Community Enrichment

communityenrichTri-County’s Community Enrichment classes let students explore their creativity and expand their mind. Classes cover subjects including Arts & Music, Cooking, Dance, Fitness & Recreation, Genealogy, Hobbies & Crafts, Language, Personal Enrichment, and more.

This program consists of avocational, practical skills, and academic courses. Avocational courses focus on an individual’s personal or leisure needs rather than his occupation, profession, or employment. Practical skills courses consist of single courses, designed to provide practical training for persons pursuing additional skills, which are not considered their major or primary vocation but may supplement income or may reasonably lead to employment. Academic courses consist of single courses designed to serve the academic educational needs of adult citizens, including courses in humanities, mathematics and science, and social science.

If you have an area of expertise, and would be interested in teaching one of these non-credit Community Enrichment courses, please contact Lisa Thompson Long or Ginger Hubbard.

Classes Offered at the Main Campus


 

Animal Husbandry

“Chickens 101”: Discover which of the fantastic and fabulous breeds of chickens might be for you in this fun short course on America’s favorite bird. From baby chicks to mature hens you will enjoy your chickens more when you learn about housing, feeding, and general care. Also find out how to protect your birds from pests and predators. 8 hrs.

No classes are scheduled at this time. Please click on this link to add your name to an interest list for future classes.

Beginning Beekeeping: Learn about this intriguing craft from a certified Master Beekeeper. Topics will include Introduction to Beekeeping, How to Start a Hive & the Equipment Needed, Swarm Control, Pest Control, Diseases, Honey Harvesting, Winterizing Your Bees, and Preparing for the Next Year. Students will be required to purchase student insurance for $.55 12 hrs. Instructor: Handford Min: 6

No classes are scheduled at this time. Please click on this link to add your name to an interest list for future classes.

Arts and Crafts – Single Meetings

Single Meeting Color-Full Art Classes

SINGLE MEETING ‘COLOR-FULL’ ART CLASSES: No experience necessary for the following single-meeting classes. Come with a willingness to learn and a spirit of fun.

Painting with Pencils: This three-hour class provides an opportunity to explore Prismacolor colored pencils as medium choice. You will learn special techniques with pencils that make your creation look “painted” instead of “penciled”. Students will be guided stepby-step by the instructor in completing the class project. If time permits, other projects can be worked on. Instructor will provide paper and Prismacolor pencils or students may choose to bring their own Prismacolor pencils. All levels of experience welcome. Class projects are listed following class date. Maximum enrollment – 12. 3 hrs.

No classes are scheduled at this time. Please click on this link to add your name to an interest list for future classes.

Making Gnomes with Polymer Clay: Create interesting little characters full of personality for various seasons or occasions. Additional cost for supplies. Maximum enrollment: 12. 3 hrs.

Beginning Gnomes:

Instructor: Barton Min: 4

December 14 (Christmas Gnome) W
9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. $19

Arts and Crafts

Alcohol & Sharpie Inked Silk Scarves: Create your own one-of-a-kind silk scarf creation with this fast and easy alcohol ink technique for dyeing fabrics. We will be using different size ink markers and alcohol. Join us for some creative fun and bring a friend! You’re also welcome to bring one pre-washed white t-shirt to try with this technique. All other art supplies and one silk scarf per student are included for an additional $15 supply fee. 3 hrs.

No classes are scheduled at this time. Please click on this link to add your name to an interest list for future classes.

Basket Weaving: In this class students will work on improving techniques as well as expanding imagination. A wide variety of basketry will be explored including twills, catheads, overlaps, etc. All levels of experience welcome however, instructor can accept no more than two absolute beginners per sixweek session. Additional cost for supplies. 24 hrs.

No classes are scheduled at this time. Please click on this link to add your name to an interest list for future classes.

Bead Weaving: Create jewelry, decorate gourds and embellish baskets while learning to appreciate the beauty of beads. Beginners welcome. Additional cost for supplies. 24 hrs.

No classes are scheduled at this time. Please click on this link to add your name to an interest list for future classes.

Cake Decorating: Join the fun and be creative! This class will teach you to create beautiful, edible art! You will learn the basics of cake decorating and in just a few short weeks, be able to impress family and friends with your new talents! 18 hrs.

