Feb
1
to Jun 4
Introduction to Stone Sculpting
Feb
2
to Feb 23

Introduction to Stone Sculpting

Learn the ancient three-dimensional reductive art form of carving stone. Over the course of four separate two-hour sessions, the student will take a rough chunk of soapstone and turn it into a beautiful finished piece. All materials (including stone), tools and safety equipment will be provided.

Ages:     13 to Adult
Dates:      Four Saturdays, Feb 2, 9, 16, 23, 2019
Hours:     10:00am - noon
Location:     The Lyceum
Instructor:     Glenn McGovern
Class size:     Limited to 12 students
Fee:     $120 (includes $35 for stone)

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Introduction to Pen and Ink
Feb
24
to Mar 3

Introduction to Pen and Ink

Experience  crow quill pens, India ink, Japanese brushes and  sumi-e ink, Chinese brushpen,  bamboo reed pens, and  Pigma Micron ink pens.  Discover how to make and use walnut ink, California oak gall ink and medieval oak  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 Sundays, Feb 24 & Mar 3, 2019
Hours:  1:00 - 3:30pm
Instructor:  Sharon Nelson
Location:  The Lyceum
Fee:  $80 (includes materials)

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Cosmic Puzzles
Feb
27
to Apr 3

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, 02/27, 03/06, 03/13, 03/20, 03/27, 04/03, 2019
Hours: 3:30 - 5:30pm
Size: Limited to 8 students
Instructor: Vic Selby (website)
Fee: $120

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Tulips: Creating a Botanical Plate
Mar
2
12:00 PM12:00

Tulips: Creating a Botanical Plate

In the 1600s, tulips were the rage in Europe, inspiring artists, gardeners, and merchants alike (the "tulip mania" of 1637 is the first documented economic bubble, when speculators traded huge sums of money for rare bulbs). Their appeal still holds today, when bouquets of tulips appear in grocery stores and farmers markets in the early spring.

In addition to being lovely in their own right, tulips are excellent subject matter for botanical dissection and drawing, as their simple, elegant forms are easy to discern without the aid of a microscope. Come spend an afternoon creating a botanical plate with science illustrator Erin Hunter—we'll talk briefly about the history of the tulip, review botanical anatomy, dissect and draw the flowers, and learn about the basic elements of a botanical plate. All skill levels welcome!

Ages:     13 - Adult
Date:    Saturday, March 2, 2019
Hours:    12:00pm - 4:00pm
Instructor:     Erin Hunter (website)
Location:    The Lyceum
Class Size:     Limited to 8 students
Fee:     $60

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Model United Nations for Middle School (Home School) Students
Mar
6
to May 11

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 9th Annual Model United Nations conference on May 12, held at the Middlebury Institute of International Studies in Monterey.  

Ages: 10 - 14 (Middle School Students)
Date:  Wednesdays, 03/06, 03/13, 03/20, 03/27, 04/03, 04/10, 04/17, 04/24, 05/01, 05/08, 2019
Model UN Conference date: May 11, 2019 (8:30am - 3:00pm)
Hours: 12:30 - 2:30pm
Instructors: Jacques Belval
Location: The Lyceum, 1073 Sixth Street, Monterey
Fee: $225

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Ink on Ceramic Tile
Mar
16
3:00 PM15:00

Ink on Ceramic Tile

Make your own “hand-painted” tiles. Using sharpie markers on ceramic tiles and a bit of rubbing alcohol, we will create some interesting textured images. Great for wall, table, or outdoor decorations!

Ages: 8 - 12
Date: Saturday, March 16, 2019
Hours: 3:00 - 5:00pm
Size: Limited to 8 students
Instructor: Julie Heilman
Fee: $35.00 (includes materials)

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Bird Sketching & Watercolor
Mar
23
10:00 AM10:00

Bird Sketching & Watercolor

Learn how to sketch birds from life! In this course, we will spend the first half of the class studying bird anatomy, working with various black-and-white and color media, and studying local species. We will practice drawing different birds from slide photos and specimens.

