Let Your Inner Painter Sparkle
Tuesdays, April 2 - 23 (4 class mtgs.)
5:45 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. Cost $100 (includes all supplies)
Everyone CAN paint.Yes, even you! Freely playing with colorful paints can amp up your joy, shine the light on your innate gifts and give a big boost to your creativity and intuition. On the flip side, self-doubt and fear become less prevalent when painting for fun because your focus is only on the process. There is no pressure to reach a goal with your painting or learn about painting techniques in this class. Since it is impossible to paint incorrectly, self-confidence swells when you practice this type of painting on a regular basis. If you are looking for a new way to add color to your life this spring, please join us! This class is appropriate for all levels of painting experience and beginners are especially welcome. This class meets at TiP Expressive Arts Studio in Clinton. All supplies, including aprons, are provided. Please wear comfortable, casual clothing that can handle a few unruly splatters of paint.
Beverly Keaton Smith is a Millsaps graduate, who was certified as a life coach through The Coaches Training Institute in 2005. After recently graduating from the Wild Heart Expressive Arts Teacher Training Program in Oakland, California, Beverly founded TiP Expressive Arts Studio in Clinton so she can share her passion for intuitive painting with others. Learn more about Beverly and intuitive painting at www.TipArts.com.
Beginning Photography (Same class taught at two different times)
Mondays, April 8 - 29 (4 class mtgs.)
9:00 - 10:30 a.m.; Cost: $175
Mondays, April 8 - 29 (4 class mtgs.)
6:30 - 8:00 p.m.; Cost: $175
This is THE photography class for beginners. You will learn how to operate your digital or film camera and compose better photographs. We will cover all of the basic principles of photography in this four week course. Topics will include exposure (F-stop, shutter speed, and ISO), camera controls, basic composition, lighting, picking the right equipment, digital photography and more. Ron Blaylock, owner of Blaylock Fine Art Photography, will teach this course.
Digital Photo Editing
Thursday, April 25 & Tuesday, April 30 (2 class mtgs.)
6:30 - 8:00 p.m.
Learn to successfully edit pictures to create sensational photo memories. Professional fine art photographer, Ron Blaylock will lead participants through the steps to correct, enhance, and experiment with their own digital photos using Adobe Photoshop Elements software.
Ron Blaylock is the owner of Blaylock Fine Art Photography in Fondren. His editorial and advertising work has been featured in numerous regional and national publications, including the Washington Post, Real Simple Magazine, Living Blues, and Mississippi Magazine. His fine art photography has been exhibited at the New Orleans Museum of Art and is in the permanent collection of the Mississippi Museum of Art.
Alternative Process and Digital Negatives
Saturday, June 22 (1 class mtg.)
10:30 - 5:00 p.m.; Cost: $125 (plus $45 materials fee that is payable to the instructor.)
In this one-day workshop, participants will learn to make digital negatives and be introduced to several alternative processes such as cyanotype and platinum/palladium. Participants will leave with the basics of building a curve in photoshop for making accurate digital negatives as well as a work flow for making prints. This class will be held off campus at the instructor's studio.
Mary Quin earned an M.F.A. in Photography from Savannah College of Art and Design and has studied with master printers at Bostick and Sullivan in Santa Fe, New Mexico.
How Not to Be A Starving Artist
Saturday, April 27 (1 class mtg.)
9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. Cost: $50 (plus $10 materials fee payable to the instructor when the class meets)
Are you a visual artist, dancer, writer, singer, musician or any other type of creative artist? Do you love your art form? Do you want to learn how to make money with your art form? Then this is the class for you! This workshop will bring the business world to you, the artist, and help you develop an effective plan for making a living with your art form. Tracie James-Wade, local entrepreneur and creative artist, will teach this class.
Tracie James-Wade is a sales and marketing professional with more than 15 years of experience working with businesses and nonprofits. She has a bachelor's degree in marketing and an MBA, as well as extensive experience as a trainer and instructor.
Botanical Drawing: Capturing Nature in Art
Mondays, April 1 -22 (4 class mtgs.)
5:30 - 6:30 p.m.; Cost: $65 (plus $10 materials fee that is payable to the instructor at the first class meeting)
Would you like to capture the natural beauty of plants and flowers with paper and pencil? This introductory class on botanical drawing will help you develop that unique skill. Each week the instructor will focus on different topics, which will include drawing bark, leaves, stems, and flowers. Participants will also use colored pencils to bring a lifelike quality to their drawings.
Instructor Dain Hayes grew up in an artistic atmosphere where she was inspired by her graphic artist father, who carefully nurtured her natural talent. Throughout high school, Dain took art lessons winning the Gold Key award in her senior year. She has also trained under noted artist Bob Pennebaker. Dain has taught children's art classes and continues to paint in various genres including portraits and murals. Her murals now grace several areas at Millsaps College and Wesley Biblical Seminary.
From Photo to Fiber: Creating a Quilted Wall Hanging
Thursdays, April 2 - May 7 (6 class mtgs.)
6:00 - 8:00 p.m.; Cost: $180 (plus supplies)
Working from a copyright-free photo, picture or painting, students will learn how to draft a pattern, define elements, choose fabrics and create a replica of the picture as a quilted fiber wall hanging. This class is technique driven and very hands-on. Each design decision will be made by the student with input from the instructor, and the techniques taught will be applicable to any future projects. Students will be asked to do independent work on their pieces between classes, and there will be additional time scheduled at the instructor's studio during the week if necessary. (No fee for the additional studio time). Color, placement, design adaptations and fabric choices will be covered, as will traditional and innovative quilting and applique and embellishment skills. The class projects will be approximately 16" x 24".
Please note: Students must have a working sewing machine in good repair and basic sewing and/or quilting skills.
Rhonda Blasingame is an art quilter and mixed media fiber artist. She is an exhibiting member of the MS Craftsmen's Guild, juried in quilting and mixed media and co-owns Bottletree Studios. You may view Rhonda's work at http://photobucket.com/Photo-to-Fiber.
