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Abstract Painting

A paint for paints sake course designed to lift your spirits, free up your creativity and introduce you to the fundamentals of design, texture and color. Unlike creating a piece of work that is realistic and objective, abstract painting will explore the idea of subjective art and creativity. You will experiment with shapes, lines, surface embellishments and creating space using different tools. Bring five ideas and we will expand upon them. Instructor is Maren Phillips, MFA in painting and lifelong artist, passing on the joy of art! Obtain a supply list by visiting https://communityed.neisd.net.

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Acrylic Painting for the Non-Painter, Beginning and Continuing

Explore the world of acrylic painting with us. Whether you are just starting out with this fast-drying medium or are looking to challenge your skills, this is the class for you. In this class, you will learn to blend on canvas quickly using a small misting bottle to keep the medium moist. Next, you will delve into the 'wet on wet' technique and then move on to more complex mini practice paintings learning how to make objects appear three-dimensional. You will then finish off with simple compositions and still life paintings. Instructor, Gloria Howarton. Obtain a supply list by visiting https://communityed.neisd.net.

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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. No discount.

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Advanced Welding

Build on the skills you’ve acquired in Basics of Welding. Learn how to design and blueprint your project and see it to completion. Prerequisite: Basics of Welding or equivalent prior welding knowledge. 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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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: Double Swing Handle Basket

Celebrate spring with friends! This double swing handle basket can be used for a great picnic or filling a cozy corner with a huge bouquet of flowers. The completed basket measures 10Wx15Lx9D with two 10” swing handles. 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: Umbrella Basket

Weave your own umbrella basket with instructor Mary O'Haver and stow away your umbrellas. This basket is the perfect size for keeping your entryway, mudroom or laundry room organized. The completed basket measures 8x8 with a wooden base and two push in wooden handles. No discount.

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Beginners Belly Dance

A great place to start your journey, this class provides an introduction to the isolations required to execute the dance. Simple dance combinations used in each class will demonstrate how the movements link together. Register early; space is limited! Karen Barbee Adkisson is an internationally renowned belly dance instructor and is owner of Karavan Dance Studio, located at 331 W. Mulberry #3. No discount.

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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. No discount.

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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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Bling it On! Rhinestone Apparel Design

Add sparkle and shine to your fabric crafting with hotfix rhinestones! Create, cut and fill your own design using an electronic cutting machine and full-size heat press. Class taught using Silhouette Studio® Business Edition v4 software, compatible with most cutting machine brands. A $10 supply fee includes mini rhinestone kit for a heat-pressed class project. Bring a laptop with SVG-compatible cutting machine software and your machine. Instructor, Melissa Tarun.

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Coral Sea Bowl

Have fun creating this sea-inspired bowl in your choice of accent and color. This beautiful and delicate bowl makes an eye-catching centerpiece for your tabletop and is the perfect gift. Instruction provided by Stained Glass Crafter’s Workbench. A $10 supply fee is payable to the 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, dies 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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Drawing Basics

At some point, all painters figure out that they need to know how to draw. This is your chance. You will learn how to properly sharpen and hold the pencil. Find new ways of shading, as well as understanding perspective and values. Learn how to draw anything by learning the basic structures in all objects; everything from line to composition. This is necessary information for all artists regardless of how long they have been drawing. A supply list can be obtained by visiting https://communityed.neisd.net. Maren Phillips, MFA, is the instructor.

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Drawing Dynamics

Explore elements of drawing and learn how to draw realism and from your imagination. Drawing can be simple, natural and fun. If you can see, you can draw. Instructor Lynn Denzer will guide you through basic to more thorough techniques to draw from what you see to what you want to compose through your imagination. To obtain a supply list, visit https://communityed.neisd.net. No discount

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Fiesta Flower Crowns

No time to siesta, it’s time to fiesta! Stay in trend and show your fiesta spirit by creating your own paper flower crown to wear all fiesta long. This crown includes seven mini roses in various bright colors. A $5 supply fee is payable to the instructor, Jennifer Perez of Cositas San Antonio, at the beginning of class.

