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July-November 2016 Classes

Life-Long Learning Program Schedule for July to November 2016

The Texas State Retired Faculty and Staff Association (RFSA),

In partnership with the San Marcos Library and San Marcos Parks and Recreation’s 50+ Program are offering the following courses for the Greater San Marcos Area.

Courses held at the San Marcos Public Library

Free Attendance with Limited Seating
No FEE, Registration Requested by Calling San Marcos Public Library at 512.393.8200

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How to Look at and Understand Great Art

When:            Wednesdays, October 5, 12, 19, 26; November 2 and 9
Time:             10:30 to 11:45 AM

How to Look at and Understand Great Art continues with six weeks of unique classes centered on the history of art.  Beginning with the Early Renaissance, Northern Renaissance and High Renaissance and concluding with classes on Mannerism, the Baroque and Rococo, you will become familiar with the great masters of great art.  Artists like Raphael, Leonardo and Michelangelo will be studied along with much, much more.  Attend one session or six and you will find your world expanded.  Additional to each class local artists or arts related individuals will share their work bringing the past to the present.

Presented by Becky Duval Reese the former director of UT Austin’s Huntington Art Gallery (now the Blanton Museum) and the El Paso Museum of Art.  Becky holds a M.A. in Art History with a focus on Texas artists.

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Courses Held Through the

San Marcos Parks and Recreation Department

**Registration Required**

To register, please call the San Marcos Activity Center at 512.393.8280.

A minimum number of registrants is required for these classes to make.

1.  ‘Following the Bread Crumbs': Hands on History through Internet Sites, Public Records, Genealogy and Material Culture     
 
**Registration Required

How do historians research history?  How does anyone learn about his/her ancestors?  Basically, how do we get at the past?  If you have ever pondered any of these questions then this class is for you.  For six weeks we will engage in a hands on approach to learning history by doing history.

Our history, be it personal history or national history, is about the stories and the people who have lived the stories of the past. We will learn how to find and understand those stories and weave them into the whole cloth of our history as a people and a nation, while enlightening each participant's understanding of their personal story and family.

Materials List:  Please bring notebook paper, writing implements, and a folder or notebook to maintain your papers to each class.  If you have a laptop or pad bring that, as well.

Location:   San Marcos Activity Center, Multi-Purpose Room
When:         Thursdays, August 18, 25; September 1, 8, 15 and 22
Time:          1:00 to 3:00 PM
Cost:           $40.00

Presented by Jo Snider a veteran of nearly thirty years of college and university level teaching of American history.  She holds B.A. and M.A. degrees from Texas State University and has post-graduate hours from both Texas State University and The University of Texas in Austin.  She brings not only knowledge yet also a high level of enthusiasm to the study of history.

2.  Beginning Watercolor                                             
**Registration Required

The course is an introduction to the basic materials and techniques of watercolor for the beginner.  Through a series of demonstrations and guided projects students will explore basic techniques of wash, graded wash and dry-brush as well as studies in value, color and composition.  The course is intended to give the beginning watercolorist a foundation for continued study of the medium.

Materials List:  (Hobby Lobby should have most of the supplies)

PAPER:  Strathmore or Arches Watercolor pad 11x15 inches, coldpress 12 sheets; PAINT:  Staedtler paint set 24-count watercolors; BRUSHES:  Master’s Touch Golden Taklon brush set of round brushes.  (Buy at least one #6 round, #8 round or larger and one flat wash brush); Other Materials:  Artist’s Palette 6 wells plastic Master’s Touch; 2B pencil; kneaded eraser and gummed eraser; watercolor paper; tape (Art Advantage 2 inch); old toothbrush; paper towels; water jar (glass is best); multi-surface Frog tape 1.88 inches or 3M safe-release blue painter’s tape.

Location:   Cephas House on MLK
When:         Fridays, July 15, 22, 29; August 5, 12 and 19
Time:          10:00 AM to Noon
Cost:           $40.00

Presented by Roxana Tuff a metalsmith and illustrator who holds a B.F.A. in Painting and Drawing and a M.F.A. in Painting.  She has taught in the art studio area at Texas State University for 14 years and for Life-Long Learning since its inception.

3.  Experimental Watercolor   
  
**Registration Required

Beginning and intermediate painters will learn how to create rich watercolors through process, experimentation, and practice layering transparent color.  Demonstrations include wet-into-wet techniques, masking, resists, mono-printing, wet-onto-dry, splashing, splattering, salt washes, lifting, use of stencils, scraping, stamping, and other less traditional techniques.

Materials List(Hobby Lobby should have most of the supplies)

PAPER:  buy either individual sheets as needed or a tablet (Arches 140lb cold press 22x30 inch watercolor paper or Staedtler cold press 140lb watercolor tablet 11x15 inches; PAINT:  Staedtler Paint set 24-count watercolors; BRUSHES:  Master’s Touch Golden Taklon brush set of round brushes.  Other Materials:  Artist’s Palette 6 wells plastic Master’s Touch; 2B pencil; kneaded eraser; paper towels; stencil paper; small spray bottle; plastic transparency sheets as needed; water jar (glass is best); waterproof India ink; old toothbrush; plastic cup; watercolor pencils or Sargent watercolor crayons; white resist crayon or small white candle; multi-surface Frog tape 1.88 inches or 3M safe-release blue painter’s tape.

Location:   Cephas House on MLK
When:         Fridays, July 15, 22, 29; August 5, 12 and 19
Time:          1:30 to 3:30 PM
Cost:           $40.00

Presented by Roxana Tuff a metalsmith and illustrator who holds a B.F.A. in Painting and Drawing and a M.F.A. in Painting.  She has taught in the art studio area at Texas State University for 14 years and for Life-Long Learning since its inception.

4.  Give Falls the Boot           
 **Registration Required-Limited Number of Participants

Many senior citizens assume that sub-par balance is just another side-effect of aging. However, it need not be.

You will be involved in light exercises to build strength and balance, as well as the mental habits required to gain confidence in being more active.  As Camille is a Certified Aging in Place Specialist, she can assist your independence and being safe in your home.

Location:   San Marcos Activity Center
When:         Tuesdays and Thursdays, July 12, 14, 19, 21, 26, 28; August 2, 4, and 9
Time:          10:00 to Noon
Cost:           FREE

Presented by Camille Phillips who has presented this course 20 times and well knows that over 70% of falls can be prevented.  For more information, go to her website for her non-profit organization (Safe, Sassy, and Strong) at:  www.safesassy.org.

5.  SAVE THE DATE:  Saturday, October 22nd, 2016 for a wonderful event for the WHOLE FAMILY to be held at the San Marcos Discovery Center (previously the Nature Center)!

SEED BALL and SPIRAL GARDEN CONSTRUCTION”

Seed Balls (also known as Earth Balls) are a whole habitat in a tiny clay ball, just need to add water and sun light.  They are used to restore lost vegetation with native, non-invasive vegetation.  Jim Bones, photographer, writer, and filmmaker, will lead us through the hands-on process of making Seed Balls as well as a Spiral Garden planted via seed balls.  The garden will be a permanent structure at the Discovery Center.  You will go home with Seed Balls of your own, a lot of knowledge, and having helped construct a garden for all to watch grow.  Check out both “Seed Balls” and “Spiral Gardens” on the web for more information.