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Thursdays, January 24 – February 14
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 firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions regarding the course or the supply list. This course is taught by Fatima Bey, who has been sewing since she was 10 years old. She was the Alterations Manager at David’s Bridal for 10 years, owns her own dressmaking business, and teaches sewing throughout the Capital Region. Click here to register.
BEAUTY MAKEUP TECHNIQUES
Mondays, February 4 – February 25
This course will be taught at The Makeup Curio, located at 510 State St., Schenectady, N.Y., 12305.
Take time for yourself, gain confidence and explore the essential beauty techniques that work for your face. This course is tailored to provide you with the skills to transform yourself. Topics include smoky eyes, contouring, camouflaging and skin care. The instructor will teach students to properly use their own makeup. This course is taught by Jenn Dugan, the owner of the Makeup Curio. She has been transforming clients for weddings, special occasions, proms, etc. for more than 10 years. She is a NYS Licensed Esthetician. Click here to register.
INTRO TO ACRYLIC PAINTING
Thursdays, February 7 – March 14
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. This course is taught by Art Innovators. Click here to register.
INTRO TO MODERN DANCE
Wednesdays, February 13 – May 8
No class March 20.
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. This class is taught by Beth Jacobs, who has taught Ballet and Modern Dance at the Albany/Berkshire Ballet School (Albany and Pittsfield) and the Stardom Studio (Troy). She has studied most idioms of modern dance and postmodern dance, studied at the San Francisco Ballet and performed with professional NYC companies. She has also appeared in many productions throughout the Albany and Pittsfield areas. Click here to register.
Thursdays, February 21 – March 28
No class March 21.
In this class, students can bring in and finish projects, get help with a sewing technique, get direction and assistance on what they need to do to start or finish a sewing project or pick a project to work on while in class. The instructor will assist all students in all aspects of sewing necessary to finish their project. This class is open to all levels and any sewing projects. All students must bring in their own sewing machine and the following supplies: a pattern (if applicable), scissors, matching thread, measuring tape, straight pins, marking pen or pencil and a seam ripper. Students may contact the instructor at email@example.com with any questions regarding the course or the supply list. This course is taught by Fatima Bey, who has been sewing and crocheting since she was 10 years old. She was the Alterations Manager at David’s Bridal for 10 years and teaches sewing throughout the Capital Region. Click here to register.
GETTING PAID TO TALK: AN INTRODUCTION TO VOICE-OVER
Thursday, February 21
Tuesday, May 14
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. This course is taught by Voice Coaches. Click here to register.
Tuesdays , February 26 – April 16
No class March 19.
Forget talent…drawing is a skill that is developed through practice. 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. Through discussion, demonstration, and practice, students will gain a solid artistic foundation for creating beautiful representational art, as well as improved understanding and perception of the world around them. 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. This course is taught by Sarah Perkins, who has an Illustration Bachelors of Fine Arts from Brigham Young University, and who has worked as an illustrator, freelance artist, and an instructor of community art classes. Click here to register.
WRITING YOUR LIFE STORY
Saturday, March 16
Your personal and family stories are too good and too important to lose. This course introduces you to the step-by-step process that transforms memories into memoirs. Learn techniques for stimulating memories, conducting personal and family history research and writing the story of your life or your family. The required coursebook ($15) is available from the instructor the day of the course. This class is taught by Pauline Bartel. Ms. Bartel is an award-winning writer of seven non-fiction books, including Spellcasters: Witches and Witchcraft in History, Folklore and Popular Culture and the Complete Gone with the Wind Trivia Book (2nd edition). Her byline has appeared in more than 100 national periodicals for children, teenagers and adults, including Boys’ Life, Seventeen, Mademoiselle and Woman’s Day. She is a member of the prestigious American Society of Journalists and Authors. Click here to register.
Saturday, March 30
9 a.m.-3 p.m.
