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Register for Fall Adult Enrichment Classes.

All fall Adult Enrichment classes will be in-person, may be outdoors,

and the AAPS Covid-19 Health and Safety Protocols will be followed. The document contains an overview of the current prevention and mitigation strategies for Fall 2021. As information and guidance about Covid-19 changes, these strategies and levels of deployment art subject to change. The MOST up to date prescreening questionnaire for all participants can be found here.

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Please note: Adult seniors and scholarship recipients will need 
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Acrylic Painting - Continuing

Mondays,

6:00PM - 9:00PM

9/20 - 11/15

Ages: 15 - Adult. 

Versatile, fast-drying, bright and fun, acrylic paints are easy to use and suitable to a variety of projects from landscapes to abstractions. Instructor, Mary Thiefels, educator with Rec & Ed for nearly 20 years and founder of TreeTown Murals, will guide the class into making successful works of art through demonstrations, showcasing an explanation of all materials, in-depth color theory practices, color mixing, brush handling techniques, tricks, collage and mixed media. Class meets in-person on Mondays, 9/20, 10/4, 10/18, 11/1, and 11/15, 6-9pm where you practice your techniques and get feedback and guidance from Mary. On alternate weeks, class meets on Zoom on Mondays 9/27, 10/11, 10/25, and 11/8, 6-8pm where Mary will do live painting lessons and you are welcome to paint along during class to practice techniques.

9 classes.

$239

Ballroom Dancing

Ballroom - Beginner

Mondays

6:30PM - 7:30PM

9/27 - 11/15

Ages: 16 - Adult. 

Get ready for your next social event and learn some of the most popular ballroom dances. Dances vary but may include Swing, Waltz, Cha Cha and Foxtrot. You learn the basic steps to help you and your partner dance the night away. Register with a partner of your choice (family member, friend, significant other). Fee is per individual, partner required.

8 classes.

$99

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Woodworking with Hand Tools

Mondays

6:30PM - 9:00PM

10/25 - 12/13

Ages: 18 - Adult. 

Enhance your existing woodworking skills in the construction of a small lamp table using mortise and tenon with draw-bore construction. Continue to develop your skills and techniques as the instructor guides you through the project. Prerequisite: Woodworking with Hand Tools or comparable experience with hand tool woodworking. 8 classes.

$175

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Ukulele - Beginning

Mondays

7:00PM - 8:00PM

10/11 - 11/8

Grades: 9th - Adult. 

This class is designed for the beginning ukulele player. No musical background is needed to learn this fun and simple instrument. Learn the basics--how to hold and tune the instrument, strum patterns, and chords and you will be playing songs in no time! Bring your own ukulele. 5 classes.

$119

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Purposeful Movement

Tuesday

6:00PM - 7:00PM

9/14 ONLY

Adult. Level 1 - 2. 

Come and have some fun with healthy aging activities for the brain & body! Improve your well-being, prevent falls, enhance cognitive skills and build self-confidence. In this class you will keep your brain sharp, improve your balance, lower your stress level, and get the chance to play like a kid again! Open to all adults. 1 class.

FREE

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Purposeful Movement

Tuesdays

6:00PM - 7:00PM

9/21 - 12/7

Adult. Level 1-2. 

Come and have some fun with healthy aging activities for the brain & body! Improve your well-being, prevent falls, enhance cognitive skills and build self-confidence. In this class you will keep your brain sharp, improve your balance, lower your stress level, and get the chance to play like a kid again! Open to all adults!  11 classes. No class 11/2.

$115

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Bridge for Beginners - Part 1

Tuesdays

6:00PM - 8:00PM

9/28 - 12/7

Grades: 7th - Adult. 

Bridge has been called the world's greatest card game. Players return to the table time and again for the mental challenge, the competition and the company of others who share their love of the game. It is a game you can play at any age. The focus of this class is on basic bidding in the Standard American system with modern treatments. Each class includes instruction, fill in problems and discussion, with the last 30 minutes left for actual play of hands based on the lesson. 10 classes. No class 11/2.

