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Continuing Education - Personal Enrichment

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 icon**Closed** NEW! 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)
Natural Sciences Building, Room 1001 

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.–noon
Feb. 21–May 9 (10 sessions; no class Mar. 28 & April 4)
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: Carl Ford
Mon., 10 a.m.–4 p.m.
Feb. 23–May 4 (10 sessions; no class Mar. 30)
Visual Arts Building, Room 1029

small star icon**Closed** NEW! 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.
CED1130 / 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 1)
Natural Sciences Building, Room 1059 

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!
CED1140 / noncredit / $185
Discount: $160 (Purchase College matriculated students, employees, and alumni; and early registration discount)
Instructor: Kris Dean
Tues., 6:30–8:30 p.m.
April 7–28 (4 sessions)
Natural Sciences Building, Room 2027 

Courses with Noncredit Options

Creative Writing Workshop for Teens (starts Jan. 30)

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About the Instructors

Kris Dean (SAG-AFTRA) is an actress who has appeared on stage, screen, and radio. She has won grants from ArtsWestchester and New York Foundation for the Arts for creating an original one-woman show; she will tour another show, Shakespeare’s Women Speak in 2015. Kris trained at Britain’s Royal National Theatre Studio and also with Royal Shakespeare Company members. She has taught at the SAG Conservatory, T. Schreiber Studios, and the Provincetown Theatre Company.

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).

Carl Ford is an accomplished woodturner who loves to teach people how to turn wood.  Carl has studied with world-renowned woodturners like Dave Ellsworth, Michael Hosaluk, Al Stirt, Binh Pho, Graeme Priddle, and Andre Martel. He enjoys turning bowls, vases, hollow forms, and spindles and is inspired by the myriad colors, shapes and patterns found in flowers and nature which offer patterns in wind-blown snow, the shapes of trees, and tangled vines.

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.

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Updated March 10, 2015

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