Fun Learning Mandarin Chinese
Feb
17
May 19

Fun Learning Mandarin Chinese

This is a fun Mandarin course for children ages 6 to 12 with all levels of Chinese language experience, including no background.  We plan our activities to encourage students to fully engage with the Mandarin Chinese language and culture.  In this way their experience is interesting and fun in a fully supportive environment.   Students are grouped according to language proficiency.  This Mandarin Chinese “After School Enrichment” program provides the opportunity to learn “socially”, with new friends helping each other master new language and culture skills and knowledge through role-playing and corresponding conversational practice.

Students will learn Chinese Language and Culture through songs, rhymes, traditional arts, stories, and fun games.  The emphasis is on creating a very supportive and warm environment and developing a sense of accomplishment and motivation to continue learning Chinese.

The primary goal of this course is to help students build a solid foundation for learning Chinese and developing communication skills in listening and speaking.  Recognizing and writing characters are accomplished through meaningful focus on the etymology of the ideographs.  Sessions have different themes and materials for new and returning students.
Our supportive and engaging teaching methods utilize unique creative ideas to make our lessons enjoyable and educational.  Our purpose is to give students an inspiring language learning experience.  

Ages: 6 - 12
Days: 10 Fridays, 2/17, 3/3, 3/10, 3/17, 4/7, 4/21, 4/28, 5/5, 5/12, & 5/19, 2017
Hours: 4:00pm - 6:00pm
Size: Limited to 8 students
Instructor: Vickie Rockower
Fee: $250 (includes textbook & materials) $230 for returning students who do not need a textbook.

Make Your Own Herbarium!
Feb
18
Feb 25

Make Your Own Herbarium!

  • The Lyceum of Monterey County

Make a personal herbarium.  Historically herbariums have been used by botanists and gardeners to preserve and catalog their plant collections.  Learn about famous herbariums such as those made by Charles Darwin, Lewis and Clark, and Emily Dickinson.  Complete the process by making greeting cards and book marks from pressed plants which  will be provided.  Create a plant collage suitable for framing.  Learn an easy way to press your own plants.  

Ages:       13 - Adult
Dates:      Two Saturdays, Feb 18th & 25th, 2017
Hours:      1:00 - 3:30pm
Instructor: Sharon Nelson
Location: The Lyceum
Fee:          $80 (includes materials)
Size:         Limited to 8 students

Model United Nations for Middle School (Home School) Students
Feb
22
May 13

Model United Nations for Middle School (Home School) Students

Model United Nations (MUN) promotes an understanding of geography, social studies, and world history in a fun and interactive way, beyond the traditional textbook environment.  Through role-playing, students bring current international issues to life and gain an interest and better understanding of global issues.  In addition, MUN helps students improve public speaking, communication, and interpersonal skills; teaches students how to negotiate; emphasizes team-building, networking, and collaboration; and gives students the opportunity to hone their research and writing skills.  The MUN classes prepare students for the Lyceum's 8th Annual Model United Nations conference on May 13, held at the Middlebury Institute of International Studies in Monterey.

Ages: 10 - 14 (Middle School)
Date:  Every Wednesday for 12 weeks (2/22, 3/1, 3/8, 3/15, 3/22, 3/29, 4/12, 4/19, 4/26, 5/3, 5/10) plus one Saturday all-day conference (5/13), and debrief (5/17)
Hours: 12:00pm - 2:00pm
Instructors: Julie Horner and Jacques Belval
Location: The Lyceum, 1073 Sixth Street, Monterey
Fee: $200

Note: This class is open to Home School students only.  

Drawing and Painting Birds
Mar
11
3:00 pm15:00

Drawing and Painting Birds

How to depict the variety of birds that inhabit our world.  We will focus on proportions, shapes, and the amazing colors and structures found in birds.  Bring your favorite pictures of birds and an openness to learning color pencil techniques. 

Date: Saturday, March 11, 2017
Hours: 3:00 - 5:00pm
Ages: 8 - 12
Size: Limited to 8 students
Instructor: Julie Heilman
Fee: $35.00 (includes materials)

Pen and Ink with Watercolor
Mar
18
Mar 25

Pen and Ink with Watercolor

Learn classic art of  sketching with crow quill pen and India ink.  Experience  Chinese brush pen, bamboo reed pens, and  Pigma Micron ink pens.  Discover how to make and use walnut/sepia ink and medieval gall Ink .  Add watercolor to  your sketches and drawings for  accents.  Step by step method and techniques will be followed. Materials will be provided. 

