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Non-credit art classes scheduled for fall semester
08-16-13

Skip Sensbach is the artist-in-residence at MU.

Misericordia University is now taking registrations for a variety of non-credit courses being offered to the community this fall. Offerings include aerobics and water aerobics; basic clay by hand and pottery wheel classes for youth and adults; beginner, middle level and advance computer technology classes featuring Microsoft Office and Microsoft Word applications; and Qigong and Taiji classes, covering the basic concepts and principles of the two Chinese movement arts.

 The basic clay by hand and pottery wheel classes will be held at the Misericordia University Art Studios, located in the rear of 50 Lake St., Dallas, Pa. Instructor is Skip Sensbach, artist-in-residence at Misericordia.
 
 Youth Clay Basics, for ages 11-15, will teach young artists clay skills such as hand building, introduction to the wheel and glazing techniques. Projects will be fired in the kiln. There will be six two-hour class sessions per series. Session #1 will be held Tuesdays, September 3, 10, 17, 24, Oct. 1 and 8 from 4-6 p.m. Session #2 will be held Tuesdays Oct. 22, 29, Nov. 5, 12, 19, and Dec. 3. from 4-6 p.m.
 
Adult Clay Basics, for ages 16 and older, will offer hand building and pottery wheel skills in clay, as well as decorative and glazing techniques that will enhance their work. Projects will be fired in the kiln. There are six two-hour class sessions per series. Session #1 will be held Tuesdays, Sept. 3, 10, 17, 24, Oct. 1 and 8 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. There will also be a Session #1 series on Wednesdays, Sept. 4, 11, 18, 25, Oct. 2 and 9, from 6-8 p.m. Session #2 series will be held Tuesdays Oct. 22, 29, Nov. 5, 12, 19, and Dec. 3. from 10 a.m. -12 p.m. and on Wednesdays, Oct. 23, 30, Nov. 6, 13, 20 and Dec. 4, from 6-8 p.m.
 
The cost for each series of six clay classes is $130 and includes a 25-pound bag of clay. Additional clay may be purchased from the instructor as needed. Basic tools will be shared, however, it is suggested that serious students who plan on taking more than one series purchase a personal tool kit. Additional information will be available during class.
 
The three computer classes being offered will be taught by Rich Fufaro in Room 349 Mercy Hall. “Computers 101: Getting Started and Beyond,” will offer the basics of computer technology and an introduction to Microsoft Office with the emphasis on the Word application. It will be held Wednesdays, Sept. 4, 11, 18, and 25 from 6-8 p.m.
 
“Computers 201: Moving Forward,” will continue to further explore Microsoft Office and will teach students how to create documents, set-up and use data bases and create spreadsheets. It will be held Wednesdays, Oct. 2, 9, 16, and 23 from 6-8 p.m.
 
Cost for the Computers 101 and 201 sessions are $95 per person.
 
“Advanced Computer Technology,” will explore the more powerful features of Microsoft Office, including MS PowerPoint and MS Access. The series will be held Wednesdays, Oct. 30, Nov. 6, 13, 20, and 27 from 6-8 p.m. The cost is $120 per person.
 
The Qigong and Taiji session will offer 14 classes that run on Wednesdays from Sept. 4 through Dec. 11 from 6-8 p.m. in the aerobics room of the Anderson Sports and Health Center. Instructor is Mark R. Reinhart, NMT, MMQ, a practitioner of the arts for 50 years and current president of the National Qigong Association. The two-hour classes are open to anyone of any age or fitness level and will focus on providing an understanding of the Chinese movement arts. Cost is $150 per person.
 
The university will also offer a series of aerobics and fitness aerobics classes in the Anderson Sports and Health Center from Aug. 26 through Dec. 20. Classes offer variety of cardio, strength, aerobics and core conditioning work. “Cardio Combo” is offered Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday mornings at 8 a.m. “Kick-n-Core” is offered Tuesdays and Thursdays at 4:30 p.m. “Head-to-Toe” is offered Wednesdays and Fridays at 8:30 a.m. A supersaver cost is $120; or participants may pay a monthly rate of $35 per month or $6 per class.
 
Water aerobics classes are also offered in a session the runs Aug. 26 through Dec. 20, weekdays from 8:30-9:30 a.m. The Supersaver cost is $140 per person; or participants may pay a monthly rate of $40 monthly or $6 per class.
 
For additional information, please go to www.misericordia.edu/adulted and click on the Fun and Fitness link. To register, please call the Center for Adult and Continuing Education at (570) 674-6289. Founded and Sponsored by the Sisters of Mercy in 1924, Misericordia University is Luzerne County’s first four-year college and offers 34 degree programs on the graduate and undergraduate levels in full and part-time formats.