After a lunch break, we will walk down to Lake El Estero and Del Monte Beach to practice these skills from real-life birds. You will also learn tips on how to put your subjects in context by showing the landscape setting.

Ages:     12 - Adult
Date:    Saturday, March 23, 2019
Hours:    10:00am - 4:00pm
Instructor:     Emily Underwood
Location:    The Lyceum
Class Size:     Limited to 10 students
Fee:     $60

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Flower Power - A Beautiful Papercrafted Bouquet
Apr
6
10:00 AM10:00

Flower Power - A Beautiful Papercrafted Bouquet

Flowers have the power to inspire, delight and make a day brighter! Join Lisa Handley, Monterey Peninsula collage and papercraft artist, to create your own bouquet of papercrafted flowers from tissue, origami and other papers, even upcycled materials such as maps and magazine pages. Lisa will share different techniques and ideas for handcrafting beautiful flowers as art, decor and gifts.

Ages: 11 - adult
Date:  Saturday, April 6, 2019
Hours: 10:00am - Noon
Instructor: Lisa Handley (view her Website)
Location: The Lyceum
Fee: $35

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Butterflies, Bees, and Bugs: A Paper Mache Study in Winged Creatures
Apr
7
to Apr 14

Butterflies, Bees, and Bugs: A Paper Mache Study in Winged Creatures

An artist exploration into things with wings.
This two-day workshop takes an up-close and personal look at the unique structure of bees and butterflies, and how they fly. In the first session, students will choose one, review it’s special qualities, and make a large ‘skeleton’ using recycled products. We will then cover it with paper maché and allow to dry. During the next class, we will paint, decorate, and review options to hang the work. 

Ages: 8 - 13
Dates: Two Sundays, Apr 7 & 14, 2019
Hours:  April 7 - 10:30am - 1:30pm
              April 14 - 10:30am - 12:30pm
Location: The Lyceum
Instructor: Dana Goforth (website)
Class Size:  Limited to 8 students
Fee: $60

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Mindfulness in Nature for Kids and Parents: Finding Wonder in Your Own Backyard
Apr
28
1:00 PM13:00

Mindfulness in Nature for Kids and Parents: Finding Wonder in Your Own Backyard

Taking a walk on the wild side, even when it's in the back yard, engages the senses, awakens curiosity, and catalyzes caring.

It's free. It can happen anywhere. No batteries or charging are required. Anyone can do it. It, literally, brings a breath of fresh air into the day. 

When the door is opened with an invitation to discover, the field is set for wonder and connection. Remembering and reconnecting with Nature as teacher, guide, magician, and friend is the cure for what Richard Louv calls "nature-deficit disorder" and the alternative for what is becoming known as the "Indoor Generation". 

Join us for an afternoon of timelessness -- inviting play, creativity, story, and wonder to discover what is living inside and all around us in the natural world.  

Ages: Students ages 9 - 11 (parents welcome)
Dates: Sunday, April 28, 2019
Hours: 1:00 - 4:00pm
Instructor: Marianne Rowe
Location: The Lyceum
Class Size: Limited to 12 students
Fee: $25/participant ($50 for child and 1 parent).

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Landscapes in Watercolor
May
4
3:00 PM15:00

Landscapes in Watercolor

After practicing some techniques, the artists will create a pleasing landscape, based on a photo reference.

Ages: 8 - 12
Date: Saturday, May 4, 2019
Hours: 3:00 - 5:00pm
Size: Limited to 8 students
Instructor: Julie Heilman
Fee: $35.00 (includes materials)

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Art in Motion - Let's Make a Mobile
May
18
2:00 PM14:00

Art in Motion - Let's Make a Mobile

Come join us for an afternoon and make your own Mobile!

  • Learn the history of mobiles as an art form

  • Design and create your own mobile using found materials.

  • This class will be your jumping-off point to a lifetime of fun making mobiles.

  • All materials and tools will be provided

Ages:     10 to Adult
Dates:     Saturday, May 18, 2019
Hours:     2:00 - 5:00pm
Location:     The Lyceum
Instructor:     Tom Nelson former GATE Teacher/Coordinator MPUSD  Currently Development Director at The Lyceum
Class size:     Limited to 12 students
Fee:     $25

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Make Your Own Valentine!
Feb
10
1:00 PM13:00

Make Your Own Valentine!