Tuesdays, April 2 - May 7 (6 class mtgs.)
6:00 - 8:00 p.m.; Cost: $95 (plus supplies)
Watercolors are rich translucent paints that create beautiful and exciting results. This course is for beginning as well as more experienced students. Join instructor Laurel Schoolar to have an opportunity to learn different painting techniques and sharpen your creative and technical skills by painting still life and landscape. Composition and use of color will be stressed.
Please note: A list of supplies needed for the course will be provided upon registration.
Spring/Summer Oil Painting - Offered only once a year!
Tuesdays, May 14 - July 2; (8 class mtgs.)
9:00 a.m. - 12:00 noon; Cost: $150 (plus supplies)
These classes are designed for anyone interested in learning to paint in oils or for those wishing to improve their existing painting skills. Students will broaden both their technical and creative skills. There will be information and instruction at every class, and students will be encouraged to work at their own pace. Subjects to be covered include still life, interior, floral and landscape. Quality composition and use of color will be emphasized. Anyone who wishes to paint with acrylic paints instead of oils is welcome to do so.
Please note: A list of supplies needed for the course will be provided upon registration.
Laurel Schoolar holds a B.F.A. from Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Virginia. She has taught drawing and watercolor painting classes, and her works have been exhibited throughout the Southeast.
Basic Glass Fusion
Tuesday, April 23 & Thursday, April 25 (2 class mtgs.)
6:00-8:00 p.m.; Cost $50 (plus a $45 supply fee that is payable to the instructor on the first night the class meets)
In this basic glass fusion class, students will create glass cabochons with sheet glass and dichroic glass. Glass stringers and frit and twisties will also be used. Students will fill a 4x4 tray with pieces to be fired in the kiln. Instructor Laura Tarbutton will give the student ideas on how these cabochons can be used in a variety of jewelry techniques including PMC and Polymer clay. Glue on bails will be provided to finish your pieces in class, or you can explore other options on your own.
More Enameling on Copper
Tuesday, May 7 & Thursday, May 9 (2 class mtgs.)
6:00 - 8:00 p.m.; Cost: $45 (plus a $40 supply fee that is payable to the instructor the first night the class meets; other optional supplies will be available for purchase.)
Join instructor Laura Tarbutton and learn techniques in enameling. Students will design a pendant and matching earrings using copper shapes, glass stringers, twisters and millefiori. No experience needed. Torch firing will be demonstrated.
Laura Tarbutton has been involved in arts and crafts all her life, but creating jewelry is her first love. Laura teaches PMC and beading classes at local craft stores and her studio. She has also taught at national bead shows and presents classes and workshops with Gem and Mineral Society chapters. Laura is a member of the Precious Metal Clay Guild and a Level II certified instructor.
*NEW* Illustrating for Children's Publications
Mondays, April 1 - May 6 (6 class mtgs.)
6:30 - 8:00 p.m.; Cost: $100
Join award winning children's book author/illustrator Chuck Galey as he helps class participants create memorable illustrations for children's publications. Included in the course will be guidance on how to create a children's illustration sample portfolio and instruction on how to submit the samples to the children's publishing industry. Also included are instructions on how to develop visual storytelling techniques which could be used in children's publishing.
Chuck Galey has drawn all his life."I had everything I needed growing up in a small farm town in the Mississippi Delta; a pencil, a piece of paper, and a long-winded Baptist preacher." He has illustrated over seventy educational books and ten children's picture books, one that he authored. When he is not working on books in his studio in Jackson, he is presenting exciting school programs that inspire and astonish students. His programs, listed on the Mississippi Arts Commission's Teaching Artist Roster, encourage them to be creative in their reading, writing and art. For additional information about Chuck's school programs, visit his website: www.chuckgaley.com
Beginning Knitting 1
Tuesdays, April 2 - 23 (4 class mtgs.)
6:00 - 8:00 p.m.; Cost: $50 (plus supplies; estimated supply cost $15 - $20)
Knitting is the art of creating fabric from thread and two needles. Begun out of the necessity of creating clothing for protection from the elements, knitting has evolved into a creative hobby that produces not only practical but fashionable garments and accessories. In this beginner class instructor Donna Peyton will teach students basic knitting techniques such as casting on, knitting, purling, decreasing stitches, binding off, and seaming. Projects completed will include a washcloth, a hat, and fingerless mitts. A list of supplies will be sent with the class confirmation.
Beginning Knitting II
Tuesday, April 30 - May 21 (4 class mtgs.)
6:00 - 8:00 p.m.; Cost: $50 (plus supplies; estimated supply cost $40)
This class is a continuation of the part I class. Students will learn cable and lace stitches and knitting in the round. Projects included in this class are two scarves, a hat, and a cowl. A list of supplies will be sent with the class confirmation.
Donna Peyton is originally from Charleston, South Carolina. Having lived on the Mississippi Gulf Coast and in Auburn, Alabama, Donna moved to the Metro Jackson area in 2001. She has been knitting since 1993 and spinning her own yarn since 2009. A member of the Craftsmen Guild of Mississippi and the Chimneyville Weavers and Spinners Guild, she has taught knitting classes for several years.
Oil Painting Workshop
Saturday, April 6 (1 class mtg.)
9:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.; Cost $130
Thomas Morrison will offer a one-day workshop in oil painting. The three-hour morning session will include a slide presentation and beginning drawing and composition. There will be a one hour break for lunch on your own; and during the afternoon session, students will start painting. The workshop will end with a critique and discussion. This class is limited.
Please note: This class will be held off-campus at Wishbone Studios. A short list of supplies and a map will be sent with the confirmation.
Wednesdays, April 3 - May 1 (5 class mtgs.)
6:00 - 8:00 p.m.; Cost: $150 (plus $40 glazing fee payable to the instructor at the first class meeting)
In this class you will be introduced to slab building and other hand building techniques. You will make your own forms, draw out surface designs, learn about and apply ceramic glazes, and take home fired ceramic artwork of your own design. Bring a sketch book, a #2 graphite pencil, and a $40 glazing fee. You will also need to bring a towel to class and wear old clothes.
