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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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Adventures in Painting, Oil and Acyrlic

What does your painting taste fancy? Oil or acrylic? What about both? In this class, you will learn the tricks of the trade in oil painting, acrylic painting or both! By the end of the class, you will have completed at least three smaller paintings and at least one larger painting. Bring lots of enthusiasm and an assortment of hard copy reference photos that you have taken--not magazine, calendar or other photographers work. Instructor is Maren Phillips. To obtain an additional supply list, visit https://communityed.neisd.net.

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Ballroom for Beginners - Keep On Dancing!

Ballroom Waltz, Foxtrot and Tango are the most important dances for social occasions. In this class, you will get a quick review of the basic steps, learn the distinctive characteristics of each dance and then we will add in more complex moves to give variety to your dance experience. Form, technique and etiquette are all part of the agenda for your Foxtrot, Waltz and Tango. Instructor, Tammy Jones. Registration fee is per person. No partner required. 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. Instructor is Harvey Gutierrez. No discount.

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Basket Weaving: Footstool

Lay back, relax and kick your feet up on your very own woven footstool. Instructor Mary O'Haver will guide you through weaving your own footstool in no time. In this class, you will weave a small footstool woven with reed on a wood frame. No discount.

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Basket Weaving: Hearth Basket

Weave your own practical hearth basket with instructor Mary O'Haver. The basket is a traditional shape which makes for a lovely and useful basket anywhere in the house. You will explore start and stop weaving, decreasing rows and creating side shaping. The measurements are as follows: base 10 x 18 with 14" handle. No discount.

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Basket Weaving: Laundry Basket

Everyone does laundry. Get creative and make your own laundry basket in this class. You can use this basket for actual laundry or it can hold rolled bath towels and fresh washcloths in the bathroom. In this class, the basket will be woven with rattan reed and have hardwood push-in handles. Instructor is experienced basket-weaver, Mary O'Haver. No discount.

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Basket Weaving: Starburst

Bump up your basket weaving skills with this unique starburst class. This round basket is woven with natural, smoked and dyed reed. This class will concentrate on the twill pattern as well as shaping. Instructor is Mary O'Haver. 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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Create Your Own Holiday 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 it 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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Glass Bluebonnet Windchime

Let's get crafty! Create your very own windchime decorated with the great state of Texas's state flower, bluebonnets. You will attach both blue and red bluebonnets to your piece. Enjoy your creation in your backyard this summer and for years to come. A supply fee of $5 is payable to the instructor on the first day of class. Instruction provided by Stained Glass Crafters Workbench. No discount.

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Glass Christmas Tree

Spruce up your Christmas decorations with this 3D stained glass Christmas tree. This tree is easy to stand up anywhere and will pack flat when the season is over. Join Stained Glass Crafters Workbench in this fun, seasonal class. A supply fee of $20 is payable to the instructor at the beginning of class. No discount.

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Glass Flower Bowl

Just because summer is gone doesn't mean florals are too. In this class, you will create a 7" bowl that is not only stylish, but functional. The possibilities are endless, whether you want to use it for a centerpiece or to hold knick-knacks. Instructors are from Stained Glass Crafters Workbench. A supply fee of $20 is payable to the instructor at the beginning of class. No discount.

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Glass Flower Vase

Summer is here and flowers are everywhere! Join Stained Glass Crafters Workbench in creating your very own unqiue glass flower vase. You will start with a clean slate to decorate your vase to your liking and then finish off your piece in the kiln. A supply fee of $10 is payable to the instructor at the beginning of class. No discount.

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Glass Holiday Ornaments

Fill your Christmas tree with holiday memories! In this class, you will create three glass ornaments. Whether you want to give them as gifts or decorate your home with a little something extra, these ornaments are sure to meet your needs. You may make additional ornaments for $10 each. Instructors are from Stained Glass Crafters Workbench. A supply fee of $30 is payable to the instructor at the beginning of class. No discount.

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Glass Pendants

Create glass pendants for yourself, give them as gifts or even sell them to make extra cash. In this class, you will create three dazzling pendants of your liking. Express your creativity through this fun medium. You may make additional pendants for $10 each. A supply fee of $35 is payable to the instructor at the beginning of class. Instruction is provided by Stained Glass Crafters Workbench. No discount.

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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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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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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, 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.

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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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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. No discount. S. Janette Constantino is the instructor.

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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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Pencil Portrait Drawing

Analyzing and drawing faces can be difficult. There are many elements and practices that go into mastering portrait drawing. In this eight 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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People Pictures Workshop

Photographing people can be the most challenging and frustrating experience. In this workshop, professional photographer S. Janette Constantino will walk you through the basics of portraiture; finding the right light and the perfect pose to capture organic photographs and the genuine personality of the subject. Please bring your camera equipment and tripod to class. Class location will be announced by the instructor via email.

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Salsa, Part 1

A combination of different dance styles, Salsa is considered the king of Latin dances. It is a lively and sensual dance with basic steps that make it easy for beginners to pick up. Take the first step toward learning this popular dance by signing up for this great class. Instructor Tammy Jones will start with essential footwork and move into basic turns that will help you feel comfortable on the dance floor. Registration fee is per person. No partner required. No discount.

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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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Single Time Swing and Triple Time Swing, Continuing

Let's keep on dancing single and triple time swing with instructor Tammy Jones! You’ve learned the basic steps and now it’s time to add some more twists and turns. We’ll start with a quick review of the basic steps and begin to add in more complex moves with attention to clear leads and proper footwork. Keep on jumping and jiving to your favorite single and triple time swing music! 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, Beginning to Continuing

Make magic with watercolor. This class is designed for all experience levels. Beginners will learn the traditional basics of the watercolor medium while experienced artists will continue to enhance creativity by experimenting with even more watercolor techniques. Obtain a supply list visiting https://communityed.neisd.net. Instructor is Lynn Denzer. No discount.

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