No classes are scheduled at this time. Please click on this link to add your name to an interest list for future classes.

Canvas Cut Art: A simple, classy and versatile decoration! Bring your imagination and designs. For this two-night workshop, we’re going to cut original designs into pieces of canvas then paint them to look like faux wood, marble, metal or just add a splash of color and voila!… a beautiful piece of art. The decorative papers to create a colorful background can be changed to suit your mood or décor as often as you like! Additional $20 supply fee. 6 hrs.

No classes are scheduled at this time. Please click on this link to add your name to an interest list for future classes.

Cozy, Colorful, and Cute Felt Shoes and Boots: Begin with wet felting process to make colorful, strong felt to design shoes and boots around. Learn about making out-soled shoes using simple techniques and few hand tools to make attractive and custom-fit footwear with a rubber sole. Students can expect to make one pair of shoes or boots during this five-week class. Students should contact the instructor about where to buy materials for making their own colorful felt, 8 -12 oz. roving. Additional material fee of $75 for all other supplies needed. First class meeting will be three hrs. to make felt. 11 hrs.

No classes are scheduled at this time. Please click on this link to add your name to an interest list for future classes.

Floor Cloths (Hand-Painted Rugs): Create a painting you can walk on! Hand painted rugs wear like iron. They are water resistant, somewhat flexible, and will conform to the surface of your floor. These rugs are made of simple materials using heavy duck weight canvas, paints, inks, wax, and sealants. Floor cloths can handle substantial use for years to come. In this class we will be learning the basics and more including modern methods on how to construct a well-made floor cloth using block printing, stenciling, and hand painting as well as learning some old techniques. Students will make a 35” x 22” rug (welcome mat size). Some supplies will be provided by instructor. Call for list of supplies required of students. 15 hrs.

No classes are scheduled at this time. Please click on this link to add your name to an interest list for future classes.

Fly Tying (Beginner): Introduction to the various tools and materials used for fly tying as well as the applications and uses of such. Students will learn various tying techniques. Students will learn to tie several basic fly patterns including dry flies and nymphs, as well as various streamer patterns for Trout, Bass, and Panfish. Tools and materials will be provided by instructor. Additional $25 supply fee. 18 hrs.

No classes are scheduled at this time. Please click on this link to add your name to an interest list for future classes.

Mosaic Spheres: Spring is just around the corner! Come make a whimsical, enchanting mosaic sphere for your garden. We will be using colored glass mirror tiles to make an inspiring creation that will reflect like a disco ball and cascade light into a room or garden. Additional $60 supply fee. Bring a friend and each will receive a $10 discount on supply fee. 18 hrs.

No classes are scheduled at this time. Please click on this link to add your name to an interest list for future classes.

Paper Coiled Baskets: This traditional basketry style and construction is transformed into a contemporary fine craft. Paper Coiling Core is shaped and then glued in layers in the same manner as a clay coil pot is constructed. These baskets replicate patterns used by Native Americans and Northern Mexico tribes and are painted in contemporary, abstract, or representational styles. Additional $15 supply fee. 12 hrs.

No classes are scheduled at this time. Please click on this link to add your name to an interest list for future classes.

Picture Framing (Beginning): Learn to frame your own pictures and artwork without the expense of taking them to a local frame shop. The techniques for selecting and cutting the correct size mat, frame molding and glass for the artwork to be framed will be explained. Students will have hands-on experience of using real frame shop equipment to create a mat, frame, and correctly sized piece of glass and learn how to assemble the materials into finished framed art. Students will be required to purchase student Insurance for $.55. Additional $10 supply fee. Maximum enrollment – 7. 12 hrs. (Class will meet off campus.)

No classes are scheduled at this time. Please click on this link to add your name to an interest list for future classes.

Quilting: Basic sewing and machine skills are necessary but both beginning and intermediate/advanced students are welcome to participate. Whether you’re a beginner and need help getting started or if you’ve been quilting for some time and need help with your project, come and join. The pattern to be featured will be announced prior to beginning date of class. Come join the fun and creativity. Students should bring their personal portable sewing machine. 24 hrs.

