Personal Enrichment



ART EXPLORATION

NEW! Intro to Drawing for Adult Beginners
Are you interested in learning how to draw but not sure the first steps? Join Artist, Bethany Peck of Studio 214 in Lowell, to learn all the basics of drawing. You will learn different concepts and visual perceptions of the basic foundations of drawing in a relaxed environment. You will be introduced to the following topics: edges, light and shadow, negative and positive space. In addition, you will learn a variety of mediums that can be used such a charcoal, graphite, market or colored pencil. No experience is necessary to take this class only a sketch pad that you will need to bring with you. (6 hours) $50

4/3 & 4/10                6:00pm - 9:00pm             Tuesday          Bedford           PECK
PER 891 30                 19228                           HH 310

NEW! Creating Comic Books
"ASSEMBLE!" with us for an in-depth look at some of the cornerstones of modern pop culture: comic books. Course includes an examination of the phenomenon’s historical background, its complex, controversial, and often reflective interaction with current events, and its expansion into the multimedia industry dominating the market today. Also covered: techniques of the writers and artists who helped shape the medium. This class is perfect for parents or grandparents to take with their children or grandchildren. Ages 10 & up are allowed to enroll in this course. (5 hours) $49
NOTE: Costumes Welcome! Tuition includes seat for child and parent or grandparent.

4/17 - 4/18              6:00pm - 8:30pm             Tuesday/Wednesday         Bedford          COOK
PER 851 30                19139                                  HH 213

Art Seminar: Henri Matisse
A master of 20th century Modernism, the artistic career of Henri Matisse (1869-1954) proves his boundless creativity and energy. This seminar presents an overview of Henri Matisse’s life and art, beginning with his powerful Fauvist work. Matisse’s style continued to change and evolve, as we see his subject matter gravitate around the female form, leading to his mature style focusing purely on color and form. Matisee’s experimentation with reduction of space and simplification of form, set the stage for the incredible Cut-Outs series. (2 hours) $29
4/13                    2:00pm-4:00pm             Friday               Bedford            ARADHYA
PER 774 30           19249                         HH 116



Art Seminar: Edward Hopper

Edward Hopper (1882-1967) was a prominent American realist painter and printmaker. This seminar will present an overview of his work. While he was most popularly known for his oil painting, he was equally proficient as a watercolorist and printmaker in etching. Both in his urban and rural scenes, his spare and finely calculated renderings reflected his personal vision of modern American life. (2 hours) $29
4/27                   2:00pm-4:00pm            Friday          Bedford            ARADHYA
PER 775 30            19250                     HH 116

 

NEW! Art Seminar: The Barnes Collection
The Barnes Foundation was established by Albert C. Barnes in 1922 to "promote the advancement of education and the appreciation of the fine arts and horticulture." The Barnes holds one of the finest collections of Post-Impressionist and early Modern paintings, with extensive works by Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Paul Cézanne, Henri Matisse, Pablo Picasso, Henri Rousseau, Amedeo Modigliani, Chaim Soutine and Giorgio de Chirico, as well as American masters Charles Demuth, William Glackens, Horace Pippin and Maurice Prendergast. Learn about Dr. Barnes, his collection and the recent controversy surrounding this priceless collection. (2 hours) $29
5/4                 2:00pm-4:00pm           Friday           Bedford            ARADHYA
PER 896 30          19251                    HH 116

 

NEW! Art Seminar: Georgia O’Keeffe
Georgia O’Keeffe is one of the most significant and intriguing artists of the twentieth century, known internationally for her boldly innovative art. Her distinct flowers, dramatic cityscapes, glowing landscapes, and images of bones against the stark desert sky are iconic and original contributions to American Modernism. This seminar presents an overview of Georgia O’Keeffe’s life and work.
(2 hours) $29
5/11              2:00pm-4:00pm           Friday           Bedford           ARADYHA
PER 897 30         19252                  HH 116


