Workshop Calendar

Survival Skills in the Wilderness / Sunday November 11, 2012

Survival Skills in the Wilderness / Sunday November 11, 2012

This class could save your life. Feel confident hiking New Mexico’s wilderness, ranging from Sonoran desert to arctic alpine life zones. A morning class at 8,600 feet elevation precedes an afternoon hike; putting into practice the techniques learned. Real life examples are cited, where some survived and others didn’t. Favorite topics include lightning, wilderness hazards, weather signs and orienting with and without a map or compass. Learn endurance techniques, the ten essentials, first aid...

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Beginning Flamenco / begins Monday October 22, 2012

Beginning Flamenco / begins Monday October 22, 2012

This is a beginning flamenco dance class, designed to broaden the student’s awareness of the art of flamenco and to develop basic technique to pursue further study. Students will learn beginning flamenco positions along with proper alignment and spatial awareness. You will also learn flamenco vocabulary in English and Spanish and acquire a musical sensitivity and an ability to accurately perform to a variety of rhythmic patterns. All four Sevillanas (Andalucia folklore dance) will be...

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Write Your Memoir / Thursday November 1, 2012

Write Your Memoir / Thursday November 1, 2012

Don’t let those family stories get lost — write a memoir so your children and grandchildren know their legacy. Discover how to tap into and shape those long-forgotten memories to create the most poignant, revealing and entertaining anecdotes. Questions and writing prompts will aid you in putting together your life story. Join a safe and welcoming group of enthusiastic writers for in-class exercises and discussions that will help you communicate through your own unique voice and...

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Advanced Flamenco / Starts Monday October 22, 2012

Advanced Flamenco / Starts Monday October 22, 2012

This is an intermediate flamenco dance class, designed to further develop technique through repetition. The four-count rhythm will be reviewed and the twelve-count rhythm will be taught. A simple bulerias dance will also be taught. Charo Shaffer-Perez has performed professionally on tablao, stage, film and TV in Puerto Rico, Mexico and the United States. When: Monday October 22 to December 10, 2012 Where: Santa Fe Community College / 6401 Richards Ave. Santa Fe, NM 87508 Time: 6:50 to 8:20 pm...

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Tamales: Fun and Easy / Saturday, November 10, 2012

Tamales: Fun and Easy / Saturday, November 10, 2012

In Santa Fe, each generation teaches the next how to make tamales. These corn-husk wrapped treats can be filled with meat, cheese or vegetarian ingredients. Making tamales takes time and care in the kitchen and is terrific for getting families together. Michelle Roetzer, head of the Culinary Lab at SFCC, will teach newcomers and old-timers how to make this terrific Latin American dish with Santa Fe flair. It’s sure to be a favorite with your family. When:  Saturday, November 10, 2012...

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The Best of Soups / Saturday November 3, 2012

The Best of Soups / Saturday November 3, 2012

Soups occupy an important place in all major European cooking traditions. Begin with simple stocks and then learn a variety of hot and cold soups that will get any meal off to a good start. The soups we make will depend on the seasonal availability of fresh ingredients. Anthony Damiano recently opened “Sup” at the corner of St. Francis Drive and Cordova Road. When: Saturday November 3, 2012 Where: Santa Fe Community College / 6401 Richards Ave. Santa Fe, NM 87508 Time: 10:00 am to 3:00 pm...

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Intermediate Cross-Country Skiing / Sunday December 9, 2012

Intermediate Cross-Country Skiing / Sunday December 9, 2012

If you are an experienced skier who wants to refine and expand your basic skills, this clinic is for you! Throughout the afternoon, brief reviews of the basics, skill development and error correction during games and exercise will sharpen your abilities. Practice turns on gentle to moderate hills, efficient poling and striding, skating and telemark stance. When:  Sunday, December 9, 2012 Where: Sannta Fe Community College  / 6401 Richards Ave. Santa Fe, NM 87508 Time:  12:30 to 4:00 pm Cost:...

