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ACRYLIC PAINTING * Wednesdays, Sept 15 to Oct 20, 1:00-3:00 * Instructor: Claire Cayer (514) 932-2796, clairecayer@hotmail.com
These Zoom Acrylic painting classes will comprise teaching techniques and tricks, e.g. painting "eyes" both for humans and for animals, as well as how to create waves in your seascapes or painting glass and its reflections for still life paintings. You will also receive instruction in colour mixing for creating the perfect shade for your work. The instructor will also critique the work you have done and give verbal suggestions on how to improve your paintings. (The class will be divided into smaller groups for this instruction.) The instructor will be there until 5PM.
ART IN THE METRO* Mondays, Sept 13 to Oct 25, 10:00-12:00 * Instructor: Deanne Hall-Habeeb (514) 931-4550, hdeanne@gmail.com
In this course we will examine by Zoom the art in Montreal’s metro starting from its inception in the 60s, continuing into the 80s, 90s and as late as 2017. We’ll learn some of the history of each station and how each was named. Although people take the metro in order to get from point A to point B in their everyday inter city travels, do they really notice the interesting and dazzling art works in the metro done by prominent artists of Montréal? Have we given them more than a passing glance? Let this art history class acquaint you with these spectacular works and familiarize you with the artists who have created them.
BRIDGE - IMPROVING YOUR GAME * Thursdays, Sept 23 to Nov 4 (note late start & 7 classes in session) , 10:00-12:00 * Instructor: Gilbert Starosta (514) 341-3893, learningtoplaybridge@gmail.com
During this session we will continue improving our bridge play and will focus on learning how to tackle strong hands and using conventions, e.g. Blackwood, Splinter, Jacoby 2NT & the reverse. These will all help improve your bidding and play of the hand. Please note that the course will start and end one week later than regular..
CLASSICAL COMPOSERS: Beyond Bach, Beethoven and Brahms *Tuesdays, Sept 14 to Oct 19, 1:00-3:00 * Instructor: Roxanne Martel (514) 293-6632, roxannemarlene@yahoo.ca
Each musical era has its musical giants who brought forth great masterpieces. We have explored many of these composers in recent sessions. This course will look at the lives and music of many composers who are great and wonderful in their own way but have not received as much attention. Many have since been recognized for their genius and their contributions to the repertoire. Composers such as Tallis, Buxtehude, Clementi, Vaughan-Williams, Prokofiev and many more will be the focus of this session. Musical examples will be used to illustrate the music of each of the composers discussed.
CLASSICS: GREAT IDEAS AND GREAT BOOKS OF THE WORLD - CROSS CULTURAL EXPLORATION * Mondays, Sept 13 to Oct 25, 1:00 - 3:00 * Instructor: F. X. Charet
We will continue to examine a number of selected ideas and texts from across the world that had an impact on forming human culture and civilization. Some of the works that will be considered will be drawn from the Middle East, Asia, Europe, and the Americas.
COOKING FOR ONE & HAVING FUN * Thursdays, Sept 16 to Oct 21, 3:30-5:30 * Instructor: Bonnie Hill (514) 768-1063, bon5chef@hotmail.com
We will suggest weekly individual meal plans for those of you who live alone or with one companion. Lessons will include a list of all ingredients for you to obtain before each class, along with detailed instructions on its preparation. Healthy & economical meals will include a variety of meats, chicken, fish & vegetarian options. It will be possible to cook along with me via Zoom, or by yourself at another time. - a very different format from the original “Having Fun Cooking for One” but the upside is you have your meal, freshly cooked, hot and ready to serve. See below for the course plan.
CREATIVE WRITING: PROSE * Fridays, Sept 17 to Oct 22, 1:00-3:00 * Instructor: Zsolt Alapi (514)484-9837, zalapi@sympatico.ca
The focus of this course will be on techniques of writing fiction: the art of telling good stories. You will be asked to write short (500 word maximum) pieces on a weekly basis, after which members of the group will “workshop” each piece, guided by the instructor. You will be given “prompts” to facilitate this process, many of them concentrating on writing techniques like point-of-view, description, plot structure, dialogue, etc. The instructor will also give short weekly readings that demonstrate these elements of fiction, and we will briefly discuss these factors at the beginning of each class. You will be given extensive feedback on your writing, including suggestions for improvement.John Gardner’s text The Art of Fiction is recommended (though certainly not required) for those serious about writing, and the instructor will use prompts from this book during our time working together.
EN PLEIN AIR IN COLOUR * Fridays, Sept 10 to Oct 15 (note early start), 10:00-12:00 * Instructor: Deanne Hall-Habeeb (514) 931-4550, hdeanne@gmail.com
Let’s capture the stunning colours of autumn in Westmount Park. Demonstrations by the instructor will be given both on Zoom before the class (at 9:00 am) and at the park (at 10:30 am). Students will be instructed in painting outdoors using acrylic as well as Aqua brush and coloured pencil.
ESSENTRICS * Thursdays, Sept 16 to Oct 21, 12:30-1:30 * Instructor: Carole Albert (514) 867-2016, zumbaqueen999@gmail.com
Essentrics is a full-body stretching and strengthening program designed to decompress joints and rebalance and lengthen your muscles. The workout combines ballet strengthening, tai chi fluidity and physiotherapy techniques. Each element provides your body with specific benefits. The ballet movements promote lean, strong muscles, the tai chi movement rebalances your energy and the physiotherapy promotes healing and prevents future injury.