$129

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Taiko Tuesday

Tuesday

7:00PM - 7:55PM

9/28 ONLY

Ages: 16 - Adult. 

Taiko is an empowering art form rooted in Japanese traditional music and reimagined in the Midwest today as part of a growing cultural movement and expanding community in North America and around the world. If you don’t know what taiko drumming is or are curious to learn more, try out the free session that includes a demo and opportunity to try it for yourself! Bachi (sticks) are provided for people to try during the class. 1 class.

FREE

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Intro to Drawing

Tuesdays

6:30PM - 8:30PM

10/5 - 11/16

Ages: 13 - Adult. 

This introductory drawing class helps you learn how to view the world with an artist’s eye and capture what you see on paper. Through instructor demos and drawing projects, build fundamental drawing skills and learn basic techniques such as shading, controlling tones, composition, perspective and drawing methods. The instructor also introduces the visual elements including line, shape, value, space and texture, to help you improve your skills. 6 classes. No class 11/2.

$135

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Taiko Tuesdays

Tuesdays

7:00PM - 7:55PM

10/5 - 12/14

Ages: 16 - Adult. 

Join us for Taiko Tuesdays at the CAB as we safely return to indoor and in-person taiko classes at the Cultural Arts Building (CAB) in Burns Park! All are welcome (no experience necessary) to try out this engaging course for beginners and continuing students to learn and play taiko drumming together. Taiko is an empowering art form rooted in Japanese traditional music and reimagined in the Midwest today as part of a growing cultural movement and expanding community in North America and around the world. In our Taiko Tuesday classes we will share in the joyous energy and generous spirit of taiko as we practice moving in space, using our voices, playing with instruments, and exploring the rhythms and groove of taiko music together. We provide drums for class; you need to purchase or bring your own pair of sticks (bachi). 9 classes. No class 10/26 & 11/23.

$125

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Intro to Photography

Tuesdays

6:00PM - 7:30PM

10/19 - 12/14

Grades: 10th-Adult. 

Learn to take better photographs through hands-on experience and begin to master your camera's basic settings. Learn the rules for taking photographs and composition as well as the different types of cameras, the fundamentals of photography, and history. Topics covered include: rule of thirds, aperture, shutter speeds, ISO, focus, and different photo editing programs. Each week you have in class exercises and mini-assignments to practice what you learned in class followed by a review at the next class. Bring a digital camera, its manual, fully charged battery, memory card and a notebook with pen/pencil to every class. Please note: Internet access, basic computer skills, and the ability to import and export images from camera to computer are expected. 8 classes. No class 11/2.

$169

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Retirement Planning Today

Tuesdays

6:00PM - 9:00PM

10/19 - 10/26

Ages: 18 - Adult. 

In simple language, Retirement Planning Today® explains time-tested strategies that help you to make informed financial decisions. Whether your objective is to build a nest egg, protect your assets or preserve your lifestyle throughout retirement, this course helps you plan your future with confidence. By attending Retirement Planning Today®, you learn about the many ways to save for retirement as well as the advantages and disadvantages of each. You discover how to save money on taxes, manage investment risks and protect your assets from potential long-term health care expenses. Above all, this course shows you how to assess your financial situation and develop a personalized plan to achieve your retirement goals. 2 classes.

$49

The Sparrows of Michigan 

ONLINE

Tuesdays

7:00PM - 8:30PM

12/7 - 12/14

Grades: 10th - Adult. 

Learn to appreciate the subtle beauty of this widespread but often overlooked family of Michigan's birds in this virtual class. With nearly twenty species of native sparrows in Michigan, this family of birds can be intimidating to new birders. Learn a variety of techniques that help you find and identify different sparrows by both sight and sound, giving you a new appreciation for this family of birds! 2 classes.

$69

Poetry Workshop - NEW!

Wednesdays

6:00PM - 7:30PM

9/22 - 10/27

Ages: 14 - Adult. 