Ages:        12 - Adult
Dates:       Two Saturdays, Mar 18th & 25th, 2017
Hours:      1:00 - 3:30pm
Instructor:  Sharon Nelson
Location:   The Lyceum
Fee:           $80 (includes materials)

Introduction to Mindfulness: 4th & 5th Graders
Mar
19
Apr 9

Introduction to Mindfulness: 4th & 5th Graders

Mindfulness and compassion -- being aware and being kind -- are continuing to gain recognition as pathways to increasing clarity, connection and well-being at home, in school and at work.  The benefits of these practices have been shown in academic performance, emotional regulation, physical health, and interpersonal relationships.  Cultivating these qualities of being present, accepting and engaged in daily life can be powerful in building positive relationships with oneself, others, and the world.  

In this 4-week course, participants will be engaged through guided meditation, teaching, discussion, journaling, gentle movement and relating games to deepen mindful awareness and compassion.  Participants will:

  • Develop awareness and management of thoughts and emotions
  • Learn to identify and work with stressors
  • Cultivate self-compassion and kindness.

Ages: Students in 4th or 5th grade
Dates: Four Sundays,  March 19, 26, April 2, & 9
Hours: 1:00-2:30pm
Instructor: Katie Dutcher
Location: The Lyceum
Size: Limited to 8 students
Fee: $100

Introduction to Mindfulness - High Schoolers and their Parents
Mar
19
Apr 9

Introduction to Mindfulness - High Schoolers and their Parents

Mindfulness and compassion -- being aware and being kind -- are continuing to gain recognition as pathways to increasing clarity, connection and well-being at home, in school and at work.  The benefits of these practices have been shown in academic performance, emotional regulation, physical health, and interpersonal relationships.  Cultivating these qualities of being present, accepting and engaged in daily life can be powerful in building positive relationships with oneself, others, and the world.  

In this 4-week course, participants will be engaged through guided meditation, teaching, discussion, journaling, gentle movement and relating games to deepen mindful awareness and compassion.  Participants will develop awareness and management of thoughts and emotions, learn to identify and work with stressors, and cultivate self-compassion and kindness.

Ages: High School students and their Parents
Dates: Four Sundays,  March 19, 26, April 2, & 9
Hours: 3:30 - 5:00pm
Instructor: Marianne Rowe
Location: The Lyceum
Size: Limited to 8 students
Fee: $100

Cosmic Puzzles II
Mar
29
May 3

Cosmic Puzzles II

Are you a parent looking for ways to make math fun and exciting for your child?  Look no further!   Students will explore various types of non-video games and will participate in team and individual competitions from the simplest to the most mind-bending.  Following this will be an introduction to the largest and smallest numbers known that describe our universe, and will show how the idea of proportions rules our modern world.  Each session will end with a chance to solve some of the best puzzles and conundrums from ancient times to the present, including “The Prisoners Dilemma”.

Teams will be given the opportunity to create their own games, both games of pure strategy, and “real” games involving luck and bluffing.  The focus will be on having fun while experiencing some of the most awe-inspiring ideas and discoveries of mathematics and science.

Vic Selby is the author of “Mathematics And the Human Condition”, and is now a curriculum consultant after teaching for 30 years at Carmel High School.  

Ages:  11 - 14 (middle school)
Dates: Six Wednesdays, Mar 29, Apr 5, 12, 19, 26, May 3, 2017
Hours: 3:30 - 5:30pm
Size: Limited to 8 students
Instructor: Vic Selby (website)
Fee: $140

Batik Workshop
Apr
1
10:30 am10:30

Batik Workshop

Batik is the ancient decorative art of creating designs on fabric using dyes along with a “resist”, such as melted bees wax. The oldest known examples are on silk screens in Japan, from the Sui Dynasty (AD 581-618). Today, batik is mostly associated with Indonesia, which maintains a vibrant culture of batik producers.

In this workshop, the student will learn how to use traditional batik dying methods to create a contemporary, personalized work of art on cotton cloth. The workshop will focus on the following skill building processes: 

  • Focus on simple designs that exploit the spontaneous and organic nature of batik.
  • Learn the essential ordering of building the design from lightest to darkest color.

Build your individual style with the use of color and the unique effects available to you with this ancient decorative method.

Ages: 12 - Adult
Dates: Saturday, April 1st, 2017
Hours: 10:30am - 3:30pm
Location: The Lyceum
Instructor: Kate Warthen
Class Size: Limited to 8 Students
Fee: $75 (materials included)

Pinnacles National Monument (Single Day Adventure)
Apr
8
9:00 am09:00

Pinnacles National Monument (Single Day Adventure)

Spend the day hiking around this beautiful Monterey County treasure.  Watch for falcons, hawks and condors wheeling around the ancient volcanic cliffs.  Scramble through the Balcony Caves with your flashlight and emerge into a cool riparian habitat. 

