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Spring Quarter Registration

It's hard to believe another quarter is just around the corner and with it comes spring— a time for renewal and a chance to refocus and find inspiration! Registration begins next week, and Continuing Ed is offering several great courses sure to inspire you. Here's a glimpse of new classes and featured in-person and online classes starting next quarter. Be sure to register early! 

Art Classes

Abstract Acrylics and Collage (In-Person)

Apr 09, 2022 to Jun 11, 2022
10:00 am to 1:00 pm

This course features a combination of two very beautiful and expressive media in fine art: abstract painting, with acrylics in this case, and collage (coming from the French word for glue).  These two complementary processes produce dynamic results together--the abstract painting is emotional and free, celebrating pure design and the beauty of color, shape, and line. And the collage adds edge and structure and maybe contrast through the cutting and pasting aspect. The acrylic paint is water-soluble and versatile, and sticks the whole thing together, easily creating various textures on the surface of the work at the same time. The process for the classes includes generating concepts for each project, group discussions, critiques, and sharing information, demonstrations, and about 4 projects, each taking 2-3 class sessions to complete. No homework unless you want to do it. 

Figurative Collage: “All in the Family” (In-Person)

Apr 09, 2022 to Apr 23, 2022
10:00 am to 1:00 pm

Where do you keep your favorite family photos? On your phone, or in a box somewhere? Put those snapshots where you'll actually see them: in a collage! In this class we'll center your favorite images in handmade artwork. We'll use specialty papers, learn about multiple layers-- maybe even add a few 3D elements if you're up to the challenge. All levels are welcome.


Fearless Painting for Beginners (Zoom)

May 04, 2022 to Jun 01, 2022 
1:30 pm to 4:00 pm

This introductory class is for anyone who wants to create beautiful art using acrylics and/or watercolor paints on paper or canvas--the fearless way! You'll explore acrylic and watercolor paints and learn how to have fun with artistic tools using a variety of techniques. Artist Elise Beattie will demonstrate step-by-step techniques, after which you'll enjoy painting alongside her while improving your artistic skills. Tap into your creative side in this fun and inspiring class!

Spring at Seattle Art Galleries (Off-Campus)

Apr 20, 2022 to May 25, 2022
1:00 pm to 3:00 pm

What better way to celebrate the lush imagery of spring than to explore the art galleries in Seattle. In this course we will meet weekly at local art galleries to hear talks, tour the space, and ask questions about the work. Following each visit, we will gather for afternoon tea or coffee to discuss the art and share interests. A sampling of galleries includes Stonington, Greg Kucera, Davidson, Harris Harvey, IMA, ArtXchange, and James Harris. Whether you are a seasoned gallery visitor or a newcomer, you are welcome to take part in this harbinger of spring as you experience the art scene in Seattle.

Intermediate Lost Wax Casting (In-Person)

Apr 05, 2022 to Jun 07, 2022
6:00 pm to 9:00 pm

Are you ready to take your lost wax casting skills to the next level? In this course, you'll continue to explore the lost wax casting process and its applications for jewelry design, functional objects and art metal forms. Elevate your wax carving and techniques for model making, model investing, centrifugal casting and finishing objects.

Enrichment Classes

Less Common Spring Birds (Zoom)

Apr 28, 2022 to Apr 28, 2022
6:30 pm to 8:30 pm

Join us for a look at 54 of the less common bird species that are found in western Washington State in the spring. This class is suitable for anyone who loves birds and covers lots of fun facts about each species. Instructor David Kaynor is a member of the Washington Ornithological Society.

Geology of Mount Rainier (Zoom)

May 09, 2022 to May 09, 2022
6:30 pm to 8:30 pm

Mount Rainier--Washington's most visible peak. We start 840,000 years ago when "The Mountain" first erupted and follow its growth to its present form. Learn why it is the most dangerous mountain in North America.

Western Washington’s Geologic Hazards (Zoom)

May 23, 2022 to May 23, 2022
6:30 pm to 8:30 pm

Washington State is one of the most geologically active states. That activity creates hazards. This class will explain those hazards and how to live with them. This class is not able to evaluate an individual's personal hazard. 