Have you ever wanted to write your own poetry book? Or do you want a class that encourages you to write poetry on a weekly basis? Either way, this class helps you understand the basics of poetic writing. Through in-class examples and exercises, gain the confidence and practical skills to build a portfolio of poems that mean something to you. Topics covered include: poetic devices, rhyming schemes, modern poetry voice, and the right steps to publish a book.

6 classes.

$155

Virtual Cinema Club

ONLINE

Wednesdays

7:00PM - 8:30PM

9/22 - 10/20

Ages: 18 - Adult: 

Love movies? Join our friendly film appreciation group and share your enthusiasm! Watch a range of classic and contemporary American and foreign dramas, comedies and documentaries, and participate in illuminating discussions led by your instructor. No need to be an expert, everyone is welcome! Explore story, technique and meaning. Stream movies on your own and join an online video conference to discuss. You will need to have access to the Internet, an Amazon account (not the Prime service), and devices that will allow you to stream movies and conference. 5 classes.

$75

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Retiring from U of M

Wednesday

7:00PM - 9:00PM

9/22 ONLY

Ages: 18 - Adult. 

Discuss strategies for drawing income from your retirement plans so that you can retire confidently. Understand benefits, including recent changes and tips to help guide you to a successful and rewarding retirement. 1 class.

$25

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French Through Music

Beginning/Intermediate

ONLINE

Wednesdays

5:25PM - 6:35PM

9/29 - 10/27

Grades: 10th - Adult. 

Bonjour tout le monde! Interact with French culture and language through music in this course. Each week we will explore a different style of musique along with some famous francophone singers, examining the language, philosophy and history through a “parcours” of these tunes! It is recommended that you have access to YouTube, Spotify or other digital music application. 5 classes.

$149

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Woodworking with Power 101

Wednesdays

6:30PM - 9:00PM

10/13 - 12/8

Ages: 18 - Adult. 

Have you always wanted to try working with wood but were intimidated by the power tools? Learn to safely cut, drill, form and join wood using a variety of power tools. Once comfortable, begin a woodworking project of your choosing and complete it under the guidance of your instructor. Tools and safety goggles provided. 8 classes. No class 11/24.

$215

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Ballroom Dancing Lessons

Ballroom - Intermediate

Wednesdays

7:00PM - 8:00PM

9/29 - 11/17

Ages: 16 - Adult. 

Polish up your style and technique of ballroom dance. You may learn new steps of the prerequisite dances or new dances may be introduced. Register with a partner of your choice (family member, friend, significant other). Fee is per individual, partner required. Prerequisite: Must know the basics of Foxtrot, Waltz and Swing. 8 classes.

$99

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French Through Music

Intermediate/Advanced

ONLINE

Wednesdays

6:40PM - 7:45PM

9/29 - 10/27

Grades: 10th - Adult. 

Bonjour tout le monde! Interact with French culture and language through film in this course. Each week we will explore a different style of musique along with some famous francophone singers, examining the language, philosophy and history through a “parcours” of these tunes! It is recommended that you have access to YouTube, Spotify or other digital music application. 5 classes.

$149

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Genealogy: 'Brick Walls' Research Seminar - ONLINE

Wednesdays

6:00PM - 7:30PM

10/6 - 11/10

Ages: 18 - Adult. 

Are you an intermediate or advanced genealogy researcher who is coming up against “brick walls” in your research? If so, this virtual class is for you! Join experienced facilitator and researcher Eli Kirshner in a discussion-based genealogy research seminar. Each class session, two students share a specific family mystery or challenge they are facing in their research. As a group, we use a crowdsourced research method to brainstorm and identify innovative research strategies. Through the process, learn tips and techniques rooted in staying organized, letting the facts lead you, learning about records that are both online and not online, and building historical context around your ancestor’s lives. Please note: this class is not for beginners. 6 classes.

$139

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Double-Domed Lentil Pendant

in Sterling Silver

Wednesday

10:00AM - 3:30PM

10/20 ONLY

Ages: 18 - Adult. 

One of our favorite projects! Create a one-inch sterling pendant with decorative texture, a gemstone accent or wire and metal trim. Whether this is your first class or if you are returning to make more of your favorite design for yourself or a gift, the possibilities are endless. 1 class.

