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Dan Tarker Talks About Playwriting: From Page to Stage

The amount of entertainment drama we can now access is dizzying. With expanding digital domains like Netflix, Hulu and Amazon, hundreds of cable stations and major and independent film releases each weekend, it’s a wonder any Imageof us can keep up. As the song said, “Here we are now, entertain us…” If we could, a vast majority of us would stay home, behind closed doors and binge away every waking hour. Why would anyone in their right mind want to see live theatre, let alone learn to put a play on paper? For Playwriting: From Page to Stage instructor Dan Tarker, the answer is quite simple; we will never replace the impact a live, communal experience with moving images on a screen. Not now, not ever. “As our media continues to expand digitally, I think playwrights need to increasingly embrace the fact that they are writing for live, communal events,” he says. “(It’s) something that just cannot be experienced on television or at the movies.”

Where the Music Takes You

Make Money Licensing Your Music instructor Ed Hartman is a composer, entrepreneur and instructor who has spent the last 50 years following the beat of his own drum. After spending much of his youth studying with private instructors, Hartman went on to receive a degree in Percussion from Indiana University and eventually made his way to Seattle in 1979. From there Hartman pursued a multi-faceted career by assuming just about every role one could Imagehold in the music industry from performer, educator and dance accompanist to composer, booking agent and record company owner…not to mention opening his own store, The Drum Exchange in 1992.  “I've always been of the opinion (I should) be a resource to the music community,” he says. “I started a music co-op and a composer’s concert series that developed into a non-profit organization with full orchestra performances and world premieres. I have been Chapter President of Percussive Arts Society and sat on the board of the Seattle Composers Alliance. There was never an inspiration to pursue music professionally, it was always something I did. When I left college I found myself making a living at it.”

Front-Load Your Fall with Some One-and-Done, One Time Wonders

We all agree there simply isn’t enough time in a day. We daily wrestle with “To Do” lists that look like flow charts and calendars that resemble Tetris tiles, so is it really any wonder we are terribly protective of our personal time?Image

It’s been suggested that if you wish to use your time to its fullest, you should reverse engineer that calendar, be preemptive with your daily planner and front-load personal activities for yourself and then work the remaining time around your concrete plans.

Let Continuing Education help you engineer your time with a one-off, one-time, one-and-done class that will use that precious time to the fullest.

The Future is Now: An Introduction to 3D Modeling and Printing

Lead Introduction to 3D Modeling and Printing instructor Daniel Walsh and his assistant instructor Brandon Pomeroy are apostles for a burgeoning new technology. Like the amateur college rocket clubs of the early 1930s that evolved into Imagethe Jet Propulsion Laboratory and eventually took us to the moon, Pomeroy and Walsh have stepped onto the ground floor of an evolving science that will shape the look and feel of tomorrow.

Though both Pomeroy and Walsh converged on 3D printing technology while studying computer-assisted design (CAD) software at the University of Washington, they approached the field from different angles. “I got into 3D modeling as a hobby back in 2010 by using free open-source software and following YouTube tutorials,” says Walsh. “While attending the University of Washington I was introduced to more advanced engineering CAD software and began to encounter real-world applications of CAD technology.” In Pomeroy’s case, his interest was piqued upon his discovery of the UW 3D Printing Club. “The club focused on using 3D printers and building your own machines, and gave me a solid foundation in the technology,” says Pomeroy. “I have been modeling, building, and using 3D printers ever since!”

The Myth of Dominance: An Interview with Learn to “Speak Dog” Instructor Suzanne Engelberg, PhD

Learn to “Speak Dog" instructor Suzanne Engelberg, PhD has spent a lifetime exploring the ways humans communicate with canines and developed a system of understanding that flies in the face of long-established practices by offering a Imagedeeper, more holistic means of relating to our furry companions.

Q: When did you first discover you had an affinity for canines? Was there a particular relationship or inciting incident that inspired you to forge a deep relationship with dogs? 

I think I was born with that affinity. My mother told me that when I was a toddler I eagerly walked up to dogs twice my size. They always responded well to me, so I either had good judgment, was lucky, didn’t seem threatening to the dogs, or a combination of all three. When I was in elementary school I desperately wanted a dog, but my parents didn’t. Even though I knew I couldn’t get a dog, I ready every child book on dogs I could find— dog training, different breeds, even how to groom a poodle. I fantasized about having a dog who would be my best friend.  I would train the dog so well that we would win awards, and everyone would be amazed and impressed.  I wasn’t able to get my first dogs until I was in my 20’s and in graduate school. I made a lot of mistakes with those first dogs. I wish there had been someone to help me see life from my dogs’ perspective, to understand all the things they were trying to tell me, and to help me communicate with my dogs in ways they could understand better. Part of my motivation for teaching Learn to “Speak Dog” is to share the knowledge and insights I’ve gained over the years—to be the resource I wish I had had.

