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ABSTRACT ART * Fridays, Mar 12 to Apr 16, 10:00-12:00 * Instructor: Deanne Hall-Habeeb (514) 931-4550, hdeanne@gmail.com
In this course we will learn about the elements and principles needed to create an abstract painting. Different techniques and methods will be presented and famous artists’ works explored. The instructor will demonstrate these techniques live on zoom. After the demo, students will create their own abstract painting, also live on zoom. Note: the instructor will demonstrate using acrylic but watercolour could be adapted.
ACRYLIC PAINTING * Wednesdays, Mar 10 to Apr 14, 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.)
BIRDWATCHING -2.0 * Wednesdays, Mar 10 to Apr 14, 10:00-12:00 * Instructor: Sheldon Harvey (450) 462-1459, ve2shw@yahoo.com
This follow-up course to Introduction to Birdwatching, taught by an experienced bird watcher, broadcaster and publisher, will not only be of interest to those who participated in the first course, but to anyone with an interest in birds; learning about where and how to observe and enjoy them. The course runs through the most exciting and colourful part of the birdwatching season … spring migration, the time of year when the largest variety of bird species can be seen in our region! This course will review some elements presented in the first course, and will introduce and explore advanced aspects of bird observation, including: - looking at specific categories of birds such as ducks, waterfowl, raptors, songbirds - exploring on-line tools and resources that assist in locating various bird species - introducing various exercises and tools to improve species identification skills - learning about the best birding spots in our region - knowing what species to look for in specific habitats - introducing Eco-Tourism – travelling to other parts of the world to birdwatch - learning about helping birds deal with the challenges facing them in our world - introducing citizen science and research projects underway in our region. To complete the course, students will be invited to participate in birdwatching field trips (COVID restrictions permitting), at prime local birdwatching locations.
BRIDGE - IMPROVING YOUR GAME * Thursdays, Mar 11 to Apr 15, 10:00-12:00 * Instructor: Gilbert Starosta (514) 341-3893, learningtoplaybridge@gmail.com
During this session, we will focus on bridge theory for the first 15 minutes and then practice the hands for the time remaining. If you have any questions, you will be able to get answers and advice during the supervised class.
(THE) CLASSICS: GREAT IDEAS AND GREAT BOOKS OF THE WORLD - CROSS CULTURAL EXPLORATION * Mondays, Mar 22 to Apr 26, 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, Mar 11 to Apr 15, 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.
CREATIVE WRITING * Thursdays, Apr 8 to 29 (only 4 courses), 1:00-3:00 * Instructor: Ellen Green (514) 862-9848, tymadd@videotron.ca
Whether you’re interested in writing a memoir, a short story or simply looking for a fun creative outlet where you can practice your writing skills, then Creative Writing is for you. Writing exercises focus on the senses, dialogue, character development, and the structure of a story, all in a welcoming workshop environment. This course is for all levels of writers and will be offered on-line. Hope to see you there! NB Late registration after March 1st, 10 p.m.: $37
ESSENTRICS * Thursdays, Mar 11 to Apr 22 (7 classes in session), 11:15-12:15 * 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.
GENEALOGY * Thursdays, Mar 11 to Apr 15, 1:00-3:00 * Instructor: Ron Leduc (450)466-2542, ronaldleduc@sympatico.ca
Do you enjoy the show “Finding Your Roots” on PBS? NBC's “Who Do You Think You Are?” Join Ron Leduc, our VP, as he takes you on a journey to help you find your roots. Learn to use Ancestry, find notarial records and search archives, census and newspaper records through various databases. Discover the best way to organize your records, sources, and how to use software to build your story. Ron has been an amateur genealogist for 40 years. He has traced his family to the 1500s, spent time in his village of origin in France where he was hosted by the Mayor and had his story written up in the French papers. He is fond of saying “everyone has a story and everyone's story is fascinating”. Let him help you tell yours! 1) Introduction to genealogy 2) Starting out: initial guidance 3) Making the most of your genealogy software 4) Using Ancestry.ca Canadian/World editions 5) Exploring: specific genealogy records and websites 6) Thinking outside the box, avoiding rabbit holes, hints, back-doors etc
GROUP OF SEVEN, TOM THOMSON, EMILY CARR * Mondays, Mar 8 to Apr 12, 10:00-12:00 * Instructor: Deanne Hall-Habeeb (514) 931-4550, hdeanne@gmail.com
The Group of Seven were the first artists to produce a distinct Canadian form of art which did not yet exist prior to 1920. All the artists in this series are best known for paintings inspired by the Canadian landscape, and initiated the first major Canadian national art movement. In this course, we will view their works and discuss how they are truly Canadian.