Ages: 8 - 12
Date: Saturday, April 8th, 2017
Hours: 9:00am - 4:00pm
Location: Pinnacles National Park
Instructor: Ventana Wildlife Society
Fee: $50.00

Painting Rainbows
Apr
15
3:00 pm15:00

Painting Rainbows

Red, yellow, blue, purple, orange, and green...the basic colors found in a rainbow.  The arch of half circle in the sky created by light, clouds, and rain.  What a great starting point for color theory exploration.  Liquid transparent watercolors will be our medium to create fabulous paintings.  

Ages: 8 - 12
Date: Saturday, April 15th, 2017
Hours: 3:00 - 5:00pm
Size: Limited to 8 students
Instructor: Julie Heilman
Fee: $35.00 (includes materials)

Drawing and Painting the Seashore
Apr
22
Apr 29

Drawing and Painting the Seashore

Step by step activities to learn basic shapes in nature, observational skills, perspective, shading and blending techniques using colored pencils and watercolors. 

Ages:      10 - Adult
Dates:     Two Saturdays, Apr 22nd & 29th, 2017
Hours:     10:00am - Noon
Instructor: Marie Gilmore
Location:   The Lyceum
Fee:        $70 (includes materials)

Cosmic Puzzles for Home School Students
Apr
25
May 30

Cosmic Puzzles for Home School Students

Are you a parent looking for ways to make math fun and exciting for your Home School child?  Look no further!   Students will explore various types of non-video games and will participate in team and individual competitions from the simplest to the most mind-bending.  Following this will be an introduction to the largest and smallest numbers known that describe our universe, and will show how the idea of proportions rules our modern world.  Each session will end with a chance to solve some of the best puzzles and conundrums from ancient times to the present, including “The Prisoners Dilemma”.

Teams will be given the opportunity to create their own games, both games of pure strategy, and “real” games involving luck and bluffing.  The focus will be on having fun while experiencing some of the most awe-inspiring ideas and discoveries of mathematics and science.

Vic Selby is the author of “Mathematics And the Human Condition”, and is now a curriculum consultant after teaching for 30 years at Carmel High School.  

Ages:  11 - 14 (middle school)
Dates: Six Tuesdays, Apr 25, May 2, 9, 16, 23, 30th, 2017
Hours: 1:30 - 3:30pm
Size: Limited to 8 students
Instructor: Vic Selby (website)
Fee: $140

Introduction to Mindfulness - High Schoolers
Apr
30
May 21

Introduction to Mindfulness - High Schoolers

Mindfulness and compassion -- being aware and being kind -- are continuing to gain recognition as pathways to increasing clarity, connection and well-being at home, in school and at work.  The benefits of these practices have been shown in academic performance, emotional regulation, physical health, and interpersonal relationships.  Cultivating these qualities of being present, accepting and engaged in daily life can be powerful in building positive relationships with oneself, others, and the world.  

In this 4-week course, participants will be engaged through guided meditation, teaching, discussion, journaling, gentle movement and relating games to deepen mindful awareness and compassion.  Participants will develop awareness and management of thoughts and emotions, learn to identify and work with stressors, and cultivate self-compassion and kindness.

Ages: High School students
Dates: Four Sundays,  April 30, May 7, 14, & 21st
Hours: 1:00 - 2:30pm
Instructor: Katie Dutcher
Location: The Lyceum
Size: Limited to 8 students
Fee: $100

Introduction to Mindfulness - Middle School
Apr
30
May 21

Introduction to Mindfulness - Middle School

Mindfulness and compassion -- being aware and being kind -- are continuing to gain recognition as pathways to increasing clarity, connection and well-being at home, in school and at work.  The benefits of these practices have been shown in academic performance, emotional regulation, physical health, and interpersonal relationships.  Cultivating these qualities of being present, accepting and engaged in daily life can be powerful in building positive relationships with oneself, others, and the world.  

In this 4-week course, participants will be engaged through guided meditation, teaching, discussion, journaling, gentle movement and relating games to deepen mindful awareness and compassion.  Participants will develop awareness and management of thoughts and emotions, learn to identify and work with stressors, and cultivate self-compassion and kindness.