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Cookie-Thron for Kids (ages 10-14) / Saturday December 1, 2012

Cookie-Thron for Kids (ages 10-14) / Saturday December 1, 2012

A delightful part of the holiday chaos is making cookies to eat, to share or to give as gifts. Send your kids to the culinary labs of SFCC to learn the ins and outs of creating delicious holiday cookies. Kids will make a variety of cookies just in time for the holiday season. Darlene Spiess is a recent graduate of the SFCC pastry certificate program and a manager at the East Wing Eatery on campus. When: Saturday December 1, 2012 Where: Santa Fe Community College / 6401 Richards Ave. Santa Fe,...

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Wine Appreciation / Starts October 29, 2012

Wine Appreciation / Starts October 29, 2012

In this fun, four session interactive course, you will learn all the basics of wine. Through lecture, field trip and discussion discover what goes into making a $10 Cabernet Sauvignon as compared to $100 Bordeaux. The class will meet off campus for one session to taste and compare red and white grape varietals. You will learn how to be a savvy wine buyer and understand the wine market in northern New Mexico. Howard Spiegelman has spent more than 15 years researching and writing about wines...

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Map and GPS / Starts October 30, 2012

Map and GPS / Starts October 30, 2012

GPS technology has permeated modern life and changed the way some of us hike. Learn how it can be used in conjunction with more traditional navigation skills. In this two session workshop, hone your old-style map-reading skills, learn GPS do’s and don’ts, and practice your new-found skills during an all-day field trip (moderate off-trail walking). Two sessions allow more time for concepts to settle in, for questions, and for you to feel more confident. Suitable for new GPS owners,...

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Belly Dancing / Starts October 27, 2012

Belly Dancing / Starts October 27, 2012

This introduction to belly dance is perfect for women of all ages. Each class will begin with warm-up and stretching exercises. Students will learn undulations of the spine; circles and figure eights of the hips, chest and shoulders; and flowing arm and hand movements. Students will be introduced to shimmies and rhythmic movement in their hips and learn steps such as Egyptian walk, camel walk and 3/4 shimmy, plus finger cymbals and veil work. Deborah Newberg is the director of the Saltanah...

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Basic Wire Wrapping with Claudia Chavez / Starts November 7, 2012

Basic Wire Wrapping with Claudia Chavez / Starts November 7, 2012

Learn or improve your wire wrapping skills by linking and attaching bead clusters with wire and pins. Colorful beads, crystals and pearls will be provided to create your own unique earrings and chains. All supplies are provided in class but students must bring their own tools. Claudia Chavez sells her beautiful work in the Santa Fe Spanish Market and on The Plaza. Time: 6 to 8:30 p.m Cost:  $55 Max. Attendees:  15 Phone:  505-428-1676 Website/Blog Address:...

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Silver Jewelry Using Metal Clay / November 18, 2012

Silver Jewelry Using Metal Clay / November 18, 2012

Silver metal clay is an exciting material consisting of silver particles in a nontoxic binder and water. It looks, feels and acts like clay. When heated, the binder and water burn away to leave 99-percent pure silver. Students will practice firing with a small butane torch, an easy process that takes just minutes. Experienced artists will find this material fascinating, but no previous experience is needed. Leave class with finished jewelry! You’ll learn the basics in one day, and be...

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Fun with Watercolor II / Starts October 31, 2012

Fun with Watercolor II / Starts October 31, 2012

The beauty and challenge of painting in transparent watercolor can now be explored in this continuation of the “Fun With Watercolor” course. Any painter who has some experience in watercolor is welcome to join this class, which explores professional-quality techniques, composition possibilities and advanced strategies for beautiful watercolors. When:  Wednesday, October 31 to December 12, 2012 Where: Santa Fe Community College / 6401 Richards Ave. Santa Fe, NM 87508 Time:  1:30 to...

