Adult & Teen Classes

 

Ceramics

Ceramics
4 Tuesdays and 4 Thursdays; June 6 – June 29, 6 – 8:30 pm (Hoyt)
You can complete a full course in 4 weeks.Be prepared to get dirty while learning skills of hand building, the potter’s wheel, and glazing. The projects are as endless as your imagination and the studio is available for use outside of class. Glazing and firing included with 25lbs of clay. An additional 25 lbs may be purchased for $50. Capacity: 10 students. Minimum: 5 students. Non-members: $210/Members: $190.

Instructor: Nancy Sontich-Lenhart
Nancy Lenhart received a BA in Art from Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, VA.  She continued her studies at Youngstown State University working as a studio assistant in the ceramics department. She owns a private studio in Struthers, OH and has been teaching ceramics at the Hoyt for over twenty years.

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CHESS

The Art of Chess
8 Saturdays: June 10 – July 29, 1:00 – 3:30 p.m. (Hoyt)
It’s your move. Come and learn the game of chess with Dianna Boak. Beginners, intermediate, and advanced chess players are welcome.  You will not only learn the art of chess, but will also play games. Players will be grouped according to ability. Bring your chess boards, pieces, and timers, if possible. Some equipment is available. Ages 12+  Capacity: 16 students. Minimum: 8 students. Non-members: $125/Members: $105.

Instructor: Dianna Boak
Dianna Boak is a retired small business proprietor. She studied piano and voice under scholarship at Boston Conservatory of Music. An avid artist, she had her own gallery in Southern California. She has been a member of the U.S. Chess Federation and played rated chess for two decades, participating in many chess clubs.

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computer skills

Intro to Microsoft Excel            
3 Thursdays: June 8, 15 & 22, 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. (Hoyt Art & Technology Lab)
This three-week workshop will introduce students to Microsoft Excel through several practical examples. Students will become familiar with formulas, data sorting, and filtering, and creating simple charts using Excel’s built-in tools. While no prior Excel experience is required, a basic familiarity is required (preferably in a Microsoft Windows environment). Capacity: 12 students. Minimum: 4 students.  Ages 18+.  Non-members: $85/Members: $75.

Instructor: Brad Shaffer

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Counseling

Counseling Skills: New Challenges for Parents and Teachers
8 Tuesdays: June 6 – August 1 (no class 7/4), 6:00 – 7:30 pm (Hoyt)
This course will offer an overview of the challenges facing American youth and how adults can better address new and old issues, such as drug usage, sexual activity, learning and emotional disorders, and bullying. Students will be able to identify and strategise solutions to bullying behaviors, as well as have a basic understanding of how to identify and interact with young people who are afflicted with learning and emotional disorders. They will also learn how drug abuse is connected to other issues. Capacity: 20 students. Minimum: 5 students. Ages 16+. Non-members: $105/Members:  $85.

Instructor: Glorianna Pionati

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culinary

Art of Bread Making
1 Saturday: June 24, 9 a.m. – Noon (Hoyt)
You can have the wondrous smell of freshly baked bread filling your kitchen! Learn to make crisp crusted bread with the nutty flavors that will taunt your taste buds. Come join Nancy Connelly and learn her method of creating artisan bread in 5 minutes. All other materials, including aprons and sample breads are included. Bring a bread pan or baking sheet. Capacity: 10 students. Minimum: 5 students. Non-members: $60/Members: $50

Instructor: Nancy Connelly

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Chef June’s Culinary Class
8 Tuesdays: June 6 – August 1 (no class 7/4), 6:30 – 8:30 pm (Hoyt)
Become the Top Chef in your kitchen with this eight-week tutorial of new culinary skills each week.  Topics will include soups & stock, roasting “the best chicken ever”, beef basics, vegetarian & vegan cuisine, baking and more! Chef June will end the experience with a taste of international cuisine. Bring a notebook and apron. Capacity: 12. Minimum: 8. Ages 18+. Non-members:  $120. Members: $100.