$89

Movie Projector

Virtual Cinema Club

ONLINE

Wednesdays

7:00PM - 8:30PM

11/3 - 12/8

Ages: 18 - Adult.

Love movies? Join our friendly film appreciation group and share your enthusiasm! Watch a range of classic and contemporary American and foreign dramas, comedies and documentaries, and participate in illuminating discussions led by your instructor. No need to be an expert, everyone is welcome! Explore story, technique and meaning. Stream movies on your own and join an online video conference to discuss. You will need to have access to the Internet, an Amazon account (not the Prime service), and devices that will allow you to stream movies and conference.

5 classes. No class 11/24.

$75

The Hawks and Eagles

of Michigan - ONLINE

Thursdays

7:00PM - 8:30PM

9/16 - 9/23

Grades: 10th - Adult. 

Are you interested in Michigan's Birds of Prey? Did you know Michigan is the hawk migration capital of North America? Through virtual sessions, you learn how to identify hawk and eagle varieties found in Michigan. Become familiar with hawks' habits and behavior and then see them yourself on the optional field trips. Discover locations and techniques for viewing these beautiful birds on your own. Optional field trip is tentatively scheduled for 9/18, and others dependent on hawk migration. 2 classes.

$69

Knitting

Learn to Knit

ONLINE

Thursdays

6:00PM - 7:30PM

9/23 - 10/21

Ages: 14 - Adult. 

If you are looking for a new hobby and have always wanted to learn how to knit or are looking for a refresher, this virtual class is for you! You have two projects to choose from, either a simple washcloth or knitted slippers. Start from the beginning, where you learn how to cast on to start your project. Learn both the knit stitch and purl stitch, how to read a pattern, and finish your project binding off. In the process of learning how to knit, discover how relaxing and meditative knitting can be. This class is a combination of demonstration, practicing with your own supplies, and Q&A in real time.

5 classes.

$99

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Virtual Cinema Club

ONLINE

Thursdays

7:00PM - 8:30PM

9/23 - 10/21

Ages: 18 - Adult.

Love movies? Join our friendly film appreciation group and share your enthusiasm! Watch a range of classic and contemporary American and foreign dramas, comedies and documentaries, and participate in illuminating discussions led by your instructor. No need to be an expert, everyone is welcome! Explore story, technique and meaning. Stream movies on your own and join an online video conference to discuss. You will need to have access to the Internet, an Amazon account (not the Prime service), and devices that will allow you to stream movies and conference. 5 classes.

$75

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The High Cost

of Long Term Care

Thursday

6:30PM - 8:00PM

9/30 ONLY

Ages: 18 - Adult. 

Did you know that 50% of people 65 years or older will spend some time in a nursing home and that it costs $8,000 a month for such care? Because neither health insurance nor Medicare covers these costs, losing your life savings in these situations is a natural fear. Learn about ways to avoid the nursing home, in-home care options, payment options, long term care insurance, life insurance conversions and hybrids, Veteran's and Medicaid benefits, special needs trusts and more. There have been significant changes to the Medicaid and VA rules. Learn how to prevent Medicaid's estate recovery process from impacting your family. 1 class.

$25

Watercolor

Beginning & Continuing

Thursdays

6:30PM - 8:30PM

10/7 - 11/11

Ages: 13 - Adult.

BEGINNING: Explore a variety of techniques using this dynamic medium. Challenge your mind while developing a solid foundation in watercolor painting. Each week, the instructor introduces a new watercolor technique and design concepts such as color integration, tonal contrast and composition. CONTINUING: Work on independent projects in a supportive, encouraging environment. Instructor offers guidance as needed, including technical help, problem solving and goal setting. Prerequisite: You must have completed one term of beginner instruction or the equivalent and must be able to work independently. 6 classes.

$135

Improv for Non-Actors

Thursdays

6:00PM - 7:30PM

10/14 - 11/11

Ages: 14 - Adult. 