Treat your family, friends and teachers to valentines made by you! Just in time for Valentine's Day, enjoy an afternoon of handmade valentines with inspiration and guidance from artist and instructor Lisa Handley. Choose from drawing, collage and origami techniques to create fun and unique designs to express your love on Valentine's Day or any day! Materials provided.

Ages: 8 - 13
Date:  Sunday, Feb 10, 2019
Hours: 1:00pm - 3:00pm
Instructor: Lisa Handley (view her Website)
Location: The Lyceum, 1073 Sixth Street, Monterey
Fee: $15

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Handcrafted Holiday Cards, Tags and Bags
Dec
8
10:00 AM10:00

Handcrafted Holiday Cards, Tags and Bags

Be inspired to handcraft your own holiday greeting cards, gift tags and bags as collage artist and papercrafter Lisa Handley shares a variety of her creative ideas.  You’ll learn how to blend new materials with upcycled materials such as old stationery, gift wrap, magazine clippings, maps, doilies, coffee cozies and other everyday ephemera to create your own unique designs.  Make a special impression on your gift recipients this holiday season!   

Ages:      12 - Adult
Date:      Saturday, December 8, 2018
Hours:     10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Location:     The Lyceum
Instructor:     Lisa Handley (website)
Size:     Up to 8 participants
Fee:     $35 includes materials

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Creative Mindfulness with SoulCollage®
Oct
20
10:00 AM10:00

Creative Mindfulness with SoulCollage®

Immerse yourself in creative mindfulness with SoulCollage®!  During this 2 1/2-hour workshop, SoulCollage® facilitator and artist Lisa Handley will provide materials, inspiration and guidance as you gather images, collage your cards and contemplate what each card expresses about you.  The SoulCollage® process takes you on a wonderful journey of inner exploration, self-discovery and personal growth. 

Sharing the journey with someone special is double the fun!  Teens and parents (or relatives or family friends), here’s an opportunity to hit the pause button on your busy lives and enjoy a “good for your soul” experience together.

Ages:     12 - Adult
Date:     Saturday, October 20, 2018
Hours:     10:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Location:     The Lyceum
Instructor:     Lisa Handley (website)
Size: Limited to 8 students
Fee:     $35

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Edible Herbs, Grasses Cattails and Tule Painting
Oct
14
10:00 AM10:00

Edible Herbs, Grasses Cattails and Tule Painting

Spend a day at the Lyceum learning techniques to create fresh, dynamic colorful botanical drawings with renowned botanical artist Claudia Stevens.  

A multi-step method is provided for students to lay the groundwork for successful drawing and painting of botanicals.  Bringing art to science: observation, attention to detail and plant structure, measurement accuracy, are made fun while integrating fine art skills into your work.  A small class size ensures the opportunity for personal assistance and fun additions for the your tool box.  Claudia's lectures are simple, straightforward and manageable and include demonstrations, giving 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 the session. 

Ages:     Teen - Adult
Date:     Sunday, October 14th, 2018
Hours:     10:00am - 4:00pm
Location:      The Lyceum
Instructor:     Claudia Stevens (website)
Class Size:     Limited to 8 students
Fee:    $75

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Pocket Sketching & Nature Journaling
Sep
30
to Oct 7

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 30 & Oct 7, 2018
Hours:     1:00 - 3:00pm
Location:     The Lyceum
Instructor:     Sharon Nelson
Class size:     Limited to 8 students
Fee:     $60

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Learn Basic Robotics
Sep
28
to Nov 16

Learn Basic Robotics

NOTE: This program is currently open to Washington Union Elementary School only.

This program introduces students in 4th & 5th Grades to basic robotics. our team of three CSUMB Computer Science Students will teach you basic robotics programming using Lego Mindstorm robotics kits.

