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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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Basics of Welding

Play with fire at Inspire! Learn the basics of welding and metal fabrication. In this class, you will learn everything you need to get started welding mild steel using flux core arc welding. Bring a welding helmet (preferably an auto darkening welding helmet), welding gloves, long sleeve cotton shirt, safety glasses and work boots. Wear jeans without holes. A $30 supply fee is payable to the instructor at the first class. Instruction provided by Inspire Fine Art Center staff. No discount.

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Basket Weaving: Chairside Basket

Do you need somewhere handy to keep your tv remote, magazines or books? In this class, you will weave a practical chairside basket that is the perfect companion to your favorite easy chair. This basket is woven with rattan reed and will have a hardwood push-in handle as well as four wooden feet. The completed basket measures 10Wx15Lx9D with 10” swing handles. Instructor Mary O’Haver. No discount.

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Basket Weaving: Waste Basket

Explore the art of basket weaving with instructor Mary O'Haver. In this class, you will create a waste basket that is practical and perfect for any room. The basket will be woven with rattan reed and will have hardwood push-in handles. The completed basket has a 7” base and is 12” tall with a 12” round top. No discount.

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Basket Weaving: Workshop Basket

Calling all sewers, quilters and crafters! Are you tired of being unorganized? We have the perfect solution for you. In this class, you will weave a beautiful basket to keep all your project materials together and is easy to take with you on your crafting adventures. Say goodbye to wasting time in searching for your items. The completed basket measures 14Wx17Lx4.5D and has a flat “D” handle woven with rattan reed. Instructor, Mary O'Haver. No discount.

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Beginning Acoustic Guitar

Have you ever wanted to learn acoustic guitar? Here's your chance to learn how to play some of the best songs in your music library. You will learn everything about the guitar, such as playing chords, music theory and instrument fundamentals. Instructor Sean Slater has a degree in Music Industries Studies and is a private guitar and piano 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, S. Janette Constantino.

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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 four 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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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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Fused Glass Key Hook

Add your glass art to a functional household item. In this class, you will create your own unique design using colored glass and various glass items on a clear or white glass base. After fusing your piece, you will insert it into a metal key hook to be displayed in your home. With four hooks this would be great to hang your scarves, kitchen hand towels or even keys. Instructors are from Stained Glass Crafters Workbench. A $30 supply fee is payable to the instructor at the beginning of class. No discount.

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Harmonica, Beginning - Level 1

If you can hum it you can play it! Learn how to play rhythms and chords in the great blues harmonica tradition, jam with others and play your favorite song melodies, whether Country-Western, Gospel, Rock or Latin. No prior musical knowledge or harmonica experience is required. A $36 supply fee payable to the instructor covers the cost of a 10-hole Hohner Special 20 diatonic harmonica in the key of C. 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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Image 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. You will also learn to categorize your images to make them easy to find and sort. Please bring a laptop with editing software pre-loaded 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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Intro to Stained Glass

Have you been looking at stained glass and wondering if you could do that? Are you looking for something fun and creative to do? Then this is the class for you! In this class, you will create a beautiful beveled piece between 6" and 8" using the Tiffany foil method. Instructors are from Stained Glass Crafters Workbench. A $20 supply fee is payable to the instructor at the beginning of class. No discount.

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Intro to Woodworking

Do you want to become a DIY master? Learn the basics of woodworking and use these skills to create anything from a piece of furniture to a treehouse! Learn to use a bandsaw, table saw, belt and orbital sander, router and drill press. Shop safety measures will be introduced as you create simple introductory projects then on to your own projects under the guidance of instructor Bill Glass.

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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.

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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. Registration fee is per person. No partner required. Instructors are Lynn and Jack Francis.

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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. Registration 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.

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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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Poetry Workshop

Through poetry writing, students are able to stimulate the intellect and foster emotional health and well-being. In this workshop, participants will be able to invite healing through self-expression and the exploration of complex feelings. You will find your own unique poetic rhythm and explore those discoveries through music. Students will work with renowned poet Andrea ‘Vocab’ Sanderson to master a variety of poetic outlets in this one of a kind creative writing workshop.

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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 will 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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Rustic Wood Workshop

Learn how to create a gorgeous 12 x 12 farmhouse wood home decor piece to decorate your space or to give as a gift to someone special. In this class, instructor Tiffany Johnson will teach you how to apply the concepts of color, coordination and balance using card stock, ink, dies, punches, and embellishments. Registration fee includes all supplies to make one charming one-of-a-kind rustic wood home accent.

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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.

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The Country Dance Floor

Get ready to impress as you learn a variety of Two-Step, Triple Two-Step and Country Swing steps that will prepare you for dancing to your favorite country songs. Whether they are 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.

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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.

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Ukrainian Egg-Dyeing Beginners Workshop

Prepare yourself to be amazed! The keys to success in international folk-art, are steps and techniques - not inborn art talent or experience! You will receive hands-on experience in the entire process as you learn to create design fields, populate them with easy-to-draw motifs, achieve exceptional craftsmanship and apply brilliant colors separated by razor-sharp lines. No measuring devices or math is needed. Please bring two uncooked chicken eggs with unblemished, smooth shells and a roll of paper towels. All other supplies will be provided. Achieve success with a master instructor/cultural anthropologist, Cathleen Handlin, M.A., who has taught on two cable television networks.

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Watercolor Art Journal

Unlock a world of possibilities with this fun medium! Instructor Lynn Denzer will show you how easy it is to add colorful designs to your art journal using watercolors. In this class, you will be using the da Vincian principles of curiosita, demonstrazione and sensazione. Students will be able to explore a chosen theme such as seasonal change, nature or personal reflection along with basic writing opportunities to further express their journey. Some plein air painting will be discussed in class. A supply list can be obtained by visiting https://communityed.neisd.net.

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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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Wine Bottle Wind Chime

This is the ultimate recycled art project and the best way to enjoy a bottle of wine twice! In this two-session hands-on class, you will learn the tricks of cutting a bottle into rings and breaking them apart. In the first class (March 21), please bring three empty bottles of any color, preferably 750ml, no Champagne or thick bottles, cleaned of any glue or labels, along with a small box to store your cut pieces in the class. For the second class (March 27 from 6:00-8:00 PM), Stained Glass Crafters Workbench will show you how to properly hang the rings to make a beautiful wind chime. You can bring your own colorful beads or hanging piece to add an extra touch to your wind chime. A supply fee of $10 is payable to the instructor at the beginning of class. No discount.

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