Leisure Classes

Looking for ways to enjoy your leisure time?

Acrylic Realism

Fundamentals of Digital Photography

Drawing Basics

Ballroom 101: Waltz & Swing

Instant Piano for Hopelessly Busy People

Everyday Spanish

Survival Sign Language

ASL 2 - More Sign Language

Visual Arts

Acrylic Realism

Explore acrylic realism by painting a still life to help you learn concepts such as highlights, shadows, value, tone, local color, and more. You will also create a realistic painting from a photograph of a landscape, animal, plants, or whatever you choose. Learn the basics of acrylics and leave the class with at least two realistic paintings. (List of supplies will be provided with your registration receipt.) Instructor Hunter Pope is a graduate of VSU's Fine Arts program and is currently pursuing her master's degree.

19WPEL06     6 Thurs, Mar 28 - May 2  •  6 - 8 PM  •  $119

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Fundamentals of Digital Photography

Learn how to manipulate your camera’s features and controls to improve your photography skills and get the shots you want. Explore the rules of composition, get creative, and develop your eye. SLR digital camera with interchangeable lenses is recommended. An advanced digital camera with a zoom lens and aperture and shutter priorities is acceptable. Instructor Paul Leavy is VSU’s photographer and a past winner of Photo of the Year from the GA Associated Press. Note: This is not an absolute beginner course. Participants MUST have basic operational skills for their camera.

19WPEL03     4 Tues, Feb 19 - Mar 12  •  6 - 8 PM  •  $119

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Drawing Basics

Stop telling yourself and everyone else that you can't draw! Drawing is about learning how to see. Pick up your pencil and get ready to learn the basics: shape, shading, form, light source, color, perspective, and composition. You'll practice both pencil and pen techniques and soon you'll find yourself saying, "I CAN draw!" Instructor Ray Noll teaches art at Valdosta State University.

Beginning and returning students are welcome. New projects and exercises will be included.

"I had so much fun in this class that I was looking forward to Mondays. It's a relaxing and enjoyable class." ~Xiaoai Ren, student

"This was great! We drew right from the beginning and got much farther than I thought we could. Thank you!" ~Drawing Basics student

Supplies you will need:

  • 9" X 12" or larger sketch book
  • Small set of colored pencils
  • .07 mm lead pencil (BIC)
  • 6B lead pencil (soft lead)
  • Sharpie fine point pen
  • Sharpener
  • Eraser
  • Ruler or straight edge

19WPEL01     5 Mon, Feb 25 - Apr 1 (No class Mar 18)  •  6 - 8 PM  •  $109

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Music & Dance

Ballroom 101: Waltz & Swing

Learn the steps and patteron of Waltz and Swing so you will be ready to hit the dance floor at your next wedding or other social gathering. Instructor Janice Blanchard is a member of USA Dance - Tallahassee and a lifelong teacher of dance.

19WPEL04     6 Thurs, Mar 7 - Apr 11  •  6:30 - 7:45 PM  •  $99

Couples and any pairs of friends registering and paying together receive a $15 discount. Call us for information about all discounts including VSU Employee, VSU Alumni, VSU Student, and Active Duty Military.

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Instant Piano for Hopelessly Busy People

Forget years of weekly piano lessons! in one fun evening, make piano playing a part of your life forever. Learn chords, not notes, to play any song, any style, any key. Some musical experience is helpful. Beginners should request a helpful free pamphlet - information is available by calling 229.245.6484 or email mlm6915841@aol.com. Please note: the instructor will collect an additional $25 in class for materials, including an exclusive music book. Instructor Michael McMillan is a full-time professional musician and teacher.

19SPEL01     Thurs, Apr 4  •  6:00 - 9:00 PM  •  $59

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Language

Everyday Spanish

Learn Spanish for fun, work, or travel. Whether you are a beginner or in need of a refresher, increase your vocabulary and improve your ability to communicate. You'll learn words and phrases for use in everyday life and travel. Instructor Natalie McManus Chu is an adjunct professor in VSU's Department of Modern and Classical Languages. 

19WPEL05     6 Tues, Mar 26 - Apr 30  •  6 - 8 PM  •  $99  (No textbook required.)

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Survival Sign Language

You'll be introduced to Deaf culture and etiquette as you practice finger-spelling, basic signs, common phrases, and learn general concepts and structure of American Sign Language (ASL). Instructor Christina Ogden is President of South Georgia Deaf Community and teaches ASL locally.

"Cannot say enough about this class. Have already recommended it to others! Enjoyed it so much!" ~Cheree Bessent

"Very good class! I left with a much better understanding of ASL and an ability to communicate beyond finger-spelling everything." ~Elisabeth, student

19WPEL02     8 Tues, Feb 26 - Apr 16  •  6 - 8 PM  •  $109  (No textbook required.)

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ASL 2 - More Sign Language

Continue building on your basic sign language skills. Learn new vocabulary and practice words, spelling, and conversations. Instructor Christina Ogden is President of South Georgia Deaf Community and teaches ASL locally.

19SPEL02     5 Tues, Apr 16 - May 21  •  6 - 8 PM  •  $89  (No textbook required.)

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