Ages: Students currently in Grades 4 & 5 (Washington Union Elementary Students only)
Dates: 8 Fridays, 9/28, 10/5, 10/12, 10/19, 10/26, 11/2, 11/9, 11/16, 2018
Hours: 3:00 - 5:30pm
Instructors: CSUMB Computer Science Students
Location: Washington Union Elementary
Class Size: Limited to 12 students

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Beginning Spanish for Home School Students
Sep
24
to Dec 10

Beginning Spanish for Home School Students

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 Mondays, 9/24, 10/1, 10/15, 10/22, 10/29, 11/5, 11/26, 12/3, 12/10
Hours: 1:00 - 3:00pm
Location: Lyceum
Instructor: Chelsea Segal
Class Size: Limited to 8 Students
Fee: $215

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Fairyland at the Lyceum
May
26
to Jun 2

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 26th and June 2nd
Hours: 10:00am - noon
Location: The Lyceum
Instructors: Marie Gilmore and Sharon Nelson
Fee: $40 per child

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Batik Workshop
May
19
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, May 19, 2018
Hours: 10:30am - 3:30pm
Location: The Lyceum
Instructor: Kate Warthen
Class Size: Limited to 8 Students
Fee: $70 (materials included)

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Flowers and Birds in Watercolor
Apr
15
3:00 PM15:00

Flowers and Birds in Watercolor

Simple shapes indicate the species of bird or flower. The young artists will look at pictures (or bring their own) .  With color pencils and a bit of watercolor, beautiful images will be created.

Ages: 8 - 12
Date: Sunday, April 15, 2018
Hours: 3:00 - 5:00pm
Size: Limited to 8 students
Instructor: Julie Heilman
Fee: $35.00 (includes materials)

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"Mad for Mosaics!" Collage Art Workshop
Mar
24
10:00 AM10:00

"Mad for Mosaics!" Collage Art Workshop

With inspiration from color, pattern and shape and guidance from local collage artist Lisa Handley, students will create paper mosaic college art during this 2-hour workshop.  Fun projects will include tile, jigsaw puzzle and crazy quilt paper mosaic designs.  Enjoy a creative morning of “March madness!”  All materials provided.

Ages:  8 - 12
Date:  Saturday, March 24, 2018
Hours:  10:00am - noon
Location:  The Lyceum
Size:  Up to 8 students
Instructor:  Lisa Handley
Fee:  $30

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Colored Pencil on Toned Paper
Mar
18
12:00 PM12:00

Colored Pencil on Toned Paper

Colored pencils aren't just for kids—many botanical artists use them as their primary medium to create richly colored, highly detailed drawings. Artist-grade colored pencils come in a breathtaking array of colors, and can be especially beautiful on toned paper in shades of gray, blue and brown. Using botanicals as our inspiration, we'll learn how to layer colored pencil, both on white and toned papers, and how to incorporate other media. All skill levels are welcome! 

Ages:  12 - Adult
Dates:  Sunday, Mar 18, 2018
Hours:  12:00 - 4:00pm
Instructor:  Erin Hunter
Location:  The Lyceum
Fee:  $60

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Rainbows and Leprechaun Magic
Mar
17
3:00 PM15:00

Rainbows and Leprechaun Magic

We will explore color theory based on the colors of the
rainbow. Watercolor paints and some fun techniques will
provide the "magic". And maybe we will find some gold!

Ages: 8 - 13
Date: March 17, 2018
Hours: 3:00 - 5:00pm
Instructor: Julie Heilman
Size: Limited to 8 students
Fee: $35.00

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SoulCollage for Self-Discovery Workshop
Feb
18
10:00 AM10:00

SoulCollage for Self-Discovery Workshop

During this 2.5 hour workshop, SoulCollage® facilitator Lisa Handley will offer gentle guidance and encouragement as you gather compelling images, create your SoulCollage® cards and contemplate their meaning 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:  Sunday, February 18, 2018
Hours:  10 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Location:  The Lyceum
Size:  Up to 8 participants
Instructor:  Lisa Handley
Fee:  $35

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Young Poets Society
Feb
17
to Mar 10

Young Poets Society

The Young Poets Society is open to children in grades 3-6. The class will be taught by renowned local poet and teacher, Patrice Vecchione. 