Increase your confidence and your ability to think on your feet. Improv promotes teamwork, creativity, innovation and helps people overcome their fear of public speaking. The exercises taught in this class are applicable to careers in music, classroom teaching, business and a wide variety of other professional fields where you interface with the public. Experience a variety of improvisational exercises in a safe and supportive environment. 5 classes.

$99

Woodworking with Power

Open Lab

Thursdays

6:30PM - 9:00PM

10/14 - 12/9

Ages: 18 - Adult.

Do you have a project you are working on but need access to machines and tools? Perhaps you have taken Woodworking with Power 101 and want to further develop your woodworking skills? This open-ended workshop provides supervised access to saws (band, miter, radial arm, table), routers, lathes, a drill press and a jointer. Experienced woodcrafter Joe Kyle is on hand as a friendly resource to answer questions and give guidance,

8 classes. No class 11/25.

$185

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Retirement Planning Today

Thursdays

6:00PM - 9:00PM

10/14 - 10/21

Ages: 18 - Adult. 

In simple language, Retirement Planning Today® explains time-tested strategies that help you to make informed financial decisions. Whether your objective is to build a nest egg, protect your assets or preserve your lifestyle throughout retirement, this course helps you plan your future with confidence. By attending Retirement Planning Today®, you learn about the many ways to save for retirement as well as the advantages and disadvantages of each. You discover how to save money on taxes, manage investment risks and protect your assets from potential long-term health care expenses. Above all, this course shows you how to assess your financial situation and develop a personalized plan to achieve your retirement goals. 2 classes.

$49

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iPhone Photography

Thursdays

6:00PM - 7:30PM

10/21 - 10/28

Grades: 10th - Adult. 

Learn all the photographic possibilities of your Apple iPhone and how to take creative images through this workshop. Learn about different camera settings on your phone, how to explore all angles and address different lighting, experiment with the programs provided, have in class and out of class exercises and lastly discuss additional tools that one can acquire in order to improve their images. You must have an iPhone or iPad (not an Android) to participate. 2 classes.

$45

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Estate Planning Basics

Thursday

6:00PM - 8:00PM

11/4 ONLY

Ages: 18 - Adult. 

Probate, long term care and tax laws are constantly changing. Find out how to prevent your assets from going through probate, how to protect unnecessary taxation, how to retain control of your affairs and how to protect yourself against the costs of long term care. Discover the dangers of using joint accounts and quit claim deeds as estate planning tools. Learn about medical and financial powers of attorney, wills, "Ladybird" deeds and living trusts. Understand how "gifting" can affect you and the recipient, including gift tax laws, capital gains tax laws, as well as eligibility for Medicaid and Veterans benefits. The class will cover recent changes in Michigan's real estate laws, which prevent the reassessment of the taxable value of the property for transfers to family members. Learn about Michigan's "Estate Recovery" law, whereby the State can seek repayment from a person's estate for governmental benefits paid, and ways to prevent that from happening. Attendees receive a Personal Affairs Organizer. 1 class.

$25

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Virtual Cinema Club

ONLINE

Thursdays

7:00PM - 8:30PM

11/4 - 12/9

Ages: 18 - Adult.

Love movies? Join our friendly film appreciation group and share your enthusiasm! Watch a range of classic and contemporary American and foreign dramas, comedies and documentaries, and participate in illuminating discussions led by your instructor. No need to be an expert, everyone is welcome! Explore story, technique and meaning. Stream movies on your own and join an online video conference to discuss. You will need to have access to the Internet, an Amazon account (not the Prime service), and devices that will allow you to stream movies and conference.

5 classes. No class 11/25.

$75

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Intro to Torch and Kiln-Firing

Enameling Workshop

Saturday

10:00AM - 3:30PM

9/25 ONLY

Ages: 18 - Adult. 

In this fast paced and fun introduction to enameling, try torch firing and kiln firing dry sifted and liquid enamels on copper as you create earrings and a pendant with a choice or combination of enameling techniques and colors. Demonstrations include safety procedures, metal forming, texturing, stencils, and other methods of application for different effects. Supplies include copper and lead-free opaque and transparent enamels. 1 class.