Please note: This class will be held off-campus at Wishbone Studios. A map will be sent with the confirmation.
Thomas Clinton Morrison earned a B.S. in radio, television, and film with a minor in art from the University of Southern Mississippi. Tom has a M.F.A. from the Otis/Parsons School of Art and Design in Los Angeles, and he completed a fellowship at the Penland School of Craft in Penland, NC, where he learned advanced techniques in Raku firing, wheel-throwing, and high fired porcelain. He owns and operates Wishbone Studios, a pottery studio in Jackson.
*NEW* Paint & Antique Furniture Like a Pro
Tuesdays, May 14 - May 28 (3 class mtgs.)
6:00 - 8:00 p.m. Cost: $150 (plus $50 supply fee payable to instructor at the first class meeting)
Learn the proper way to paint and antique furniture and cabinets at a fraction of the cost. You will learn how to make your own chalk and milk paints, you will learn the concept of antiquing and different ways to achieve an antique finish on several different types of surfaces, and you will also learn where to buy local products without a professional license. When you finish this course, you will be able to antique your furniture or kitchen cabinets with confidence for under $100.00. Wear old clothes and bring a hair dryer.
Latresa Enns comes from a long line of artists and entrepreneurs. She has been finishing and restoring wood furniture for 32 years. Her parents put her to work in their construction and painting business where she learned to paint, wallpaper and use different painting techniques as well as build homes. In 2005 she decided to further her career by taking professional decorative painting courses from Atlanta to Chicago and started her own business in 2005. She has painted pictures with mixed media and donated to charity.
Wednesdays, April 3 - May 8 (6 class mtgs.)
6:00 - 7:00 p.m.; Cost: $60
The Zumba® program fuses hypnotic and international rhythms and easy-to-follow moves to create a one-of-a-kind fitness program that will blow you away. Our goal is simple: we want you to want to work out, to love working out, and to get hooked on working out!
Ashleigh Risher has four fitness certifications, three of them being Zumba®. She has been teaching Zumba® in the Jackson area for nearly five years. She first taught at Fitness Lady and most recently at Salsa Mississippi Dance Studio. She is passionate about fitness and dance and is looking forward to sharing that passion with her students.
Yoga for Everyone
Tuesdays, April 23 - July 9 (12 class mtgs.)
6:00 - 7:15 p.m.; Cost: $140
Restore, awaken and renew the body, mind and spirit. This Yoga class is a blend of postures designed to strengthen muscles, increase flexibility and release stress. You will be introduced to techniques in breath awareness while combining movement and alignment principles to emphasize flexibility and injury prevention. This class will enable the more advanced student to be challenged, while encouraging those new to Yoga or looking for a gentler class to participate at his/her own level. Modifications will be given according to the student's needs. Standing, seated, mild backbends, balancing, and relaxation poses will be introduced in a positive and nurturing way. Home practice will be encouraged and supported with personalized guidance.
Please note: Bring a Yoga sticky mat and a firm blanket. Mats and blankets can be purchased from local merchants or online. Please come to class on an empty stomach and wear comfortable clothes.
Sally Holly has been teaching fitness classes since 1981 at health clubs in and around Mississippi. Her certification list is extensive, and she has studied Yoga for many years with various teachers. In addition to her other certifications, Sally is a RYT 200 Yoga Alliance certified Yoga teacher. Sally's teaching style mixes fun with vast experience and knowledge while offering encouragement and inspiration to her students.
T'ai Chi (Taiji)
Thursdays, April 4 - May 23 (8 class mtgs.)
6:00 - 7:30 p.m.; Cost: $140
This course is designed to be an introduction to Chen Family Style T'ai Chi, the original form of T'ai Chi. Participants will learn about and practice Chen Family Style T'ai Chi with an emphasis on health, stress management, relief from arthritic pain, increased balance, and full range of motion. Silk Reeling (or warm-up exercises), Wu Ji (a standing form of meditation), an introduction to the Chen Essential 48 Posture Form, and closing exercises will be taught. This session will concentrate on the Second Six of the First Twelve of the Essential Forty Eight postures. New students are welcome.
Mike Chadwick, a University of Mississippi graduate, has been studying Tai Ji for 13 years. He studied the Yang Family Style Taiji under Michael Bishop, John Symonds Vanderwell and Rusty Williard. He studies the Chen Family Style Taiji under Stanley Graham and actively practices both styles of Taiji at this time. Additionally, he has trained in Shaolin Dragon Claw Kung Fu and Tai-Kwan-Do. Chadwick also teaches the 108-posture Yang Long Form.
liveRIGHTnow Summer Tabatas
Tuesdays & Thursdays, May 21 - June 27 (12 class mtgs.)
12:15 - 1:00 p.m.; Cost $120
Do you want to get ready for the summer by burning a little body fat and toning up your muscles while also improving your cardio? Tabatas are a form of High Intensity Interval Training developed by Japanese researcher Dr. Izumi Tabata. They are specifically designed to burn calories, increase endurance and boost your metabolism. Terry's Tabatas incorporate strength training, core work and plyometrics to deliver a highly intense and challenging 30 minute workout that will challenge both moderate and extremely fit individuals. Participants are encouraged to wear shoes suitable for running or cross training and bring a yoga mat. No other equipment is needed.
Terry Sullivan is owner of liveRIGHTnow, LLC which offers personal training, group classes, weight loss coaching and special events centered around exercise and healthy living. He has been working with clients in the Jackson area for three years and also teaches classes at Butterfly Yoga Studio in Fondren. In addition to an M.B.A. from SUNY Buffalo, Terry is a Certified Personal Trainer with the National Academy of Sports Medicine.
