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Mt. Desert Island Adult & Community Education



General Enrichment

in Lifelong Learning

Women in Art History - The Maine Connection

$74

with Mike Duffy

Calendar Jan 27, 2022 at 6:30 pm, runs for 7 weeks

To paraphrase Georgia O’Keefe in an interview about her being a woman, "We don't call artists who are male “men artists” so we should do the same for women. We’re just artists". 

Like Mike's other art history classes, this is a hands-on class, not simply a lecture class. We will explore the various artists that visited or lived in Maine. We’ll have a slight emphasis on artists here on the island, exploring some of the various talents that live here, like Judy Taylor and Ellen Church. We will explore many artists, focusing on some, applying their styles to actual artwork. Using different media like paint, pastels and pencils, we’ll create a piece that emulates the style of the artist we are exploring. 

Some of these artists are painters, some are sculptors, others use different media to create their works. Each one is unique.

PLEASE PLAN TO PAY $8 to the instructor on the first night of class for materials.

No class 2/24. Make up date 3/17 if needed.

Using Email Effectively

Free

with NDEC Staff

Calendar Feb 1, 2022 at 1 pm, runs for 1 week

Email is a means of communicating with others, throughout the world, in a fast and efficient manner. This class will cover the terms and techniques necessary to use email in an efficient, safe and organized manner.

 

Modern Line Dance

$49

with Sheri Kean

Calendar Feb 1, 2022 at 4:45 pm, runs for 7 weeks

Line dancing involves people standing in lines learning dance movements together. “Modern Line Dance” is now being used in many line dance clubs, including Pop, Latin, Irish, Big Band, Broadway, and a little Country and Disco. Dance shoes are strongly suggested. Dance experience and a partner are not necessary. Dance shoes or shoes with suede bottoms are strongly suggested.

Please note: Masks and social distancing is mandatory per school district requirements.

No class on February, 22nd 2022.

Guitar for Beginners and Beyond

$63

with Derf McKeeton

Calendar Feb 1, 2022 at 5:30 pm, runs for 6 weeks

In-Person at MDIHS: Learning to play the guitar is easy, and with practice you can become good! Each individual will be able maximize their own abilities whether they are brand new to the instrument or already have some experience. Reading and writing notes, basic harmony, chord progressions, and how play a song from start to finish will be introduced. Please bring a guitar and any material or songs you might have to class.

No class Feb. 22

A $10.00 for materials fee will be collected at the first class. Please pay the instructor directly. (NOTE: This fee is not included in the class fee.)

Derf studied music performance at Edinboro University in Pennsylvania, and Berklee College, in Boston.

Ukulele for Beginners Section 1

$79

with Duncan Perry

Calendar Feb 1, 2022 at 6 pm, runs for 4 weeks

The magical ukulele is capturing hearts and minds in Maine and around the world. Why not yours? Come join our adult beginners’ series and share in the fun of learning to play.

The ukulele is versatile and a blast to play (with a bit of regular practice, of course). On it you can knock out folk music, rock, blues, jazz, pop, country, tunes grandma knows -- even classical music.

Our popular instructor, Duncan Perry, who has taught students of all ages, will introduce you to essential chords and strumming techniques using familiar songs - truly a fun way to learn ukulele.  Oh, and there are lots of laughs along the way. You do not need to know how to read music.  However, you must have a playable ukulele and an electronic tuner or a tuner app on your cell phone or tablet.  Ukes are affordable and compact, and you can take them most anywhere.  When folks hear you play this happy instrument, well, they just have to smile. If you don’t own a ukulele, let is know.  Duncan will be glad to provide helpful information on buying a ukulele.  So grab a uke and get ready for a low-stress, fun-filled musical adventure, then spread the joy.

Duncan Perry, a multi-instrumentalist, has been playing ukulele for 14 years and has so far taught ukulele to over 700 adults up and down the coast of Maine and inland, too.  He regularly performs at benefits, elder care venues, senior programs, and in schools and libraries.  In addition to offering instruction through various adult education programs, he has worked with children in several communities.  His mission is to spread the joy of the ukulele across Maine!

This is a live online class. The Zoom link will be provided by the instructor.

A Ukulele Buying Guide 

Multiple sections are being offered. They are all the same class. Pick ONE section that fits your schedule.

 

Heating Your Home with Randy Sprague

$54

with Randy Sprague

Calendar Feb 2, 2022 at 5:30 pm, runs for 6 weeks

Randy’s back!!! Last year’s hugely successful plumbing class continues now with how to best heat your home. In this class you will learn the fundamentals of home heating. We will explore the 3 Major components of a central heating system and Space Heater Options as well as look at Fuel Sources, Distribution System, types of Heat Emitters. We will also look at Heating Domestic Hot Water.

Please bring a calculator.  No Class Feb 23.

Randy attended 2 Year Technical College and has worked in the industry 40 Years. He has made connections with some of the top Manufacturers and Individuals Nationally and Internationally. He has travelled to Europe on several occasions as a guest of Heating Equipment Manufacturers.

Ukulele for Beginners Section 2

$79

with Duncan Perry

Calendar Feb 2, 2022 at 6 pm, runs for 4 weeks

The magical ukulele is capturing hearts and minds in Maine and around the world. Why not yours? Come join our adult beginners’ series and share in the fun of learning to play.

The ukulele is versatile and a blast to play (with a bit of regular practice, of course). On it you can knock out folk music, rock, blues, jazz, pop, country, tunes grandma knows -- even classical music.

Our popular instructor, Duncan Perry, who has taught students of all ages, will introduce you to essential chords and strumming techniques using familiar songs - truly a fun way to learn ukulele.  Oh, and there are lots of laughs along the way. You do not need to know how to read music.  However, you must have a playable ukulele and an electronic tuner or a tuner app on your cell phone or tablet.  Ukes are affordable and compact, and you can take them most anywhere.  When folks hear you play this happy instrument, well, they just have to smile. If you don’t own a ukulele, let is know.  Duncan will be glad to provide helpful information on buying a ukulele.  So grab a uke and get ready for a low-stress, fun-filled musical adventure, then spread the joy.

Duncan Perry, a multi-instrumentalist, has been playing ukulele for 14 years and has so far taught ukulele to over 700 adults up and down the coast of Maine and inland, too.  He regularly performs at benefits, elder care venues, senior programs, and in schools and libraries.  In addition to offering instruction through various adult education programs, he has worked with children in several communities.  His mission is to spread the joy of the ukulele across Maine!

This is a live online class. The Zoom link will be provided by the instructor.

A Ukulele Buying Guide 

Multiple sections are being offered. They are all the same class. Pick ONE section that fits your schedule.

 

Digital Photography 1

$79

with Steve McGrath

Calendar Feb 3, 2022 at 6 pm, runs for 5 weeks

This is a 5-week online series covering multiple subjects with assignments and sharing the student’s work.

Are you still getting to know your digital camera and its features? Here’s an opportunity to learn from an expert in this seminar for beginners! Have your camera ready and learn when and how to use its special features - such as program mode, manual mode, aperture priority and shutter priority. Also covered will be basic composition and best use of light for different situations, such as plant, people, macro, and landscape photography.

No class on Feb 24

Steve McGrath is professional freelance Photographer and Photography Teacher who has been creating images for 30 years. Steve first began by shooting sports photography for local high schools, then weddings, and stock agencies. Then his love of the outdoors led him to focusing more on his true passion "nature photography." Many of his images have been published in school text books. His favorite places to shoot are Acadia National Park in Maine, the Green Mountains of Vermont, and the Cape Cod National Seashore.





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