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 4 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 3 years in the base rate of liability, personal injury, Protection (No-Fault) and collision premiums. All principal vehicle operators are eligible including: all drivers, regardless of violation accident records, senior citizens and motorcycle drivers. There is no formal testing. This program is recognized by all NYS Insurance companies. This course is taught by Victor Bujanow, a Certified Insurance Counselor, a NYS Licensed Insurance Broker and a Chief Instructor for the Empire Safety Council. Click here to register.
Thursdays, April 4 – May 9
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. This course is taught by Art Innovators. Click here to register.
FOUND OBJECT COLLAGE
Tuesdays, April 23 – May 14
Connect with your inner artist, celebrate your creativity, relax and have fun. Students will learn how to flow into the ancient process of collage and create one of a kind, handmade, beautiful works using a carefully handpicked assortment of found and recycled objects. They will assemble their art work from items such as; photographs, scraps of antique and decorative paper, colorful buttons, trinkets, vintage jewelry pieces, broken china, mirror, hand cut mosaic tiles, ribbon, lace, sea glass and many other inspiring elements. Students will also explore the creative process; learn safe and simple techniques; and experiment with mixed media, layering, design themes and assembly while utilizing 100 percent upcycled and nontoxic materials. Materials will be provided but students are welcome to bring in any recycled items from home that they’d like to use. No prior experience or artistic talent needed. Students will take home all their artwork. Please bring a smock. Everyone 16 or older welcome. This course is taught by Jillian Rahm, collage artist, who is a graduate of the Parsons School of Design and the New School for Social Research with a degree in communication design. She brings more than 30 years of experience as a home furnishings product designer, exhibiting fine artist, art educator, expressive art therapist and healer. Click here to register.
ESTATE PLANNING FOR THE MASSES
Thursday, April 25
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. This course is taught by Michael Tommaney, an attorney with more than 45 years of experience handling a comprehensive range of individual, business and commercial legal services. Click here to register.
HISTORIC DOWNTOWN ALBANY FOOD TOUR
Friday, May 3
This leisurely three hour, 1.5 mile walk includes plenty of refreshing stops to six different food/beverage tastings so it’s suited for most ages and fitness levels. Put on your walking shoes for an entertaining and delicious way to experience Albany. New York’s Capital City for 320+ years is undergoing a culinary and craft brewing boom. You’ll sip and sample from restaurants that are spicing up Albany’s food scene. Discover stunning architecture and cultural tidbits that will help you develop a fresh perspective on New York’s Capital City. This food tour will tell the story of a city in a delicious way – tasting local foods and getting exposure to the entrepreneurs who are bringing creativity to their city. Wear comfortable walking shoes, have the ability to walk uphill and downhill, and come hungry – by the end of the tour you will have eaten a complete lunch. This course is taught by Amy Koren-Roth, a registered dietitian/nutritionist who is passionate about cooking, travel and exciting others about her food loves and recommendations. She launched Taste of Troy Food Tours’ Central Troy Historic District Food Tour in May 2016. Click here to register.
TROY HISTORIC FOOD TOUR
Saturday, May 4
10 a.m.-1 p.m.
Put on your walking shoes for an entertaining and delicious way to learn about Troy, its ups and downs, and the role food is playing in bringing this architectural gem back to life. You’ll sip and sample some New York classic flavors (often with a new twist) at five tastings, bites and sips – linked to Troy’s past and present. Of course, we will sprinkle in history, architecture, and culture to round out your perfect Saturday in the Collar City. We meet outside our first taste stop, 275 River Street, Troy. Our Central Troy Historic District Food Tour is a leisurely, progressive brunch over the course of three hours, with a 1.5 mile walk with frequent refreshing and informative stops along the way, so it’s suited for most ages and fitness levels. We’ll end at the Troy Waterfront Farmer’s Market, with plenty of time for you to shop and explore the 80+ vendors. Let your culinary adventure begin. This course is taught by Amy Koren-Roth, a registered dietitian/nutritionist who is passionate about cooking, travel and exciting others about her food loves and recommendations. She launched Taste of Troy Food Tours’ Central Troy Historic District Food Tour in May 2016.
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