Crafts & Hobbies



The Art of Seeing the World Through Photography – NEW Series – Best Deal!

In this new series, you can sign up for individual classes by topic or for all of them! Each two-week class will be instructional as well as collegial. No prior photographic experience is necessary. The sessions are intended for people with DSLR cameras, but you don’t have to have one to learn these important elements of photography. If you’ve always wanted to learn great photography skills from a professional photographer then this is your opportunity. NOTE: No class 5/1/18.

Tuesdays * 3/20/18-6/5/18 * 6-8 pm * $99 (member) $129 (non-member)
COMP CAD020-01 * John Grap * Room: LT-304



Introduction to Photography – NEW

Are you ready to “see” the world in a new way? Designed for beginning digital photographers, this class is filled with tips and tricks to help you take better photographs. You’ll learn the basic technology that all cameras use, and you’ll receive helpful information that every successful photographer must know. Bring your DSLR camera with you to class.

Tuesdays * 3/20/18-3/27/18 * 6-8 pm * $25 (member) $30 (non-member)
COMP CA004-01 * John Grap * Room: LT-304



Photography: Composition, Set It Up Right – NEW

This class is for anybody who wants to create visually compelling photographs. You will learn photographic composition—a crucial element for great photos. We’ll focus on why certain images just “work” and discuss the importance of proportion in photographic composition, starting off with a discussion of the photographic frame, then move onto subject placement, and more specific forms of proportion such as balance, the rule of thirds, golden ratio and its variants.

Tuesdays * 4/10/18-4/17/18 * 6-8 pm * $25 (member) $30 (non-member)
COMP CA004-02 * John Grap * Room: LT-304



Photography: Discover the Importance of Lighting – NEW

In this class we’ll demystify the fundamentals of lighting and give you the concrete skills you need to get a powerful image using the right lighting every time you shoot. We’ll cover what you need to know about hard, soft, directional, and diffused light. You’ll learn about reading natural light and manipulating it with tools like reflectors and diffusion panels. Plus, we’ll share how to work with light in a studio environment. By the end of class you’ll be equipped with a whole new understanding of light that will help you shoot more efficiently, capture consistently well-lit images, and reach new creative heights as a photographer. NOTE: No class 5/1/18.

Tuesdays * 4/24/18-5/8/18 * 6-8 pm * $25 (member) $30 (non-member)
COMP CA004-03 * John Grap * Room: LT-304



Photographing People: Show Their Best Side – NEW

Bring out the best in your subjects and discover the key to engaging people to create comfort for them and believable portrait photographs. We’ll share tips to shoot flattering portraits of subjects with professional exposure and composition techniques. You’ll learn how to direct and pose a large group, and about tools for post-processing to erase blemishes, soften wrinkles and modify color cast for polished images. Learn how to make your subject feel comfortable in only a few moments while capturing exquisite images that they’ll love and you’ll be proud to share.

Tuesdays * 5/15/18-5/22/18 * 6-8 pm * $25 (member) $30 (non-member)
COMP CA004-04 * John Grap * Room: LT-304



Scenic Photography: Nature & Landscapes – NEW

If you have a passion for the great outdoors and want to capture that sense of wonder with your camera then this is the class for you. Beautiful landscapes are all around us and while they’re a joy to experience, they can be a challenge to capture in a single photo. In this class you’ll learn the essential tools and techniques for taking photographs that reflect the splendor of landscapes from your unique perspective. From which gear is suited to the environment where you’re shooting to how to plan for ideal light and composition, we’ll help you explore the ways you can get a better shot that reflects the landscape as you see it.

Tuesdays * 5/29/18-6/5/18 * 6-8 pm * $25 (member) $30 (non-member)
COMP CA004-05 * John Grap * Room: LT-304



Beginning Acoustic Guitar – NEW

Learn to play the guitar, and become the musician you’ve always wanted to be! In these fun and informative lessons, you’ll build basic guitar skills step-by-step with the help of hands-on exercises, and your skilled instructor. By the time you’re finished, you’ll be well on your way to becoming a guitar player. Learn the basic techniques—chords, rhythm, how to tune the guitar, scales, and music fundamentals—that will give you a solid foundation and be applicable to all styles of guitar music. This class is also great for guitar players needing a refresher and you will learn in a relaxed and fun environment. NOTE: Please bring your acoustic guitar with you to class.

Wednesdays * 4/11/18-5/30/18 * 6-8 pm * $79 (member) $99 (non-member)
PERF CP016-01 * Cory Green * Room: LT-304



Knitting with Double Pointed Needles – NEW

The dreaded double pointed needles! Learning to use double pointed needles is probably the biggest leap a beginning knitter can take into the world beyond scarves. Hats, sleeves, mittens, gloves, socks… all pretty much require the use of double pointed needles. So if you’re ready, here we go! Please bring a set of 4 or 5 double-pointed needles (Size 7-U.S. or 4.5 mm), 50 yards of worsted weight yarn, and we’ll show you everything else you need to develop this important knitting skill.

Wednesdays * 4/18/18-4/25/18 * 6-8 pm * $25 (member) $35 (non-member)
CRFT CE004-01 * Kassie Dunham * Room: LT-303



Pallet Art: Make Your Own Rustic Sign! – NEW

Using wooden pallets as part of an art project is so popular right now, and we’re here to help you make your own unique pallet art sign! We’ll have three designs and you’ll select the one that you like best. We’ll provide all the materials, so bring yourself and a friend, and enjoy creating a rustic sign using recycled wood that you’ll be proud to display for friends and family.

Thursday * 5/10/18 * 6-9 pm * $69 (member) $79 (non-member)
CRFT CU003-01 * Toni Gore * Room: LT-303



For Mother’s Day: Create an At-Home Spa Experience

We all need a little extra pampering when life gets hectic, and in this class you’ll learn how to create your own bath salts and an herbal yogurt mask to melt away the tension of your super-busy days. We’ll even include the Zen experience of creating a simple rock garden and you’ll receive a relaxing mix of music on a CD you can listen to whenever life starts to make your jaw tighten, your nights sleepless, or your kids run from the room when you walk in! Give yourself a little time away and join us in this fun, new class—bring your mom and treat her to a relaxing afternoon in celebration of Mother’s Day!

Saturday * 5/12/18 * 1:30-3:30 pm * $39 (member) $45 (non-member)
CRFT CR002-01 * Carli Ray * Room: LT-201



Discover Henna: Hand & Wrist Art- POPULAR

Have you seen the beautiful traditional, temporary tattoos that are used to celebrate Eid al-Fitr, Hindu weddings, and other auspicious occasions? The magical art of mehndi, or henna painting, has been practiced for centuries in India, Africa and the Middle East, and now we’re bringing it here to you. Don’t miss this fun class where you’ll learn the history and traditions of henna, and you’ll discover the art of mixing and using henna with a painting technique to create a unique design that will last up to three weeks; plus, you’ll get a kit to take home to freshen up your artwork later.

Monday * 6/4/18 * 6-8:30 pm * $35 (member) $40 (non-member)
CRFT CR003-01 * Carli Ray * Room: LT-304



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