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Framed It!

Take your paper-crafting to the next level and create a framed home decor piece for your space that can be transformed for any season or holiday. Registration fee includes: 12" x 12" high quality frame with glass, all prepared supplies to make your home decor piece and PDF instructions so you can make more on your own in the future. Instructor Tiffany Johnson.

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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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Giant Paper Flowers

Have an empty wall and not sure what to do? In this two-hour class, you will learn how to create beautiful giant paper flowers that will help decorate your home or bring color to your special event. Instructor and owner of Cositas San Antonio, Jennifer Perez will teach you step-by-step how to make flower petals, leaves and how to bring depth and life to your flowers. A $5 supply fee is payable to the instructor at the beginning of class.

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Harmonica, Beginning - Level 2

Build upon the skills acquired in Harmonica, Beginning - Level 1. However, the level 1 class is not a prerequisite. You are a candidate for the level 2 class if you have had previous experience playing the harmonica, can play several simple melodies and can play single notes fairly well. Familiarity with the 12-bar blues progression is also a plus. Topics in the level 2 class include rhythm harmonica, note-bending, tongue-blocking and ways to improvise and create music on the harmonica – all aimed at getting a richer tone in your playing. Participants will need two 10-hole harmonicas: keys of C and A (preferably Hohner Special 20 or Seydel Blues Session Standard.)After enrollment, the instructor will contact you to inquire if you want to purchase harmonica(s) at the first class meeting. Instructor Dr. Don McRee is a clinical psychologist who has played harmonica since age five and participated in harmonica conferences and master classes around the country.

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Heat Pressed Jewelry

Be unique and make your own jewelry. In this class you will personalize and customize some fun jewelry pieces using a heat press and your electronic cutting machine! Craft an acrylic bracelet and add some sparkle and bling to earrings. A $10 supply fee is payable to the instructor at the beginning of class. Bring a laptop with SVG-compatible cutting machine software and your machine. Instructor, Melissa Tarun.

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Hot off the Press! Heat Press Machine Basics

Interested in all the different craft options using a heat press? Join instructor Melissa Tarun for an informative overview of different types of presses and the many crafting projects you can create with them. Everyone will complete a heat-pressed project to take home. A $10 supply fee is payable to the instructor at the beginning of class.

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Illuminating Lanterns

Get ready to light up your night with your very own lantern! This portable lantern can be brought to any outdoor adventure you seek. The best part you get to choose your theme and colors. You can illuminate your lantern with a candle or a battery-operated LED lights. No experience necessary. Instruction provided by Stained Glass Crafter’s Workbench. A $20 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 Valentine's Day cards. 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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Making the Cut - Silhouette® Advanced Tips & Tricks

Learn more tips and tricks in Silhouette Studio® v4 such as print and cut, PixScan, the point editing feature, patterned designs, creating designs from scratch and other techniques. Laptops recommended; cutting machines not required. Instructor is Melissa Tarun owner of Sweet Home Vinyl.

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Making the Cut, Part 1 - Getting to Know Your Silhouette® Cutting Machine

So you’ve just taken your new Silhouette® cutting machine out of the box — now what?! Take a tour of the most up-to-date Silhouette Studio® software for Windows® and learn just what you can do with your versatile Silhouette Portrait® or Silhouette Cameo®. Even if you don’t own a Silhouette® cutter yet, learn the basic features and endless creative possibilities. Laptops encouraged but not required. Instructor is Melissa Tarun owner of Sweet Home Vinyl.

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Making the Cut, Part 2

Do you want to know more about what your machine and the Silhouette Studio® software (PC version) can do? You will learn about different types of supported files and how to create your own designs from scratch. Familiarize yourself with the various media that your Silhouette® can cut and how to use it for more than just cutting. Laptops encouraged but not required. A $5 supply fee is payable to the instructor, Melissa Tarun, at the beginning of class.