Ages: Middle School students
Dates: Four Sundays,  April 30, May 7, 14, & 21st
Hours: 3:30 - 5:00pm
Instructor: Marianne Rowe
Location: The Lyceum
Size: Limited to 8 students
Fee: $100

Fairyland at the Lyceum
May
6
May 13

Fairyland at the Lyceum

Guided activities exploring the world of fairies through art, music, and poetry.  Children will make their own fairy houses out of natural materials, and take home a tiny terrarium.  

Age: K-3
Dates: Two Saturdays, May 6th & 13th, 2017
Hours: 10:00-11:30am
Location: The Lyceum
Instructors: Marie Gilmore and Sharon Nelson
Fee: $60 per child

Flower Power
May
6
3:00 pm15:00

Flower Power

Samples of a variety of flowers depicted by successful artists, including Georgia O'Keefe and Vincent Van Gogh, will be our muse.  Patterning and texture will be discussed as well as the underlying forms that individualize each flower. Color pencil and watercolor will be the tools used to create flower cards.  

Ages: 8 - 14
Date: May 6, 2017
Hours: 3:00 - 5:00pm
Instructor: Julie Heilman
Size: Limited to 8 students
Fee: $35.00

Paper Petals Collage Art and Papercraft Workshop
May
20
10:00 am10:00

Paper Petals Collage Art and Papercraft Workshop

With fun ideas, springtime inspiration, paper petals and the guidance of local collage artist Lisa Handley, you’ll create beautifully papercrafted May flowers during this 2-hour workshop. Projects will include floral-themed collage art, a pretty posey magnet and a “tussy mussy” bookmark.  Enjoy a creative morning of flower power!  All materials provided.

Ages:        8-12
Date:        Saturday, May 20, 2017
Hours:        10 a.m. - Noon
Location:    The Lyceum
Instructor:    Lisa Handley
Size:        Up to 8 students
Fee:        $35

“Images, Intuition, Imagination…SoulCollage®!” Workshop
Jun
3
10:00 am10:00

“Images, Intuition, Imagination…SoulCollage®!” Workshop

During this 2.5 hour workshop, trained SoulCollage® facilitator Lisa Handley will offer guidance and encouragement as you gather compelling images, create your SoulCollage® cards and contemplate the meaning of your new cards through mindful journaling exercises.  Each unique card represents a different facet of your inner or outer world.  SoulCollage® is a creative, insightful tool for self-discovery and personal growth.  Join us to experience and enjoy the “3 I’s” of SoulCollage® - images, intuition and imagination.  This workshop can also be a wonderful opportunity for a parent and teen to enjoy the process together!  All materials provided. 

Ages:        14 to adult
Date:        Saturday, June 3, 2017
Hours:        10 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Location:    The Lyceum
Instructor:    Lisa Handley
Size:        Up to 8 participants
Fee:        $35


INTRO TO SALSA: Family & Couples Dance
Feb
12
1:00 pm13:00

INTRO TO SALSA: Family & Couples Dance

Have you ever wanted to dance salsa, but don't know where to start?  This class is an introduction to the basics of salsa dancing and an opportunity for friends, couples, or parents and their teens to learn how to dance together.  Students will learn the basics of Latin social dance as well as fundamental salsa steps and turns.  Students will also learn a short history of salsa dance and a small dance combination that they can practice at home.

Ages: 8 and up (children must be accompanied by a parent)
Date: Sunday, February 12
Hours: 1pm-2:30pm
Instructors: Ashley Gora and Ellen Olack
Class size: Limited to 4 parent-child couples (additional children may also participate if pre-registered)
Location: The Lyceum
Fee: $25 per couple, $5 per additional child

The Heart of Collage Art
Jan
28
10:00 am10:00

The Heart of Collage Art

During this 2-hour workshop, Lisa Handley will guide participants through unique heart-themed collage art projects in anticipation of Valentine’s Day.  With a basic set of collage techniques, learn how to blend new and upcycled materials (such as coffee cozies and doilies) into Valentine-inspired collage art.  Projects will include notecards, artist trading cards (to keep or trade) and mixed media artwork.

Ages: 8 - 11
Date:  Saturday, January 28th, 2017
Hours: 10:00am - Noon
Instructor: Lisa Handley (view her Website)
Location: The Lyceum, 1073 Sixth Street, Monterey
Fee: $30

Poem Illustration
Nov
5
3:00 pm15:00

Poem Illustration

Artists will bring with them their favorite poem or verse and reference materials.  We will explore how to take the ideas in their mind and apply them to a creative work of art.  Transferring images, using symbols and mixed media, will be discussed.  The end result should be a fabulous & personal representation of the written word.