A Creative Explorer: Talking with Instructor Sarah Norsworthy

From a young age Introduction to Drawing instructor Sarah Norsworthy loved to draw, paint and sewcreative outlets that have only continued to flower throughout her life and revealed themselves of benefit to her own Imagecreative self-expression as well as those with whom she comes in contact. “My mom taught me how to sew on a machine when I was about five, and I started making clothing early on,” says Norsworthy. “My dad and I would go out on hikes in Alaska and take drawing and painting materials with us and paint the landscape.” With so many seeds of curiosity and creativity planted in her being, it’s of no surprise Norsworthy’s art would become a key means to investigating her world.

Meet the 3rd Annual Continuing Education Student Art Show Winners

For the third year in a row, North Seattle College Continuing Education (CE) has witnessed an astounding number of brilliant submissions to its student art show. The 2017 show was juried by a splendid range of administrators and instructional staff starting with jewelry instructor Robert Graham, Scanning Electron Microscope Photography instructor Kristine Schroeder, painting instructor Virginia Paquette, ceramics instructor Liz Duarte, gallery curator Amanda Knowles, and CE director Christy Isaacson. There was an impressive turnout for the July 18th opening, with many eagerly anticipating the announcement of the art show winners.

Taking Third place was Judith O’Neal’s abstract painted piece, “Weaving.” A long-time student of ImageVirginia Paquette’s courses in abstract painting and watercolor, O’Neal decided to do a bit of experimenting when it came to creating her submission to this year’s show. She looked over some of her older work from Paquette’s classes and wondered if they couldn’t serve as the foundation for a whole new piece. “I took the collage class when I first started taking classes,” she says. “I looked to my big pile of watercolors and I found a few that sort of seemed to be similar colors and have similar lines. I decided to start cutting them up and repurposing them. No real inspiration beyond playing. I never have a vision I only have a journey.” Of her work, O’Neal says, “I don’t say, ‘I’m trying to do this; I just say I’m going to start and see where I can go.’”

Class Quest: STRONG by Zumba®

Though accomplished in Zumba®, CE director Christy Isaacson discovered a new and challenging Imageworkout process when she put her stamina to the test and visited a session of STRONG by Zumba®.

I had been eager to try STRONG by Zumba® led by Michelle Ihlan ever since we added it as a new Continuing Education course in spring quarter. This summer I finally had a free Wednesday to join the class and see what it was all about. It’s been a while since I’ve been to a Zumba® class and the first thing I noticed is that this was very different from Michelle’s Zumba® Step and Zumba® Toning classes. If you visit the STRONG by Zumba® website, you’ll learn that this is NOT a dance class. So what exactly is STRONG by Zumba®? According to the website, “STRONG by Zumba® combines body weight, muscle conditioning, cardio and plyometric training moves synced to original music that has been specifically designed to match every single move.”  

Professor Fred’s Top 10 All Around, Best-Ever Schlock Films Under the Sun

For more years than we dare count, Fred Hopkins has curated a cabinet of cinematic Imagecuriosities via his SCCtv series Professor Fred’s Movie Marvels and his very popular CE class, Schlock Cinema. Each quarter CE students reap the benefit of Professor Fred’s film erudition as he releases nearly a half dozen fractured flicks from his vault, delivering the sort of oddball, bottom drawer product Hollywood would like-as-not prefer kept sealed away. Professor Fred speaks to the contrary, declaring such films as delightful challenges to our culture’s storytelling conceits. Present and of late, Professor Fred was kind enough to take a break from his busy schedule to highlight for us his Top 10 all-time favorite Schlock films— the Best of the Bad as it were. Here they are, in no particular order, Professor Fred’s Top 10 All Around, Best-Ever Schlock Films Under the Sun. We supplied the plot info, Professor Fred supplied the fine points.  Enjoy… and please don’t blame the messenger.

Weight Loss and Installing a New Way of Thinking

 Your Body, Your Mind—The Right Weight Loss Attitude instructor Scott Bohart has a unique approach to weight management. He believes the most successful means to curbing weight gain begins with the mental picture we keep of ourselves. Bohart’s approach is centered on ImageNeuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP), a mental discipline he discovered years ago while teaching English in Japan—a pursuit that became an intercontinental calling with an entire world of applications.