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Life Drawing Studio / Starts October 10, 2012

Life Drawing Studio / Starts October 10, 2012

This class is for those with some nude-figure drawing experience who are ready to move to the next level. After a series of brief warm-up gestures, the model maintains one long pose for the duration of the session, giving you time to develop your drawings and focus on aspects of the figure that give you trouble. Short slide presentations are part of the course. Personalized critiques focus on accuracy of gesture, proportion and artistic anatomy. When:  Wednesday, October 10 to November 14,...

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Pour Painting / Starts October 6, 2012

Pour Painting / Starts October 6, 2012

This class is for students who want to express their creativity but lack art skills. Paint in oils and use gravity to move the paint. Colors blend naturally as they come into contact with each other. Students may complete up to three paintings. No previous experience is required. A love of color, getting messy and having fun will be assets in this class. When:  Saturday, October 6 to November 11, 2012 Where: Santa Fe Community College / 6401 Richards Ave. Santa Fe, NM 87508 Time:  1:30 to 4:30...

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Intermediate Acrylic Painting with Jakki Kouffman / Starts October 17, 2012

Intermediate Acrylic Painting with Jakki Kouffman / Starts  October 17, 2012

This course is for intermediate/advanced artists interested in pursuing a series of paintings using acrylic, pastel, oil (including water-soluble) or mixed media. Classroom work will emphasize group critiques to advance each student’s project. Participants may paint during the discussion period. All painting styles and approaches are welcome. Some experience with drawing and color is recommended. Jakki Kouffman has shown her work and taught painting around the country for more than 20...

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Silk Painting and Surface Design / September 22, 2012

Silk Painting and Surface Design / September 22, 2012

This course will introduce the exciting field of painting on silk. Even beginners can produce amazing wearable art accessories, quilting, wall hangings and fine art. Use many different techniques when dyeing and painting on silk including shibori, resist and discharge techniques. A review of the history of silk, its many uses and its properties will be discussed. Contemporary use of silk, as in inkjet printing, printmaking and experimental techniques, will be encouraged in this class. Most...

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Introduction to Abstract Painting / Starts November 1, 2012

Introduction to Abstract Painting / Starts November 1, 2012

This oil painting course is an opportunity to experiment with what you already know and to better understand abstraction. All the exercises help you reach your goals in painting as well as abstraction, which is not very different from painting representative work. The second half of the course will focus on finding your voice through abstraction. Painting experience is recommended but not mandatory. John St. Peter has a Master of Fine Arts degree in painting and enjoys encouraging artists...

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Fun with Watercolor I / Starts September 19, 2012

Fun with Watercolor I / Starts September 19, 2012

This painting class introduces beginning students to the fundamentals of making beautiful watercolors. Learn how to use paint, brushes and paper to create easy and fun effects that excite and entertain. All the basic techniques of paint application and tool usage are covered, as well as professional strategies for starting, executing and finishing paintings. Have lots of fun with watercolors while learning professional-quality techniques. Michael McGuire is an accomplished artist and teacher...

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Draw the Seasonal Harvest / Starts September 28th, 2012

Draw the Seasonal Harvest / Starts September 28th, 2012

Start drawing beautiful botanical forms. Each week new subject matter is introduced. Learn how to render values done in black and white pencil. Expand your understanding of form and volume and apply it to any media. First, discover useful exercises in pencil and then add basic watercolor washes. View examples from master artists. Class demonstrations and class dialogue will support your efforts in drawing a convincing, delicious looking subject. This class is open to beginners and intermediate...

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Pecos and Glorieta, Including a Greer Garson House Tour / October 28, 2012

Pecos and Glorieta, Including a Greer Garson House Tour / October 28, 2012

Begin your class learning about the Pecos Pueblo, the Civil War at Glorieta and Hollywood star Greer Garson. After a brief overview by historian and tour leader Peter Sinclaire, everyone will board the college van for the Glorieta-Pecos region. Visit the Pecos Pueblo and enjoy the picnic lunch you brought. The Pecos National Monument Visitor Center features a film narrated by Greer Garson about the region. After touring the pueblo, students will visit the Forked Lightning Ranch where Greer...

