Arts & Hobbies

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The Art of Companion Planting with Bulbs, Tubers & Rhizomes   NEW!
Would you love to plant a garden that greets you with color early each spring and lasts throughout the season? Companion planting is a method of planting species of plants together for mutual benefit. In this class we’ll introduce you to a variety of common bulbs, tubers and rhizomes that love to live together! You’ll learn the best way to feed your garden to ensure it is healthy and strong. Gardening can be a wonderful and relaxing hobby, and we’ll show you how easy it can be!
Tuesday • 9/24 • 6-8 pm • $25 (member) $35 (non-member) • Linda Whitlock • Rm: LT-303

Beginning Stained Glass: The Copper Foil Technique   POPULAR!
Have you always admired the beauty of stained glass and wondered if it might be a craft you would enjoy doing? Here is your opportunity to find out! Join us in this hands-on class to learn the copper foil technique and complete a project from start to finish. You will pick a pattern, cut the glass, grind it to size, foil the edges, solder the joints, then patina and polish the final product to create a beautiful stained glass sun catcher that will be at home in your favorite sun-drenched window. Please wear clothing that can get dirty; this is truly a “hands-on” class. NOTE: Class will be held at Chapel Hill United Methodist Church, 157 Chapel Hill Drive, Battle Creek MI.
Thursdays • 9/26-11/14 • 6-8 pm • $139 (member) $159 (non-member) • Don Zimmerman • Location: Chapel Hill United Methodist Church

Beginning & Intermediate Welding Art
Have you always been curious about metal art and wondered if it was for you? In this combination beginning and intermediate level class we’ll take your vision of a metal art object, whether it’s a wall hanging, a table top piece, a garden object or an abstract sculpture and convert it into a real, steel object. After you’ve determined your project design (either beginning or intermediate depending on your experience level), you’ll begin by observing and then, with your instructor’s guidance and supervision, you’ll experience each step in the metal forming process: bending, cutting, welding and grinding. If you have completed Welding Art Basics, you can expand your project scope and gain experience with new techniques. All equipment, tools, safety gear, protective clothing and supplies for one small to medium sized art project are included in the cost of the class. NOTE: If you wish to build a larger sculpture, you will work with your instructor to determine the cost and source of additional materials. This class will be held at KCC’s RMTC, 405 Hill Brady Rd, Battle Creek MI 49037.
Mondays • 9/30-11/18 • 6-8 pm • $179 (member) $199 (non-member) • George Wise • Location: RMTC Welding Lab

Knitting for Beginners
Get your knit together! In this introductory class you’ll learn how to choose needles and yarn; two methods of casting on stitches; the knit, purl, garter, ribbing, stockinet and reverse stockinet stitches; plus how to read patterns. Each week you’ll complete a small project as you learn and apply these techniques. Whether it’s been years since you wielded a needle or if you’ve never knitted a stitch, you’ll want to start now in this fun and engaging class. NOTE: Bring a pair of size 8 straight knitting needles and a light-colored skein of quality worsted weight yarn. You may find that using shorter needles is easier as you learn; look for 14” or 9” aluminum needles at local hobby stores.
Thursdays • 10/10-10/31 • 6-8 pm • $35 (member) $45 (non-member) • Kassie Dunham • Rm: LT-303

Candle Making: Easy Candle Making for Beginners
Candle making is a craft as old as civilization itself, yet after so many
millennia and technological advances, we still love the light, warmth, and beauty of a lit candle. Whether a seasoned artisan or a budding enthusiast, this workshop offers something for everyone interested in learning the craft of candle making. You’ll create both poured and dipped candles and learn the easiest and safest ways to work with wax, wicks and molds. All supplies and instructions are included and you will be able to take home your finished creations. Please wear comfortable old clothes (this is hands-on and not always neat and clean) and we guarantee you will have fun while learning.
Monday • 10/14 • 6-9 pm • $49 (member) $59 (non-member) • Carli Ray • Rm: LT-303

Beading Basics: Make Your Own Lariat Necklace   NEW!
Creating original, beautiful beaded jewelry is fun and easy. Join us to learn the basic techniques through detailed instruction and hands-on practice. You will be introduced to everything from wire manipulation to bead stringing and all the lingo and tools to go with them. Put your new knowledge to use by creating a stunning necklace with beads from our collection. Your class fee includes all materials for your necklace and we’ll have jewelry tools available for your use.
Monday • 10/21 • 6-9 pm • $59 (member) $69 (non-member) • Carli Ray • Rm: LT-303

