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Fall 2014 Personal Enrichment Courses

Costs / Early Registration Discount
In addition to the tuition, there is a $25 nonrefundable registration fee paid once per semester. The early registration discount applies to registrations received (paid in full) by August 22.

Woodworking: A Hands-On Workshop
Using the professional woodworking shop at Purchase College,build a project to completion in this intensive, hands-on workshop. As a beginner or experienced student, you will work within your skill level using the essential principles of woodworking, including tool use, machine operation, material selection, design choices, joinery, and finishing.
Note: Students must purchase their own materials for individual projects (approximately $40–$50).
CED1050 / noncredit / $600
Discount: $575 (Purchase College matriculated students, employees, and alumni; and early registration discount)
Instructor: Erminio Marrese
Sat., 9 a.m.–12 p.m.
Sept. 20–Dec. 13 (10 sessions; no classes Oct. 4 & 11, Nov. 29)
Room: Visual Arts Building, Room 1029

Woodturning Workshop - FULL; please call to be placed on the waiting list.
Creating functional and nonfunctional lathe-turned objects. Woodturning has a long and rich history, the lathe being the earliest documented woodworking machine. This workshop examines the evolution of turning and explores how the lathe and its tools are used today to produce art as well as functional objects. A variety of processes are introduced, including: wood selection and preparation, spindle turning, bowl and vessel turning, hollow turning, box making, off-center turning and finishing. Students at all levels are free to explore their own interests. Open to beginners as well as advanced enthusiasts. Tuition includes $150 for materials. CED1040 / noncredit / $710
Discount: $685 (Purchase College matriculated students, employees, and alumni; and early registration discount)
Instructor: Andy Barnum
Mon., 10 a.m.–4 p.m.
Sept. 22–Dec. 1 (10 sessions; no class Oct. 13)
Room:Visual Arts Building, Room 1029

**Closed** Voiceover Acting: Language and Techniques
What does “split the difference” mean? Find out in this exploration of the world of voiceovers! You will discover the acting fundamentals for voiceovers, which are used in television commercials, radio spots, the Internet, promos, and narration. The basic techniques of acting unfold in their application to the voiceover world, along with an inside “skinny” of the tricks, techniques, and the skills used by the pros to audition, book, and do their job.
CED1010 / noncredit / $225
Discount: $200 (Purchase College matriculated students, employees, and alumni; and early registration discount)
Instructor: Jane Beller
Tues., 7–9 p.m.
Sept. 23–Oct. 21 (5 sessions)
Room: TBA

**Closed** Game Design
Learn the basic discipline of game design and create playable paper prototypes. Study the history of games, from ancient race games to modern video games. Extract essential lessons of game design to employ in your game ideas. In testing each other’s creations—made of paper, cards, dice, and counters—you will uncover the greatest challenges and pleasures of designing games.
Note: This is not a computer programming class.
CED1120 / noncredit / $200
Discount: $175 (Purchase College matriculated students, employees, and alumni; and early registration discount)
Instructor: Keith Burgun
Tues., 7–8:30 p.m.
Sept. 23–Oct. 28 (6 sessions)
Room: TBA

Courses with Noncredit Options

Creative Writing Workshop for Teens

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Spring 2015 Personal Enrichment Courses

Costs / Early Registration Discount
In addition to the tuition, there is a $25 nonrefundable registration fee paid once per semester. The early registration discount applies to registrations received (paid in full) by January 16.

small star iconNEW! Stage and Soul: Seeing Shaw as Shaman
As a “specialist in immoral and heretical plays,” George Bernard Shaw’s cunning plots and rapier wit skewered conventional values. Many of his plays signaled an early warning of stage bombshells that have dismayed and convulsed the public in the traumatic decades since Shaw died. Critiques of his scripts in light of contemporary plays explore Shaw’s virile legacy of theatre, which disconcerts the comfortable and disenthralls modern audiences.
CED 1150 / noncredit / $265
Discount: $240 (Purchase College matriculated students, employees, and alumni; and early registration discount)
Instructor: Frank Dent
Wed., 7–9 p.m.
Feb. 18–Mar. 25 (6 sessions)
Room: TBA

Woodworking: A Hands-On Workshop
Using the professional woodworking shop at Purchase College,build a project to completion in this intensive, hands-on workshop. As a beginner or experienced student, you will work within your skill level using the essential principles of woodworking, including tool use, machine operation, material selection, design choices, joinery, and finishing.
Note: Students must purchase their own materials for individual projects (approximately $40–$50).
CED1050 / noncredit / $600
Discount: $575 (Purchase College matriculated students, employees, and alumni; and early registration discount)
Instructor: Erminio Marrese
Sat., 9 a.m.–12 p.m.
Feb. 21–May 9 (10 sessions; no classes Mar. 28 & April 4)
Room: Visual Arts Building, Room 1029