Boxers Rebellion® Hybrid Kickboxing
Wednesdays, April 3 - June 5
6:30 - 7:30 p.m.; Cost $150.00
Boxers Rebellion®, a cutting edge modern fighting arts organization led by founder, Master Instructor Jeremy Gordon, introduces Hybrid Kickboxing. This course is designed to give the participant the foundation for self-defense as it pertains to the modern world. No martial arts background required. You will learn the basic self-defense tactics to stop an attacker and also gain insight into the basic philosophies, theories, concepts, and principles of Hybrid Kickboxing. All Boxers Rebellion® courses improve a practitioner's physical attributes, or "bio-motor abilities," which include strength, power, speed, balance, flexibility, agility, endurance, and coordination. This class will be held off campus at Mississippi Basketball & Athletics.
The Master instructor is Jeremy Gordon, who will be assisted by Coach Curtis Davis and Coach Roscoe N. Forch. Gordon has been training in the martial arts for over 30 years and is the founder of Hybrid Kickboxing. He is a second generation Bruce Lee student in the art of Jeet Kune Do and was taught by his protégé Ted Wong. He is also an Instructor in the art of Jeet Kune Do. Gordon is also a second generation Bruce Lee student under Grandmaster Joe Lewis whom also promoted him to Black Belt and is the only authorized Joe Lewis Fighting Systems training center in Mississippi. He holds Blackbelt (Dan ranking) or certification in the following; Jido Kwan Taekwondo, Hapkido, Shorin-Ryu Karate, Pressure Points and Control Tactics (PPCT) instructor, Defensive Tactics instructor for Law Enforcement, and is a certified law enforcement officer. Jeremy graduated from Jackson State University with a Bachelor of Science degree.
Tuesdays, April 2 - 16 (3 class mtgs)
6:30 - 8:00 p.m. Cost: $60
This course will cover the many diverse uses of bamboo. The first week will focus on bamboo in your garden and will debunk the myth that "bamboo is invasive" and will take over your garden. You will learn the difference between running vs. clumping varieties, plus how to select and purchase bamboo for your garden. The second week will be on bamboo arts and crafts including how to harvest, purchase, prepare, and cure for arts and crafts, home decorating, and the garden (trellises, water features, wind chimes, arbors, gazebos, benches, stakes). The final week will be about bamboo's endless uses. Just when you think you have exhausted bamboo uses, you will learn about food, clothing, sheets, towels, etc. Also available are bamboo charcoal, vinegar, soap, and beauty cream. This valuable resource can help save the earth, and it is growing in your own back yard!
Rob Mendrop has a B.S. degree from Mississippi State University in horticulture, landscape design, and business administration. He is the owner of Bamboo Dreams based in Edwards. He offers landscape design, irrigation design, and consultation for both commercial and residential enterprises. He prefers to do personalized gardens that reflect the owner. He touts the wonders of bamboo for all sorts of uses including furniture, picture frames, wind chimes, and more. Articles about Rob and his use of bamboo have appeared in The New Orleans Times-Picayune, New Orleans Magazine, Louisiana Home and Garden, The Vicksburg Post, Portico and Boom magazine.
Tuesdays, April 2 - May 21 (8 class mtgs.)
6:00 - 7:30 p.m.; Cost $150
The first part of this course offers the fundamental skills in the design of residential landscapes. You will learn about the use of the elements of color, form, texture, and pattern in planning outdoor site amenities. Examples include parking areas, walks, gates, entrances, patios, wood decks, pools, and other garden structures. The second part of the class will involve participants bringing examples of their own site problems to discuss. Each participant will present his/her problem to the class, and the instructor will present possible design plan solutions. The last class meeting will be a field trip to the instructor's home garden.
Rick Griffin is a landscape architect in private practice. He received his bachelor of landscape architecture degree from Mississippi State University, where he was named the first outstanding alumnus in the School of Landscape Architecture. His work has been featured in Southern Living, Mississippi, and Family Circle magazines. Rick is also an owner of Latitudes Design Center, a unique home furnishing and accessories store in Jackson.
Practical Lawn Care - and Alternatives
Monday, April 1 (1 class mtg.)
6:30 - 8:30 p.m.; Cost: $40
Whether you prefer a tightly manicured lawn or a more naturalistic "mow what grows" meadow approach, you will learn how to actually design your lawn to be smaller and easier to maintain with less fuss, expense, and frustrations. Includes choosing a grass type to suit your needs and abilities, plus fertilizing, watering, reducing pests and weeds, and much more. Join Felder Rushing as he discusses attractive, low-maintenance groundcovers and other lawn substitutes in areas where grass is difficult to grow or care for - or is not wanted at all.
Easy Container Gardening
Tuesday, April 2 (1 class mtg.)
6:30 - 8:30 p.m.; $40
How to select and grow knock-out flowers, designer vegetables, and culinary herbs that will have a major impact in small spaces will be covered in this class. Felder Rushing will also include tips on selecting different kinds of containers, home-made potting soil, and indoor plants for a touch of the tropics indoors all winter.
Creating a Mississippi Cottage Garden - Even in Suburbia
Tuesday, April 16 (1 class mtg.)
6:30 - 8:30 p.m.; Cost: $40
Join Felder Rushing for this class that focuses on creating a small, attractive garden filled with all kinds of flowers, edible herbs, and vegetables. He will also discuss containers, raised beds, and all the trappings that go with being a gardener. By focusing on tried-and-true plants and techniques specific to Mississippi conditions and busy lifestyles, this approach will work in the back or side yard - even in the front for everyone to see.
Because, bottom-line horticulturist Felder Rushing travels so much of the year, he has designed his celebrated cottage garden to have no lawn at all. Yet because of his extensive lawn care knowledge and sensible, tell-it-like-it-is, non-profit approach to all styles of lawns, Felder was selected to write the Forward to the South's leading lawn care manual. The university-trained lawn specialist brings decades of practical diagnostic experience to his class.
Talking Your Way Through the French-Speaking World
Mondays, April 1 - 29 (5 class mtgs.)