Instructor: June Thalman Bruckner

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DANCE


Ballroom Dance
8 Wednesdays: June 7 – July 26 (Hoyt)
Beginners: 7:30 - 9:00 pm     Advanced: 6:00 - 7:30 pm
 
Learn to dance like the stars! An introduction to the basic steps of the fox trot, rumba, cha-cha, polka, and swing (jitterbug). Capacity: 20 students. Minimum: 10 students. Ages 16+. Non-members: $105/Members: $85. 

Instructor: Ken Scavnicky

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DRAWING

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Drawing/Art Basics 1 Workshop
1 Wednesday: June 14, 6:00 – 7:30 p.m. (Hoyt), or
1 Tuesday: June 6, 6:00 – 7:30 p.m. (Wampum Station)

A great class for beginners!  Explore the basics of drawing with Richard DiGia in this one day workshop. Students will learn to break down what they see into simple shapes, shadows and values to achieve more life-like results. All materials included. Capacity: 15 students. Minimum: 6 students. Ages 16+. Non-members: $40/Members: $30.

Instructor: Richard DiGia
Richard DiGia has his degrees from Westminster College and the Art Institute of Pittsburgh and brings 27 years of experience in advertising and design. He is adjunct professor at Geneva College and has taught at Westminster College and the Butler Institute of American Art.

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Drawing/Art Basics 2 Workshop
1 Wednesday; June 28, 6:00 – 7:30 p.m. (Hoyt)
This workshop is an extension of Art Basics 1. You will learn more advanced shading, understand light sources, and more. All materials included. Capacity: 15 students. Minimum: 6 students. Ages 16+. Non-members:  $40/Members: $30.

Instructor: Richard DiGia
Richard DiGia has his degrees from Westminster College and the Art Institute of Pittsburgh and brings 27 years of experience in advertising and design. He is adjunct professor at Geneva College and has taught at Westminster College and the Butler Institute of American Art.

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Shading In Pencil & Charcoal Workshop
1 Tuesday: June 13, 6:00 – 7:30 p.m. (Wampum Station)
This workshop will help you gain that three-dimensional quality to your drawings through the use of shading using pencil and charcoal. All materials provided. Capacity: 15 students. Minimum: 6 students. Ages 16+. Non-members: $40/Members: $30. 

Instructor: Richard DiGia
Richard DiGia has his degrees from Westminster College and the Art Institute of Pittsburgh and brings 27 years of experience in advertising and design. He is adjunct professor at Geneva College and has taught at Westminster College and the Butler Institute of American Art.

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Pen and Ink Drawing Workshop
1 Wednesday: July 12, 6:00 – 7:30 p.m. (Hoyt), or
1 Tuesday: June 20 or August, 6:00 - 7:30 pm (Wampum Station)

A pen & ink drawing has a distinct individuality, no matter what kind of a technique is used – from hatching and cross hatching to random lines and stippling. Learn how to use these layering techniques to create the necessary transitions in shading in this one day workshop for anyone new to the medium. Capacity: 15 students. Minimum: 6 students. Ages 16+. Non-members:  $40/Members: $30.   

Instructor: Richard DiGia
Richard DiGia has his degrees from Westminster College and the Art Institute of Pittsburgh and brings 27 years of experience in advertising and design. He is adjunct professor at Geneva College and has taught at Westminster College and the Butler Institute of American Art.

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Portraiture Workshop
1 Wednesday: July 26, 6:00 – 7:30 p.m. (Hoyt), or
1 Tuesday: June 27 or July 25, 6:00 - 7:30 p.m. (Wampum Station)

Learn the basics of portraiture (size, shape and placement) to render facial features and expressions with more accuracy.  All materials provided.  Capacity: 15 students.  Minimum 6 students. Ages 16+.  Non-members: $40/Members: $30.     