No classes are scheduled at this time. Please click on this link to add your name to an interest list for future classes.

Rag Rug Twining (Basic): Learn how to make beautiful, durable, heirloom quality floor coverings – simply and inexpensively. One of the oldest forms of rug making is “Twining”. In appearance, it is similar to both rug braiding and rug weaving. In this class you will learn what makes it different from other rug-making techniques, some of the various projects to which this technique can be applied, how to prepare your fabric, warp your loom, twine your rug, remove it from the loom and several finishing techniques. Finished rug will be 27” x 36”. Looms will be provided for use during the class and will be available for purchase as well. Additional cost for supplies. Call for list. 12 hrs.

No classes are scheduled at this time. Please click on this link to add your name to an interest list for future classes.

Sewing (Beginning): Learn the basics of sewing skills from an experienced seamstress in this four-week class. It is preferable that students bring their own machine but not required. Students will be required to purchase student insurance for $.55. Additional cost of $10 for supplies. 12 hrs.

No classes are scheduled at this time. Please click on this link to add your name to an interest list for future classes.

Stained Glass: This class will acquaint students with the various types of stained glass, tools, chemicals and building techniques used in stained glass fabrication. Students will begin by making a small panel, which will allow them to practice glass cutting and the copper foil method of fabrication. Learn how to design for stained glass, learn about color schemes and how to choose the appropriate type of glass for each project. Students will choose subsequent projects with the instructor’s guidance. A lab fee of $25 covers materials for the first project. Some glass and tools will be available for purchase from the instructor or students may bring their own supplies. Students will be required to purchase student insurance for $.55 18 hrs.

No classes are scheduled at this time. Please click on this link to add your name to an interest list for future classes.

Suminagashi (Ancient Art of Japanese Marbling): Suminagashi or “floating ink” is the process of marbling paper or fabrics with water and ink to transform them into something vibrant and colorful. The patterns are the result of color floated on water then carefully transferred to an absorbent surface. Each mono-print is like a fingerprint, unique and unreproducible. This method can be applied to fabric and three-dimensional surfaces as well as paper. The creative possibilities are endless. In this class, we will explore using this ancient floating ink technique on paper and silk. Please be sure to wear painting clothes or bring an apron since the inks we will be working with will stain clothing. Gloves will be provided in class. Additional $20 supply fee. 10 hrs.

No classes are scheduled at this time. Please click on this link to add your name to an interest list for future classes.

Christmas Crafts

Holiday Wreath Making: Welcome the holiday season with a special wreath you make yourself. Come join the fun and ignite the holiday spirit. Additional $15 supply fee. 3 hrs.

Instructor: Taylor Min: 4
December 8 TH
6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. $19

 

Genealogy Classes

Genealogy – Searching for Your Ancestors: Who am I and where did I come from? It’s that intriguing question that has made genealogy research one of America’s most popular hobbies. But where does one begin such research? What resources exist? How can you prove that what you find is true and valid? How do you go beyond America’s borders to find roots in other English speaking nations? This “new” TCCC genealogy course – Searching for your Ancestors – offers the beginner and experienced genealogist alike a fresh approach to genealogy research. Subjects cover the full gambit from organizing your research to exploring your family history using traditional and electronic research, social media, and our newest tool DNA testing. Whether you are new to genealogy or have been family hunting since microfilm days, this course will assist you in researching your family in the 21st century. This beginner/intermediate course is a prerequisite for advanced genealogy courses offered at TCCC. 32.5 hrs. (13 weeks)

No classes are scheduled at this time. Please click on this link to add your name to an interest list for future classes.

Genealogy – Ancestry DNA: A Genetic Genealogy Tool for the 21st Century Science can help you with your genealogy research, but you are going to have to take a test first. That test is a “low cost” autosomal DNA test available at Ancestry.com. This new course will cover the new and expanding field of genetic genealogy basics and is designed for DNA newbies and other genealogists who want to get the most from their AncestryDNA testing results. Some of the topics to be covered include an introduction to DNA testing and technical terms, how DNA testing will help your genealogy research, what are your ethnic origins, how to interpret your results and the latest changes made in the spring of 2016 (AncestryDNA v3). If you want to demystify genetic genealogy, and you want to use this new and exciting research tool in your family history study, then this course is for you. 12.5 hrs. (5 weeks)

No classes are scheduled at this time. Please click on this link to add your name to an interest list for future classes.

