• Merrillville Adult Education - Community Education

    This category covers everything arts and crafts related. The following is a list of available classes for the 2011 Fall Semester.
    Oak Leaf
    FALL 2011
    Silk Flower Arranging with Design Principles - ACH-1

    All Silk Flower Arranging classes will be held at the Merrillville Senior Citizen Center - Entrance P

    Instructor, Charlene Horton, President & Senior Floral Designer for IN BLOOM has been creating floral arrangements for all occasions since 1996. IN BLOOM has been designing silk floral arrangements in the spirit of the holidays and weddings.

    All classes are limited to ten students; so sign up early!

    Session 1  English Garden Centerpiece

    Warm up any room with this lovely Victorian-inspired design. This English garden centerpiece will be made with roses, hydrangeas, and delphinium in mauve, lavender, plum and cream colors. You will learn the basic fundamentals of silk centerpiece floral design and finishing techniques. An instructional Step-by-Step guide will be provided to students as a resource that can be used as a reference for future designs.

    Supplies Needed To Bring To Class

    Wire cutters: recommended model: Craftsman 7 inch pliers, diagonal, model #45076,1 block of dry floral foam for silk designs, 1 serrated knife for cutting floral foam, 1 package of 2’ wooden picks, 1 package of u-pins, 1 package of Spanish moss or sheet moss, 1 roll of green floral tape, Hot glue gun, glue sticks and Hot glue gun heat pad

    1 Wednesday, 6:30-8:00 p.m.

    February 23

    Fee:  $25           Materials:   $35 payable upon registration

    Merrillville Senior Citizen Center, Entrance P

    Session 2  Springtime Easter Wreath

    What came first the chicken or the Easter egg? In this class we will make a novelty Easter wreath that will consist of robins eggs, butterflies, tulips, and dogwood blossoms. This piece will give your front door some "welcome spring" zing. Basic fundamentals of skilled novelty wreath design will be applied. An instructional step-by-step guide will be provided to students as a resource that can be used as a reference for future designs.

    Supplies Needed To Bring To Class

    Wire cutters: recommended model: Craftsman 7 inch pliers, diagonal, # #45076, 1 roll of green floral tape, 1 package long 20 gauge wire, Hot glue gun, glue sticks, Hot glue gun heat pad, Scissor for cutting ribbon- recommended brand: Fiskars

    1 Wednesday, 6:30-8:00 P.M.

    March 23

    Fee:  $25          Materials:  $35 payable upon registration

    Merrillville Senior Citizen Center, Entrance P

    Session 3  Phalaenopsis Water Illusions Arrangement 

    Bring a taste of the islands to your home with this tropical orchid arrangement. This piece will give any room a contemporary feel with the simple, yet beautiful design. We will start with a glass container filled with river rocks and acrylic "water", then add in some cream phalaenopsis orchids and greenery for the finishing touch. Basic fundamentals of contemporary floral design will be applied. An instructional step-by-step guide will be provided to students as a resource that can be used as a reference for future designs.

    Supplies Needed To Bring To Class

    Wire cutters: recommended model: Craftsman 7 inch pliers, diagonal, #45076, Mixing bowl for blending acrylic water mix and a plastic spoon for stirring mixture

    1 Wednesday, 6:30-8:00 P.M.

    May 11

    Fee:  $25             Materials:  $35 payable upon registration  

    Merrillville Senior Citizen Center, Entrance P

    Stained Glass - ACH-3

    Michelle Allan, glass artist from the Glass Pane in Hobart, will teach the copper foil method of stained glass construction. Instruction will also cover hand diamond engraving, acid etching, glass mosaic, concrete stepping stones, bevels and more. Students will work on individual projects of their choice. Tool cost is approximately $70 plus a soldering iron. Glass cost will be determined by student’s choice of project. All tools and glass for the class are available through the Glass Pane at a 10% discount during the class. However, students may purchase tools, glass and other supplies anywhere they desire. Class will be taught at the Glass Pane, 804 East 3rd Street, in Hobart.  Class size is limited to ten students, so register early!