Instructor: Richard DiGia
Richard DiGia has his degrees from Westminster College and the Art Institute of Pittsburgh and brings 27 years of experience in advertising and design. He is adjunct professor at Geneva College and has taught at Westminster College and the Butler Institute of American Art.

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Figure Drawing Basics Workshop
1 Tuesday: July 11, 6:00 - 7:30 p.m. (Wampum Station)
Come and learn the basics of figure drawing in this fun one-day workshop. You will learn to capture the essence of the human body, making your subjects look more realistic. All materials provided. Capacity: 15 students. Minimum: 6 students.  Ages 16+. Non-members: $40/Members: $30.

Instructor: Richard DiGia
Richard DiGia has his degrees from Westminster College and the Art Institute of Pittsburgh and brings 27 years of experience in advertising and design. He is adjunct professor at Geneva College and has taught at Westminster College and the Butler Institute of American Art.

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Caricature Drawing Workshop
1 Tuesday: July 18, 6:00 – 7:30 p.m. (Wampum Station)
Learn the basics of caricature drawing in this fun one-day workshop with Richard DiGia!  You will learn how to exaggerate the right features to express the distinct characteristics of each individual for a comic effect. All materials included. Capacity: 15 students. Minimum: 6 Students. Ages 16+. Non-members:  $40/Members: $30.

Instructor: Richard DiGia
Richard DiGia has his degrees from Westminster College and the Art Institute of Pittsburgh and brings 27 years of experience in advertising and design. He is adjunct professor at Geneva College and has taught at Westminster College and the Butler Institute of American Art.

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etiquette

Business Etiquette
1 Saturday: July 29, 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. (Hoyt)
First impressions count!  Learn how to conduct yourself in an interview from the appropriate attire to accepting compliments and handling criticism. Perfect for the Young Professional ready to enter the workforce! Capacity: 25.  Minimum: 5. Ages 18+. Non-members: $55/Members: $45.

Instructor: Michelle Goodman-Jones

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Tea Party Etiquette                                          
1 Saturday: July 8, 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. (Hoyt)
Learn the etiquette of social gatherings with Michelle Goodman-Jones while sipping and sampling teas and finger foods. Capacity: 25. Minimum: 5. Ages 18+. Non-members:  $60. Members: $50.

Instructor: Michelle Goodman-Jones

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Fiber arts

Apparel Design & Construction
8 Tuesdays: June 6 – August 1 (no class 7/4), 6:00 – 7:30 p.m. (Hoyt)
Learn the art of clothing design and construction in a variety of materials and styles!  Projects can range from dresses and gowns to a simple pair of slacks!  Hands on assistance will teach you to alter custom and commercial designs to fit an individual.  Some sewing experience and “homework” will be required.  Portable sewing machines will be available in class, but feel free to bring your own. Ages: 16+. Capacity: 10 students. Minimum: 3 students. Non-members: $105/Members: $85.

Instructor: Dianna Boak
Dianna is a retired small business proprietor (40 years apparel design). She studied piano and voice under scholarship at Boston Conservatory of Music. An avid artist, she had her own gallery in Southern California. She has been a member of the U.S. Chess Federation and played rated chess for two decades, participating in many chess clubs. She has also encouraged and sponsored youth to become active in club and tournament competition.

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GLASS

Mosaic on Tile
1 Wednesday: June 7, 5:00 – 9:00 p.m. (Hoyt)
This is an introductory workshop that will gain students the techniques needed in shaping mosaic surfaces. Students will create brilliant mosaics on tile using glass and grout. Students will acquire the skills necessary to take on larger projects. All materials included. Capacity:15 students. Minimum: 5 students. Ages n/a. Non-members:  $75/Members:  $65.