Date: Saturday, Nov 5, 2016
Hours: 3:00 - 5:00pm
Ages: 8 - 12
Size: Limited to 8 students
Instructor: Julie Heilman
Fee: $25.00 (includes materials)

Drawing & Painting Native Wildflowers
Oct
22
Oct 29

Drawing & Painting Native Wildflowers

Come and enjoy a creative workshop of botanical art and study of nature, taught by well-known botanical artist Claudia Stevens.  Learn traditional watercolor techniques to create fresh, dynamic paintings.  Classes will be focused on scientific observation, attention to detail, and drawing and painting following a step-by-step method, and many tips.  Check out the impressive samples of previous students attached.    All levels welcome.  Teens - adults.  Art reception at the end.  

Ages: 12 - Adult
Dates:  Two Saturdays, October 22nd and 29th, 2016
Hours: 1:00pm - 4:00pm
Class size: Limited to 9 students
Instructor: Claudia Stevens (view her website)
Fee: $85

Being Mindful: Helping the Brain to Calm, Concentrate, and Connect
Oct
16
Nov 6

Being Mindful: Helping the Brain to Calm, Concentrate, and Connect

A course for teens and parents

Mindfulness and compassion -- being aware and being kind -- are continuing to gain recognition as pathways to increasing clarity, connection and well-being at home, in school and at work.  The benefits of these practices have been shown in academic performance, emotional regulation, physical health, and interpersonal relationships.  Cultivating these qualities of being present, accepting and engaged in daily life can be powerful in building positive relationships with oneself, others, and the world.  

In this 4-week course, Marianne Rowe, MS, and Katie Dutcher, MA will guide participants in deepening mindfulness and compassion through teaching, discussion, journaling, gentle movement, guided meditation and relating games.  Focus will be given to developing awareness and management of thoughts and emotions, learning to identify and work with our stressors, and cultivating self-compassion and kindness.  

Ages: Teen - Adult
Dates: 4 Sundays, October 16th, 23rd, 30th, and November 6th, 2016
Hours: 1:00 - 2:30pm
Instructors: Marianne Rowe & Katie Dutcher
Class size: Limited to 10 students
Fee: $175

Painting Leaves
Oct
8
3:00 pm15:00

Painting Leaves

Bring your favorite leaves to look at.  I will provide some too.  After we look at them closely with magnifying glasses, we will render them loosely.  Watercolor and color pencil techniques will then be applied.  Masking methods and splatter techniques will provide the control and fun. 

Date: Saturday, Oct 8, 2016
Hours: 3:00 - 5:00pm
Ages: 8 - 12
Size: Limited to 8 students
Instructor: Julie Heilman
Fee: $25.00 (includes materials)

How Sailboats Sail!
Oct
8
11:00 am11:00

How Sailboats Sail!

  • lake el estero

Learn the principles of sailing with instructor Jerry Crawford, and experience maneuvering a model sailboat across El Estero Lake.  Everyone will have a chance to test their newly acquired skills when the El Estero Regatta begins!  All participants will be awarded sailing certificates.  A great class to take in conjunction with How Airplanes Fly.

(note: this is a class on sailing Model Sailboats.  Students will not sail full sized sailboats).

Grades:      K - 6 with Adult
Dates:        Saturday, October 8th, 2016
Hours:       11:00am - 1:30pm
Location:    Lake El Estero
Teacher:    Jerry Crawford
Fee:          $10 (parents attend free, and should accompany younger children)

How Airplanes Fly!
Oct
1
11:00 am11:00

How Airplanes Fly!

  • Monterey Jet Center

Those magnificent flying machines! How do they stay in the air?  If your child's scientific curiosity soars right along with the airplanes overhead, bring them to the Monterey Jet Center where they will learn the principles of flight from instructor Jerry Crawford.  Experiment with making and flying your own paper airplanes based on techniques learned in class. 

Grades:    K - 6 with Adult
Dates:      Saturday, October 1st, 2016
Hours:     11:00am - 12:30pm
Location:  Monterey Jet Center
Teacher:  Jerry Crawford
Cost:        $10 (parents attend free)

Nature's Inspiration and MeCards
Oct
1
10:00 am10:00

Nature's Inspiration and MeCards

During this 2.5 hour workshop, Lisa Handley will gently guide and encourage participants as they gather images of animals, plants and landscapes, create nature-inspired MeCards and write accompanying poems in the “voices” of their collaged cards.  MeCards represent parts of a child’s self, express feelings and interests, honor family, friends, pets and heroes, tell a story and more.  These personal cards become a visual version of a diary or journal.