Genealogy – Discovering Your Female Ancestors: This course introduces the student to special strategies and uncommon resources needed to research female lines in their family genealogies. Students learn about genealogical sources created by and about women, and methods they can use to learn the maiden name and parents of our female ancestors. This course is for advanced genealogy students only. Pre-requisite: Beginning/intermediate genealogy course. 15 hrs.

No classes are scheduled at this time. Please click on this link to add your name to an interest list for future classes.

Genealogy – Hidden Genealogy Sources: Discover facts about your ancestors in unexpected places – some right under your nose! This course will explore little known genealogical sources that may contain information about their ancestors’ lives. Students will study over 100 hidden genealogical sources, how to find them, and how to use them in research projects. Prerequisite: Beginning/intermediate genealogy course. 17.5 hrs.

No classes are scheduled at this time. Please click on this link to add your name to an interest list for future classes.

Genealogy – Managing a Genealogy Project: Are you faced with “piles” of genealogy paper records, correspondence, charts, and genealogy forms in your family history work-space or electronic files scattered all over the computer hard drive? Most successful genealogist will usually end up with an embarrassment of riches – too much information in too many places. Whether you work on paper, electronically scan your genealogy records/files or do everything online, getting organized is essential to keeping track of ancestors and the records you have found about them. This course will rescue you from unhelpful habits and get your workspace—virtual or physical—tidy again. 7.5 hrs.

No classes are scheduled at this time. Please click on this link to add your name to an interest list for future classes.

Genealogy – Busting through Genealogy Brick Walls: Having trouble finding the illusive ancestor? Can’t seem to get that lineage any further back? Then this class is tailor made for you. In the genealogy brick wall class you will learn techniques, trick, tips and proven methods to bust through the brick walls in your genealogy. During the class you will have your opportunity to work with the class instructor on your family genealogy brick wall. No prerequisites; open to all genealogy skill levels. 15 hrs.

No classes are scheduled at this time. Please click on this link to add your name to an interest list for future classes.

Literary Arts

Creative Writing: Perhaps you want to write about your life for your family and leave a legacy for your grandchildren. Perhaps you have always had stories wandering around in your brain and you want to write fiction. Perhaps you are a secret poet but not sure if what you are writing is actually poetry. Perhaps you write prose, creative non-fiction, poetry, articles, or anecdotes. Perhaps you aren’t sure what you like to write. We will answer your questions and help you discover your writing niche. We will use feedback from your classmates to help clean up any mistakes, to learn what an editor looks for and what he doesn’t want. We will write short pieces each week. Also included will be definition of literary terms and how to beware of scams in publishing. This class is for new or beginning writers. 12 hrs.

No classes are scheduled at this time. Please click on this link to add your name to an interest list for future classes.

“How to Get Published”: You have your manuscript written and now you are wondering how to get it published. Attend this workshop to get some of your questions answered from an experienced published author. There will be an additional $5 fee for handouts. 3.5 hrs.

No classes are scheduled at this time. Please click on this link to add your name to an interest list for future classes.

Marketing Workshop: Gain some basic knowledge on how to market your books and other writings. There will be an additional $5 fee for handouts. 3.5 hrs.

No classes are scheduled at this time. Please click on this link to add your name to an interest list for future classes.

“Never Too Late to Get Started”: Have you, like many others who always wanted to be a writer, put it off while life got in the way? Deanna Klingel, author of several books, didn’t write for publication until after retirement. She’ll share the journey and help get you started on your own journey to publication. 2 hrs.
Instructor: Klingel Min: 6

No classes are scheduled at this time. Please click on this link to add your name to an interest list for future classes.

Writing Your Life Stories for Your Family or for Publication: Our life stories are a precious legacy. Putting them in writing is a gift to all who know and love us—they can be treasured and enjoyed for generations to come. Facts bring us knowledge, but stories bring us wisdom. If you are interested in writing family/personal life stories – those significant tales of adventure, transition, love, loss, and triumph, as well as the lovely everyday moments shared with loved ones from the past or the present, come learn specific tools and techniques to retrieve and record them. Students will write a short piece each week. This class is structured for intermediate or advanced students who have completed at least one writing class. 12 hrs.