Instructor: Kate Burke

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Mosaics Three-Day Workshop
3 Saturdays: June 10, 17, & 24, 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. (Hoyt)
Made from fragments of glass, tile, and stone, this mosaic workshop will focus on the techniques of shaping mosaic surfaces. This workshop has recently been expanded to three days to accommodate larger projects. Students will learn to design, complete, and grout mosaic objects. Students are to bring in a wooden item, such as a bird house or tray. They may also bring in a glass surface item, such as a mirror. All other materials included. Capacity: 15 students. Minimum: 5 students. Ages n/a.  Non-members: $115/Members: $95.

Instructor: Kate Burke

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History

Minor Textiles In Antiquity
8 Thursdays: June 8 – July 27, 6:00 – 7:30 pm (Hoyt)
This course will highlight the development and westward movement of minor textiles and associated etymology including felt, hemp, asbestos, and brocade from China to Rome. Two sessions will be dedicated to each of the four minor textile topics. Textile usage will be examined through a cultural lens. Students will learn how textiles affected people’s daily lives, in addition to understanding their cultural and mythological implications. A copy of the instructor’s textbook is included in tuition.  Capacity: 20 students. Minimum: 5 students. Ages 16+. Non-members: $110/Members: $90.

Instructor: Glorianna Pionati

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Language/Literature

French for Beginners
8 Wednesdays: June 7 – July 26, 6:00 – 7:30 pm (Hoyt)
This course will engage students in learning French utilizing a student centered learning approach through listening, speaking, writing, and the use of manipulatives. Students will be able to understand basic French phrases and applications. They will be able to give personal information and ask basic questions useful for making acquaintances or traveling. Capacity: 20 students. Minimum: 5 students. Ages 16+.  Non-members: $105/Members: $85.   

Instructor: Regis Kimwanga

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Basic Sign Language                 
6 Thursdays: June 8 – July 13, 6:30 – 7:30 pm (Hoyt)
This class provides the trending basics of sign language. Adults learn to teach their baby, toddler, or anyone hand signs for wants and needs in a quiet manner. Illustrations will be provided to take home as a reference. Capacity:  15 students.  Minimum:  3 students.  Ages 18+. Non-members:  $75/Members: $65.

Instructor: Mary Ann Shaner

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MUSIC

Private Voice or Piano
8 Saturdays: June 10 – July 29, by appointment (Hoyt)
One-on-one instruction with voice and piano coach Dianne Kozyro. Each Saturday session will build your voice or piano skills in ½ hour lessons tailored to your skills. Ages 10+. Appointments Noon – 4:00 pm.  Voice: $160 Non-members/ $140 Members, Piano: $130 Non-members/ $110 Members.  

Instructor: Dianne Kozyro
Dianne Kozyro received her Bachelor of Music from the D’Angelo School of Music at Mercyhurst College. A soprano, she has received numerous awards including the “Semper Fidelis” Award for Excellence in Voice, and the Medal of Excellence in Music from Venango Christian High School.  In 1999, Dianne was selected as an adjudicator of the PA Federation of Music Clubs Competion and the Junior Festival for piano.

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Individual Harp – 4 Week Primer
Session I: 4 Tuesdays: June 6 – June 27, or 4 Thursdays: June 8 – June 29, by appointment, (Hoyt) or
Session II: 4 Tuesdays: June 11 – August 1, or 4 Thursdays: July 6 – July 27, by appointment (Hoyt)

A shorter introduction in the basics of playing, notereading, rhythms and tuning of the harp.  Perfect for those curious to try the instrument before making a larger commitment. Instrument provided in class. Non-members: $75 /Members: $65

Instructor: Alissa Pesavento
Alyssa Pesavento is a highly accomplished Harpist who received an MA from Kent State. She has taught extensively at universities and privately.  Her performances includes solos, festivals, and events.

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Harp Lessons – Full Course
Individual: 8 Tuesdays, June 6 - Aug. 1 (no class 7/4), or
Individual: 8 Thursdays, June 8 - July 27, by appointment (Hoyt)
Group: 8 Thursdays, June 8 – July 27, 7 - 8:30 p.m. (Hoyt)

Whether group or 1:1, the instruction in the harp covers the basics of playing, notereading, rhythms, tuning, and other general topics. The harp and worksheets are provided with practice time available outside of class. Capacity: 6 students. Individual lessons are scheduled in one-hour appointments from Noon – 7:00 pm. Non-members: $140/Members: $120. 