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Drawing Perspective and Proportion / Starts October 30, 2012

Drawing Perspective and Proportion / Starts October 30, 2012

Learn a skill required for every drawing. Sighting angles enables you to apply perspective and proportion to a drawing. Learn how to “take sights” simply by using your pencil for angles and measurement and then transfer them to your drawing. The skill quickly becomes automatic. We will draw a variety of subject matter. John St. Peter has been teaching drawing at SFCC since 2005. When:  Tuesday, October 30 to November 27, 2012 Where: Santa Fe Community College / 6401 Richards Ave....

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Basic Crochet with Wendy Pattrick / Starts October 23, 2012

Basic Crochet with Wendy Pattrick / Starts October 23, 2012

Here’s a stress-free guide to learning about crochet. Learn basic crochet terms, patterns and instructions to complete simple projects. You don’t need many supplies to get started, and six complete projects will be covered during the course. Wendy Pattrick has been crocheting for more than 40 years and also teaches knitting for Continuing Education. When:  Tuesday, October 23 to November 27, 2012 Where: Santa Fe Community College / 6401 Richards Ave. Santa Fe, NM 87508 Time:  6:00...

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Geologic Hike at the Ojito Wilderness Area / October 26, 2012

Geologic Hike at the Ojito Wilderness Area / October 26, 2012

The Ojito Wilderness Area is a unique geologic landscape within an hour’s drive from both Santa Fe and Albuquerque. On this journey you will explore on foot the spectacular San Ysidro anticline, where Mesozoic rock layers have been folded into a dome structure, the core of which has been breached by erosion, exposing a variety of tilted, colorful rocks. A circular hike of approximately 4 miles takes you into the anticline and back along its eastern edge. The elevation gain/loss on the...

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Water-Based Monoprints / October 19-21, 2012

Water-Based Monoprints / October 19-21, 2012

Due to its immediacy and painterly qualities, monoprint is highly rewarding for artists who don’t want to be encumbered by complicated technical processes. The class will work exclusively with water-based media. These new methods eliminate the need for solvents and makes clean-up a snap. Explore a variety of approaches to the monoprint, including additive and subtractive methods of working and chine colle, the application of thin, decorative papers. When:  October 19-21, 2012 Where: Santa Fe...

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Tin Tree-Topper / November 27, 2012

Tin Tree-Topper / November 27, 2012

Nothing says northern New Mexico more than a handcrafted, tin tree-topper on your Christmas tree. No previous experience is needed to create your own tinwork design. A star, an angel or some other imaginative topper can be executed in tin and enjoyed by your family and friends for generations. When:  Tuesday November 27, 2012 Where: Santa Fe Community College / 6401 Richards Ave. Santa Fe, NM 87508 Time:  6:00 to 9:00 pm Cost:  $39 Max. Attendees:  15 Phone:  505-428-1676 Website/Blog Address:...

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Beginning Knitting / Starts October 22, 2012

Beginning Knitting / Starts October 22, 2012

Knitting is re-surging in popularity for everything from scarves to sweaters, ponchos to mittens, hats to handbags, cushions to afghans and more. Often called the “new yoga,” it is relaxing, inspiring and strengthens your hands. In addition, it is an entree to meeting new people and forming knitting groups where more than knitting is shared. The foundation of knitting is only two stitches, but the possibilities built on those two stitches are infinite. When:  Monday, October 22 to...

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Calligraphy and Lettering Arts with Sherry Bishop / Starts October 1, 2012

Calligraphy and Lettering Arts with Sherry Bishop / Starts October 1, 2012

Learn the art of beautiful writing using the simplest of tools, a chisel-pointed pen nib and ink. In this class, you will learn the lower and upper case letter forms of italic writing. This hands-on course allows students to explore pen, ink and paper while practicing techniques. Students will finish class with their own samplers to keep and practice. Taught by professional calligrapher Sherry Bishop. When:  Monday, October 1 to October 15, 2012 Where: Santa Fe Community College / 6401...