HISTORY OF NEW FRANCE II * Tuesdays, Mar 9 to Apr 13, 10:00-12:00 * Lecturer: Bruno Paul Stenson (514) 332-5075, stenson@colba.net
New France lasted almost 230 years, yet it is usually given short shrift in histories of Canada. What a shame! The social history of this period is fascinating and it often shines an instructive light on life here today. Oh, and it's often really, really funny! LECTURE 1) Religion. With government representatives often more interested in making money in the fur trade, a great deal of power resided in the hands of the religious orders who oversaw education, healthcare… and socks! LECTURE 2) Education. The largely rural population rejected formal education in favour of more practical knowledge. And then there were the missionaries trying to educate the Natives... LECTURE 3) Healthcare. Only four trained doctors in 150 years. A hospital where boys learned to make socks. Cures that were as bad as the diseases. And nuns. Lots and lots of nuns. LECTURE 4) Gardens. Inspired by the gardens of Antiquity and the religion of their era, varying according to the social status of their owners, essential where neither food stores nor drug stores existed. LECTURE 5) Acadie. Pirates, poets, nepotism, clever farming and a population that was deported by the French. Oh, and there was that other deportation, too. LECTURE 6) The 18th Century Today. Most people don’t realise how few of the buildings in Old Montréal date back to French colonial times. In this lecture we take a virtual walk through Old Montréal and through time to see what is left there of New France.
HISTORY OF NEW FRANCE II (FOR CHATEAU RAMEZAY GUIDES) * Fridays, Mar 12 to Apr 16, 1:00-3:00*
(See the above description of the course.)
LINE DANCING * Mondays, Mar 8 to Apr 12, 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.)
MOBILE DEVICES * Mondays, Mar 8 to Apr 12, 10:00-12:00 * Instructors: Christine Paquette, for information: Atwater library 514-935-7344, CONNECT@atwaterlibrary.ca
A workshop series for all devices (Android, Apple, Windows). Each workshop a different topic is presented, followed by a moderated discussion. Topics include working with text, making and finding files, storage, and exploring apps like WhatsApp or Waze.. Presented by the Atwater Library Connect Project with funding from the Government of Canada.
MONTREAL THEATRE * Tuesdays, Mar 9 to Apr 13, 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 are sure to appreciate some, if not all aspects of this course. GUESTS: 1. Marcel Jennin – very well known theatre and film actor: Paradise Lost, The Graduate & many others. - 2. Joseph Shragge – Co Founder and Co Artistic Director of Scapegoat Carnival Theatre Co. - playwright Sapientia., Yev, adaptations of Medea, Oedipus, The Bacchae. - 3. Dr. Lynn Kozak - McGill Classics professor, translator, actress – Iliad total epic [plus translation]. - 4. Julie Tamiko Manning – well known actress – Paradise Lost, The Butcher & many others - playwright – The Tashme Project. - 5. Rahul Gandhi – actor and playwright. PLAY READING: 2 plays - TBA
MUSIC OF THE 20th CENTURY & BEYOND *Wednesdays, Mar 10 to Apr 14, 1:00-3:00 * Instructor: Roxanne Martel (514) 293-6632, roxannemarlene@yahoo.ca
This course will look at and listen to “classical” music from the 20th Century and into the 21st Century. We will explore several of the distinct styles such as Impressionism, Expressionism, Neo-classicism and aleatoric music with attention to the historical context, musical developments and significant composers of each style. In addition, there will be time spent exploring the development of jazz, popular and Latin music. Musical examples will be used to illustrate each of the styles discussed.
TAI-CHI Basic & Intermediate * Tuesdays, Mar 9 to Apr 20 (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, Mar 8 to Apr 19 (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, Mar 10 to Apr 21 (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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