Instructor: Alissa Pesavento
Alyssa Pesavento is a highly accomplished Harpist who received an MA from Kent State. She has taught extensively at universities and privately.  Her performances includes solos, festivals, and events.

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PAINTING

Alcohol Inks on Tile Workshop
1 Saturday: June 10, 1:00 – 3:00 p.m. (Hoyt)     
Instructor Susan Jacobs will take you step-by-step through this new process of painting on two small tiles using intense alcohol ink colors. This two-hour workshop is for everyone – no experience needed. Within a few hours in a relaxed atmosphere, you will create two pieces based on a wide range of references, allowing you to take home your completed masterpiece. All supplies provided. Capacity: 15 students. Minimum: 6 students. Ages 16+.  Non-members: $50/Members: $40.

Instructor: Susan Jacobs

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Anyone Can Paint Workshop
1 Saturday: July 8, Noon- 2:30 pm (Hoyt)
Ocean Wave Painting

No experience is necessary to walk away with a completed painting in this relaxing one-day workshop!  Award winning artist, Susan Jacob, will guide you through a step-by-step approach to replicating a featured image.  All materials provided.   Capacity: 15 students. Minimum: 6 students. Ages 16+. Non-members: $55/Members: $45.

Instructor: Susan Jacobs
Susan is a retired art elementary educator continuing a career as an artist, art teacher and entreprenuer. Sole proprietor of Blissful Biscuits, she continues to work as an adjunct instructor at Ashland University and the MidWestern Intermediate Unit IV’s continuing education programs. She holds a BS in Art Education and a Master Teacher Secondary Art degree with a concentration in painting from Youngstown State University.

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Landscape Painting In Watercolor
8 Wednesdays: June 7 – July 26, 6:00 – 7:30 p.m. (Hoyt)        
Join professional painter Bryce Herrington and learn the techniques of painting landscapes in watercolor. This class is perfect for beginners and intermediate level students. Students will learn important skills, like layering transparent colors to build lights and darks, achieving luminous colors and painting sky conditions and light. The instructor will help students understand patience, creativity, and personal style are key ingredients of success in the medium. Preparing your canvas, composition and design, creating an initial sketch, transferring a sketch, applying masks, wash techniques, and applying courage will also be covered. A supply list will be made available upon registration. Capacity: 20 students. Minimum: 5 students. Ages 16+. Non-members:  $105/Members: $85. 

Instructor: Bryce Herrington

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Painting Cityscapes In Watercolor
4 Tuesdays: July 11 – August 1, 6:00 – 7:30 p.m. (Hoyt)        
Learn the art of creating landscape paintings in watercolor with Instructor Bryce Herrington. This course is perfect for beginner to intermediate students. Students will learn to use their creativity with color, style, and nuance that can’t be achieved with any other media. An emphasis will be placed on light and shadow and how these factors influence a painting. A supply list will be made available upon registration. Capacity: 20 students. Minimum: 5 students. Ages 16+. Non-members: $75/Members: $65. 

Instructor: Bryce Herrington

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Painting Wildlife In Watercolor
4 Tuesdays: June 6 – June 27, 6:00 – 7:30 p.m. (Hoyt)        
Learn to capture your favorite wildlife creatures in watercolor in this informative four-week course. An emphasis will be focused on form and color. You will learn to use brushwork to add reality and texture. Preparation of canvas, composition and design, creating and transferring sketches, applying masks, and wash techniques will be covered as well as utilizing courage and creativity. A supply list will be made available upon registration. Capacity: 20 students. Minimum: 5 students. Ages 16+.  Non-members: $75/Members: $65.