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Mason Jar Madness

Join the mason jar craze! Mason jars are an inexpensive and easy way to decorate accents in your home, give as gifts for birthdays, teacher appreciation, or just to say thank you. In this class, instructor and owner of Tiffany's Creative Space, Tiffany Johnson will teach you techniques for decorating mason jars using paper, ribbon, glue, spray paint and many other supplies that will bring beauty to any space. Class fee includes all supplies to create three stunning mason jars and PDF instructions so you can make your own in the future.

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Nature & Botanicals Photography Workshop

Let's take a nature walk and learn to see the world through the lens of your camera; capturing its beauty. Professional photographer S. Janette Constantino will teach you to practice the art of nature photography, especially botanical photography. Please bring your camera equipment and tripod to class. Class location will be announced by the instructor via email.

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Oil Painting for the Non-Painter, Beginning and Continuing

If you have never painted with oils, or if you already have some experience with this rich medium, come learn the basics or gain new oil painting techniques with self-taught Sunday painter Gloria Howarton. Obtain a supply list by visiting https://communityed.neisd.net.

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Organic Watercolor Bowl

Be unique and create your own organic watercolor bowl. You will choose your colors and mold your glass just the way you like. These bowls are never two alike and will bring a pop of color to your home. You will find this class to be very relaxing and will give you a big smile. Glass cutting skills are helpful but not required. Instruction provided by Stained Glass Crafter’s Workbench. A $20 supply fee is payable to the instructor at the beginning of class. No discount.

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Pencil Portrait Drawing

Analyzing and drawing faces can be difficult. There are many elements and practices that go into mastering portrait drawing. In this six week workshop, you will learn how to tackle drawing faces without fear! Practices such as examining proportion will be covered. You will work on portraits of your family from photos, random choice from photos and end with a live portrait model. Obtain a supply list by visiting https://communityed.neisd.net. Instructor, Dan McBain. No discount.

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Quick Studies in Painting

How fast can you paint? Well, it's not a race, but the faster you can make decisions, the more confident and stronger your paintings will become. This class is designed for oil painters with some experience and you will learn about color, value, temperature, shapes, shadows and light. You will paint landscapes, still life, figures and portraits. Your painting will be timed and we will start with 25 minute paintings, working up to 90 minute paintings. The first class will concentrate on how to mix color, how to plan the painting and then making a color wheel as a way for the instructor to see how you work. Obtain a supply list by visiting https://communityed.neisd.net. Maren Phillips is the instructor.

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Single Time Swing and Triple Time Swing, Beginning

Whether you go to formal ballrooms or casual country and western honky-tonks to dance, swing dancing is a must! We will start with the proper footwork to build a foundation for various patterns--lady turns, sweetheart moves and more. The men will be taught to give clear leads, so that the ladies can follow with confidence as they are led into various, more complex moves. A wonderful dance form and very easy to learn, Single Time Swing and Triple Time Swing can be danced to almost any kind of upbeat music from rock and roll to boogie-woogie. Join instructor Tammy Jones for a jumping and jiving fun time. Registration fee is per person. No partner required. No discount.

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The Country Dance Floor - Get Ready to Dance!

Learn more Two-Step, Triple Two-Step and Country Swing steps that will prepare you for dancing to your favorite country songs. Whether they be fast, medium or slow songs you'll have choices when you hit the floor. These dances are fun and easy to learn! Instructor, Tammy Jones. Registration fee is per person. No partner required. No discount.

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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

Experimentation and fun are part of this class. Masking and pouring, intuitive wet washing and more advanced design elements will enhance your ability to render subjects, from atmospheric landscapes to beautiful plants, to expressive portraits, as possibilities. Some drawing and watercolor basics experience preferred. Obtain a supply list by visiting htpps://communityed.neisd.net. Instructor is Lynn Denzer.

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