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  • Go Green: Recycle-Create-Give

    Sunday, May 6, 1:00–4:00 p.m.

    $50 General; $40 Members

    Explore how to create homemade and meaningful gifts from recycled and repurposed items.

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    Jewelry Making

    Sunday, June 3, 10:00 a.m.–1:00 p.m.

    $50 General; $40 Members

    Try your hand at wire wrapping jewelry! Receive an overview on jewelry wire plus the tools and basic techniques to get started creating your first wire-wrapped piece. Beginners welcome! 

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  • Drawing and Composition

    Drawing and Composition

    Tuesdays, June 5–August 7, 7:00–10:00 p.m.

    $455 Noncredit; $495 Certificate Credit; $1,415 College Credit

    This beginning course, offered in partnership with Otis College Extension, develops skills in the elements of drawing and composition. Through demonstration, class exercises, and critiques, students explore concepts including contour line, cross contour, modeling, uses of marks to show form and space, perspective, scale and measurement, and positive/negative space.

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    Forays into Fiction

    Wednesdays, June 6–July 18, 7:00–10:00 p.m. (No class July 4)

    $275 Noncredit

    Make forays into the world of fiction and create compelling stories. Examining the elements of micro fiction, the short story, novella, and novel, acquire skills to establish point of view, render complex characters, envision setting, write believable dialogue, and weave a plot that urges the reader to turn the page. This dynamic class focuses on finding your voice, stoking your imagination, and developing underlying themes.

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  • screen printing course

    Screen Print Workshop

    Saturdays, June 9 and 16, 10:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m.

    $185 Noncredit

    In partnership with Otis College Extension, this two-day workshop offers a quick method of printmaking. Using bold colors and stencil shapes, create screen-printed art using images from popular culture and methods of stylistic pattern making. Materials are supplied to create prints, tees, or tote bags.

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  • Drawing and Meditative Mindfulness

    Drawing and Meditative Mindfulness

    Wednesdays, June 13–July 25, 10:00 a.m.–1:00 p.m. (No class July 4)

    $375 Noncredit

    In this class, offered in partnership with Otis College of Art and Design, cultivate a meditative state of mind while developing the formal techniques of drawing. Current research in neuroscience has demonstrated that the practice of meditative mindfulness can sharpen perception, creativity, and intuition and increase attention and nonjudgmental awareness—all skills also honed through drawing.

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  • Illustrating Children’s Books

    Mondays, February 5–April 23, 7:00–10:00 p.m. (No classes February 19 and March 19)

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    Explore the steps involved in illustrating a children’s book in this class offered in partnership with Otis College Extension.

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  • Leonard Bernstein, 1971, photo by Marion S. Trikosko, courtesy of the Library of Congress

    Bernstein at the Skirball

    Sold out! Tuesdays, April 10–24, 1:00–3:00 p.m.
    Sold out! Tuesdays, June 5–19, 1:00–3:00 p.m.

    $75 General; $60 Members

    Affectionately called “Lenny” by millions of admirers throughout the world, Leonard Bernstein was truly a “Renaissance Man,” excelling not only as a conductor, educator, and prolific composer of Broadway shows, opera, ballet, and symphonic and choral music, but also as a TV personality and jet-setter. He attracted crowds wherever he went.

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  • Joseph Mallord William Turner (British, 1775–1851), Conway Castle, North Wales, 1798. Watercolor and gum arabic with graphite underdrawing. 53.7 × 76.5 cm. The J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles.

    Art: The Majestic Landscape

    Wednesdays, April 18 and 25 and May 2, 16, and 30, 10:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m.

    This class is now full.

    The “landscape” in visual art has always symbolized emotional, ideological, and spiritual yearnings. From Chinese brush painting to the Italian Renaissance, depictions of mountains, water, and trees convey a desire for order and peace in a turbulent world. By the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, landscapes became a vehicle for heart-pounding romanticism, shimmering impressionism, and individual voice.

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  • great decisions course

    Great Decisions: A Current Events Discussion Group

    Thursdays, January 18, February 8 and 22, March 8, April 5, 19, and 26, May 3, 1:30–3:00 p.m.
    Please note the session formerly planned to be held on March 22 has been rescheduled for April 26.

    This class is now full.

    Become an informed citizen! In this stimulating discussion group, discuss and debate important international current events with the guidance of an experienced moderator and guest lecturers from area universities and think tanks.

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  • Drawing and Composition

    Drawing and Composition

    Thursdays, February 8–May 3, 7:00–10:00 p.m. (No class March 22)

    Registration for this class is now closed.

    This beginning course, offered in partnership with Otis College Extension, develops skills in the elements of drawing and composition. Through demonstration, class exercises, and critiques, students explore concepts including contour line, cross contour, modeling, uses of marks to show form and space, perspective, scale and measurement, and positive/negative space.

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  • 2018 book groups

    Skirball Book Groups: Changing Views of the American Experience

    Winter–Spring 2018

    Registration for this class is now closed.

    Under the direction of a professional book group facilitator, participants examine the book together, analyzing characters, themes, and motifs and learning about the author’s background. Expect lively, interactive classes. Discussion questions are distributed in advance of each class session. Participants must read the book prior to each session.

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