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Acrylic Pet Portraits

Whether you are wanting to capture your dog's regal beauty or your cat's stoic poise, this class is for you. Instructor Lynn Denzer will guide you through the process right from the start. You will learn how to first draw your pet and then develop it into a painting. Obtain a supply list by visiting https://communityed.neisd.net.

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Basics of Welding

Learn the basics of welding as you experience arc and MIG welding techniques, as well as cutting with an acetylene/oxygen torch and plasma cutter. Bring a welding helmet and welding gloves, and wear a long sleeve cotton shirt, work boots and jeans without holes. A supply fee of $30 is payable to the instructor on the first night of class. Instruction provided by Inspire Fine Art Center staff. No discount.

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Basket Weaving: Bicycle/Walker Basket

Store your small belongings for a ride around town or during your leisurely walk through the park with this adorable bicycle/walker basket. The completed basket has a 5”x10” base and is 7.5” tall with buckle leather handles. Instructor Mary O'Haver. No discount.

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Basket Weaving: Laundry/Toy Basket

Function and décor all in one! This functional basket has a 10” wood base with two hardwood handles and can be used for gathering laundry or toys. The completed basket measures 13” round and 15” tall. Instructor Mary O'Haver. No discount.

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Basket Weaving: Toilet Paper Tote

Keep your toilet paper from rolling! Weave your own toilet paper tote with instructor Mary O'Haver. Your tote will add a great touch to your restroom and it's a great way to store and dispense toilet paper. The tote holds a roll sized toilet paper, but also has room to store extra. The completed basket measures 6x12 with two 20” D market handles.

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Basket Weaving: Tool Tote Basket

Whether you utilize this basket for tool transportation or not is up to you, but the options are endless for a versatile tote. The completed basket has an 8”x18” base and is 8” tall with shaker tape for handles. Instructor Mary O'Haver. No discount.

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Beginning Oil Painting: Loose and Juicy to Impasto

Experiment in the medium of oil paint using several techniques to explore possibilities in this basic course. Subjects range from still life to portraiture, using photographs and set-ups. Bring samples of previous work and any oil painting materials you have. A drawing background is strongly recommended. Obtain a basic supply list by visiting https://communityed.neisd.net. More discussion on materials takes place during the first class. Maren Phillips, MFA, is the instructor.

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Beginning Photography, Chapter 1

Take the first steps to learning the triangle of exposure and how to control light to create great images. We will touch on the different elements of composition that can transform your images from casual snapshots to dynamic photographs. Bring your camera with a manual mode and its instruction manual to class. A valid email address and Internet access are also required for at-home projects. Instructor S. Janette Constantino, professional photographer, has a BFA and an Associates of Science in Digital Photography.

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Beginning Photography, Chapter 2

If you have started taking the steps to controlling the triangle of exposure and know how to adjust aperture and shutter speed, you are ready for Chapter 2. There are so many elements of your camera to learn and explore, that can affect the quality of your images. Learn to control focus, metering and understanding your lenses. Bring your camera with a manual mode and its instruction manual to class. A valid email address and Internet access are also required for at-home projects. Instructor is S. Janette Constantino.

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Carved Dichroic Pendant

Dichroic glass can be expensive but it can add a lot of color to fused glass in jewelry making. It is different from regular glass in that it may contain multiple colors and changes color with the light. Even if you are a beginning glass artist, you can make a colorful dichroic fused pendant with little to no experience. You will customize your piece in the supplies you choose. A $10-$15 supply fee will be payable to the instructor dependent upon materials chosen. Please bring your Dremel to class (if you have one). Instruction provided by Stained Glass Crafters Workbench. No discount.

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Cracked Glass Art

Make your own colorful deep dish with cracked glass. Relieve some stress by smashing glass and turn those shards of ordinary glass into a work of art. You will enjoy selecting your materials and color combinations then smashing the glass and arranging your pieces into a beautiful and one-of-a-kind creation. A $25 supply fee will be payable to the Stained Glass Crafters Workbench instructor at the beginning of class. No discount.

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Create Your Own Greeting Cards

What better way to spread joy than through handmade cards? This class is no ordinary card making class. Instructor and owner of Tiffany's Creative Space, Tiffany Johnson will help you delve into the world of professional card making. In this class, you will make six holiday cards using card stock, ink, die cuts and punches. You will learn the basic folds, layout, color coordination and balance, as well as fun ways to embellish your holiday cards to give them that wow factor. All supplies are included.

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Creative Photo Editing

Sometimes a photo just needs a little extra; and sometimes you just want to make them “more.” Photo editing programs make it possible to slightly enhance or completely transform your images. This class will walk through the basics of “layer” processing to alter and create. Please bring a laptop with editing software preloaded and images you'd like to edit. Instructor S. Janette Constantino, professional photographer, has a BFA and an Associates of Science in Digital Photography.

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Easy Silk Flower Arrangements

Do you love the look of flower arrangements, but are discouraged by the short lifespan of freshly cut flowers? Try silk flowers! In this class, you will learn how to shop for silk flowers, choose the right container, shape flowers and stems, measure, cut and add stem extensions as well as explore color schemes. Instructor Barbara Kelly has experience in creating beautiful, custom-made floral centerpieces for special events and homes. A $5 supply fee is payable to the instructor at the beginning of class. Tools and supplies needed to create a beautiful arrangement will be provided.

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En Plein Air Experience

Come join instructor Maren Phillips for an en plein air (in open air) experience. You'll spend your first Saturday morning at Walker Ranch Park and then move to various locations for your open air adventure. Capture San Antonio with any medium you like and don't forget your hat, sunscreen, bug spray and water. Obtain a supply list by visiting https://communityed.neisd.net.

