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  • The Decade of the Singer-Songwriter

    Tuesdays, May 9–June 13, 1:00–3:00 p.m. (6 sessions)

    $150 General; $120 Members

    While the 1970s are often remembered as the decade of disco music, the disco craze didn’t take hold until the end of the 1970s. Throughout the decade, singer-songwriters dominated the music charts.

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  • Flavors of Africa

    Wednesdays, March 29, April 19, May 17, 7:30–9:00 p.m. (3 sessions)

    Online registration for this class is now closed. Call 310-440-4651 to register by phone.

    Take a culinary journey through Africa and explore the cultures and cuisines of Sudan, Tunisia, and Ethiopia. These three chefs add a uniquely Southern California flair to African flavors. Each session features a discussion, cooking demonstration, and plentiful samples for tasting.

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  • Drawing and Meditative Mindfulness

    Drawing and Meditative Mindfulness

    Saturdays, June 6–July 18, except July 4, 9:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m. (6 sessions)

    Otis registration #25168: $225 Noncredit

    In this class, offered in partnership with Otis College of Art and Design, cultivate a meditative state of mind while developing the formal techniques of drawing. Current research in neuroscience has demonstrated that the practice of meditative mindfulness can sharpen perception, creativity, and intuition and increase attention and nonjudgmental awareness—all skills also honed through drawing.

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  • drawing and composition class

    Drawing and Composition

    Tuesdays, June 6–August 15, except July 4, 7:00–10:00 p.m. (10 sessions)

    Otis registration #25159: $435 Noncredit; Otis registration #25160: $475 Certificate Credit; Otis registration #25161: $1,370 College Credit (1.0)

    This beginning course, offered in partnership with Otis College of Art and Design, develops skills in the elements of drawing and composition. Through demonstration, class exercises, and critiques, students explore concepts including contour line, cross contour, modeling, uses of marks to show form and space, perspective, scale and measurement, and positive/negative space.

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  • Recycled Objects

    Tuesdays, June 6–August 15, except July 4, 7:00–10:00 p.m. (10 sessions)

    Otis registration #25174: $435 Noncredit; Otis registration #25175: $475 Certificate Credit; Otis registration #25176: $1,370 College Credit (1.0)

    Follow the rich tradition of artists—from Robert Rauschenberg to Mark Bradford—who used easily accessible and recycled materials in their work. Through a range of mixed media forms, explore the formal concerns of composition, materials, and scale, as well as issues related to content, meaning, and interpretation.

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    Forays into Fiction

    Tuesdays, June 6–July 11, except July 4, 7:00–10:00 p.m. (5 sessions)

    Otis registration #25322: $225 Noncredit

    Make forays into the world of fiction and create compelling stories. Examining the elements of micro fiction, the short story, novella, and novel, acquire skills to establish point of view, render complex characters, envision setting, write believable dialogue, and weave a plot that urges the reader to turn the page. This dynamic class focuses on finding your voice, stoking your imagination, and developing underlying themes.

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    Introduction to Precious Metal Clay

    Saturday, June 10, 9:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m. (1 session)

    Otis registration #25352: $99 Noncredit*

    In this intensive class, offered in partnership with Otis College of Art and Design, learn how to work with precious metal clay (PMC).

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  • screen printing course

    Pop for the People: A Screen Print Workshop

    Saturdays, June 10 and 24, 10:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m. (2 sessions)

    Otis registration #25362: $129 Noncredit*

    Back by popular demand! In partnership with Otis College of Art and Design, this two-day workshop offers a quick method of printmaking to explore and create Pop Art prints in the style of Roy Lichtenstein.

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  • Artists and Their Models

    Wednesdays, April 19–May 24, 10:30 a.m.–12:00 p.m. (6 sessions)

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    Who were the real-life women and men who posed for artists and inspired them to create their greatest works? In this lecture class, uncover the relationships between artists and their muses: the dancers of Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec’s Moulin Rouge, the sitters of Vincent van Gogh, the passionate creatures of the British Pre-Raphaelites, and more.

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  • great decisions course

    Great Decisions: A Current Events Discussion Group

    Thursdays, January 26, February 9 and 23, March 9 and 23, April 6 and 20, May 11, 1:30–3:00 p.m. (8 sessions)

    This class is now full.

    Become an informed citizen! In this stimulating discussion group, discuss and debate important international current events with the guidance of an experienced moderator and guest lecturers from area universities and think tanks.

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  • book groups

    Skirball Book Groups: What If?

    Choose from four groups.

    Registration for this class is now closed.

    Celebrate the power of imagination with this selection of books. Under the direction of a professional book group facilitator, participants examine the book together, analyzing characters, themes, and motifs and learning about the author’s background. Expect lively, interactive classes. Discussion questions are distributed in advance of each class session. Participants must read the book prior to each session. GROUP 1: Tuesdays

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