No classes are scheduled at this time. Please click on this link to add your name to an interest list for future classes.

One Meeting Marvels

Essential Oils: Learn the basics of essential oil usage in everyday life from cooking and cleaning to treating ailments without the use of prescription drugs. Information shared in the classes will be based upon the needs and interests of students. So come prepared to share your level of experience as well as your wishes for topics to cover. Additional $10 supply fee. 2 hrs. (Additional classes will be scheduled upon demand.)

No classes are scheduled at this time. Please click on this link to add your name to an interest list for future classes.

Felted Soap: Make practical and beautiful gifts as you learn to wrap handmade soaps with wool! This exfoliates skin and helps to extend the life of your soap. Additional $15 supply fee. 2 hrs.

No classes are scheduled at this time. Please click on this link to add your name to an interest list for future classes.

Foundations of Medicine Making: Make basic tinctures, rubs, and poultices from herbs. Additional $10 supply fee. 2 hrs.

No classes are scheduled at this time. Please click on this link to add your name to an interest list for future classes.

Herbal Aromatherapy: Explore the harvest and use of flowers and herbs along with blends of essential oils for the home. Additional $10 supply fee. 2 hrs.

No classes are scheduled at this time. Please click on this link to add your name to an interest list for future classes.

Marbleized Easter Eggs: These colorful decorative eggs are made using real eggshells that have been cleaned out. Store them carefully and you can display them again next year. Additional $6 supply fee. 3 hrs.

No classes are scheduled at this time. Please click on this link to add your name to an interest list for future classes.

Painting

Main Campus Location:

Acrylic Decorative Painting: If you have ever wanted to paint, this class will help you get started with the basics of Decorative Painting. Learn about supplies, brushstrokes and surfaces you can use to make wonderful gifts and decorative items for your home. Intermediate painters can work on individual projects with help from the instructor. Supply list available. Additional cost for supplies. 24 hrs.

No classes are scheduled at this time. Please click on this link to add your name to an interest list for future classes.

Oil Painting: You will receive lots of individualized attention & instruction within these various classes popular for both beginning and intermediate students. Beginning students will learn basic painting principles and techniques including color mixing, shading, and highlighting. More advanced students will continue to develop your own personal style while renewing your skills in basics and color mixing. Students are required to furnish your own brushes and canvases. An additional supply fee of $5 covers the cost of paints and painting mediums provided. Dates subject to change. 18 hrs.

No classes are scheduled at this time. Please click on this link to add your name to an interest list for future classes.

Realistic Painting: Learn to create a realistic painting using underpainting, layering, and glazing techniques in this class that is open to all levels of expertise. Students will learn using their chosen medium of watercolor or acrylic. New students will learn to mix colors and to deal with light and shadow. Returning students will refine skills and techniques. Additional cost for supplies. 32 hrs.

No classes are scheduled at this time. Please click on this link to add your name to an interest list for future classes.

Watercolor: Basics of watercolor will be explored in this class as you learn characteristics of the colors on the palette and how they interact on watercolor paper, properties of transparent and opaque colors, and other unique features that pertain specifically to watercolor paintings. During the class you will practice painting skies, water, trees, rocks, landscapes, and flowers. This class offers exciting adventures for new painters and hopefully will renew the passion for experienced watercolorists. Additional cost for supplies. Supply list available upon request. 18 hrs.

No classes are scheduled at this time. Please click on this link to add your name to an interest list for future classes.

Andrews Office

Oil Painting: You will receive lots of individualized attention & instruction within these classes popular for both beginning and intermediate students. Beginning students will learn basic painting principles and techniques including color mixing, shading, and highlighting. More advanced students will continue to develop your own personal style while renewing your skills in basics and color mixing. Students are required to furnish your own brushes and canvases. An additional supply fee of $5 covers the cost of paints and painting mediums provided. Dates subject to change. 18 hrs.

No classes are scheduled at this time. Please click on this link to add your name to an interest list for future classes.

