Western Piedmont Community College’s philosophy of “lifelong learning,” sustaining personal growth, expanding horizons, and making new friends, is well represented in this varied array of continuing education courses focusing on applied arts, music, history, recreation, computer skills, healthy lifestyles and cultural studies. There are no tests and no academic requirements. Informal class sessions encourage comments, questions, and lively discussions.
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In this class, students will learn how to operate a wood lathe, cover safety issues and tool selection. Students will use maple wood to create a variety of candlesticks. All tools and materials provided. All levels welcome.
Date: November 11,2017 Times: 10:00-4:00 with a break for lunch
Section: 53649 Location: K Building Cost: $50.00 Instructors: Diana Register
Before brooms became manufactured goods, brooms were made at home from what was available. Witch hazel, Scotch broom, corn husks and broom sedge have all been lashed to handles by savvy homemakers needing a tool to sweep the porch or scrub the floor. Join us at Western Piedmont Community College, where you will learn to make your own traditional Appalachian broom using broom corn grown by the college's Sustainable Agriculture Program. Not just any old broom you buy at the store, your handmade broom will be both beautiful and useful!
What to Bring:
a sharp knife (pocket knife or box cutter)
old towel for your lap
If you have a favorite stick for your broom handle, bring it! (We will have some for purchase for $10)
If you have any special material you want to include in your broom, you are welcome to bring that as well!
All other supplies are provided. Please bring a box lunch.
Date: November 14 Day/Time: Tuesday, 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. Location: F Building, Room F109 Instructor: Michael Daniels Section: 53207 Cost: $10
This is an introductory class intended to beginners who are considering getting into the hobby. Topics will include categories of restoration work such as body and paint, mechanical systems and disassembly and assembly. Also discussed is major factors to consider including tools, supplies, equipment, work space, time and costs. Instructor will review a recent restoration project including photos, lessons learned and cost breakdown. Many tips and tricks will be shared in addition to traps to be wary of. At the conclusion of the class participants will be better prepared to get started in the hobby and select and appropriate restoration project. Instructor has over 40 years of experience including over 10 full restorations.
Learn the basic features of Microsoft Excel 2013. Topics include creating worksheets, formulas and functions, and using formations to create professional worksheets and charts. Participants should be computer literate and comfortable working in a Windows environment. This course is meets on Tuesday and Thursday for total of 5 hours. Instructor: Kevin Cline
Dates: November 20 – December 11 Time: Mondays, 6:00 – 7:00 p.m. Instructor: Betty Landers Section: TBA Cost: $20
This is a safe and gentle form of exercise for any age and fitness level and is endorsed by the Arthritis Foundations worldwide as an effectiveway to manage arthritis discomfort. Learn a variety of gentle movements and Qigong exercises that can relieve pain and improve posture,circulation, concentration, balance, and stability. Wear comfortable clothing for movement.
Email Basics - This class will teach you the basics of email, including understanding how email works, where you get email service from, and how you communicate properly and safely online Instructor: Kevin Cline
Dates: January 15- February 12 Day/Time: Monday, 6:00-7:00 p.m. Location: Foothills Higher Education Center
Instructor: Betty Landers Cost: $25 Section: TBA
Qigong is a system of self-care and self-healing that combines slow, gentle movement with breath and intention. Easy to learn, it excels at increasing energy and reducing stress. Combine stretches, flowing movements, standing postures, and healing sounds to create a calm, unhurried and focused mind. By the end, you’ll be able to easily access feelings of peace and clarity. Leave each session feeling deeply centered in your body, mind and spirit and ready to face life.
This course covers basic computer skills, using Microsoft's newest operating system, Windows 10. Learn what is new to Windows 10 as well as discovering the location of the everyday features used in past versions. Students will learn to browse the Internet with Microsoft's new Edge application and find other useful Apps in the Window's App Store. Prerequisite: previous experience using Windows. Instructor: Kevin Cline
In this class, students will create ceramic wall décor. Utilizing hand building techniques such as coil and slab building, an emphasis will be placed on surface decoration. Students will select from an assortment of clay and glazes and learn how to apply various surface treatments. Upon completion, students will create tiles, wall pockets and much more. This class is open to all levels. Tools may be purchased in the WPCC bookstore.
In this class, students will create a 12" x 12” mosaic that may be used in the garden, displayed by front door or in home. During the first class, students will select or create a pattern, break glass, and glue pieces in place. The second class, student will grout mosaics and other finishing touches. Upon completion, students will have a unique piece of art. This class is open to all levels. Students must purchase a mosaic nipper available from hobby stores.
Spring is in the air and it is a perfect time to create themed garden art. In this class, students will create a ceramic totem to be displayed outside. Students will utilize coil and slab techniques, learn how to apply various surface treatments and select from an assortment of glazes. Upon completion, students will have an array of hollow ceramic shapes to be stacked on a metal pole, welcoming guests to personal home and garden. This class is open to all levels. Tools may be purchased in the WPCC bookstore.