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NEW Mead Awareness & Tasting
Mead is the newest adult beverage, 9000 years in the making.  The goal of this course is to provide the audience with an exposure to, and an appreciation for, the fastest growing segment of the alcohol market. Mead is a fermented beverage made from honey. It has a rich historical background and cultural presence in many places around the globe. It is the drink of gods and kings, the liquid of legends and stories, and now you can enjoy it too! In this course, you will learn the history of mead and get exposed to its presence in cultures around the world. You will learn about the different styles of mead, and how they are made. You will be shown the ingredient, materials, and process that you can use to make a high-quality mead of your own at home. Finally, you will sample several different styles and varieties of mead so that you can form your own opinion and connect a taste experience with everything you’ve heard. Because, as they always say, a taste is worth a thousand words. A materials fee of $20 (cash or check payable to the instructor) will cover all the supplies needed for the class. There is a 21+ age requirement to participate in this class. This course takes place at the Middlesex Meetinghouse, 294 Concord Road, Billerica, MA. (2 hours) $30
2/07              6:30pm - 8:30pm              Wednesday            Middlesex Meetinghouse
PER 849 30          19141

 

NEW White Wine Tasting
The Noble White Wines: racy, relaxing, revered; see, swirl, smell, sip and savor the world’s enduring white wines and discover their signature characteristic. From Riesling to Sauvignon Blanc to Chardonnay, develop a sense and appreciation of these classic styles. Learn the basics of reading domestic and foreign labels, and don’t ever be intimidated again at the sight of a restaurant wine list or when shopping for pocketbook values that rival expensive bottlings. Each participant will sample six wines paired with various cheeses. You’ll discuss what you taste in a joyful experience. Play a game of wine trivia with prizes awarded. Also receive a glossary of terms, suggested wine-food pairings and other related materials. There is a 21+ age requirement to participate in this class. Jim Campanini is the author of Wine Novice and editor of the Lowell Sun. This course takes place at the MCC Nesmith House, 229 Andover Street, Lowell, MA. (2 hours) $75
4/05              7:00pm - 9:00pm                Thursday             Nesmith House       CAMPANINI
PER 858 80         19217

 

NEW Red Wine Tasting
If Red Wines Could Talk: The Bold and The Beautiful; the worlds noble reds Pinot Noir, Merlot, Syrah (Shiraz), Cabernet Sauvignon tell us a lot about themselves in the terroir (soil, climate) in which they grow. Explore the unique traits of these wines from France, Chile, Italy, South Africa, California and Washington State. Learn about tannins and the use of oak barrels that affect a Wine’s taste and structure. Each participant will sample six wines paired with various cheeses. We’ll rate the wines the way the experts do and play a game of wine trivia with prizes awarded. Participants will also receive a glossary of terms, suggested wine-food pairings and other related materials. There is a 21+ age requirement to participate in this class. Jim Campanini is the author of Wine Novice and editor of the Lowell Sun. This course takes place at the MCC Nesmith House, 229 Andover Street, Lowell, MA. (2 hours) $75
4/12              7:00pm - 9:00pm                Thursday          Nesmith House          CAMPANINI
PER 857 80        19218

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HOME IMPROVEMENT

NEW! How to Buy and Finance a Home
These sessions are designed to offer a wealth of information, tips and strategies in the home buying and refinancing process, especially considering recent opportunities created by auctions and foreclosures. The classes will cover all terms and options of financing real estate as well as credit issues. Also includes the details of FHA loans as well as demystifying the myths of reverse mortgages and a discussion to help prevent identity theft. (8 hours) $25

1/22 - 2/12            6:30pm - 8:30pm           Monday        Bedford          BEAUDION
PER 850 30              19122                          HH 213

1/6 - 1/13              9:00am - 1:00pm           Saturday       Lowell           BEAUDION
PER 850 80              19121                           LC 103


NEW! Basic Home Electrical Repair
Would you like to make safe and simple electrical repairs in your home? Then this class is for you. This class will provide demonstrations and explanations of practical methods to repair or upgrade small/simple residential electrical problems generally not requiring a permit. Topics discussed will include: Electrical Code Requirements, Safety Issues, Equipment and Tools, Materials Fixtures, Receptacles and Switches. (9 hours) $99

1/23 - 2/06             6:00pm - 9:00pm          Tuesday       Bedford          CHAVIER
PER 853 30                19129                       HH 220

3/6 - 3/20               6:00pm - 9:00pm          Tuesday        Lowell           CHAVIER
PER 853 80                19130                      LD 204

 
NEW! Home Solar Electrical Energy Systems
Electrical energy costs in New England have risen substantially and are expected again to experience cost rate increases this year. The instructor will teach homeowners how to assess the economic feasibility of installing a solar photovoltaic system at their residential properties in order to reduce electrical energy costs. (4 hours) $59

3/27 - 4/03              6:00pm - 8:00pm          Tuesday          Bedford         CHAVIER
PER 788 30               18820                         HH 220

