Model UN Workshop - High School
Aug
22
to Oct 24

Model UN Workshop - High School

Model United Nations promotes an understanding of geography, social studies, and history in a fun and interactive way, beyond the traditional textbook environment.  Through role-playing, students are able to bring current international issues to life and gain a better understanding of world problems.  In addition, MUN benefits students by improving public speaking, communications and interpersonal skills; teaching students how to negotiate; emphasizing team-building, networking, and collaboration; and giving students the opportunity to hone their research and writing skills.  The MUN classes prepare students for the Lyceum's 5th Annual Model United Nations Conference on October 28, held at CSUMB.

Grades: High School (ages 14 - 18)
Dates: Nine Tuesdays (8/29, 9/5, 9/12, 9/19, 9/26, 10/3, 10/10, 10/17, 10/24)
            Plus one Saturday conference date (10/28)
Time: 11pm-1pm
Instructor: Jacques Belval
Fee: $185* (includes conference participation fee)
{Need at least 5 students, max 10.}

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iLEAP: Take Charge of Your World
Aug
31
to May 24

iLEAP: Take Charge of Your World

iLEAP is a program for teenage youth in which participants learn to own their learning while having impact on the world. The program is an offshoot of the successful iLead+Design program, offered through the Lyceum of Monterey, now going into its fifth year.

Master educator Aaron Eden brings his experience creating award-winning programs around the world to the homeschool community. Students will work in small teams with coaches who will serve as individual advisors to each student towards meeting student goals, while at the same time helping and working with the team to have impact on the real world.

Quick FAQ (click here for more)
Program is ongoing. Join any time.

Current meetings:
Mon. 11:30- 2:30
Thu. 11:30-2:30

Cost:
$175 per month
Rolling admission

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Fun Learning Mandarin Chinese
Sep
22
to Dec 15

Fun Learning Mandarin Chinese

Learning Mandarin Chinese is a great opportunity for expanding world view and developing calm, and mindfulness, through Chinese Painting, Calligraphy, Chinese Go and Tai Chi. 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.

Sessions have different themes and materials for new and returning students.  The activities foster both collaborative and self-education according to their levels.  This is also a great preparation for students planning to take Mandarin Chinese in Middle and High School.      

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.  

Grades: 1 - 5
Days: 10 Fridays, 9/22, 9/29,  10/13, 10/20, 10/27,  11/3, 11/17,  12/1, 12/8, 12/15
Hours: 4:00pm - 6:00pm
Size: Limited to 8 students
Instructor: Yu-Chi (Vickie) Rockower
Fee: $250 (includes materials)  

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Beginning Spanish Language
Oct
5
to Dec 15

Beginning Spanish Language

Spanish is the second most widely spoken language in the world.  Learning Spanish not only helps you communicate with people locally who may not know English, but also unlocks opportunities professionally and internationally.  You can travel a lot of places knowing Spanish!  This class provides middle school aged students with little or no prior knowledge of Spanish with the elementary skills, grammar, and vocabulary necessary to read, speak and write in Spanish at a basic level.  Students will be given tools and materials that they can use to continue practicing at home each week.  It's important to remember that learning a language is a lifelong journey, but that a small class setting can be a great place to start developing those language skills.
The topics that we will cover include:

  • Introducing and describing yourself, your family, and other places, people, and things
  • Expressing your likes and dislikes, your needs, and your feelings
  • Obtaining and giving directions and other information like the time
  • Commonly-used expressions and phrases
  • Holidays (Halloween and Thanksgiving)

It is recommended that while students are enrolled in this class, that they dedicate at least one or two hours of additional study time at home to reviewing the material and doing the homework assignments.

Ages: 10 - 14
Dates: 10 Thursdays, 10/5, 10/12, 10/19, 10/26, 11/2, 11/9, 11/16, 11/30, 12/7, 12/14
Hours: 4:00pm - 6:00pm
Location: Lyceum
Instructor: Ellen Olack
Class Size: Limited to 8 Students
Fee: $215

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Introduction to Mindfulness - Middle School Students and their Parents
Oct
29
to Nov 19

Introduction to Mindfulness - Middle School Students and their Parents

Mindfulness and compassion -- being aware and being kind -- continue to gain recognition as pathways to increasing clarity, connection and well-being in all areas of daily life. Improvement in academic performance, emotional regulation, physical health, and interpersonal relationships are some of the research-based benefits. 
In this 4-week course, middle school students and their parents will be engaged through guided meditation, teaching, discussion, and activities to 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 and their Parents
Dates: Four Sundays,  Oct. 29, Nov. 5, Nov. 12, & Nov. 19, 2017
Hours: 3:30 - 5:00pm
Instructor: Marianne Rowe
Location: The Lyceum
Size: Limited to 8 students
Fee: $100/participant ($200 for child and 1 parent), includes Practice Guide and Materials

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Constellation Collage
Nov
4
10:00am10:00am

Constellation Collage

“I live my life in widening circles that read out across the world.” Rainer Maria Rilke

We’ll take inspiration from mandalas and paintings by Miró’ that he called Constellations to make collages in the round. Using decorative papers, images brought from home and various embellishments, participants will create their own constellation collage. We’ll think about what’s at the center of our lives and what emanates out into the world. Discover the wisdom of your artist self in this workshop designed for those who see themselves as artists and those who don’t.