The fun and engaging creative process of MeCards4Kids™ encourages self-expression, awareness and acceptance.  The “I Am” poem consists of prompts to stimulate imagination and incorporates senses, emotions and intellect.  Similar to its parent process of SoulCollage® (for older children and adults), MeCards4Kids™ opens doors to children’s inner worlds and offers them opportunities to discover, appreciate and embrace different facets of themselves.  Parents can also enjoy the views!

Ages: 8 - 11
Date: Saturday, October 1, 2016
Hours: 10:00am - 12:30pm
Instructor: Lisa Handley (view her Website)
Location: The Lyceum, 1073 Sixth Street, Monterey
Fee:  $35

Pocket Sketching & Nature Journaling
Sep
18
Sep 25

Pocket Sketching & Nature Journaling

Have you been wanting to get out and draw nature? Become a pocket sketcher! Join us at the Lyceum for an introduction to field sketching and journaling using minimal materials. Then venture outdoors to sketch plants, insects and the nearby natural world. Connect nature, art and science! 
All skill levels welcome.

Ages:       12 to Adult
Dates:      Two Sundays - Sept 18th & 25th, 2016
Hours:      1:00pm - 3:00pm
Instructor: Sharon Nelson
Fee:          $60
Size:         Limited to 8 students

Beginning Guitar
Sep
14
4:00 pm16:00

Beginning Guitar

The beginning course in guitar performance will cover: 

  • Tuning your instrument.
  • Naming the strings, guitar parts and fingers for understanding traditional symbols used in songbooks and conventional publications.
  • An explanation of the FIVE major chord grips: C-A-G-E & D to allow complete movement up and down the guitar neck for mastery of the WHOLE fingerboard.
  • Use of guitar pick and finger-style approaches.
  • Rhythms and use of a metronome.
  • The major scale and it's fingerings.  The minor scale and it's fingerings.  There will be no traditional musical notation covered in the first semester, though it will be covered in subsequent classes.  

Ages: K - 8
Dates: 8 Wednesdays, 9/14, 9/21, 9/28, 10/5, 10/12, 10/19, 10/26, 11/2 2016
Hours: 4:00pm - 4:55pm
Instructor: Steve Fox
Location: The Lyceum, 1073 Sixth Street, Monterey
Fee: $80 (works out to $10 per session)

The Yin and Yang of Black & White
Sep
10
3:00 pm15:00

The Yin and Yang of Black & White

Japanese symbols and designs lend themselves to working with Sharpie marker on Bristol paper.  After looking at examples, we will use circle grids, rulers and French curves to create our own symbols.  Black and white construction paper will also lend an aspect of training the eye to the wonders of working with positive and negative images.

Date: Saturday, Sept 10, 2016
Hours: 3:00 - 5:00pm
Ages: 8 - 12
Size: Limited to 8 students
Instructor: Julie Heilman
Fee: $25.00 (includes materials)

Cyber Adventures for Motivated Middle School Girls - Monterey
Jul
9
Jul 16

Cyber Adventures for Motivated Middle School Girls - Monterey

Video from 2015 Cyber Adventurers

Do you want to make the world a better place? Do you want to do exciting work when you are older?  Do you wonder how you might be both an artist and a scientist?

Join a group of girls for a fun experience this summer at Monterey Peninsula College where you will:
•    Build your own robots  
•    Design your own computer games
•    Explore your own creative style in art & science
•    Meet and talk to adventurous people who are changing the world and learn how you can too!

Dates:  Two Saturdays, July 9th & 16th, 2016
Hours:  9:00am - 2:30pm
Grades: Grades 6th, 7th or 8th ONLY (2015-2016 School Year)
Location: Monterey Peninsula College
Fee:  Free with Statement of Interest (students must sign an intent to participate in all camp sessions).

This program is made possible by our generous sponsors:

Sponsored by The Peggy & Jack Baskin Foundation
Monterey Peninsula College
Intro to Indigo Dyeing
Jun
4
1:00 pm13:00

Intro to Indigo Dyeing

Let's see where art, science, and history all intersect by exploring the fascinating world of indigo dyeing. Here we will learn the historical context and usage of indigo and its uses in traditional Shibori techniques. Shibori is the traditional Japanese technique of binding, folding, and dipping into an indigo vat to create beautiful textures and gradients.

In this workshop we will combine historical teaching and hands on instruction to create our own indigo dyed dish towels, scarves, or fabric yardage. Anything cotton, linen, or silk may be dyed!  Dyeing materials and sample fabric will be supplied.  Students may also bring a fabric of their choice.  