6:00 - 7:00 p.m.; Cost: $99
If you plan to go to France, Quebec, or any place else where French is spoken, for business or pleasure, this course is a must! Come join us and learn basic pronunciation and practical conversational French. In addition, various aspects of daily life in French-speaking countries will be discussed.
Robert Kahn, Ph.D., is associate professor of romance languages at Millsaps College and has taught Spanish and French for many years.
*NEW* Introduction to Practical Spoken Chinese
Tuesdays, April 2 - 30 (5 class mtgs.)
6:00 - 7:00 p.m.; Cost: $99 (plus $10 materials fee that is payable to the instructor at the first class meeting)
Doing business with China; taking a cultural tour to visit the Mandarin spoken world, which includes China, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Singapore; or sharing the gospel with the Chinese community around the world have become some of today's current trends. This introductory course is designed for students who have little or no previous exposure to modern Chinese. The main objective of the course is to help students develop their listening and speaking skills. The emphasis is on correct pronunciation, accurate tones and mastery of basic grammatical structures. By the end of the 5th class, students will be able to manage everyday situations, such as exchanging greetings, making introductions, expressing preferences and feelings, ordering meals, purchasing goods, and asking for directions.
Chia-Lun Ho is originally from Taiwan. She earned her B.A. in Chinese language and linguistics from Tsing Hua University in Taiwan and has taught at the Chinese School at Columbia University in New York. She is currently teaching at the Jackson Chinese School at Tougaloo College and is a substitute Chinese teacher at St. Andrew's Episcopal School. She holds a M.A. degree in cinema studies with an emphasis on history and criticism from New York University and a M. A. degree with emphasis on Biblical studies and languages from Reformed Theological Seminary. Currently pursuing her Ed.D. at Liberty University, she is very enthusiastic about teaching languages and linguistics.
Writing from Your Life
Mondays, April 1 - May 20 (8 class mtgs.)
6:00 - 7:30 p.m.; Cost: $120
The South is in many ways the birthplace of American storytelling, and our traditional narratives not only identify us as a people, but they illustrate the ways in which our shared experience enriches everyday life. Whether you are interested in writing fiction, memoir, researching a family history, or simply understanding more about the places that formed you, this course will focus on the fundamentals of narrative storytelling. We will read a few examples of memoir and biography in hopes of identifying some traditions of the genre, and then we will share in a workshop format some of the student's own writing.
Steve Kistulentz is the author of two collections of poetry, Little Black Daydream (2012) and The Luckless Age (2010). His narrative nonfiction - mostly on the subject of popular culture - has appeared widely in journals. His honors include the Benjamin Saltman Award for The Luckless Age, as well as fellowship support from Writers at Work, the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, and an individual award from the Mississippi Arts Commission. He currently teaches at Millsaps College, where he directs the Millsaps Visiting Writers Series. Steve earned a B.A. in English from the College of William and Mary, an M.A. from the Johns Hopkins University, an M.F.A. from the Iowa Writer's Workshop, and a Ph.D. from the Florida State University.
To Tell the Truth: Creative Nonfiction
Mondays, April 1 - May 6 (6 class mtgs.)
6:30 - 8:00 p.m.; Cost: $105
In this class, participants will explore nonfiction forms, including memoir, personal essay, humor, and criticism. We'll look at ways to generate potential topics and explore narrative writing basics. Not only will participants write two major pieces, they also will develop sharper eyes as readers and stronger everyday skills as writers.
Ellen Ann Fentress's essays have been featured in The New York Times, Oxford American, Wilson Quarterly and other literary journals, as well as on Mississippi Public Radio. She is an M.F.A. graduate of the Bennington Writing Seminars.
Writing and Selling Short Stories Part I
Mondays, April 1 - May 13 (7 class mtgs.)
6:30 - 8:30 p.m.; Cost: $100
This introductory course in how to write short fiction and get it published is intended for beginning writers as well as for established writers who want to hone their skills. The course will cover two areas: writing (first four sessions) and marketing (next three sessions). The overall course goal is to create a short story suitable for submission to a publication. John Floyd will teach this course.
Writing and Selling Short Stories Part II
Tuesdays, April 2 - My 14 (7 class mtgs.)
6:30 - 8:30 p.m.; Cost: $100
This follow-up course in how to write short fiction and get it published is intended for writers who have already completed the introductory course "Writing and Selling Short Stories Part I." The class will cover advanced writing and marketing techniques, narrative structure, and the analysis of both literary and commercial short fiction. The overall course goal is to submit a previously written short story to a publication and to create and submit another by the end of the class.
Please note: Prerequisites for this class are a completed or nearly-completed short story to bring to the first class session and having completed "Writing and Selling Short Stories Part I."
John Floyd's work has appeared in more than 200 different publications, including The Strand Magazine, Grit, and The Saturday Evening Post. A Derringer Award winner and three-time Pushcart prize nominee, John has published four books: Rainbow's End (2006), Midnight (2008), Clockwork (2010), and Deception (2013).
The Jane Austen Book Club: Happy Anniversary, Pride & Prejudice!
Wednesday, April 3 (1 class mtg.)
6:00 - 8:00 p.m.; Cost: $40
2013 is the 200th anniversary of Jane Austen's beloved novel, Pride and Prejudice. For the fifth meeting of the Jane Austen Book Club, we will celebrate the novel Jane Austen called her "darling child" with a lively discussion about Pride and Prejudice's memorable characters, critical scholarship, and various film adaptations. Join Carolyn Brown, Regional Coordinator for the Mississippi Chapter of the Jane Austen Society of North America, and Susan Allen Ford, professor of English at Delta State University and editor of Persuasions, the scholarly journal of the Jane Austen Society of North America, for this special Jane Austen anniversary event.
Dr. Carolyn J. Brown earned her Master's and Ph.D. at UNC-Greensboro and has taught at UNC-Greensboro, Elon University, and Millsaps College. She is the Regional Coordinator for the new Mississippi Chapter of the Jane Austen Society of North America. Her publications include articles in Notes on Mississippi Writers, College Language Journal, and the book A Daring Life: A Biography of Eudora Welty.