Ages:       Teen to Adult
Date:        Saturday, Nov 4, 2017
Hours:       10:00am - 2:30p.m.
Location:    The Lyceum
Instructor:    Patrice Vecchione
Size:        Up to 8 participants
Fee:        $65

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Cattails and Tule Painting Workshop
Nov
11
to Nov 18

Cattails and Tule Painting Workshop

Learn black / white line and stipple technique along with traditional watercolor to create fresh, dynamic colorful botanicals. 
A multiple step method is provided for students to lay the groundwork for a successful drawing and painting.   
Bringing art to science: observation, attention to detail and plant structure, measurement, accuracy, all made fun with integrating fine art skills into their work.  There will a lot of opportunity for personal assistance and fun additions for the your tool box.   Claudia's lectures are simple, straightforward and manageable including demonstrations, which will give you all the tools you need to create striking botanical subjects and new tips for your repertoire.    
There will be tea and an art reflection at the end of class. 

Ages: Teen - Adult
Dates: Two Saturdays; Nov 11, 18, 2017
Hours: 1:00 - 4:00pm
Instructor: Claudia Stevens
Class Size: Limited to 8 students
Fee: $75

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Drawing and Painting Native Plants in the Fall
Dec
9
11:00am11:00am

Drawing and Painting Native Plants in the Fall

While botanical artists love springtime for sketching wildflowers, fall and early winter can offer opportunities for drawing and painting native plants too—especially the vivid colors of turning leaves and fruiting shrubs. Join science illustrator Erin E. Hunter as we learn a bit more about our native plants by drawing them from life, as well as some color theory and watercolor techniques. All skill levels welcome! Materials list provided upon registration.  

Ages:        Teen to Adult
Date:        Saturday, Dec 9, 2017
Hours:       11:00am - 4:00p.m.
Location:    The Lyceum
Instructor:    Erin Hunter
Size:        Up to 8 participants
Fee:        $70

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Cosmic Puzzles
Feb
28
to Apr 4

Cosmic Puzzles

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, Feb 28, Mar 7, 14, 21, 28, and Apr 4, 2018
Hours: 3:30 - 5:30pm
Size: Limited to 8 students
Instructor: Vic Selby (website)
Fee: $140

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Fall Fun with MeCards4Kids™ Workshop
Oct
21
10:00am10:00am

Fall Fun with MeCards4Kids™ Workshop

MeCards4Kids™  encourages creative self-expression, and similar to the parent process of SoulCollage® for older children and adults, each MeCard offers a fun and engaging opportunity for young children to explore, enjoy and appreciate their inner and outer worlds.  Children gather images and collage imaginative cards to express different parts of themselves (qualities of their personalities, feelings, interests or experiences), to honor family, friends, pets or heroes, to tell a story and much more.  A deck of MeCards is similar to a visual diary or journal.
During this 2.5 hour workshop, Lisa Handley will provide guidance and encouragement as participants gather images of animals, plants and landscapes, create Fall-inspired MeCards and enjoy a writing activity to discover each card’s personal expression.  All materials will be provided.
Because MeCards4Kids™/SoulCollage® as a family activity can create wonderful connections between parents and children, we invite both parent and child participants to this workshop!   

Ages:               8 to 12 (Parents may also register as participants and join in on the fun!)
Date:               Saturday, October 21, 2017
Hours:             10 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Location:         The Lyceum of Monterey County
Size:                Up to 8 participants
Instructor:       Lisa Handley
Fee:                 $35

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

“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

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Painting Rainbows
Apr
15
3:00pm 3:00pm

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)

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

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

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Batik Workshop
Apr
1
10:30am10:30am

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)

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Cosmic Puzzles II
Mar
29
to 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

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

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

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Pen and Ink with Watercolor
Mar
18
to 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)

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

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)

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Make Your Own Herbarium!
Feb
18
to Feb 25

Make Your Own Herbarium!

  • The Lyceum of Monterey County (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

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

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

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

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

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

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Poem Illustration
Nov
5
3:00pm 3:00pm

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)

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Drawing & Painting Native Wildflowers
Oct
22
to 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

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

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Painting Leaves
Oct
8
3:00pm 3:00pm

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)

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

How Sailboats Sail!

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)

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

How Airplanes Fly!

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)

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

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

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Pocket Sketching & Nature Journaling
Sep
18
to 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

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Beginning Guitar
Sep
14
4:00pm 4:00pm

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)

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

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)

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Cyber Adventures for Motivated Middle School Girls - Monterey
Jul
9
to 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
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Intro to Indigo Dyeing
Jun
4
1:00pm 1:00pm

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)

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

An Introduction to Botanical Color: Painting South African Flowers

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

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

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 

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Orchid Painting Workshop
Jan
17
1:00pm 1:00pm

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

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

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

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

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

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