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Introduction to Green Building / July 10, 2012 (1 day)

Introduction to Green Building / July 10, 2012 (1 day)

Building better, “greener” and more energy-efficient buildings is easier than you may think. This class provides an overview of green building for owners, builders and designers who want to improve the quality of their homes and achieve higher energy efficiency while reducing their impact on our the environment. The class reviews current issues, concepts, strategies, goals, programs and language in the field, including: “carbon neutral” or “zero energy” homes, “LEED” and “Build Green”...

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Geologic Exploration into the Valles Caldera / August 8, 2012

Geologic Exploration into the Valles Caldera / August 8, 2012

This one-day field trip will enter the Valles Caldera National Preserve, exploring the fascinating geologic story told by rock exposures inside the caldera. The caldera has experienced profound changes involving resurgent uplift, numerous volcanic eruptions, lakes and erosion of the rim. Our journey includes numerous scenic valleys inside the caldera, including Valle Grande, Valle San Antonio and Valle Toledo. Wildlife sightings are common.The $10 entry fee into the preserve is included in the...

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Java Programming Camp (Ages 13 to 17) / Starts July 16, 2012 (5 days)

Java Programming Camp (Ages 13 to 17) / Starts July 16, 2012 (5 days)

Java is one of the most powerful programming languages used to power billions of devices worldwide, from iPhones to navigation systems. Experience the power of Java through hands-on application development. Students will create multimedia applications using images and sound files and will explore games and game design. Knowledge of Java provides a strong foundation for students to learn other programming languages such as C++. This curriculum models courses offered at major universities. Java...

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Women on the Ropes Course / June 23, 2012

Women on the Ropes Course / June 23, 2012

Spend a day with other women doing high events on SFCC’s Ropes Challenge Course, at 20 acres the largest challenge course in the Southwest. Experience the thrill of the single shaky pole, climbing tower, and the vertical playpen. Participants wear a full-body harness and a helmet. All events are “challenge by choice.” Saturday, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., June 23, 1 day. Course #HF392 01/CRN 10573 Teamwork in Action, Fee...

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Mushroom Identification / July 22 & August 5, 2012

Mushroom Identification / July 22 & August 5, 2012

After a briefing on mushroom identification, you’ll tramp the fields and forests in search of mushrooms in their habitat. Learn how to gather them properly, how to make a spore print, and how to prepare and preserve edible mushrooms. Serious consideration is given to identifying edible vs. poisonous mushrooms. Art Judd, who is at home in nature, has been studying mushrooms for more than 40 years. Sunday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., July 22, 1 day. Course #HG398 01/CRN 10672 Sunday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.,...

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Kids and the Arts (Ages 5 to 10)

Kids and the Arts (Ages 5 to 10)

Send your kids to college and get them immersed in creativity before heading back to school. Students will learn creative expression in theater, music and art as they move from studio to studio on the SFCC campus. Our highly skilled staff includes Lisa Coddington, art instructor at SFCC; Jim Goulden, music teacher; and Natasha Lara for theater. Ages 5 to 7 Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., July 30, 5 days. Course #KS381 01/CRN 10277 James Goulden, Natasha Lara and Lisa...

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Alice Game Programming (Ages 9 to 13) / Starts June 25, 2012 (5days)

Alice Game Programming (Ages 9 to 13) / Starts June 25, 2012 (5days)

STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) education is America’s initiative to engage students in STEM degrees. Students will be introduced to Alice, an interactive 3D-programming environment from Carnegie Mellon University. Students learn to create animations and games using the Alice software. Alice offers the best first exposure to programming for students by providing an intuitive 3D environment for teaching object-oriented programming. Students learn common programming constructs,...