* Discover the power and beauty of your own voice.
* Learn how to express yourself through poems.
* Feel free to write your dreams and wishes and anything else that comes to mind.
* A booklet will be published and children will have a chance to share their poems with others

Celebrate the coming of spring and explore your expanding world of ideas and feelings.

Ages:  8 - 12 (Grades 3 - 6)
Date:  4 Saturdays, Feb 17, 24 and Mar 3, 10, 2018
           Plus a poetry reading session on April 7 from 1:00 - 2:00pm
Hours:  1:00 - 3:00pm
Location:  The Lyceum
Size:  Up to 8 participants
Instructor:  Patrice Vecchione
Fee:  $100

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De-stressathon for Teens: Breathing Space for Calming and Connecting
Feb
11
10:00 AM10:00

De-stressathon for Teens: Breathing Space for Calming and Connecting

Feeling overwhelmed or in the funk of a mid-winter slump?
Does your brain feel absolutely frazzled … or completely numb?
Wanting to sometimes just turn everything off so you can get to know who you are now?
Wish you could even remember what it feels like to be relaxed?

Join us for:
A Half-day Mindfulness Retreat Designed to Help You Simply Relax, Be Present, Be Aware, Connect & Have Fun

Ages: 14 - 18
Date: Sunday, Feb 11, 2018
Hours: 10am - 2pm
Location: The Lyceum
Instructor: Marianne Rowe
Class Size: Limited to 8 Students
Fee: $100

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"MeCards and My New Year" Workshop
Jan
27
10:00 AM10:00

"MeCards and My New Year" Workshop

Similar to the parent process of SoulCollage® for older children and adults, MeCards4Kids™  encourages creative self-expression and offers a fun and engaging opportunity for young children to explore, enjoy and appreciate their inner and outer worlds.  MeCards are collaged with gathered images and imagination to represent different personality parts, feelings, interests or experiences, to honor family, friends, pets or heroes, to tell stories and much more.  A deck of MeCards becomes a wonderful visual journal!

During this 2-hour workshop, SoulCollage® facilitator and artist Lisa Handley will provide guidance and encouragement as each participant gathers an assortment of images to create a MeCard that conveys their hopes, wishes and dreams for the New Year.  They will also enjoy a journaling activity with their new card.  All materials will be provided.

Ages:  8 to 12
Date:  Saturday, January 27, 2018
Hours:  10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Location:  The Lyceum
Size:  Up to 8 participants
Instructor:  Lisa Handley
Fee:  $30

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Drawing and Painting Native Plants in the Fall
Dec
9
11:00 AM11:00

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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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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Middle School Writers Workshop
Nov
9
3:30 PM15:30

Middle School Writers Workshop

CALLING ALL MIDDLE SCHOOL CREATIVE WRITERS
•    Do you have great ideas you want to turn into a full-length story? 
•    Do you like to find new and fun ways to express your thoughts and ideas?
•    Do you dream of being a published author or poet? 
•    Do you want to explore poetry, fiction, and personal stories in a safe and supportive environment?
THEN COME JOIN US!

The Lyceum of Monterey County and UCSC’s Central California Writing Project have teamed up to bring you a 10-week after school workshop led by a master writing instructor, to help you highlight your own personal style and talents, and hone your craft! 
At the end of the workshop, we’ll have your finished work published in a professionally bound compendium and you can take part in a spring book signing event!

Ages:               Middle School Students
Dates:              Thursdays, Nov 9, 16, 30, Dec 7, 14, and Jan 11, 18
                        (No meetings on Thanksgiving and
                         Christmas breaks)
Hours:             3:30-4:45pm
Location:         Carmel Youth Center
Size:                Up to 20 participants  
Fee:                 $40  Financial aid available

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Fall Fun with MeCards4Kids™ Workshop
Oct
21
10:00 AM10:00

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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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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“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

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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)

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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

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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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Make Your Own Herbarium!
Feb
18
to Feb 25

Make Your Own Herbarium!

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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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