Woodturning Workshop
Creating functional and nonfunctional lathe-turned objects. Woodturning has a long and rich history, the lathe being the earliest documented woodworking machine. This workshop examines the evolution of turning and explores how the lathe and its tools are used today to produce art as well as functional objects. A variety of processes are introduced, including: wood selection and preparation, spindle turning, bowl and vessel turning, hollow turning, box making, off-center turning and finishing. Students at all levels are free to explore their own interests. Open to beginners as well as advanced enthusiasts. Tuition includes $150 for materials.
CED1040 / noncredit / $710
Discount: $685 (Purchase College matriculated students, employees, and alumni; and early registration discount)
Instructor: Andy Barnum
Mon., 10 a.m.–4 p.m.
Feb. 23–May 4 (10 sessions; no class Mar. 30)
Room: Visual Arts Building, Room 1029

small star iconNEW! Writing for Children
Have you always wanted write a picture book, but didn’t know where to start? Are you working on a young adult novel and eager for feedback? Compose a new children’s writing project or improve an existing one in a supportive environment. Discuss different aspects of storytelling and learn about the children’s writing market via weekly prompts and in-class critiques.
CED 1130 / noncredit / $265
Discount: $240 (Purchase College matriculated students, employees, and alumni; and early registration discount)
Instructor: Sheela Chari
Wed., 12:30–2 p.m.
Mar. 11–May 6 (8 sessions; no class April 11)
Room: TBA

small star iconNEW! First Folio Shakespeare
Learn to perform the roles of Shakespeare’s characters as he intended. No acting experience is necessary—directions are built into his First Folio scripts. The “clues” in these scripts enable actors to perform without directors or rehearsals—no memorization necessary! Understand and enjoy the plays by being “obedient” to the text. Results are spontaneous, educational—and often very funny. Shakespeare will never be the same!
CED 1140 / noncredit / $185
Discount: $160 (Purchase College matriculated students, employees, and alumni; and early registration discount)
Instructor: Kris DiLorenzo
Tues., 6:30–8:30 p.m.
April 7–28 (4 sessions)
Room: TBA

Courses with Noncredit Options (coming soon!)

Creative Writing Workshop for Teens

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About the Instructors

Andy Barnum, who is largely self-taught, has been woodturning for more than 30 years. He has been actively teaching turning for the last 10 years and has taught at craft and woodworking schools such as Brookfield Craft Center, Arrowmont School, and Marc Adams School. He has written for American Woodworker and been a contributor to Fine Woodworking Magazine. His work has appeared in various books and magazines and at the Wustum Museum of Fine Arts, as well as other museums and galleries. He has taught at Purchase College for more than 10 years.

Frank L. Dent, EdD, has created, directed, and produced arts and education programs for various adult constituencies since 1965 in academic and religious institutions to illustrate the interaction among diverse arts, artists, and faiths. A graduate of Rice, Yale Divinity, and Columbia Teachers College, he has held professional journalistic, editorial, teaching, fundraising, and ecumenical pastor posts. A relevant recent publication is his essay, “Religion and Drama,” in Columbia Encyclopedia of Modern Drama (2007).

Linda Gelman is a producer and founding member of Chicago City Limits. In addition to being an improviser, she has worked as an actress, singer, and dancer in plays, musicals, and cabaret shows, and on TV. She has taught improvisation for many years to adults and children both at Chicago City Limits and at schools, colleges, and arts institutions.

John Imbiano is a principal and founding partner of IQ Landscape Architects. The firm, established more than 25 years ago, has successfully completed many notable institutional, corporate, and residential projects. Imbiano is a member of the American Society of Landscape Architects and holds a degree in landscape architecture from Rutgers University and a graduate degree in urban design from Pratt Institute. Throughout his professional career, he has taught landscape design at various academic institutions in the region.

Erminio Marrese holds a BFA from Purchase College, where he studied traditional furniture-making, sculpture, drawing, and metalworking. In 1984, he started his own business, Woodworking By Erminio, concentrating on custom cabinetry and furniture. In this business, he works with architects, interior designers, contractors, and homeowners to create true custom pieces, incorporating function, style, and various materials.

Tara Vincenta, principal and founder of Artemis Landscape Architects, has 30 years of experience designing diverse landscapes, including environmental planning studies and corporate, institutional, and private residential work. Under her direction, the firm has won four merit awards from the Connecticut Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects (CTASLA). She holds a BLA (Bachelor of Landscape Architecture) from the State University of New York’s College of Environmental Science and Forestry (SUNY–ESF) and a certificate in healthcare garden design from the Regenstein School of the Chicago Botanic Garden. She is a registered landscape architect and member of the American Society of Landscape Architects.

Gene Wisniewski received his art education at the New York Academy of Art, the National Academy of Design, the New School, and L’Ecole Albert Defois in Vihiers, France. He has exhibited in galleries across the nation, including New York, Los Angeles, and Chicago. He has 12 years experience teaching and lecturing on visual art, and is working on a companion book to this course, The Three Big Questions About Art, Answered.

Updated Sept. 19, 2014

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