Dr. Susan Allen Ford is on the faculty of the Division of Languages and Literature at Delta State University where she teaches courses at both the undergraduate and graduate levels, particularly in composition and British literature. Since 2006, Ford has served as editor of the journals of the Jane Austen Society of North America, Persuasions and Persuasions On-Line. She is the author of many articles on Jane Austen and her contemporaries, and is currently at work on a book about Austen.
Compelling Telling: Crafting Stronger Stories
Saturday, April 13 (1 class mtg.)
9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.; Cost: $50
Do you write stories? Screenplays? Stage plays? News reports? No matter what writing genre interests you most, Compelling Telling: Crafting Stronger Stories will help you strengthen and hone your storytelling skills. Whether you're a beginning writer or a veteran seeking some new prompts and inspiration, this workshop will help you take your writing to the next level.
Beth Kander is a writer based in Jackson. Recent honors include the 2012 Charles M. Getchell New Play Award (SETC); Best Jackson Writer (Jackson Free Press, 2009 and 2011); and the Mississippi Theatre Association Playwriting Award (2009). She was selected as a Literary Arts Fellow by the Mississippi Arts Commission (2009-2010). She has had two full-length plays published by Steele Spring Theatrical Licensing in Los Angeles, CA ("Scrambled" and "See Jane Quit"); other publications include the children's book Glubbery Gray, the Knight-Eating Beast (Pelican Publishing, 2010) and contributions to Stage This! Volume 3. Her works have been produced nationally and internationally, including by Fn Productions in New York, the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London, and Planet Ant in Detroit. You can learn more about Ms. Kander and her work at www.bethkander.com.
Writing for Children
Tuesday, April 2 - May 7 (6 class mtgs.)
6:30 - 8:00 p.m.; Cost $100
Join award winning children's book author/illustrator Chuck Galey as he guides you along the path to a wonderland of writing for children. Chuck will guide students on the in's and out's of characters, plots, storylines and secrets of the children's book publishing world as they will develop their favorite story ideas into working manuscripts.
Chuck Galey has illustrated over seventy educational books and ten children's picture books, one that he authored. When he is not working on books in his studio in Jackson, he is presenting exciting school programs that inspire and astonish students. His programs, listed on the Mississippi Arts Commission's Teaching Artist Roster, encourage them to be creative in their reading, writing, and art. For additional information about Chuck's school programs, visit his website: www.chuckgaley.com.
Basics of Investing
Mondays, April 1 - 29 (5 class mtgs.)
6:00 - 7:30 p.m.; Cost: $70
Learn about ways to grow financially. Mark Maxwell will attempt to demystify stocks, bonds, annuities, mutual funds, options, timing, markets, taxation, tax shelter, and qualified plans. Using the internet for research and investing and point and figure stock charting will also be covered.
Please note: The material presented in this course is intended to inform but not to advise.
Mark Maxwell has a B.S. in marketing from the University of Southern Mississippi, is an investment broker, and works in all areas of investments, including stocks, bonds, and retirement planning. He began his career with J.C. Bradford & Company as an investment broker in 1993 and is now associated with Morgan Keegan.
Starting and Operating Your Own Business
Mondays, April 1 -15 (3 class mtgs.)
6:00 - 8:00 p.m.; Cost: $70
This course carries you from start up (find a need) to operations to growth of a business. These lessons can be used in any business, whether hobby or serious moneymaker. They all work the same way.
David McNair taught this course for several years at Millsaps, the African Bible University, Kampala, Uganda, and has lectured on privatization and free markets at the Institute of Economics and Management, Almaty, Kazakhstan, immediately after the revolution in the U.S.S.R. He shast started several types of businesses in his career. He studied liberal arts at Millsaps and received a B.S. in business administration from Mississippi State.
Tuesdays, April 2 - May 7 (6 class mtgs.)
6:00 - 7:30 p.m.; Cost $100
This course provides a survey of the basic concepts of starting a business. The course covers the personal origins for motivation for entrepreneurship and the skills, knowledge, and abilities of the entrepreneur. The course includes guests who have successfully started their own businesses and who will speak with students about their experiences. Instructor Joe Donovan will conclude the class with students assessing their own potential and developing an idea for a new business.
Starting a Nontraditional Business: Discovering the Entrepreneur Within
Tuesdays, May 14 - June 18 (6 class mtgs.)
6:00 - 7:30 p.m.; Cost: $100
This course is intended for non-business focused individuals; artists, musicians, writers, hobbyist. The course will discuss how to turn your passion into a business, or at least an activity that pays for itself. The course challenges individuals to recognize, develop, and act upon their potential for creativity, innovation, and entrepreneurship.
Joe Donovan, Director of Entrepreneurial Development at Millsaps College, earned his B.B.A. from Thomas More College and his M.B.A. from Millsaps College. An active entrepreneur, Mr. Donovan, has twenty-five years of progressive senior management experience, serving in the last 18 years as a Chief Executive Officer, Chief Operating Officer and CFO/Vice President of Finance for three multi-state organizations with gross sales exceeding $65 million annually.
Social Media for Small Businesses
Saturday, April 20 (1 class mtg.)
10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.; Cost: $45 (plus $2 materials fee payable to the instructor when the class meets)
Social media is an invaluable tool for businesses, but getting started can seem a bit daunting. In this class, instructor Ashley Jefcoat will walk you through the creation of a social media strategy for your small business. Learn best practices for interacting with your fans and posting, find out what works and what doesn't, and learn about tools to make it all super easy! Basic computing/typing knowledge required, as well as basic understanding of social media. Students are encouraged to bring their own computers, tablets, and smartphones. Facilities will be available for those who do not bring their own device. There will be an hour off for lunch, which will be on your own.
Ashley Jefcoat is a Mississippi native with a love for all things digital. She works at Mississippi Public Broadcasting as their Digital Media Director, where she develops strategies for everything from social media to websites. She graduated from Millsaps College in 2009, and stillresides in the Jackson area with her cat, Hamlet.