Date: Saturday, June 4, 2016
Hours: 12:30-3:30
Ages: 12-Adult
Size: Limited to 8 students
Instructor: Madison Holland
Fee: $45.00 (includes materials)

An Introduction to Botanical Color: Painting South African Flowers
Mar
19
11:00 am11:00

An Introduction to Botanical Color: Painting South African Flowers

  • The Lyceum

Learning how to mix colors is an important step in botanical illustration. In this class, science illustrator Erin E. Hunter will teach students some basics of color theory, with an emphasis on matching colors in leaves, stems and flowers. Our medium will be watercolor, and we'll discuss the importance of using good watercolor paper and pigments. South African flowers like proteas, leucodendrons and pincushions will provide the inspiration for our sketches and color studies. All skill levels welcome.

Ages:          13 and up
Dates:         Saturday, March 19th, 2016
Hours:         11:00 - 4:00pm
Instructor:  Erin Hunter
Class Size:  Limited to 8 students
Fee:            $35.00

Fun Learning Mandarin Chinese
Feb
12
4:00 pm16:00

Fun Learning Mandarin Chinese

This is a fun introductory course for children ages 5 to 10 with little or no background in Mandarin Chinese.  Students will learn Chinese Language and Culture through songs, rhymes, finger-play, traditional arts such as calligraphy, stories, and fun games.  The emphasis is on creating a very supportive and warm environment and developing a sense of accomplishment and motivation to continue learning Chinese.

The primary goal of this course is to help beginners build a solid foundation for learning Chinese and developing communication skills in listening and speaking.  Recognizing and writing characters are accomplished through meaningful focus on the etymology of the ideographs.  Throughout the classes, children will be introduced to “Pinyin” a phonetic, i.e. sound-based, system of writing.  The children will learn fundamental sentence patterns and essential vocabulary words.   Overall themes include telling time, body parts, animals, plants, family members, seasons, holidays, weather, weeks & months, foods, etc. 

Our supportive and engaging teaching methods utilize unique creative ideas to make our lessons enjoyable and educational.  Our purpose is to give students a fun language learning experience.  By creating an environment of natural communication and meaningful interaction in Mandarin Chinese, children can learn this language as easily and comfortably as they’d learned their first language.  

Ages: 5 - 10
Dates: 10 Fridays, 2/12, 2/26; 3/4, 3/11, 3/18;  4/8, 4/22, 4/29; 5/6, 5/13.  2016
Hours: 4:00 - 6:00pm
Size: Limited to 8 students
Instructor: Vickie Rockower
Fee: $250 (includes textbook & materials) 
          $225 for returning students who do not need a textbook 

Orchid Painting Workshop
Jan
17
1:00 pm13:00

Orchid Painting Workshop

Learn traditional watercolor techniques to create fresh, dynamic colorful orchids. 
A multiple step method is provided for students to lay the ground work for a successful
painting.  
Bringing art to science: observation, attention to detail, plant structure, measurement, and accuracy are made fun with integrating fine art skills into your work.  There will be a lot of opportunity for personal assistance and fun additions for your tool box.   Claudia's lectures are simple, straightforward and manageable which will give you all the tools you need to create striking botanical subjects.   An art reception will be held at the end. 

Ages: 12 - Adult
Dates: Two Sundays; Jan 17th & 24th, 2016
Hours: 1:00 - 4:00pm
Instructor: Claudia Stevens
Class Size: Limited to 8 students
Fee: $75

Monterey County Young Journalists
Nov
9
4:00 pm16:00

Monterey County Young Journalists

This 5 session program with syndicated columnist Peter Funt will introduce students to the exciting world of journalism through workshops, lectures, and discussion.  They'll examine our local and national media and learn the skills that are necessary to enter these fields.
A great program to help prepare for high school or college journalism programs and for the Monterey County Mock Trial Journalism competition.    Students interested in pursuing a journalism degree or are interested in writing are highly encouraged. 

Ages: Open to students in GRADES 9 - 12
Dates: 5 Mondays, Nov 9, 16, 23, 30 and Dec 7, 2015
Hours: 4:00-5:30pm
Instructor: Peter Funt
Fee: $25

Celebrating Pets in Haiku, Sketches… and Self-Publishing
Nov
7
1:00 pm13:00

Celebrating Pets in Haiku, Sketches… and Self-Publishing

Celebrate your love for your pets through several creative outlets, including Haiku, sketches, and self-publishing.  Students will work from photos of their chosen pet, learn to write haiku about them, and create a drawing.  A brief introduction to self-publishing software will also be given for those with interest in publishing their own book. A great class to practice writing, observation, sketching, document layout and computer skills!  