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Writing Creative Essays with Dawn Wink / July 7, 2012

Writing Creative Essays with Dawn Wink / July 7, 2012

Essays have the power to connect and move the reader in profound ways. Hone your skills in the art and craft of essay composition in this workshop. Learn the process of how to take disorganized ideas and write them into essays of elegance, creativity and resonance. Dawn Wink teaches in the education program at SFCC. Saturday, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., July 7, 1 day. Course #CO382 01/CRN 10649 Dawn Wink, Fee...

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Tapas! with Anthony Damiano / June 17, 2012

Tapas! with Anthony Damiano / June 17, 2012

Tapas are appetizers that play a big role in Spanish cuisine. Learn to create a wide variety for your next party or event. Tapas can be cold or warm; we will make both as we explore traditional dishes. Time allowing, try your hand at shrimp fritters, spicy sausage and cheese tortilla, ceviche, artichoke cakes with aioli, and empanadas. Anthony Damiano recently opened a new restaurant in Santa Fe, “Sup.” He formerly taught at Scottsdale Culinary Institute/Le Cordon Bleu. Sunday, 10 a.m. to 3...

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The Ins and Outs of Independent Publishing with Cindy Bellinger / July 14th, 2012

The Ins and Outs of Independent Publishing with Cindy Bellinger / July 14th, 2012

People who want to publish their own books will learn the fundamentals of getting a book published. Book design elements, finding distribution networks, the necessity of editing, and acquiring an ISBN are all covered. Formatting ebooks will also be addressed. Create a personal production schedule and define marketing strategies. Cindy Bellinger is on the board of the New Mexico Book Association and has walked the talk. Saturday, 9 a.m. to noon, July 14, 1 day. Course #CO379 01/CRN 10655...

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High-Altitude Baking with Tanya Story / June 9th, 2012

High-Altitude Baking with Tanya Story / June 9th, 2012

Are your cakes not rising? You are not alone. Amazing baker Tanya Story will share her secrets to successful high-altitude baking. Baking in Santa Fe’s high altitude means taking science into account. Learn how to adjust formulas and ratios between rising agents, liquids and dry ingredients to produce quality cakes, pastries and cookies that fill your home with the aroma of freshbaked goods. This class is perfect for beginners and experienced bakers. All materials are included. Saturday, 10...

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Embroidery with Elizabeth Harris / Starts October 13, 2012

Embroidery with Elizabeth Harris / Starts October 13, 2012

Embroidery is quick to learn, portable and requires minimal supplies. Designs are easily available or you can use your own artwork and make great gifts. We will cover all the tools, several pattern transfer techniques, basic stitches and tons of ideas for future projects. You will leave with a small project completed. Elizabeth Harris has been teaching and sewing for many years. When:  Saturday, October 13 to October 20, 2012 Where: Santa Fe Community College / 6401 Richards Ave. Santa Fe, NM...

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Sharpening Woodworking Tools / June 16th, 2012 (1 day)

Sharpening Woodworking Tools / June 16th, 2012 (1 day)

Beginners and more advanced woodworkers will want to brush up their skills in this intensive sharpening session. We will cover grinding, honing and final polishing to create razor-sharp edges on your new or used chisels, plane irons and other edge tools. Students will have an opportunity to experiment with a variety of sharpening methods to get your woodworking tools in top shape. Bring your tools and we’ll get to work. Saturday, 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., June 16, 1 day. Course #CR377 01/CRN...

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Woodworking: Introduction to Veneer with Douglas Jones / June 30th, 2012

Woodworking: Introduction to Veneer with Douglas Jones / June 30th, 2012

Veneering opens up many new options for the woodworker. This quick introduction will cover the basic applications and techniques for applying veneer. Resources for purchasing commercial veneer will be discussed. Students also learn how to make and use bandsawn veneer. We will practice on samples to get a feel for this versatile material. Saturday, 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., June 30, 1 day. Course #CR379 01/CRN 10638 Douglas Jones, Fee...

