Arts, Culture & Language

Anyone Can Draw!
This course is for anyone who likes to doodle!

This beginning course in drawing is designed to develop and expand one's observational abilities and rendering skill, and is designed to train the beginner to draw with surprisingly fast and effective techniques. The course covers fundamentals of structures, aesthetics, and content using still life and natural forms. Students learn methods for drawing objects in terms of line, shape, contour, proportion, light logic, and compositional space. Students will be able to let go of the restraint of preconceived ideas to allow for the creative freedom of being able to draw what is seen.

The course is loosely based on the book Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain, by Betty Edwards. Students are encouraged, but not required, to purchase the book.

Instructor: Sharon Fields
7 Tuesdays: September 16, 23, 30; October 7, 14, 21, 28
10 am - 12 pm
Extended Education Classroom Building, EE-1205, CSUDH
Fee: $20
NLLL 151 Section 01, Course No. 42983

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Anyone Can Draw! II
The continuation of the Anyone Can Draw class

The course continues to cover fundamentals of structure, aesthetics, and content using still life and natural forms. Light logic, sighting/perspective, tonal drawing using pencils, pastels, and various other media as well as portraiture, watercolor, and oils.

Prerequisite: Anyone Can Draw I
Instructor: Sharon Fields
9 Fridays: September 12, 19, 26; October 3, 10, 17, 24, 31; November 7
10 am - 12 pm
Extended Education Classroom Building, EE-1205, CSUDH
Fee: $20
NLLL 151 Section 02, Course No. 42984

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Anyone Can Paint

Have you ever wanted to paint? Why is it that so many accomplished people turn to painting to express their creativity? This beginning course in painting will introduce you to the concepts of composition and color theory. You will learn palette knife techniques and how to transfer and enlarge sketches. Various mediums and subject matters will be covered, and some materials will be supplied.

Instructor: Sharon Fields
9 Wednesdays: September 10, 17, 24; October 1, 8, 15, 22, 29; November 5
2 - 4 pm
Extended Education Classroom Building, EE-1205, CSUDH
Fee: $20
NLLL 151 Section 03, Course No. 42988

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Enjoying Opera: Comoparing Productions of Famous Opera

Opera series guru, Rodger Hamrick, continues with a focus on Opera productions this summer. He will compare opera productions and discuss the differences between different productions each week. Comparisons include directing, staging, set design, and costumes. Operas Rodger selected are:

Wagner’s “Parsifal”, Act Two - Klingsor’s Kingdom
Monday, November 3, 10 am - 12 pm

Bizet’s “Carmen” Act Four – In Front of the Arena (Bull Fight)
Monday, November 10, 10 am - 12 pm

Verdi’s “La Traviata”, Act Three – Final Scene
Monday, November 17, 10 am - 12 pm

Strauss’s “Ariadne Auf Naxos”, Prologue – Back Stage
Monday, November 24, 10 am - 12 pm

Facilitator: Rodger Hamrick, BA History (Music Minor); MBA
4 Mondays: November 3, 10, 17, 24 • 10 am - 12 pm
Extended Education Building EE-1205, CSUDH
Fee: $15
NLLL 154 Section 02, Course No. 42993

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Let's Read a Play

No stage experience required. Join us for the opportunity to polish up your dramatic skills by reading a play(s). Our stage director, Maria Ruiz, will introduce the author(s) and theater history before readings begin. We invite you to become a part of this interesting and interactive approach to enjoying a play. Expect some lively discussion from the “cast” about meaning and context on 3 Fridays this Fall.

This Fall we will read 2 plays over the course of 3 class sessions:

  • Casablanca Script and Legend, the Original Screenplay by Howard Koch, The Overlook Press (1992) 50th Anniversary Edition, Woodstock, New York. We all remember Rick and Play it again, Sam?
  • The Price, a Play by Arthur Miller was produced by Robert Whitehead and opened at the Morosco Theatre, New York City on February 7, 1968. The theme of the play focuses on respective psychologies and moral values conflict at the heart of a social dilemma.

Instructor and Facilitator: Maria Ruiz is an OLLI member and District Toastmasters Qualified Speaker. She is the drama guru at Joslyn Center and regularly conducts play reading there. She also directs and produces dramatic readers theater in Manhattan Beach and Palos Verdes. Ms. Ruiz is the Assistant Chair for the District Speakers Bureau.
3 Fridays: October 3; November 14; December 12
1:30 - 3:30 pm
Extended Education Classroom Building, EE-1205, CSUDH
Fee: $15
NLLL 154 Section 01, Course No. 42992

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A Mini-Art History Course on Masks

A mask gallery will enter the classroom in this one-day experience. They are not just for Halloween or Mardi Gras, but are produced by almost every culture inhabiting our planet. The instructor, a gourd artist for over ten years, has created her representation of these masks and will bring them for you to see; then learn their fascinating stories. You will not want to miss hearing about the mask that sold recently for 2.5 million dollars! Or what about the Boogie man?

Pam Watson who has delighted us with Tawdry Tales and Travails of the First Ladies brings her masks, representations and stories to this mini-art history course. She is a retired English and science teacher with an AA, BA in communications, and a credential in English.

Instructor: Pam Watson
1 Thursday: November 6
10 am - 12 pm
Extended Education Classroom Building, EE-1205, CSUDH
Fee: $5
NLLL 155 Section 01, Course No. 42996

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