$89

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Intro to Torch and Kiln-Firing

Enameling Workshop

Saturday

10:00AM - 3:30PM

10/9 ONLY

Ages: 18 - Adult. 

In this fast paced and fun introduction to enameling, try torch firing and kiln firing dry sifted and liquid enamels on copper as you create earrings and a pendant with a choice or combination of enameling techniques and colors. Demonstrations include safety procedures, metal forming, texturing, stencils, and other methods of application for different effects. Supplies include copper and lead-free opaque and transparent enamels. 1 class.

$89

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Enameling Workshop - Part 2

Saturday

10:00AM - 3:30PM

10/23 ONLY

Ages: 18 - Adult. 

Continue to build confidence with color while we increase the techniques available to you in enamel. We will review safety procedures, metal prep and forming, texturing techniques such as drawing with graphite, sugar-firing, and sgraffito, among others. Demonstrations will include torch firing and using liquid enamels and other forms of color application. Supplies include copper and lead-free opaque and transparent enamels. 1 class.

$89

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Double-Domed Lentil Pendant

in Sterling Silver

Saturday

10:00AM - 3:30PM

11/6 ONLY

Ages: 18 - Adult. 

One of our favorite projects! Create a one-inch sterling pendant with decorative texture, a gemstone accent or wire and metal trim. Whether this is your first class or if you are returning to make more of your favorite design for yourself or a gift, the possibilities are endless. A $20 materials fee is due to the instructor at the beginning of the workshop and includes sterling silver discs and all materials needed for the project. 1 class.

$89

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Walking Downtown's History

Sunday

1:00PM - 2:45PM

9/26 ONLY

Ages: 18 - Adult. 

Have you ever looked around beautiful downtown Ann Arbor and wondered, "What was there?" Find out by joining local historian Patti Smith for a dynamic history walk. Learn about the "red light district" on Fourth Avenue, the first courthouses, the old fire station, the businesses that lined Main Street and so much more! Dress for the weather, bring your walking shoes, and be prepared to walk 1-2 miles.

1 class.

$25

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Torch and Kiln-Fired

Enameling Workshop - Part 2

Sunday

10:00AM - 3:30PM

9/26 ONLY

Ages: 18 - Adult. 

Continue to build confidence with color while we increase the techniques available to you in enamel. We will review safety procedures, metal prep and forming, texturing techniques such as drawing with graphite, sugar-firing, and sgraffito, among others. Demonstrations will include torch firing and using liquid enamels and other forms of color application. Supplies include copper and lead-free opaque and transparent enamels. A $10 materials fee is due to instructor at the beginning of the workshop and includes copper and all materials. 1 class.

$89

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Indian Tabla Drumming

@ Pattengill

Mondays

5:00PM - 6:00PM

10/4 - 12/6

Ages: 8 & Up. 

Take a journey of self-discovery and self-realization through tabla drumming. A tabla, which is a pair of twin hand drums that resemble bongos, has been the principal percussion instrument in Hindustani music since the 18th century, and can be played solo, with other instruments, or as part of a larger ensemble. During this class, the instructor will cover the following: technique exercises, care for the instrument, Indian rhythm theory, beginning tabla compositions, basics of accompaniment, and much more. Don't miss this fun and unique opportunity to find the beat of your own drums! All experience levels are welcome, and if you don't have your own tabla, you can borrow from the instructor. 10 classes.

$299

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Indian Tabla Drumming

@ Pattengill

Mondays

6:00PM - 7:00PM

10/4 - 12/6

Ages: 8 & Up. 

Take a journey of self-discovery and self-realization through tabla drumming. A tabla, which is a pair of twin hand drums that resemble bongos, has been the principal percussion instrument in Hindustani music since the 18th century, and can be played solo, with other instruments, or as part of a larger ensemble. During this class, the instructor will cover the following: technique exercises, care for the instrument, Indian rhythm theory, beginning tabla compositions, basics of accompaniment, and much more. Don't miss this fun and unique opportunity to find the beat of your own drums! All experience levels are welcome, and if you don't have your own tabla, you can borrow from the instructor. 10 classes.

$299

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