DIY Bath & Body Treats    NEW!
Body scrubs are a great way to exfoliate the skin while you shower, and it’s the perfect way to get your body ready for winter by getting rid of autumn’s old, dry flaky skin. In this hands-on class, you will learn how to make different body scrubs using super easy recipes, plus we’ll show you how to use quality essential oils to make them delicious-smelling and the perfect gift for your friends and family. What’s better than a sugar scrub in the shower? How about an amazing foot cream that will keep your feet soft all winter long. If you prefer a bath, then you’ll love the Honey Bubble Bath recipe! You’ll leave with your creations, plus recipes for many more. These make great gifts and this is a perfect class for a girls’ night out!
Monday • 11/4 • 6-8:30 pm • $49 (member) $69 (non-member) • Carli Ray • Rm: LT-303

Knitting: Sock It To Me!    NEW!
There’s nothing better than fun socks, and in this class you’ll learn the basics of how to knit socks you can gift to friends and family. Knitting in the round does not need to be intimidating, and you’ll learn how to construct socks by making a small sock in class with the expert guidance of your instructor. As long as you can knit and purl, you’ll be ready to knit in the round and make fun socks in the process! NOTE: Please bring approximately 50g or 70 yards of light colored worsted weight yarn; Size 7 or 8 needles to knit in the round. You can also use double-pointed needles (set of 4 or 5), two 24” circular needles, or one circular needle 32” or longer if using a magic loop.
Tuesdays • 11/5-11/12 • 6-8 pm • $25 (member) $35 (non-member) • Kassie Dunham • Rm: LT-304

Awaken Your Inner Author: Using Creative Prompts    NEW!
In this fun class you’ll discover ways to move from a blank page to the story you want to tell. You’ll learn how to activate your inner critic to motivate you instead of paralyzing you. Explore ways to design your physical space for creative thinking and writing success. We’ll use writing prompts to ignite your creativity and share ways to use Google Docs to publish your writing prompt responses. Join us and have fun with new ways to awaken the muse within you!
Wednesdays • 11/6-11/13 • 6-8 pm • $25 (member) $35 (non-member) • Paula Westdorp • Rm: LT-304

Digital Camera & Photography Essentials    NEW!
It’s easy to see why digital photography has taken over analog in popularity—it’s affordable, convenient, and versatile. Above all, it makes photography more fun than ever before. In this class you’ll learn the most essential functions of your digital camera and get ready to confidently put them to work. You’ll learn the principles of good photography and get the skills necessary to create amazing photos. Plus, your instructor, a professional photographer, will share must-know lighting and composition techniques. NOTE: This class is for users of DSLR cameras only; please bring your camera to class.
Mondays • 11/11-11/25 • 6-8 pm • $45 (member) $55 (non-member) • Bailey Scott • Rm: LT-303

Swatching Sucks & Other Knitting Realities    NEW!
If you love to knit, you have been here before: New project picked out – check! Yarn purchased and ready – check! Needles the size called for in the pattern – check! Swatch – wait – what??? Swatching sucks, but it is extremely important. In this class you will learn how to swatch in the round with straight needles – it’s a magic trick! Plus, we’ll show you how to do one swatch using several needle sizes to get close to gauge. Please bring one skein of yarn that you would like to use for your project. If you have the pattern for that project, bring it along too! Bring needles the size recommended on the ball band and two sizes either side of that. For example, if the yarn calls for size 8, bring 6, 7, 8, 9, and 10. And these would be highly useful, but are not necessary as the instructor will have some to share: blocking boards, straight pins, locking stitch markers, and a flat ruler at least 4 inches long. We recommend you have some experience counting stitches and be able to knit and purl.
Monday • 11/18 • 6-8 pm • $25 (member) $35 (non-member) • Kassie Dunham • Rm: LT-303

Online Offerings

Drawing for the Absolute Beginner

Discover Digital Photography

Introduction to Digital Scrapbooking

Photographing Nature with Your Digital Camera

Photographing People with Your Digital Camera