ESSENTRICS * Mondays, Sept 13 to Oct 25, 10:45-11:45 * Instructor: Carole Albert (514) 867-2016, zumbaqueen999@gmail.com
Same as above
GENEALOGY II * Thursdays, Sept 16 to Oct 21, 1:00-3:00 * Instructor: Ron Leduc (450)466-2542, ronaldleduc@sympatico.ca
This Genealogy series will consist of both lectures and workshops. Occupations: “How do I find out what my Ancestor did? And what the heck is a puddler?” Paleography: “I found this old document but I can't read it! Now what?” The technique behind deciphering old documents and handwriting. Census reports: A Genealogist’s gold mine. Immersion Genealogy: The Marriage of Social History and Genealogy. “What was my Ancestor’s life like?” Bruno Paul Stenson will join me as our guest in the last segment to make your Ancestor come alive in his own inimitable way. You will be asked to invite an Ancestor. Join us as we continue our quest to tell your story because "Everybody has a story and everyone's story is fascinating.”
HISTORY OF EXPO 67 * Tuesdays, Sept 14 to Oct 19, 10:00-12:00 * Lecturer: Bruno Paul Stenson (514) 332-5075, stenson@colba.net
Expo 67, which was originally scheduled to take place in Moscow, was NOT Jean Drapeau's idea. In fact, he was initially against it. In this course we take an in depth look at Expo 67, from the very long history of international exhibitions, to the on-again, off-again plans for our Expo, to a visit inside every single pavilion at Man and His World. Maybe not as much fun as actually going to Expo, but really, really close. For description of lectures see below.
LINE DANCING * Mondays, Sept 13 to Oct 25, 1:00-2:30 * Instructor: Jocelyne Kwok Choon (438) 879-2396, jocelyne.kwok.choon@gmail.com
These Zoom line dancing classes are primarily for beginners. Line dancing is a great way to keep fit, healthy and have fun. The benefits of regular line dancing include a possible increase in flexibility, muscular strength, coordination and an improvement in bone health. Jocelyne, an experienced instructor who has worked with many groups, welcomes all new dancers to learn the steps to all types of music. And you don't need a partner! (Make space in your house so you can easily move about.)
MONTREAL THEATRE * Tuesdays, Sept 14 to Oct 19, 3:30-5:30 * Instructor: Donna Davidson (514) 739-5744, donnadavidson35@gmail.com
This course is designed to acquaint participants with Montreal theatres and Montreal theatre artists. You may learn about local theatres you didn't know existed. Class members will enjoy learning more personal, in depth knowledge of specific theatre community members, and their views about theatre. Also, we will read parts of some plays which are likely to be performed in the near future, and have general discussions about theatre. If you are enthusiastic about live theatre, you are sure to appreciate some, if not all, aspects of this course. See below for this session's activities.
MONTREAL TOURS * Wednesdays, Sept 15 to Oct 20, 1:00 – 2:30/3:00 *
To participate in the Montreal Tours, we must be fully vaccinated and when gathering or walking through indoor spaces, we must wear masks. Tours are subject to cancellation if there is “lockdown”. In case of inclement weather, a tour may be postponed or cancelled. See below for a description of the different tours.
PHOTOGRAPHY, FUN and FUNCTION * Wednesdays, Sept 15 to Oct 20, 1:00 – 3:00 * Instructor: Maureen Rodrigues (514) 577-6195, maureen.rodrigues10@gmail.com
This course is designed to take the stress out of photography and put the fun back In it. You will learn helpful tips and compositional elements to enhance your photo expertise in creative photography no matter what camera you're using; be it a DLSR, or your iPad or phone. .The goal of this course is to allow photographers to have fun, enjoy taking pictures at whatever level you're at and talking about your individual styles. You will learn by doing! Also covered is how to critique images that will reinforce your knowledge. We will also feature and examine some wonderful names and their works in the photography field. Every week you will have homework and have a chance to showcase your individual style to the class. (If possible, we will meet outdoors at some time during the course). Contact the instructor by email with any questions.
TAI-CHI Basic & Intermediate * Tuesdays, Sept 14 to Oct 26 (7 classes in session), 2:00-3:00 * Instructor: Colin Young (438) 395-6099, taichiyoung@msn.com Tuesdays
Basic and Intermediate: Should you be concerned about your balance or have a fear of falling, Tai-Chi is the perfect program to help improve your balance and prevent such accidents. The gentle and graceful movements will increase your flexibility, help reduce pain and calm your spirit.
YOGA (HATHA) * Mondays, Sept 13 to Nov 1 (7 classes in session), 1:45-2:45 * Instructor: Shizuyo Okada (514) 756-0952, okadashizuyo@gmail.com
Hatha Yoga (mixed-level): A well-rounded experience, consisting of yoga postures (asanas) with some modifications and options, fluid movements, breathing exercises, as well as a guided relaxation to help physical and mental wellness. A yoga mat is required. Some yoga experience is helpful, but not necessary. If you've had serious injuries and/or surgeries, please let the instructor know beforehand.
YOGA (WITH CHAIR) * Wednesdays, Sept 15 to Oct 27 (7 classes in session), 10:00-11:00 * Instructor: Shizuyo Okada (514) 756-0952, okadashizuyo@gmail.com
Chair Yoga is a gentler and slower form of Hatha Yoga, in which the practitioners do postures while sitting on a chair or using a chair for support. For this reason, people with limited mobility or people in a smaller office space can practice Chair Yoga with relative ease. It is especially fitting for those who have difficulties sitting or lying down on the floor. Even if you have no mobility issues, if you wish to focus on a light yoga session that increases body awareness and flexibility, this can be a good option for you. Please prepare a sturdy chair with no wheeled legs - something like a waiting/conference room chair would be suitable. No yoga mat or other equipment is required, but if you have yoga blocks and/or a yoga belt, please have them nearby.
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