It started with a seminar entitled, "Better Teaching through Mind Power."  “As an Aikido student for many years, I was interested in techniques to improve my mind and signed up,” says Bohart. “The seminar really changed my perspective on a number of things that were holding me back and I decided that I wanted to learn more about NLP.” Bohart’s exploration of NLP took him to UC Santa Cruz where he eventually earned his NLP Master Practitioner Certification.

Wild Words: Exploring a Nature Writer's Lexicon

Instructor Mary Oak will tell you the act of writing is about building a relationship. It’s a process in which the writer seeks to establish a healthy rapport with their subject and entice it to grow. In Oak’s upcoming course in Nature ImageWriting, students can look forward to courting the natural world through their work while giving it room to bloom.

As a nature lover herself, Oak has found that joining her fascination of the natural world with her writing process has offered a deeper sensitivity that has only enhanced her creative process. “I see time and again that in our fast-moving world, people benefit from slowing down and paying attention to a tree or a flower or the sky or a creek,” she says. “It feeds them in a different way than writing about their lives or ideas or making up stories do. In that regard writing with a focus on nature could be called ‘writing beyond the desk’. The summer is the perfect time to be outside and do this!”

A Sense of Community at the NSC Art Gallery

On Tuesday, July 18th until August 17th Continuing Education (CE) presents its 3rd Annual Student Art Show located in the North Seattle College Art Gallery. Though the NSC gallery sees a wide range of exhibits, the CE student art show was untraveled ground until a mere three years ago. As public awareness Imageof the show grows so, too, has the creative range and volume of CE student submissions. The success of this annual event is thanks in no small part to the efforts of gallery coordinator, Amanda Knowles—a professional artist whose devotion to administration and education has been of tremendous advantage to the art show’s success.

With a BA in Fine Art from the University of Pennsylvania and an MFA in printmaking from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Knowles has maintained an expansive career in the arts. “I have worked in galleries, for an art consultant, for an architect, assisting an artist, in an auction house, teaching of all sorts, and more,” she says. “I have been on the board of Seattle Print Arts for many years. I have hung many, many shows and three years ago I was able to bring all of my knowledge of the gallery world to work for me in my job as the gallery director.”

A Conversation about Conversational Japanese I

Conversational Japanese I instructor Risami Nakamura-Lambert shares some insights into how she approaches teaching from the perpectives of language and culture.

Q: Please share with us about your educational background. When did you first discover Imageyou had a fondness for teaching and what inspires you in your work?  

I was tutoring Japanese to the students who were taking Japanese classes when I was in a college. That was the beginning of my teaching career.  After I graduated from University of Hawaii, I taught Japanese and social studies to native Japanese 7th graders, and math to 4th graders in a Japanese school. The teaching program was based upon the Japan's Ministry of Education standards even though the school was in the state of Hawaii. I truly enjoyed teaching enthusiastic younger students. After I moved to Seattle, I had an opportunity to teach in the program called Japanese for Professionals at the University of Washington where I was inspired by professors and lecturers in the program. 

Taking the First Step: Talking About Beginning Ballroom and Swing

The popularity of some courses is centered on the subject matter, others around the personality of the instructor. In the case of Celia Boarman's Beginning Ballroom and Swing, it is most definitely the latter with an emphasis on the former. Raised in a family of ballroom aficionados and regularly immersed in the films of Fred Astaire and Ginger ImageRogers, Boarman was destined to a life in dance. Her first ballroom class in the 8th grade was followed by numerous professional ballroom and swing classes which ultimately led to a stint in competitive dancing. It was all very exciting and fulfilling, and though she loved to dance, Boarman discovered she loved teaching dance even more. It’s a calling she’s devoted herself to for over 25 years.

Though ballroom and swing dance are styles rooted in a bygone era, Boarman’s students run a generational gamut from ages 18 to 75. Her students come alone or in pairs, with a history of dancing or none at all. “I had gone 65 years without ever stepping onto a dance floor except in those instances of extreme duress,” says regular student Nancy Lomneth. “I have always tried to get out of dancing whenever I could.  As an attempt to broaden my horizons and to make my husband happy I signed us both up for Celia's dance class in the winter of 2016 and we have been taking the class every quarter since.” Lomneth clearly succeeded in her attempts as her husband Mark Boyd can attest: “Probably what I enjoy about the class most, besides dancing with my wife, is the positive attitude and good humor of the group,” says Boyd. “We've done the class several times and have enjoyed our fellow learners.”