4/24 - 5/01              6:00pm - 8:00pm          Tuesday          Bedford         CHAVIER
PER 788 80                 19133                        LD 204

 

Indoor Winter Organic Composting
Are you interested in organic composting? Have you ever wondered what happens to outdoor compost piles during the cold winter months? Are you curious to know how to compost even if you don’t have access to a backyard? Are you interested in the mystical "Compost Tea" that has proven to rejuvenate indoor and outdoor plants? Join this class to learn and receive your own compost starter kit! This one night class will teach you how to create and maintain a healthy compost bin that will be fully operational during winter months and beyond. Your compost bin will be virtually odorless and will be very easy to maintain. You will be able to compost many things such as coffee, tea, junk mail, egg containers, fruits and vegetable peels, and more. You will take home a 1/2 lb. container of a compost starter kit, which contains all the micro and macro organisms that are needed to start a perfectly healthy, organic, functioning compost bin. This class will take place at Minuteman Technical School, 758 Marrett Road, Lexington, MA. Registration is through Middlesex Community College. (2 Hours) $60

1/31              6:30pm - 8:30pm         Wednesday
PER 790 33          18847

 

NEW! Women’s Self Defense
SMART is an acronym for Survival Mindset Adrenal Response Training. SMART Defense shows you how to deal with the adrenaline rush you get when being attacked. You will learn what works and what doesn’t work in a real attack. You will be taught easy to learn gross motor skills that you will be able to perform under stress to get away safely. We don’t just concentrate on the physical attacks but the mental as well. We help you develop the proper mindset to survive and get away safely. By developing the proper mindset and teaching movements based on natural instincts you become more confident in yourself and your ability to get away. (2 hours) $49
3/06            6:30pm - 8:30pm          Tuesday      Bedford        ST. LOUIS
PER 793 35         19144                    NA G2

4/07            10:00am - 12:00pm          Saturday        Lowell         ST. LOUIS
PER 793 80       19210                     LC Lower Café

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College Success for High School Students with Disabilities
This course will help families and students in high school gain an understanding of the difference between services and accommodations for students in K-12 to college/post-secondary settings. As high school students on IEP’s and 504 plans enter the post-secondary arena, there is significant need for clear information on the process to receive accommodations and support services. In addition, we will review the transition between high school and college for students with learning differences and disabilities. Presenter: Susan Woods, former, Associate Dean of Student Support Services at Middlesex Community College. Along with overseeing an innovative, nationally recognized alternative program model for students with significant learning challenges, The Transition Program, Susan has managed the college’s Disability Support Services supporting students with documented disabilities. (2 hours) $35
4/24               6:00pm - 8:00pm           Tuesday        Bedford        WOODS
PER 859 30          19226                       HH 113

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Baby’s Corner - Classes below are being taught in partnership with Boston Newborn Care.

Infant Nanny Class
Being chosen for a nanny position is more and more competitive these days. Add to your credentials and learn the basic aspects of newborn/Infant care. This basic course will show parents that you are serious about your nanny practice by adding to your resume. This course is designed for Au Pairs, Nanny’s and Childcare providers. (4 hours) $45

3/02 - 3/09             9:30am - 11:30am        Friday       Bedford
PER 847 31              19215                        HH 309

Newborn Parents Class
Be prepared for the first month home with your newborn. We’ll help you feel empowered and ready to enjoy this special time. In this interactive 3 hour class you will learn best practices and important tips so you can look forward to welcoming home your little one(s).with confidence. This course is designed for new parents, grandparents or family members who are supporting a new parent. Price is per person enrolled in the class. (3 hours) $45
2/24                9:30am - 12:30pm          Saturday         Bedford 
PER 846 31          19214                         HH 310

 

Newborn Care Specialist Training
Set yourself apart by becoming a Newborn Care Specialist (NCS). Newborn Care Specialists assist parents in their home the first few weeks or months of baby’s life with parent education, feeding/breastfeeding, basic baby care, and light baby-related housekeeping. It is important to note that a Newborn Care Specialist requires special training and education specific to the profession. The NCS program will cover a wide range of topics including Bathing, Sleep Practices, Feeding, Swaddling, Siblings developmental milestones and so much more. All Classes are taught by experienced trainers who are Registered Nurses from Boston Newborn Care. (36 hours) $299
1/22 - 3/26              7:00pm - 9:00pm          Monday/Wednesday         Bedford
PER 848 30                 19216                             HH 310
No class March 19 and 21

 

Last Modified: 11/21/17