Instructor: Bryce Herrington

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Introduction to Illustration
4 Thursdays: June 8 – June 29, 6:00 – 7:30 p.m. (Hoyt)        
This course is perfect for beginner and intermediate level artists and designers. The four-week course will include water color painting and the use of mixed media, emphasizing design and feeling. It will cover the use of backgrounds for optimum effect and texture for higher visual statement. Students will also learn how illustration can be used and printed and viewed. A supply list will be made available upon registration. Capacity: 20 students. Minimum: 5 students. Ages 16+. Non-members:  $75/Members: $65. 

Instructor: Bryce Herrington

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Bird Watercolor Workshop (Beginner – Intermediate)
1 Saturday: July 8, 10:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.(Hoyt)        
During this one-day workshop, students will learn to render images of birds in watercolor. Demos, sketching, problem solving, pencil strokes, and constructing different parts of the bird will be covered in the morning. The afternoon will be dedicated to finishing the paintings, followed by a critique and group discussion. Students should bring a few bird references. These images should be large and clear. They should also bring in B/W copies, medium contrast. Students should bring graphite pencils, sketchbook (not smaller than 11 x 4), erasers (white plastic and kneaded, watercolor paints, brushes, and watercolor paper. Capacity: 15 students. Minimum: 4 students. Ages 15+.  Non-members: $75/Members: $65.   

Instructor: Marianne Hilke

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photography

Photography: On Assignment
8 Tuesdays: June 6 – Aug. 1 (no class 7/4), 6:00 - 8:00 pm (Hoyt)    
Enhance your knowledge of digital photography with weekly assignments, critiques and demonstrations with Eric Mastrangelo.  Subjects covered include depth of field, shutter speed, flash and low-light photography, long exposures, event work and more.  A functional understanding of your camera is necessary and examples of your work is encouraged.  Bring your camera! Class will meet in the new Arts & Technology Lab. Capacity: 12 students. Minimum: 3 students. Ages 16+. Non-members: $115/Members:  $95. 

Instructor: Eric Mastrangelo

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On Assignment, The Sequel: Intermediate Digital Photography
8 Thursdays: June 8 – July 27, 6:00 - 8:00 pm (Hoyt)        
This class is for intermediate to advanced students. Students are required to have a DSLR or advanced mirrorless camera, as well as a solid functional understanding of both their equipment and basic photographic concepts such as aperture, shutter speed, and ISO. Lessons are based on weekly demonstrations of topics such as shooting workflow, post-processing/editing techniques and software, color management, and off-camera flash. The class will also include weekly creative assignments and critiques to promote creative/practical problem solving as well as to strengthen the students’ visual vocabulary. Capacity: 12 students. Minimum: 3 students. Ages 16+. Non-members: $115/Members: $95.

Instructor: Eric Mastrangelo

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Publishing

How To Publish A Magazine
2 Wednesdays: June 7 & 14, 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. (Hoyt Digital Media Lab)        
Come and join us in the new digital lab and learn the skills necessary to publish your own work. You might create the next big magazine! From start to finish, learn how to develop the concept of your magazine and put it into production. An introduction to the overarching techniques of running and publishing a magazine, you’ll learn how to find writers, design your issues, and promote them to new readers. Capacity: 15 students. Minimum: 5 students. Ages 16+.  Non-members:  $70/Members: $60.

Instructor: Sarah M. Hartley

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Videography

Video Production for Teens
8 Thursdays: June 8 – July 27, 4:00 – 6:00 p.m. (Hoyt Digital Media Lab)         
Learn the four stages of video production (developmental, pre-production, production and post-production) through the creation of your own video!  You’ll gain a basic understanding of camera operations and editing software.  Perfect for those with little to no video experience.  Bring a notebook and flash drive to class.  All other materials provided.  Capacity: 12.  Minimum: 6. Ages 13 - 18. Instructor: Tom Stoops. Non-members: $130. Members: $110.

Instructor: Tom Stoops

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