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Adult Education

Music and Arts

MUSIC AND ARTS

  • History of African American Art
  • History of Jazz
  • Photography
  • Still Life Drawing

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Music and Arts

HISTORY OF AFRICAN AMERICAN ART

This introductory course will explore pivotal movements and periods during art history of which African Americans contributed through their creativity - as part of the visual culture in the artistic landscape of America.  Participants will learn about the movements, periods, styles, language and ideas that are so important in understanding African American art and its forms over time.  Come learn, listen and share in this interesting course of cultural art history.

Instructor – Dr. Desire’e Simpson:  Dr. Desire’e Simpson is an artist, designer and educator. She is founder and executive director of LiveArts Studio, a non-profit, community-based art program located in Gary, IN.  She has over 20 years teaching experience in K-16 institutions and is a licensed art educator. She has served as adjunct faculty at several universities and is a retired Sergeant Major from the U.S. Army Reserves.

Fee:  $175 (optional textbook not included)
Dates: October 19 – December 8, 2015 (no class on 11/23/2015)
Day: Monday evenings, and Monday/Tuesday evenings during final week
Times: 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Details:   The duration of the course will be a total of 16 hours.  Classes will be held on the campus of IU Northwest on Monday evenings from 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.  During the final week of the course, classes will be held on Monday and Tuesday evenings (Dec. 7 and Dec. 8), and no class will be held on November 23, 2015.  The course will begin on Monday, October 19, 2015.

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HISTORY OF JAZZ

Jazz spans a period of over 100 years and encompasses a range of music from ragtime to the present day.  This course will explore the history of jazz and will provide an insightful overview of the different eras of jazz.  Each class session will examine a different jazz style period including Early Jazz/New Orleans, Swing/Big Band, Bop, Cool Jazz, Hard Bop, Free Jazz and more. 

Instructor – Billy Foster:  Mr. Billy Foster is a respected pianist, composer, educator, producer and host of the "Billy Foster Jazz Zone."   As an active professional musician for the past 35 years, Mr. Foster has performed across the U.S. with others, as well as with his own groups.  He has written and produced recordings with both “Billy Foster And Audio” and the “Billy Foster Trio”.  He is a featured soloist on two of guitarist Henry Johnson’s CDs on MCA Records.

Fee:   $159
Dates:  September 16 - November 4, 2015
Day:  Wednesday evenings
Times:  6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Details: The duration of the course will be a total of 12 hours.  Classes will be held on the campus of IU Northwest on Wednesday evenings from 6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. and will run for eight (8) consecutive weeks.   The course will begin on Wednesday, September 16, 2015.

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PHOTOGRAPHY

This course will combine the “how to” and the “history” of great photography.  Participants will learn the basics of how to effectively use the camera, adjust camera settings, upload and post digital photos to the Internet and more.  The class will also incorporate a mixture of discussion, project work, and case studies of specific documentary photographers or collections.  These case studies will be the basis of class discussions on methodologies, ethics, and techniques of documentary photography. 

Fee: $150
Dates:  September 29 – November 17, 2015
Day:  Tuesday evenings
Times:  6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Details:  The duration of the course will be a total of 12 hours.  Classes will be held on the campus of IU Northwest on Tuesday evenings from 6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. and will run for eight (8) consecutive weeks.   The course will begin on Tuesday, September 29, 2015.

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STILL LIFE DRAWING

This course will explore drawing techniques that include line, color, and shadow. Participants will receive instruction in laying out compositions and rendering still life imagery. The course will provide instruction on drawing shapes, how to effectively use color, and how to incorporate shapes, shadows and highlights.  Upon completion of the course, participants will have created a still life drawing.

Fee:  $150
Dates:  October 1 – November 5, 2015
Day:   Thursday evenings
Times:  6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Details:  The duration of the course will be a total of 12 hours.  Classes will be held on the campus of IU Northwest on Thursday evenings from 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. and will run for six (6) consecutive weeks.   The course will begin on Thursday, October 1, 2015.

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