20 Great History and Natural History Museums of Washington (Zoom)

May 26, 2022 to May 26, 2022
6:30 pm to 8:30 pm

Join us for a virtual tour of twenty fantastic Washington State history and natural history museums with David Kaynor as your guide. We'll first view ten of Washington's top culture and historic museums to better understand our past, concentrating on each museum's focus and what you can expect to see. Then, we'll move to ten natural history museums that showcase amazing artifacts from our state's unique natural history. From astronomy, geology, and oceanography, to biology and paleontology, all are represented within Washington's natural history museums.

Breathe Meditation

Breathe for Health and Energy Medicine (Zoom)

May 12, 2022 to May 19, 2022
6:00 pm to 8:30 pm

Activate your body's self-healing abilities, increase energy, and release stress in a powerful and holistic way as you learn different types of breathwork. Using a mind/body meditation, you'll be guided through releasing blocks in your life--physical, emotional, financial, or relational--and learn to use this technique to shift into vibrant levels of health and wholeness. Engage with the body's energies which are the key to health, vitality, and well-being. Energy medicine awakens and balances your body's energies, helping you feel better and think more clearly. Learn simple, effective tools to work with your body's energies, empowering you to live a happier, healthier life. Monica McDowell is a dynamic speaker, author, and mind/body/spirit practitioner from Seattle. 

Fitness Classes

Swing Into Spring and Then Foxtrot (In-Person)

Apr 14, 2022 to Jun 02, 2022
7:00 pm to 8:00 pm

Grab your partner and hit the dance floor! The course will focus on 2 dances: the fun, upbeat East Coast Swing and the classic smooth Foxtrot. Both are danced to a variety of music. Whether venturing onto the dance floor for the first time or wishing to brush up on technique, this is the perfect class for you. Class price is for two people; only one person in the pair is required to register and pay for the class. Partners are necessary as we won't be changing partners.

Food Classes

Friday Night Good Eats (Zoom)

May 06, 2022 to May 20, 2022 
7:00 pm to 9:30 pm

Put a spin on your Friday night, grab your favorite Sous Chef and head into the kitchen for some good eats! Join Chef Michele for this 3 session Friday night class. In our first Friday night session we will focus on tapas. We create three different tapas, also knows as little bites, and make a delicious cocktail to enjoy with our tasty bites. Session two will have us on a tour of Italy! Pick your favorite wine to sip on as we make homemade, hand cut pasta, and a delicious red sauce to accompany it. If red sauce isn't your jam, Chef Michele will also show you how to make a no cream white sauce. Our final session will focus on creating two types of galettes. A savory cheese galette and a fruit galette, both pair well with wine. Chef Michele will give you wine pairing options prior to class for those that would like to enjoy a wine pairing during class. TGIF! Please note: Class price is for two people; only one person is required to register and pay for the class.

The Art of Cakes (In-Person)

Apr 09, 2022 to May 21, 2022 
10:00 am to 2:00 pm

Do you want to make one-of-a-kind creations for family and friends? Cakes could be your next great passion! Join award-winning Sugar Artist and Food Network Competitor, Michele Sweeney, for a fun-filled class on the basics of cake making from start to finish. In this hands-on beginner class, you will learn to bake the perfect cake, make different types of butter cream, receive step-by-step guidance in piping techniques and experience the excitement of making your cake a work of art. Discover how easy it is to create the perfect dessert for any occasion in a collaborative and supportive environment. This is a 6-week course with one baking class held via Zoom, the rest in-person.

Cake Classes

Sugar Art Mixed Mediums (In-Person)

Jun 11, 2022 to Jun 25, 2022 
10:00 am to 4:00 pm

If you've already taken our cake series class or yearn for techniques to up your dessert game, this class is for you! Learn to use royal icing to create edible flowers and flood cookies. Work with fondant, modeling chocolate, edible images, and wafer paper to embellish cakes, cookies and more. This is a hands-on on 4-week class that will introduce you to several edible mediums for enhancing your desserts and baked goods. No prior experience necessary.

Home Classes

Basic Hands-On Home Repair and Maintenance (In-Person)

Jun 01, 2022 to Jun 15, 2022
6:00 pm to 9:00 pm

Through hands-on techniques and classroom demonstrations, learn a variety of home improvement and maintenance skills. Gain confidence as you learn about tools, how to work with electrical outlets, switches, and lighting; plumbing, faucets and wall repair. Get an overview of door and window installation, home security, insulation, weatherization; and remodeling. You will leave feeling confident in performing your own home repairs.