Clay County Senior Center

Oil Painting: You will receive lots of individualized attention & instruction within these classes popular for both beginning and intermediate students. Beginning students will learn basic painting principles and techniques including color mixing, shading, and highlighting. More advanced students will continue to develop your own personal style while renewing your skills in basics and color mixing. Students are required to furnish your own brushes and canvases. An additional supply fee of $5 covers the cost of paints and painting mediums provided. Dates subject to change. 18 hrs. Hayesville – Clay County Senior Center:

No classes are scheduled at this time. Please click on this link to add your name to an interest list for future classes.

Performing Arts

Guitar Demystified: Beginning something new can be intimidating – but not when you are learning guitar from Wendell. He’s an experienced player who can teach you the important things all players should know. This class is suitable for the absolute beginner to the experienced player. 12 hrs.

No classes are scheduled at this time. Please click on this link to add your name to an interest list for future classes.

Mountain Dulcimer Basics: This course is for the very beginner as well as those wishing to brush up on their dulcimer skills. You do not need to read music or be musically gifted; dulcimer tablature is all by numbers. Students should have a dulcimer and a pick. If you have a tuner and extra set of strings, that would be helpful, but not necessary. In this course, you will learn how to tune your dulcimer, change strings, hold your dulcimer comfortably, strum, and keep time, read tablature, note and other basic skills. Begin by playing on the melody line and work up to simple chords. Students will learn to play several songs proficiently. 18 hrs.

No classes are scheduled at this time. Please click on this link to add your name to an interest list for future classes.

Mountain Dulcimer Beyond Beginner: In this course students will learn to play in different tunings, learn more chords, more songs, and more skills so you can go further in playing and performing. 18 hrs.

No classes are scheduled at this time. Please click on this link to add your name to an interest list for future classes.

Old-Time Fiddle (Beginning): In this ten-week class you will learn the basics of how to play the fiddle. Begin by learning how to tune the instrument and how to hold it. Move on to bowing technique and how to sound like a fiddler. Learn to hear how a tune is constructed and use the techniques you are learning to replicate it. We will use traditional Appalachian tunes for learning purposes. Students can move on to playing the style that pleases them as they progress with the instrument. You will be able to play at least five tunes by the end of the course. Total beginners and fiddlers who want to gain ear training are welcome. Students must have a fiddle in playable condition and a shoulder rest. (Students may contact the instructor for information on where to purchase a shoulder rest.) 10 hrs.

No classes are scheduled at this time. Please click on this link to add your name to an interest list for future classes.

Personal Enrichment

Fit for Life: The most fun you’ve ever had in a fitness class! FIT for LIFE games are a combination of recess style games and Turbulence Training Fitness Drills. These games are designed to inflict “turbulence” on the body, which causes a fat burning muscle toning response. Not only are these games fun and exciting, they are also an effective form of exercise for rapid weight loss, muscle toning and cardio health. This six-week class will meet in the Multi-Purpose Room of the Enloe Building. Students should bring a mat or towel and water for hydration.

No classes are scheduled at this time. Please click on this link to add your name to an interest list for future classes.

Mindfulness: Learn how to be present in the moment, bring joy into daily life and connect with all around you. Mindfulness is not a religion or spiritual practice but a way to be more aware of the wonders around you. 3 hrs.

Instructor: Harris Min: 5

Class will be held when the minimum number of students is registered. Please call Lisa Long at (828) 835-4241 to be placed on Class Interest List.

Meditation for Health: Harvard Medical School, Emory Healthcare and other organizations have shown that quiet time meditation can aid in stress and improve health, heart, and well-being. Nine different types of mediation will be shown and practiced. This class will help you choose the form of meditation that fits you and your lifestyle. 4 hrs. Class will be scheduled when sufficient interest is shown. Please call (828) 835-4241 to be placed on Class Interest List.

No classes are scheduled at this time. Please click on this link to add your name to an interest list for future classes.

Photography

Nature Photography: Come learn from this instructor who has extensive and diverse photography experience. Learn to take outdoor photos of flowers, trees, waterfalls, and landscapes with 35 mm digital camera. Minor editing of your photos will also be covered. 12 hrs.

No classes are scheduled at this time. Please click on this link to add your name to an interest list for future classes.