    6 Thursdays, 6:00-8:00 P.M.
    March 3 - April 7
    Fee: $65
    The Glass Pane 
    804 East Third Street, Hobart, IN
    Hand Quilting:  Create a Heirloom - ACH-3

    Grandma’s quilt warms your body and your soul.  Make a quilt or quilted piece to hand down in your family - express your self and your love.  After the first evening’s discussion of time involved and possibilities, choose to make a pillow, wall hanging, small or large quilt, or work on a current quilt project.  Subsequent classes cover a good overview of patchwork, applique’, hand quilting, finishing and care of quilts of all ages.  Although aimed at beginning and intermediate quilters, all levels of skilled quilters may gain tidbits of knowledge and motivation.  No materials needed the first evening.  Instructor, Becky Crabb, Park Manager at Buckley Homestead County Park, remembers sitting at the quilting frame with her grandmother, knowing she would be quilting someday too - and has been for over 35 years and teaching for 30 years.    Class size is limited to 18 students, so register early.  

    8 Mondays, 6:45-8:45 p.m.
    February 7 - March 28
    Fee $69
    Merrillville High School, Room D-107
    Entrance F

    Knitting For Pleasure - ACH-4

    Knitting is relaxing and so easy to learn and the results are beautiful, wearable and warm! This class is open to anyone interested in acquiring or reviewing basic knitting skills. In addition to learning the foundation knit and purl stitches, you will complete several small learning projects that demonstrate casting on, increasing and decreasing and binding off. Learning to understand pattern instructions will be emphasized. The class will also learn how to work seamlessly in the round. Recognizing that some students may have some prior experience, while for others, knitting is a totally new activity, students are expected to work at their own learning speed.

    Needed for the first class will be a light-colored skein of worsted-weight yarn, a pair of knitting needles (size 8 is recommended), scissors, yarn needle and note taking materials. A supply list will be provided at the first class session. Instructor B.J.Licke-Keel works full-time as a fiber artist, teacher, author and designer. Her teaching certification is from the Craft Yarn Council of America and she teaches for several regional institutions.

    10 Thursdays, 6:30-8:30 p.m. February 17 - April 28 (no class 4/7)
    Fee: $79
    Merrillville High School, Room D-103
    Entrance F
    Sewing - ACH-5
    Would you like to learn how to sew but don’t know where to begin? Do you have a sewing machine but never used it? Then, this class is for you - come learn basic "hands-on" sewing techniques while making easy projects to build your confidence while staying on a budget. In this class you will learn the basics of sewing to basic stitches, cutting, marking, pressing, using tools and notions, different types of fabrics, and sewing terms. Your first project is the ever popular fleece tie pillow that is all the rage during these winter months. You will then move on to make both a patchwork quilted scarf and purse/bag from a recycled jean skirt or skort. You will also learn the ins and outs of saving money on supplies. Students will learn basic sewing techniques, tools of the trade and basic stitches while making three easy crafts to build their confidence.  Students will need to bring to class sharp sewing scissors, seam ripper, thread (neutral colors), rotary cutter 45mm or 60mm, one yard of warm and natural batting, quilter’s square rule, such as Omnigrid or other brand (6" x 6" and/or 24" long ruler). Elise Castro, instructor, will hand out a fabric/notion supply list on first day of class to allow you time to price compare - 1st project: 3/4 yard of two coordinated pieces of fleece.Instructor, Elise Castro, has had 24 years of sewing experience.  The cost for materials will be approximately $56.
    5 Mondays, 6:30-8:30 P.M.
    February 28 - March 28
    Fee:  $50        
    Pierce Middle School - South Entrance
    The Art of Crochet - ACH-7

    Get hooked on this favorite craft that is so easy to learn. This class is for beginners or those who wish to brush up on basic crochet skills. You will learn how to form the basic crochet stitches, how to combine them into classic patterns, how to read patterns and general working principles and techniques that emphasize good craftsmanship. Each student will have the option of choosing a project on which to work independently for which assistance will be available during class. New information will be introduced during each class session; however, students are encouraged to work at their own pace. Supplies needed for the first class session are: two light colored skeins of worsted weight yarn, a selection of crochet hooks (sizes G, H and I are suggested), scissors, yarn needle and note-taking materials. A complete material list will be distributed at the first class. Instructor B.J. Licke-Keel works full time as a fiber artist, teacher and designer. B.J. earned her teaching certification from the Craft Yarn Council of America and teaches for several regional institutions.