Basic Carpentry and Woodworking (In-Person)

May 14, 2022 to May 15, 2022 
9:00 am to 2:00 pm

Do you have power tools and want to learn to use them safely and effectively? Learn the basics of joinery, jigs, materials, methods and project design. After selecting your materials, you'll apply everything you've learned to safely use hand and power tools in the construction and assemblage of your own toolbox, sewing box, garden box, etc. This class will show you that you don't need a woodshop for tackling your next project! 

Language Classes

French for Beginners (Zoom)

Apr 14, 2022 to Jun 02, 2022 
6:30 pm to 8:30 pm

Get a solid foundation in learning French. This course will guide you through how the language works and prepare you either for your vacation trip or for further study. You will develop a sound understanding of grammar and a broad knowledge of essential vocabulary. 

Italian for Beginners (Zoom)

Apr 12, 2022 to May 31, 2022 
6:30 pm to 8:30 pm

Get a solid foundation in learning Italian. This course will guide you through how the language works and prepare you either for your vacation trip or for further study. You will develop a sound understanding of grammar and a broad knowledge of essential vocabulary.

Italian Classes

Italian Book Club (Zoom)

Jun 03, 2022 to Jun 24, 2022 
9:00 am to 11:00 am

Advance your Italian skills in an easy-going, interactive environment. This book club will give you the chance to read a book and discuss it with others--all in Italian! This class is geared for intermediate to advanced level students.

Spanish Book Club (Zoom)

Jun 04, 2022 to Jun 25, 2022 
9:00 am to 11:00 am

Advance your Spanish skills in an easy-going, interactive environment. This book club will give you the chance to read a book and discuss it with others--all in Spanish! This class is geared for intermediate to advanced level students.

Professional Classes

Audio Engineering: Introduction to Ableton Live and Beatmaking (Zoom)

Apr 13, 2022 to Jun 01, 2022
6:30 pm to 8:30 pm

This course will introduce Ableton Live, the premier beatmaking DAW. Each student will be able to download an extended free trial of the software for this course, which will detail how to make your own drum grooves with an introduction to MIDI (Musical Instrument Digital Interface).

Audio Engineering: Introduction to Analog Gear (Zoom)

Apr 14, 2022 to Jun 02, 2022
6:30 pm to 8:30 pm

This course will go over the plugin emulations of analog gear and discuss how the analog world relates to mixing in-the-box. We will be able to demonstrate outboard gear via visits to studios around Seattle and abroad via Zoom. Throughout the program, we will be hands-on with gear borrowed from instructors¿ personal collections as well as gear loaned to the program from established audio companies in order to learn how to work on a console alongside outboard gear. Dive into the wonderful world of analog signal processing, exploring the technical functioning and practical use of microphones, preamps, equalizers, and compressors. Learn the basics of electronic components and how to solder and repair. 

Audio Engineering Classes

Audio Engineering: Mastering Workshop (In-Person)

May 21, 2022 to May 22, 2022
9:00 am to 4:00 pm

Mastering can improve the quality of a music production and get it ready for commercial distribution for CD, TV, the Internet, video games, and more. Mastering is the final process in audio and music production. In this stage, we optimize the track's mix and final volume to get a professional result.

Marketing Workflow & Content Strategy (Zoom)

Apr 14, 2022 to Jun 09, 2022
7:00 pm to 9:00 pm

Time is money whether you are a professional or a small businesses owner. In this eight-week class you will learn how to effectively streamline your marketing process. This is a hands-on class where you will collaborate with other professionals and small business owners. By the end of class, you will be able to generate quality content, create marketing and social media graphics with ease, create short marketing videos and have an effective workflow process, including a content plan and automated workflow process. Workbook is included in class fee. Familiarity with social media platforms required. Must have at least one social media account in place to participate in the automation portion of the class.

Fearless Feedback (In-Person)

May 25, 2022 to May 25, 2022
1:00 pm to 4:00 pm

Communication is everything in the workplace. It's imperative that managers effectively communicate to build relationships with their employees. An important part of communication is feedback. Managers should provide their employees real time feedback regularly to improve their job performance. Managers can provide two types of feedback: constructive feedback and positive feedback. Constructive feedback is based on a specific area that can be improved. Positive feedback recognizes and praises employees for their excellent work. By the end of the course, you'll have a process for giving feedback to your employees, best practices for feedback and key employee feedback tips.

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