Photoshop for Fun: Remove old boyfriends, repair cracks, and add absent family member to your pictures. Also learn to erase electrical lines and unwanted parts of a photographic image. Learn to edit, add to, and change an image. This program can make a person appear thinner by 50 lbs, add makeup, color in sunsets and more. Adobe Photoshop is the best and most used program for digitally editing photographs. Photoshop elements or Adobe lightroom are not covered within this class. Basic computer knowledge is required including cutting and pasting, downloading picture to your computer or a drive, and basic movement of the mouse. 24 hrs.

No classes are scheduled at this time. Please click on this link to add your name to an interest list for future classes.

Stars and Such

Astrology – A Synthesis of Art, Language and Science: Study the known origins of astrology and learn what astrology “is” and “is not”. Learn about Elements, Modes, Planets, Signs, and Houses. Examine the application of astrological cycles based upon our solar system and our place in it. 12 hrs.

No classes are scheduled at this time. Please click on this link to add your name to an interest list for future classes.

Stargazing and Telescoping (Beginning): Ever wish that you knew what that really bright star was? Want to be able to actually find the Little Dipper, the North Star, or Mars? This course will focus on actual observation of the night sky (as much as weather permits) and introducing students to the basic tools for naked-eye star gazing. Students will learn about the different types of telescopes, eyepieces, filters, etc. that are used to get the best views of the Solar System and beyond. Students will practice using telescopes to view the Moon, planets within our Solar System, and deep sky objects (as much as weather permits). If you have ever considered buying a telescope but did not know what to get, this course is your opportunity to use a variety of telescopes and learn which telescope you prefer. Already have a telescope but never figured out how to use it? Bring it in and learn how it works. Students will be required to purchase student insurance for $.55 as field trips may be included. 8 hrs.

No classes are scheduled at this time. Please click on this link to add your name to an interest list for future classes.

Technology

iPhone Basics: As the proud owner of an iPhone, you realize it can do so much but where do you begin? In this six-hour class you will learn the basics including information on iTunes, iCloud, syncing the phone to your computer, utilizing memos, calendars, and apps. 6 hrs.

No classes are scheduled at this time. Please click on this link to add your name to an interest list for future classes.

iPad Basics: Learn the many uses of your iPad including helpful tasks and a basic skill set that can make your life easier, fun, and more productive. Included in this class: email (Apple mail set-up), music (iTunes), camera & photos, apps, books, messaging, games, iCloud, Word and documents. 6 hrs.

No classes are scheduled at this time. Please click on this link to add your name to an interest list for future classes.

Classes Offered at The Graham County Center


 

Animal Husbandry

Becoming a Beekeeper: This class will prepare students with no beekeeping experience to become beginning beekeepers. This course will focus on organic honey bee management techniques and keeping bees as naturally as possible. Upon completion of this course students will have an understanding and knowledge of: Beekeeping equipment and tools, basic honey bee biology and the dynamics of a beehive, interacting with and managing honeybee colonies, pests and diseases, what beekeepers do though out the year, honey and other gifts from the hive. Students will have the opportunity to interact with a live colony of honeybees. Additional materials cost of $20. Students will be required to purchase student insurance for $.55 16 hrs.

Instructor: Wehr Min: 6

Class will be held when the minimum number of students is registered. Please call Lisa Long at (828) 835-4241 to be placed on Class Interest List.

Arts & Crafts

Alcohol & Sharpie Inked Silk Scarves: Create your own one-of-a-kind silk scarf creation with this fast and easy alcohol ink technique for dyeing fabrics. We will be using different size ink markers and alcohol. Join us for some creative fun and bring a friend! You’re also welcome to bring one pre-washed white t-shirt to try with this technique. All other art supplies and one silk scarf per student are included for an additional $15 supply fee. 3 hrs.

No classes are scheduled at this time. Please click on this link to add your name to an interest list for future classes.

Canvas Cut Art: A simple, classy and versatile decoration! Bring your imagination and designs. For this two-night workshop, we’re going to cut original designs into pieces of canvas then paint them to look like faux wood, marble, metal or just add a splash of color and voila!… a beautiful piece of art. The decorative papers to create a colorful background can be changed to suit your mood or décor as often as you like! Additional $20 supply fee. 6 hrs.

