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Better COMMUNICATION in Social Media™
September 1 – October 12
Instructor: Steven Doran
In the 21st century, the way we communicate has forever changed and now moves faster than the speed of life. In addition, good writing takes many forms, but in the world of social media, the need for better communication plays an important role in how ideas are shared. Better COMMUNICATION in Social Media™ is a 6-week practical online writing course that gives students a private community where they learn to think in different ways about the world surrounding them, as well as beyond their usual scope and reach. Featuring WORLD & LIFE TOPICS™, students use a customized comment and reply writing system in order to effectively share their ideas in a private and secure forum. For more information please check: https://www.worlitop.com/BCISM. Click here to register.
Thursdays, September 12 – October 24
Instructor: Sarah Perkins
In this class, students will discuss and practice different techniques that can help anyone learn to draw or improve their current skill level. Students will learn techniques to improve their perception of the world around them and then translate that into lines on paper. They will also learn basic artistic vocabulary and apply it. Supply list: students should bring a spiral-bound sketchbook (5.5” X 8.5”) and a drawing board large enough to hold 12” X 18” drawing paper. Materials fee: $5 to be given to the instructor on the first day of class. Click here to register.
ESTATE PLANNING FOR THE MASSES
Thursday, September 12
Instructor: Michael Tommaney
This course will cover the basic documents that everyone needs (last will, living will, health care proxy, power of attorney) and what happens when you don’t have them. It will also cover advanced Medicaid planning, the importance of choosing your executor, trustees and attorney, the importance of checking your beneficiaries’ designations, and planning for beneficiaries with special needs. Other topics include estate taxation and homemade estate planning documents. Click here to register.
Thursdays, September 12-October 3
Instructor: Fatima Bey
In this course you will learn the basics of sewing including the differences between threads and fabrics, and more. The instructor will also teach students anything they want to know about their machine. Students will make a simple tote bag as they learn the basics of sewing. All students must bring in their own sewing machine and the following supplies: a seam ripper, thread, scrap fabric, pins and a pin cushion, measuring tape, and scissors. Students may contact the instructor at email@example.com with any questions regarding the course or the supply list. Click here to register.
Tuesdays, September 17 – October 22
Instructor: Art Innovators
During this class designed for artists of all ability levels, students will learn watercolor basics or expand on what they already know. Students will explore watercolor painting and techniques while creating beautiful landscapes, still life paintings and more. All materials will be provided. Click here to register.
INTRO TO MODERN DANCE
Wednesdays, September 18 – November 6
Instructor: Beth Jacobs
Modern dance is a broad catch phrase that usually describes the mixing of various dance idioms together: ballet, jazz, theater, and classical modern dance styles. In this class, students will learn about and practice modern dancing each week. Click here to register.
FRANKLY, MY DEAR: THE “REEL” STORY BEHIND GONE WITH THE WIND
Saturday, September 21
Instructor: Pauline Bartel
Gone With the Wind has been called “the most magnificent motion picture of all time.” Millions of fans agree. What most fans don’t know is that endless trouble and months of behind-the-scenes turmoil almost doomed Gone With the Wind to failure. Students will explore Gone With the Wind’s intriguing history, including the writing and publishing of Margaret Mitchell’s novel; the Hollywood fenzy of transforming the book into the film; the Atlanta premiere; the Academy Awards; and the iconic film’s 80th anniversary in 2019. This is one course no Gone With the Wind fan should miss. Click here to register.
GETTING PAID TO TALK: AN INTRODUCTION TO VOICE-OVER
Tuesday, October 1
Monday, December 5
Instructor: Voice Coaches
This course will be held at Voice Coaches, 26 Vly Road, Colonie, N.Y., 12205.
From audio books and cartoons to documentaries, commercials and more, this class will introduce you to the growing field of voice-over. Today, the range of voices hired has grown dramatically from the days of announcers. Learn what the pros look for, how to prepare, and where to find work in your area. We’ll discuss industry pros and cons and play samples from working voice professionals. In addition, you’ll have an opportunity to record a short professional script under the direction of the instructor. This class is fun, realistic, and a great first step for anyone interested in the voice-over field. Class size is limited. Click here to register.
INTRO TO FLYING DRONES
Saturday, October 5
8:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m.
Instructor: In Sky Aerial
The face of the aviation industry is rapidly changing because of drones. Integrating them safely into the national airspace system is a growing challenge. The rules and regulations are set forth by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). Recently the rules and regulations for hobbyists changed and additional resources and requirements are to be rolled out throughout 2019. Some of the requirements will require most recreational drone pilots to take an online FAA aeronautical knowledge and safety test. Currently, the FAA is allowed to impose civil penalties of up to $27,500, and/or up to $250,000 for criminal penalties, and this can also include jail time. This course will provide information for the hobbyist to understand how to operate a drone legally, responsibly, and safely within the national airspace. Other topics include ethical uses of the drone, where you can and can’t fly, traveling with your drone, resources to help identify and plan for safe flights, and how to use your drone for commercial purposes. Students will have access to training drones and learn to fly through an indoor flight course. Instructors will cover getting the drone off the ground, into the air, learning the flight controls, and landing it safely. The course will be taught by experts who not only enjoy flying their drones, but also fly drones as part of public safety teams and commercial purposes. Click here to register.
THEATRICAL Makeup TECHNIQUES
Mondays, October 7 – October 28
Instructor: Jenn Dugan
This course will be taught at The Makeup Curio, located at 510 State St., Schenectady, N.Y., 12305.
This hands-on course explores makeup techniques for theater and special effects. Transform yourself through aging, into an animal, with hair effects and through skin peeling effects. Perfect for the Halloween season. All materials will be provided. Click here to register.
DO YOUR OWN ALTERATIONS
Thursdays, October 10 – November 14
Instructor: Fatima Bey
Are you tired of items of clothing not fitting you? Alterations can be costly, so why not do it yourself? In this class, students will learn different methods of altering clothing or household items. This class is for students of all levels. No sewing knowledge is required as students will be working at their own pace. Students are welcome to bring in whatever item they wish to alter. All students must bring in their own sewing machine and the following supplies: a seam ripper, thread, scrap fabric, pins and a pin cushion, measuring tape, and scissors. Students may contact the instructor at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions regarding the course or the supply list. Click here to register.
Saturday, October 26
9 a.m.-3 p.m.
Instructor: Victor Bujanow
Each student will receive an updated NYS DMV Driver’s Manual and a temporary course completion certificate (permanent to be mailed) in this classroom course about crash avoidance techniques. Students qualify for a reduction of up to four points from their driving records for violations received during the 18 months prior to completion of this course. Students passing this course also become eligible for a minimum insurance reduction of 10% for three years in the base rate of liability, personal injury, Protection (No-Fault) and collision premiums. This program is recognized by all NYS Insurance companies. Click here to register.
SILVERSMITHING: DESIGN AND FABRICATION
Tuesdays, October 29 – December 3
Instructor: Matthew Balint
Students will learn the basic skills and techniques necessary to design and fabricate an original piece of jewelry in sterling and fine silver, including rings, pendants, pins, and earrings. Skills covered include sawing, piercing, embossing, texture, granulation, soldering, lamination, bezel making, stone setting, cold-working, forming, and shaping. Tools supplied. $40 materials fee to be paid to the instructor on the first day of class. Click here to register.
INTRO TO ACRYLIC PAINTING
Thursdays, October 31 – December 12
Instructor: Art Innovators
Never painted before but want to try? Enjoy painting and want to learn a few new techniques? This class is designed for artists of all ability levels. Students will learn about acrylic painting, painting techniques and have fun learning. Click here to register.