22
$85


NATURAL LIVING

Urban Farming: 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
6/2/22 – 6/30/22
$85


Urban Farming: Ruminants, Sheep, Goats, & Cows (Learn Anywhere - In-Person or Virtual)

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

Bill Pursell
Thursday | 6:00-8:00pm
7/14/22 – 8/11/22
$85