No classes are scheduled at this time. Please click on this link to add your name to an interest list for future classes.

Floor Cloths (Hand-Painted Rugs): Create a painting you can walk on! Hand painted rugs wear like iron. They are water resistant, somewhat flexible, and will conform to the surface of your floor. These rugs are made of simple materials using heavy duck weight canvas, paints, inks, wax, and sealants. Floor cloths can handle substantial use for years to come. In this class we will be learning the basics and more including modern methods on how to construct a well-made floor cloth using block printing, stenciling, and hand painting as well as learning some old techniques. Students will make a 35” x 22” rug (welcome mat size). Some supplies will be provided by instructor. Call for list of supplies required of students. 15 hrs.

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Mosaic Spheres: Spring is just around the corner! Come make a whimsical, enchanting mosaic sphere for your garden. We will be using colored glass mirror tiles, to make an inspiring creation that will reflect like a disco ball and cascade light into a room or garden. Additional $60 supply fee. Bring a friend and each will receive a $10 discount on supply fee. 18 hrs.

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Paper Coiled Baskets: This traditional basketry style and construction is transformed into a contemporary fine craft. Paper Coiling Core is shaped and then glued in layers in the same manner as a clay coil pot is constructed. These baskets replicate patterns used by Native Americans and Northern Mexico tribes and are painted in contemporary, abstract, or representational styles. Additional $15 supply fee. 12 hrs.

No classes are scheduled at this time. Please click on this link to add your name to an interest list for future classes.

 

Christmas Crafts

 

Holiday Wreath Making: Welcome the holiday season with a special wreath you make yourself. Come join the fun and ignite the holiday spirit. Additional $15 supply fee. 3 hrs.

Instructor: Taylor Min: 4
December 6 T
6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. $19

 

One Meeting Marvels

Apple Tree Grafting: Grafting describes any of a number of techniques in which a section of a stem with leaf buds is inserted into the stock of a tree. Grafting is useful however, for more than reproduction of an original cultivar. It is also used to repair injured fruit trees or for topworking an established tree to one or more different cultivars. Learn the basics in this two-hour class. Additional $20 supply fee. 2 hrs. Class will be held at Taylor’s Greenhouse in Robbinsville.

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Essential Oils: Learn the basics of essential oil usage in everyday life from cooking and cleaning to treating ailments without the use of prescription drugs. Information shared in the classes will be based upon the needs and interests of students. So come prepared to share your level of experience as well as your wishes for topics to cover. Additional $10 supply fee. 2 hrs. (Additional classes will be scheduled upon demand.)

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Felted Soap: Make practical and beautiful gifts as you learn to wrap handmade soaps with wool! This exfoliates skin and helps to extend the life of your soap. Additional $15 supply fee. 2 hrs.

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Foundations of Medicine Making: Make basic tinctures, rubs, and poultices from herbs. Additional $10 supply fee. 2 hrs.

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Herbal Aromatherapy: Explore the harvest and use of flowers and herbs along with blends of essential oils for the home. Additional $10 supply fee. 2 hrs.

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Making Salves and Ointments: Learn how to extract and utilize herbs for medicinal purposes in creating salves and ointments. Additional $10 supply fee. 2 hrs.

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Marbleized Easter Eggs: These colorful decorative eggs are made using real eggshells that have been cleaned out. Store them carefully and you can display them again next year. Additional $6 supply fee. 3 hrs.

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Performing Arts

Guitar Demystified: Beginning something new can be intimidating – but not when you are learning guitar from Wendell. He’s an experienced player who can teach you the important things all players should know. This class is suitable for the absolute beginner to the experienced player. 12 hrs.

No classes are scheduled at this time. Please click on this link to add your name to an interest list for future classes.

Many more classes available at the Graham County Center. Please call 828-479-9256 to put your name on the interest list for any of the following:

Aquaponics
Clay
Conversational Spanish
Couponing
Dancing
Drawing
Financial Planning
Gourd Crafting
Jewelry Making
Needlecrafts
Paper Art
Pastels
Sign Language
Woodcarving
Yoga