Mondays, April 1 - 29 (4 class mtgs. The class will not meet April 22)
6:30 - 7:30 p.m.; Cost $90 (plus harmonica)
Ever wanted to learn to play the harmonica? The humble "harp" has become an integral part of many genres of contemporary music, from blues to rock, bluegrass to jazz. Whether you want to play songs around the campfire or trade licks with a blues band, now's your chance to get started with an instructional course from one of today's top rising professional players, right here in Jackson. In this beginner's class, you will learn the rudiments of playing single notes, the differences between melodic and blues playing, the technique of bending notes, and basic songs and phrases.
Scott Albert Johnson was recently named one of the "Hot 100 Harmonica Players" worldwide by the Harmonica Company, a top UK-based harmonica retailer and website. He has shared the stage with such musical legends as Marty Stuart, James Burton, Dorothy Moore, and Mike Mills. Scott was voted "Best Musician" by the readers of the Jackson Free Press in 2009 and 2010. He is also a member of the Mississippi Arts Commission's official artist roster. Read more at www.scottalbertjohnson.com.
Mondays, April 8 - 29 (4 class mtgs.)
6:30 - 8:00 p.m.; Cost: $90 (plus guitar and a $12 materials fee payable to the instructor)
You can learn to play the guitar! Its simplicity has made it one of the world's most popular musical instruments. In contrast to "concert classical guitar," which may take a lifetime to master, simple "chord" strumming can be learned in just a few weeks. If you are interested primarily in learning to play casual "living room/campfire" guitar, all you need is a guitar, the desire to learn, and a little practice. This course will teach the basic skills of guitar accompaniment: the most common major, minor, and 7th chords, various strumming patterns, chord groupings, and a representative selection of folk songs. (Reading will not be taught in this course.)
Jimmy Turner has performed extensively throughout the South and Midwest. He has performed with the Mississippi Symphony Orchestra, Mississippi Opera, and The Metropolitan Chamber Orchestra. Mr. Turner has been heard in recital on Mississippi Public Broadcasting, and he has served as an adjudicator for the Mississippi Federation of Music Clubs. He maintains an active private studio and a busy performing schedule. He serves on the adjunct faculty of Millsaps College and also teaches the Guitar Workshop through the Millsaps College Summer Enrichment Program.
Adult Group Piano for Beginners
Mondays, March 18 - April 22 (6 class mtgs.)
5:30 - 6:30 p.m.; Cost: $80 (plus $20 materials fee that is payable to the instructor the first night of class.)
Experience the joy of music making and fulfill that life-long dream of playing the piano in a supportive atmosphere! In just six meetings, you should begin to be able to read written music, perform elementary-level pieces, know the basics of music theory, and have improved hand coordination. People who continuously learn new things enjoy good memory health, and group piano lessons are proven to relieve stress and stimulate the immune system. Learn the fundamentals of piano playing and improve your health ... what more can you ask?
Jovanni-Rey de Pedro, D.M.A., is visiting assistant professor of music at Millsaps College, and the co-founder and advisor of the MTNA Collegiate Piano Pedagogy Symposium. He holds degrees from the Vienna Conservatory, Trinity College of Music, and the University of Michigan.
Auditioning and Acting for Film
Mondays, April 1 - 22 (4 class mtgs.)
5:30 - 7:00 p.m.; Cost: $75
Got the acting bug? Want a speaking role in a movie? This class will help you gain the confidence you need to survive the competitive audition environment. We'll cover special techniques and approaches that differentiate the film actor from both the stage actor and the person who never gets a call back! Try your hand at acting for film!
Jim Fraiser is a veteran of stage and screen, and has successfully auditioned and been cast in speaking roles in nine movies and several TV series, including My Dog Skip, Blind Vengeance and the recent As I Lay Dying. He is a member of the Screen Actor's Guild and longtime acting instructor and stage director. He has also written fifteen books.
Dressing the Body You Have
Saturdays, April 6 & 13 (2 class mtgs.)
9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.: Cost $50 (plus $10 materials fee that is payable to the instructor when the class meets)
Learn how to look great, save money, and hide flaws. This class will equip you with the knowledge and skills you have to transform your current look. Experience a new you with a makeover you will not forget.
Cassandra Hawkins-Wilson is an image consultant and owner of Sensational Image Consulting, Inc., based in the Metro Jackson area. Since 2007, Cassandra has assisted clients with image, personal management, and communication. A seminar leader, published author, and motivational speaker, she focuses on educating clients on the importance of maintaining a polished image to affect the way people treat you and to help contribute to a successful career. Currently pursuing graduate studies in fashion merchandising, Cassandra holds a B.S. in psychology and a M. A. in English from Jackson State University.
The Power of Personality
Saturdays, April 6 -27: (4 class mtgs.)
11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.; Cost: $65
Are you a perfectionist? Is your wife or husband an extrovert? Is your boss a sanguine? These terms all refer to what we commonly call "personality." In this course, you will discover the history of personality theories and its many modern manifestations such as the Myers Briggs system and the Enneagram. We will discuss the "power of personality" in our lives and explore specific ways in which personality theories might help us better understand ourselves and those around us.
Please Note: You will need to purchase The Wisdom of the Enneagram by Don Rison and Ross Hudson, which can be found at either Barnes and Noble or amazon.com for about $8 - $10.
Rehenuma Asmi is a former elementary school teacher with a doctorate in anthropology and education from Columbia University. She will be joining the Millsaps faculty as a professor in the Education Department in the Fall of 2013. She has been married for 10 years and has two daughters that she (secretly) applies personality theories to.
Mondays, April 1 - 22 (4 class mtg.)
6:30 - 8:00 p.m.; Cost: $90
Surrounded by all these accelerating modern advances, shouldn't there be a way to accelerate our own inner evolution? Ready to give it a try? This is a class packed with new information about our inner world that opens us to new possibilities. We'll have many exercises to try - from different types of meditation and biofeedback to interactive dialogues and perception experiences.