Ages: 12 to Adult
Dates: 2 Saturdays, November 7th and 14th
Hours: 1:00 - 3:00pm
Instructor: Diane Grindol
Location: Lyceum
Class Size: Limited to 8 students
Fee: $40

Exploring Great Artists - Van Gogh and Monet
Oct
29
3:00 pm15:00

Exploring Great Artists - Van Gogh and Monet

How would you like to make artwork in the styles of “Starry, Starry Night” and “The Waterlilies”? These classes will teach you about the artists Claude Monet and Vincent Van Gogh through a variety of visual aids, songs, and take-home projects.

Ages:  For students in 1st and 2nd grades
Dates: 3 Thursdays, Oct 29th & Nov 5th, 12th, 2015
Hours: 3:00 - 5:00pm
Instructor: Janis Steinmann
Class Size: Limited to 8 students
Fee: $50.00

Drawing & Painting: Skulls & Skeletons
Oct
24
10:00 am10:00

Drawing & Painting: Skulls & Skeletons

Explore and create art based on various skulls and skeletons. We will draw and paint skulls and skeletons from life using art materials such as charcoal and watercolors.  Art supplies will be provided in this fun and creative class. Come join in the wonder and fun.  

Ages: 13 - Adult
Dates: Two Saturdays, Oct 24th & 31st, 2015
Hours: 10:00am - noon
Instructor: Marie Gilmore
Class Size: Limited to 8 students
Fee: $40 (materials included)

Discovering Mandarin Chinese  Part 1  (Ages 9 – 12)
Oct
14
4:00 pm16:00

Discovering Mandarin Chinese Part 1 (Ages 9 – 12)

This is a fun introductory course for ages 9 to 12 at or near beginning level in learning Mandarin Chinese. 

Students will learn Chinese language and Culture through stories, role-play, traditional arts such as calligraphy and fun games.  The emphasis is on creating a very supportive and warm environment and developing a sense of accomplishment and motivation to continue learning and speaking Chinese.

The primary goal of this course is to help beginners build a solid foundation for learning Chinese and developing communication skills in listening and speaking.  Recognizing and writing characters are taught through meaningful focus on the etymology of the ideographs. 

Ages: 9 - 12
Dates: 10 Wednesdays, Oct 14 - Dec 23, 2015
Hours: 4:00 - 6:00pm
Size: Limited to 8 students
Instructor: Vickie Rockower
Fee: $250 (includes textbook & materials)

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Bees, Beetles and Butterflies: An Introduction to Drawing Insects
Oct
10
12:30 pm12:30

Bees, Beetles and Butterflies: An Introduction to Drawing Insects

Watching a butterfly visit a flower in your garden is inspiring, but how do you get close enough to accurately draw one? How do you count the stripes on a honeybee when it's buzzing busily around? The answer: by studying specimens up close. Join science illustrator Erin E. Hunter to learn about bees, beetles, and butterflies—and how to draw them. We'll learn about insect anatomy, techniques for drawing and painting them, and discuss the importance of pollinators in our garden and the wider environment. All skill levels welcome! 

Drawing & Dr. Seuss
Sep
12
3:00 pm15:00

Drawing & Dr. Seuss

French curves, circle grids, t-squares, rulers are all tools which can be used to achieve some of the amazing drawings & paintings created by Dr. Seuss.  We will also use color wheels to learn about how to make things "Pop".  Dr. Seuss's whimsy is unique and a fun starting point for artists to explore the shapes that create animals, birds & funny people.  

Ages: 8 - 14
Date: Sept 12th, 2015
Hours: 3:00 - 5:00pm
Fee: $20.00
Instructor: Julie Heilman
Size: Limited to 8 students

Succulents in Mixed Media
Apr
25
12:30 pm12:30

Succulents in Mixed Media

  • The Lyceum of Monterey County

The Monterey Bay Area, with its cool coastal weather, is the perfect place for growing succulents—and with their wide array of color and form, they are wonderful subjects for botanical drawing and painting. Join science illustrator Erin E. Hunter for an afternoon of sketching and painting succulents, using pencil, ink, watercolor and colored pencil. We'll discuss plant anatomy, color mixing and layering different media to create still life paintings of these lovely plants. All skill levels welcome; materials list available upon registration.

Ages:       13 - Adult
Dates:      Saturday, April 25, 2015
Hours:      12:30-4:30pm
Instructor: Erin Hunter (view her website)
Location: The Lyceum
Fee:          $30 (includes materials)
Size:         Limited to 8 students