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Thursdays, January 23 – February 13
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.
BASIC TRAINING FOR WEDDING PLANNERS
January 27 – May 19
Instructor: Taia Younis, Inspired Occasions
This is an interactive online course designed to provide any aspiring wedding planner with the information and practical training needed to establish an event planning career in the wedding industry. Course lessons cover a wide range of topics including business, design, planning, and coordination. Students will have the opportunity practice their newly obtained skills and obtain instructor feedback through a series of valuable quizzes and assignments. The course includes video instruction, lesson workbooks, downloadable templates, and a Certificate of Completion upon achieving a passing grade.
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GETTING PAID TO TALK: AN INTRODUCTION TO VOICE-OVER
Monday, January 27
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.
Tuesdays, January 28 – March 10
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.
BEAUTY MAKEUP TECHNIQUES
Mondays, February 3 – February 24
Instructor: Jenn Dugan
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. Click here to register.
INTRO TO ACRYLIC PAINTING
Thursdays, February 6 – March 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. All materials will be provided. Click here to register.
INTRO TO MODERN DANCE
Wednesdays, February 19 – April 29
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.
SMALL FRUIT CULTURE FOR THE HOME GARDEN
Thursday, February 20
Instructor: J. Stephen Casscles
This class is for those who wish to grow small fruits either in their backyard or on their small fruit farms. Growing small fruits be they blueberries, brambles, strawberries, or currants in your backyard can be rewarding and productive. This class will give an overview on how to successfully grow these attractive fruits in your home landscape for ornamental purposes and for fruit production. Special attention will be devoted to fruit cultivars that grow well in the Capital District. Click here to register.
Thursdays, February 20 – March 12
Instructor: Fatima Bey
In this class, students can finish projects, get help with a sewing technique, quilting, or get direction on what they need to start or finish a sewing project. This class is open to all levels and any sewing projects. Students must bring their own sewing machine and know how to use it. Supplies to bring: scissors, matching thread, measuring tape, straight pins, marking pen or pencil, and a seam ripper. Students may contact the instructor at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions regarding the course or supply list. Click here to register.
HOW TO ESTABLISH A VINEYARD OR BACKYARD ORCHARD
Thursday, March 5
Instructor J. Stephen Casscles
This introductory class will instruct students on how to establish and maintain a backyard vineyard or orchard in the Capital District. Topics covered include: identifying suitable fruit land or modifying your current backyard to grow fruit; how to plant and layout a backyard vineyard or orchard; selecting suitable grape or orchard fruit varieties; trellising and training options; how to prune vines and tree fruits; and how to maintain a vineyard or orchard to produce a bountiful crop of fruits for wine, juice or fresh consumption. Click here to register.
SILVERSMITHING: DESIGN AND FABRICATION
Tuesdays, March 24 – April 28
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.
Thursdays, March 26 – April 30
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.
Saturday, March 28
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.
ESTATE PLANNING FOR THE MASSES
Thursday, April 7
Instructor: Tommaney Law
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.
JEWELRY MAKING: BRACELETS AND NECKLACES
Thursdays, April 9 – 16
Instructor: Wood & Sparrow Custom Jewelry Design
Students will learn about design aesthetics and layout, stringing and finishing techniques, use of beading tools, and more. You will create two, one-of-a kind pieces of jewelry to take home: a beaded bracelet and a beaded necklace. Materials will be provided, but students are encouraged to bring in any jewelry making equipment, beads, brooches, old necklaces, etc. that they would like to incorporate into their pieces. Click here to register.
INTRO TO FLYING DRONES
Saturday, April 25
8:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m.
Instructor: In Sky Aerial
This program is offered in conjunction with SUNY Schenectady and the Empire State Aerosciences Museum (ESAM).
The face of the aviation industry is rapidly changing because of UAS (Unmanned Aerial Systems) (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 have changed with additional resources and requirements to be rolled out. 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 UAS legally, responsibly, and safely within the national airspace. Other topics include ethical uses of UAS, where you can and cannot fly, traveling with your UAS, resources to help identify and plan for safe flights, and how to use your UAS for commercial purposes. As part of course fee, students will receive a RYZE DJI Tello Boost Combo and GameSIR T1D Controller, which will be used during instruction. Instructors will cover getting the drone off the ground, into the air, learning the flight controls, and landing it safely. The course is taught by experts who not only enjoy flying their UAS for recreation, but also fly UAS as part of public safety teams and commercial applications. Students must bring a cell phone to class. Click here to register.
CREATE YOUR OWN BIRTHDAY CARDS
Thursday, May 7
Instructor: Joanne Mulligan
Giving someone a card always brings a smile. Imagine giving someone a hand stamped card that you made with love and think of the reaction you would get, In this class, students will create five birthday cards for women, men, teens and kids. No experience necessary. The instructor will guide students in basic rubber stamp technique. Family and friends will love to receive works of the “heart.” Materials fee: $5 to be paid to the instructor on the first day of class. Students may contact the instructor at email@example.com. Click here to register.
CREATE YOUR OWN SPRING FLORAL CARDS
Thursday, May 14
Instructor: Joanne Mulligan
Spring is a time for renewal, when everything starts to come alive. The grass gets green and the flowers start to bloom in beautiful colors. In this class, students will make four cards using floral stamped images. Some techniques used in this class will be coloring with alcohol markers and watercolor pencils, and an easy watercolor wash. No experience necessary. The instructor will guide students. Materials fee: $5 to be paid to the instructor on the first day of class. Students may contact the instructor at firstname.lastname@example.org. Click here to register.