Instructors Luke and Charlotte Lundemo have been practicing meditation for more than 25 years. Luke is a graduate of the three year Community Dharma Leader training program at Spirit Rock Meditation Center in Northern California. Together they have been teaching meditation in the Jackson area for the past 15 years.
ACT Test Prep Course (Same class offered at 2 different times)
Saturday, April 6 (1 class mtg.)
10:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.; Cost: $70
Saturday, June 1(1 class mtg.)
10:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.; Cost: $70
This test prep course is a fast-paced presentation of test-taking strategies designed to help college bound students to test nearer to their ability levels on reasoning tests such as ACT, SAT, etc. The course will assist students in identifying and addressing obstacles to optimum performance, including starting too late, no or incorrect information about the test, fear, fatigue, perfectionism, and/or lack of experience at solving counterintuitive problems. This common sense approach to improving scores includes subject matter connection, time management tips, and ways to build confidence. Students will be allowed two 15 minute breaks and an hour for lunch.
Please note: This course will NOT be a review of the subject matter the tests are designed to measure.
Leonard H. Blanton began working with test prep with his own children and has been giving ACT/SAT workshops for 25 years. He retired as an interconnection specialist after 36 years with BellSouth.
An Introduction to Southern Studies: Beyond Sweet Tea and The Help
Tuesdays, April 2 - 23 (4 class mtgs.)
6:00 - 7:30 p.m.; Cost: $80
What comes to mind when you think about the South? Whether or not you've read Kathryn Stockett's novel or watched the corresponding film, it's undeniable that The Help has brought fresh media attention to the South. But The Help is hardly the first phenomenon to draw national attention to - and further stereotype - the South. But what exactly is the South, and how do you study it? Is it a region? A concept? A lifestyle? This survey-style course will give participants an introduction to the study of southern culture, from the music, literature, and history to the politics, folklore and food. Participants will have the opportunity to discuss what the South is - and isn't - as we watch movie clips, examine historical documents, and sample southern cuisine during this four-week course.
Nell Linton Knox has a B.A. in English from Millsaps College and a M.A. in southern studies from the University of Mississippi. She has worked as an intern with the Mississippi Department of Archives and History, the Southern Foodways Alliance, and the creators of the Mississippi, Believe It! Campaign at the Cirlot Agency. She is currently a freelance writer and tutor in Jackson.
Tuesdays, April 2 - May 7 (6 class mtgs.)
6:00 - 8:00 p.m.; Cost $100 (plus $5 materials fee payable to the instructor at the first class meeting)
Astronomy is one of the most challenging, beautiful, and rewarding hobbies! This is your chance to learn about the subject in nonpressured, instructor-led meetings and through "hands-on" experience. Surveying some of the simpler concepts of astronomy, this intro class also focuses on what can be observed, the tools used, types of observation specialties available, and the strategies for a successful observing session. Resources are identified to continue the learning process and for help along the way. A field trip to the Russell C. Davis Planetarium, located in downtown Jackson, is planned toward the end of the course.
Retired computer consultant Jim Waltman is a past president and newsletter editor of the Jackson Astronomical Association, a member of the Planetary Society, and a member of the Astronomical League. A former adjunct professor of computer science, he has participated in the workshop for Mississippi astronomy educators at French Camp and has been an award-winning participant in local and regional Star Gatherings. Jim has 30 years experience in amateur astronomy.
Wine 101 - The Basics
Thursdays, April 4 -April 25 (4 class mtgs.)
5:30 - 6:45 p.m.; Cost $100 (plus $20 materials fee payable to the instructor at the first class meeting.)
Beginners and seasoned wine enthusiasts alike, come join instructor John Malanchak for a unique experience in learning the basics of wine and food pairing principles. We will sample red and white wines from California's North and Central Coastal regions and discuss the history, geology, climate, and the grapes from each of the wine regions. We will learn how to evaluate a wine using sensory evaluation techniques. In the end, we will discuss the major principles of wine and food pairing. The class will divide into small groups and design recipes based on fish, poultry, pork, and beef as the main entrée and recommend wines with the meals. Each group will then discuss their recipes and wines with the class. You can bet John will make this class a fun and enriching learning experience!
Please note: Only persons 21 and over will be admitted to this class. This class is limited.
John Malanchak is a professional geologist and long-time employee at Joe T's Wine and Spirits in Ridgeland and has studied wine intensely since 2002. John has obtained the coveted Certified Sommelier recognition, which is the second of only four levels attainable through the International Court of Master Sommeliers. Additionally, John holds the Society of Wine Educators' Certified Specialist of Wine designation. John can be heard locally on WLEZ 98.1 FM on select Fridays and has been a guest writer on wine for the Madison County Magazine.
Sci-Fi, Monsters & Movie Mayhem
Thursdays, April 25 - May 16 (2 class mtgs.)
6:30 - 8:00 p.m.; Cost $65
Eeek! Yikes! Zoinks! Spend four nights viewing a variety of scenes from classic science fiction and horror movies. Titles like Metropolis, Frankenstein, Freaks, Forbidden Planet, Creature from the Black Lagoon, Star Wars, Alien, E.T., Cocoon, Terminator, The Abyss, Deep Impact, and Avatar will be explored. Participants will discuss their significance and impact on society and learn the assortment of techniques used to bring these creations to life.
Sim Dulaney is a film critic, film historian, and teacher living in the Jackson area. He received his B.F.A. in film and video from California Institute of the Arts, a Disney-funded school located in Valencia, California. His interest in movie history began while working as a tour guide at Universal Studios Hollywood. During Sim's career pursuits, he was able to gain a greater appreciation for movies and their history as he roamed the halls, sound stages, and back lots of the Disney Studio, Warner Brothers, The Burbank Studios, Sunset-Gower Studios, Paramount, CBS Studio Center, and the NBC Burbank facility. At present, Sim writes a weekly film column for The Rankin Record. He currently teaches a film class to secondary students at a local high school, where students learn film production, technique, and history.