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Maloof-Style Rocking Chair / Starts July 10th, 2012 (2 wks)

Maloof-Style Rocking Chair / Starts July 10th, 2012 (2 wks)

Students build a rocking chair and leave with the finished product. Each participant is provided with templates to expedite the process and execute each step of the project. Students work on their own chair and have some choice about size and design. Students provide some of their own tools and supplies; wood is covered in the supply fee. John Moldovan lives and works with wood in Sonoma, California. A supply fee of $225 will be due at the first class. There are no refunds after June 22....

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Introduction to Finishing Wood / July 7th, 2012 (1 day)

Introduction to Finishing Wood / July 7th, 2012 (1 day)

A beautiful finish highlights the woods and colors of a piece of furniture. We will cover preparation, choice of a finish, safety issues, application and techniques in this quick introduction. Special attention will be given to simple methods for tinting or staining wood and clear finishes for specific applications. Doug Jones is a woodworking instructor at SFCC who runs his own studio when not teaching. Saturday, 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., July 7, 1 day. Course #CR376 01/CRN 10640 Douglas Jones,...

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Embroidery / Start July 14th, 2012 ( 2 weekends)

Embroidery / Start July 14th, 2012 ( 2 weekends)

Embroidery is quick to learn, portable, and requires minimal supplies. Designs are easily available, or you can use your own artwork and make great gifts. We will cover all the tools, several pattern-transfer techniques, basic stitches, and tons of ideas for future projects. You will leave with a small project completed. Elizabeth Harris has been teaching and sewing for many years. Saturday, 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., July 14, 2 wks. Course #CR328 01/CRN 10641 Elizabeth Harris, Fee...

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Portal to Non-Adhesive Bindings / July 14th, 2012

Portal to Non-Adhesive Bindings / July 14th, 2012

This class is for anyone who is afraid of glue or shudders when using PVA. We will make 3 bindings that don’t use PVA at all. Starting with a double pamphlet stitch, we’ll move on to a multiple-sectioned buttonhole stitch. This exposed spine sewing forms a linear pattern at the head and tail. The resulting visual effect is almost like a window looking into the center of the spine. We will finish off with a variation of a long stitch book which includes two chain stitches across the spine, a...

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Water-Based Monoprints / Starts June 8th, 2012 (3 days)

Water-Based Monoprints / Starts June 8th, 2012 (3 days)

Due to its immediacy and painterly qualities, monoprint is highly rewarding. The class will work exclusively with water-based media. These new methods eliminate the need for solvents and makes cleanup a snap. Explore a variety of approaches to the monoprint, including additive and subtractive methods of working and chine colle, the application of thin, decorative papers. Monoprint is an easy method of print making, especially for artists who don’t want to be encumbered by complicated technical...

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Charcoal Landscape Drawing with Michael McGuire / Starts Aug. 9th, 2012 (3 days)

Charcoal Landscape Drawing with Michael McGuire / Starts Aug. 9th, 2012 (3 days)

Learn to draw landscapes with vine charcoal in a loose and fun manner. Produce drawings that look exactly like the scene you’re viewing in no time. Michael McGuire will demonstrate an easy and fun way to create convincing landscape drawings with simple vine charcoal. Experience the fun similar to painting with very large brushes. We will create “brushes” with charcoal that sweep across the paper with ease and delight. Only a few inexpensive materials are needed. Thursday, Friday, Saturday, 12...

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Ecology of the Santa Fe Mountains / May 20th, 2012

Ecology of the Santa Fe Mountains / May 20th, 2012

Within a short distance of the Plaza lies a great variety of habitats and plant communities. In this mostly downhill hike of 7.5 miles, you’ll examine vegetation gradients, the evolution of ecosystems, the interplay between geography and climate, micro-climates, and how individual flora and fauna have adapted to various environmental conditions. Geologic processes, animal tracks, and plant and bird identification will illustrate the details of the various habitats visited. Participants arrange...

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