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Fabulous Photos Fast

Organize and edit your photos with lightning speed. Categorize your images to make them easy to find and sort. Then apply easy to control edits to bring your images to life. Adobe Lightroom or another photo management system is recommended. Please bring a laptop with software already loaded and images you would like to edit. Instructor S. Janette Constantino, professional photographer, has a BFA and an Associates of Science in Digital Photography.

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Fused Basket Weave Plate

Grab a friend and enjoy yourselves while creating an 8” square basket weave slumped plate. No previous skills necessary. Instructors from Stained Glass Crafters Workbench will teach you how to strip cut glass and lay out a beautiful project. Take your basket to the next level and add precut hummingbirds, cardinals, flowers, vitrograph or wherever your imagination takes you. A $15 supply fee is payable to the instructor at the beginning of class. No discount.

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Jump Start Drawing

Learn to use both sides of your brain to build drawing skills quickly. You will be taught basic drawing skills in pencil and other mediums in a fun and laid back environment. No previous experience required. Bring a sketchpad and basic drawing supplies you already own to your first class. Instructor and artist Dan McBain will discuss the list of additional materials needed on the first day of class. No discount.

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Latin Mix Up, 1

Salsa, Merengue and Cumbia are some of the hottest Latin American dances characterized by explosive movements and sensuous lively beat. Learn the basics to these essential dances to spice up your latin moves. We will also learn how to combine these individual dances into one. Come enjoy these easy to learn fun dances and you might get hooked! This class is designed for beginners and is taught by Tammy Jones. Registration fee is per person. No partner required. No discount.

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Let's Get Crafty! - An Introduction to Cricut®

Are you ready to make personalized projects? Let instructor and owner of Cositas San Antonio, Jennifer Perez teach you the basics using your Cricut® machine. In this introductory class you will learn how to set up and connect your Cricut® machine, set your materials, align mats, learn to navigate and use basic Design Space® features all while making a party favor box. Although Design Space® is available on both smart phones and tablets, please bring your laptop and Cricut® machine for use in class. Students should create their Design Space® account before class begins. A $5 supply fee is payable to the instructor at the beginning of class.

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Let's Get Crafty! - Level 2

Take your Cricut® skills to the next level and see all the endless possibilities you can create using your machine. In this class you will be introduced to vinyl and learn how to cut and transfer it while creating your new favorite coffee mug. Although Design Space® is available on both smart phones and tablets, please bring your laptop and Cricut® machine for use in class. Students should create their Design Space® account before class begins. A $5 supply fee is payable to the instructor at the beginning of class. Instructor is Jennifer Perez owner of Cositas San Antonio.

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Line Dancing, Scoot Your Boots

Have fun burning calories while you learn line dance steps such as the Grapevine, Cha-Cha, Jazz Box and Kick-Ball Change. You'll also learn the Waltz Across Texas, Tush Push, Boot Scootin Boogie and many more. Join us for great exercise, good company and lots of fun. Please wear leather soled shoes. Singles or couples. No partner necessary. Price is per person. Instructors are Lynn and Jack Francis.

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Meet the Camera

There are many knobs, buttons and controls on a modern camera, not to mention the seemingly endless layers of menus to navigate. Do you want to learn what all those settings are for and how to use your camera to its fullest potential? This class focuses on the functions and features of camera. Bring your camera, its manual and your enthusiasm. S. Janette Constantino is the instructor.

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Portrait Painting

Painting a portrait demands getting a likeness. This class uses a skull for understanding the structure of the head and exercises to learn the proportions and measurements of the features. You work from a mirror, photographs and live models. Basic knowledge of painting, color mixing and experience using the materials is required. Obtain a basic supply list by visiting https://communityed.neisd.net. More discussion on materials takes place during the first class. Maren Phillips, MFA, is the instructor.

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Two-Step & Country Western Swing

There has never been a better time to learn how to dance Country Western. In this class you will learn how to master the basic steps of the most popular dances in Texas. Instructor Tammy Jones will teach you the basic steps in Two-Step and Country Western Swing, in a fun and easy way, which will get you ready for the dance floor. Registration fee is per person. No partner required. No discount.

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Watercolor for Beginners

You will explore the types of brushes, paper and paint colors used in watercolor while learning several traditional techniques like wash, bleeding, dry brush as well as some experimental techniques including poured watercolor and working from photos and still life. Basic color theory, composition, stretching paper and unstretched paper and watercolor collage techniques will also be covered. Join instructor Maren Phillips, MFA, for some watercolor fun! Obtain a supply list by visiting https://communityed.neisd.net.

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Watercolor, Intermediate to Advanced

Once you have mastered the basic skills of watercolor, there are a number of more advanced techniques you can incorporate into your painting. Working with masking fluid, wet into wet washing techniques and advanced design elements can enhance your ability to render subjects from atmospheric landscapes and beautiful plants to expressive portraits. Some drawing and basic watercolor experience is preferred. Lynn Denzer is a San Antonio native who has been sharing her love for art the past 20 years. Obtain a supply list by visiting https://communityed.neisd.net.

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Wild Flower Wind Chime

If you love the sound of wind chimes and enjoy the Texas wildflowers then you might love creating your own unique glass wildflower wind chime! You will select your glass and assemble your wind chime using fused glass. A $25 supply fee will be payable to the Stained Glass Crafters Workbench instructor at the beginning of class. No discount.

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