    10 Wednesdays, 6:30-8:30 P.M.
    February 16 - April 27 (no class 4/6)
    Fee: $79
    Merrillville High School, Room D-103
    Entrance F


    Pottery (Hand Building) ACH-8

    Have you ever wanted to create something using your hands?  Instructor, Terry Pratt, will demonstrate each of the various techniques (completed projects will include, pinch, coil, slab, wheel throwing and sculpture) and follow up with a personal conference with you.  You will have the opportunity to complete as many or few projects as you wish subject to time, size and complexity.  In this class, you may also learn the pottery technique called "raku" in which pots are fired at a low temperature then taken red-hot from the kiln and plunged in water or sawdust for reduction.

    Students will need to bring a plastic cup or bowl for water, an old toothbrush, sponges and plastic bags to the first class.  Class size limited to 20 students; so sign up early!

    8 Mondays, 5:30-8:00 P.M.
    February 7 - March 28
    Fee: $109       Materials:  $25
    Merrillville High School Ceramics Classroom
    Northeast Lot-Entrance H


    Beginning Sculpturing - ACH-9

    Students can create original artwork in various mediums such as clay, cement, paper-mache, plaster and other mediums as dictated by individual sculpturing projects. Each student will be provided with one 12 pound bag of clay for their sculpture and will design and figure student critique during the creation of their design. The subject of the sculpture may be figurative or abstract.Instructor: Terry Pratt

    8 Tuesdays, 5:30-8:00 P.M.
    February 8 - March 29
    Fee:  $109       Material Fee:  $25
    Merrillville H. S. Ceramics Classroom, Entrance H


    Chocolate Candy Making - ACH-10

    Chocolate Easter Basket - Hop to it and sign up for this chocolate Easter basket class. In this class students will learn how to make a 3D chocolate basket filled with fun Easter chocolate shapes and lollies. Students will need to bring a roll of paper towel with you and other supplies will be provided. Instructor: Marcia Venzke, Proprietor of It’s A Sweet World in Merrillville, IN 

    1 Monday, 6:00-8:00 P.M.
    April 11
    Fee: $25  Material Fee:  $20 payable to instructor the day of class
    Merrillville High School, Room D-102
    Digital Photography in the 21st Century - ACH-11

    Students will be introduced into the world of digital photography. The class consists of hands-on photo techniques, useful accessories, cleaning & maintaining your cameras and how to use electronic flash effectively. Students will learn how to photograph people, places & things. The concept of f-stops & shutter speeds, video instructional tape suggestions will also be covered in this course. One week is devoted to a hands-on evening in the computer lab to learn photo enhancement with the help of photo shop software. There will also be a photo assignment and print critique. Please bring your cameras as students will use them in this course! Instructor: Dennis Crane.

    6 Tuesdays, 7:00-9:00 P. M.

    February 15 - March 22

    Fee: $80

    Merrillville High School, Room D-113

    Entrance F

    Photoshop Restoration - ACH-12

    Do you have old photographs sitting in a box? Are those photos damaged or faded? In this class, you will learn how to scan them and clean them up to save those memories through PhotoShop. Students will learn how to fix torn, ripped and faded photographs. You will benefit by saving your generational memories into a digital format. Students will need to bring a flash drive to their classes. Instructor, Janet Anderson. Class size is limited to 12 students; so sign up early!

    6 Thursdays, 5:30-7:30 P.M.
    March 31 - May 12 (no class 4/7)
    Fee:  $80
    Merrillville High School, Room D-114
    Entrance F
    Digital Photography - Photoshop Elements 9 - ACH-13

    This class will teach you how to improve your photographic pictures after you have taken them, using Photoshop Elements 9. You will learn how to correct problems such as red eye, composition, and lighting. You will also learn how to manipulate the picture to create a new image effects. You can bring in pictures on a CD or Flash Drive. If you have taken Digital Photography in the past, and you use Photoshop Elements at home, then this class is a natural next step. You will need a re-writable CD or Flash Drive to save your images on for this class. Instructor, Janet Anderson, High School art teacher for 26 years. She started the photography program at Merrillville High School and have added Photoshop to the curriculum. Class size is limited to 12 students; so sign up early!
    6 Wednesdays, 5:30-7:30 P.M.
    February 2 - March 9
    Fee:  $80
    Merrillville High School, Room D-114      Entrance F