Summer Courses

Welcome to the Summer Session of Senior College at Belfast. Classes run from 9:30 am until 3:00pm unless otherwise indicated, with a ½ hour break for lunch, or longer at the instructor’s discretion. All our classes are offered at the Hutchinson Center on Route 3 in Belfast. Please register early for the classes you would like to take to avoid disappointment. Course registration is $30.00 per
course.

We are once again waiving the membership fee for all summer courses. You and your friends and neighbors need only to deal with a registration fee of $30 for each class you choose. Please bring a brown bag lunch for the full-day classes.

Take a look at all the classes, and after you’ve decided on the ones you are interested in, fill out our quick and easy summer registration form. No login necessary.

One-day Collage Workshop

Instructor: Deborah Stevenson

  • Thursday, July 13, 9:30 am -3:00 pm
  • Bring a bag lunch

Collage is one of the most exciting art forms there is, and it has exploded in recent years. In this workshop, we get to play all day at cutting and pasting. After I do a brief rundown of the medium as it was conceived and has developed through the years, we’ll get off and running as I launch us into several projects to create our own work. The nature of collage lends itself to endless possibilities for self-expression. One of the exercises we will do will demonstrate this when I give everyone the exact same materials to make collages. This is a really fun way to see just how unique a vision each of us has when starting from the same place.

As we work, we’ll be talking about the different principles of art that come into play, such as composition, color, design, and abstraction. Sharing the work when we finish a piece gives us the chance to glean inspiration from each other and to see how we each have our own style.  This form of art requires neither experience nor text. All you need to bring are a good pair of scissors, a glue stick, and paper material to cut up (magazines, catalogues, books, etc.) and, of course, your imagination.

This class is a lot of fun in a lively, congenial setting. Come jump into a day of play! 

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Floral Design

Instructor: Jan Holmes-Jackson

  • Wednesday, July 26, 1:00 – 4:00 pm

By the end of July our gardens, our neighbors’ gardens, and the fields around us will be filled with flowers. Pick lots of flowers and greens of various kinds, colors, and shapes, and put the whole lot in a bucket of water. Bring sturdy scissors, three distinctive vases, and the bucket of flowers and greens to the workshop. During your first hour together, Jan will demonstrate various ways of arranging flowers, taking lots of questions from you and engaging you in a lively discussion. For the second half of the class, you will be arranging your own flowers; Jan will be helping you. At the class’s end, you will display your bouquets and discuss them with one another.

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Mixin’ It Up with Ansel Adams

Instructor: Sandi Cirillo

  • Thursday, July 27, 9:30 am – 3:00 pm
  • Bring a bag lunch.
  • $5 materials fee
  • Class size limited to 14

Ansel Adams is one of the most prolific contemporary photographers in our century. “When words become unclear, I shall focus on photographs,” he once said. His philosophy for taking pictures was, “There are no rules for good photographs, there are only good photographs.” In this one-day workshop, we will learn about Ansel Adams’ life and showcase some of his photographs, discussing his use of composition, contrast, and other technical processes he used in the creation of his photographs. This hands-on class will have students working in various drawing media in a black/white format in the morning, creating landscapes. In the afternoon they will take those same landscapes, or different ones, and translate that black and white imagery (or landscape) into color, using their own creativity and various drawing materials that the instructor will have available.

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Living Penny-Wise

Instructor: Sue Garrett

  • Tuesday, August 15, 9:30 am – 3:00 pm
  • Bring a bag lunch.

For those of you on a fixed income or just wanting to be thrifty and live simply — this class is for you! Numerous ways to save, spend less, and take advantage of what is available in the Belfast area and beyond will be presented and discussed. Resources for discounts, bargains, free services and contact information will be provided as well. Please come with your own experiences and tips to share. Tuesday, August 15

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Surveilling the Lives of Others

Instructor: Bob Rackmales

  • Thursday, August 24, 9:30 am – 4:00 pm
    (extended to view film)
  • Bring a bag lunch.

Recent events have once again brought the issue of clandestine surveillance to the center of public attention. As in our earlier course on George Orwell, when the film version of 1984 played a central role, this class focuses on a film that illuminates the human and social impact of surveillance. The Lives of Others, a 2006 German film that received an Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film and numerous other accolades, portrays the effect on the lives of a prominent East German couple and the security official tasked with monitoring their extended surveillance. Not coincidentally, the action of the film is placed in the year 1984. To place the film in historical context, it will be framed by presentations on the German Democratic Republic (GDR), the formal name of East Germany in the post-war period, with particular emphasis on the role of the Stasi, or State Security Service. The afternoon session will run until 4:00 pm to allow time to view the film.

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