Changes You Choose: Exploring the Alexander Technique

How do we unlearn physical behaviors detrimental to our comfort and well-being that have become deeply ingrained in our daily lives? For many, one successful means of unlearning Imagestarts with the Alexander Technique.  When Learning in ActionAn Introduction to the Alexander Technique instructor Stacy Gehman first discovered the process in the late 1970s, he found a study that spoke to him on a level akin to his interests in Tai Chi and Zazen. However, he didn’t foresee it being the answer to some of his own discomfort. “I was having very unpleasant backaches,” says Gehman. “I tried various therapies, but without much relief, then a friend gave me a book on the Alexander Technique. I found it very exciting. Somehow the idea that what I needed was not somebody to fix some defect in me. It was fascinating that I might be able to learn what it was I was doing that caused my problem.”

Awakening the Soul: Rebecca Clio Gould Talks about Seated Qigong and Meditation

When Awakening the Soul – Seated Qigong and Meditation instructor Rebecca Clio Gould dropped out of law school in 2005, she couldn’t foresee teaching qigong and meditationImage becoming her life’s calling. “In 2006 I enrolled in the Asian Healing Arts and Healing with Whole Foods program at the Heartwood Institute in Garberville, California,” Gould recalls.  “I didn’t know much about qigong, but tai chi was part of the program I was in. One of the teachers offered a sort of extra credit field trip to a qigong workshop one weekend. I decided to go.”  Though unfamiliar the myriad types of qigong, Gould found herself drawn to the art. “I had an image in my head of qigong being a lot of statically held postures and thought it would be boring and uncomfortable. I couldn’t have been more wrong!”

An Early Summer Reading List for the Lifelong Learner

Each quarter Continuing Education offers courses proven as tried and true favorites in addition to several bold new offerings—all designed to expand personal and community perspectives while celebrating a love of learning. You Imagemay not realize it right off, but when you take a course with Continuing Education you enter into a tremendous immersive opportunity. What better way to satisfy that urge to dive deep into a subject than to do a little recreational reading?

Below you’ll find a reading list relating to a handful of new CE summer courses. Hopefully these titles will both enhance and inspire your summer reading and learning enjoyment.

The Road You Take: How to Start a Small Food Business

Upon entering college How to Start a Small Food Business instructor Jennifer Lewis took a look down the road ahead Imageand didn’t see herself as a successful and published culinary entrepreneur. “While I was enrolled as an undergraduate student at Boston University I realized that I loved cooking but, thanks to a swimming scholarship that was funding my education, I opted to finish up my undergraduate degree before enrolling in culinary school where I focused on pastry arts,” she recalls. “I then worked in several restaurants and bakeries before ending up as a pastry chef for a luxury hotel in Vail, Colorado for several years.  I loved the work (and the skiing!).”

Ultimately, Lewis opted to return to school to study business and it was while getting her MBA at Northwestern she became inspired by the possibility of starting her own food business. “(I)…spent my second year of business school developing the business plan and testing the concept,” she says. “I initially sent samples of the product to several retailers and after Neiman Marcus got back to me saying that they wanted to carry the product, I felt confident to move ahead.”

Written in Stone: Geology Adventuring in the Puget Sound Region

Geology Adventuring in the Puget Sound Region instructor Tom Braziunas traces his love of rock and Imagefossils to classic adventure tales like Arthur Conan Doyle’s The Lost World and Edgar Rice Burroughs' The Land that Time for Forgot. Fantasy eventually gave way to fact when his parents gave him more scientifically accurate publications from the Chicago Field Museum of Natural History for his 13th birthday. Anyone familiar with the painstakingly detailed dinosaur paintings of Charles Knight found in those texts can appreciate how they might ignite a young person’s imagination for a lifetime.

Outside the Classroom: Discussing Intermediate ESL Workshop – Speaking and Listening

Strong instruction frequently inspires strong instructors. Intermediate ESL WorkshopSpeaking and Listening and Listening instructor Mariana Markova is just such a Imageperson. “I had an excellent English teacher when I was in high school - he was probably the best teacher in a city of one-million residents.  At that time I was thinking about my future profession and he was definitely a big influence on me. So I applied to a teacher-training university and got my BA.”

Teaching can be more than rookie instructors bargain on and Markova found herself bracing for some unforeseen bumps in the road of her teaching career. “I wanted to be a friend and I couldn't discipline students” she recalls. “But I learned fast and from then on I knew how to deal with difficult students and everyone loved my classes. I experimented a lot.”

Lesson Plan: Peter Marx Talks About Home Remodeling 101

Peter Marx is a seasoned contractor who’s been improving the homes of other people for more than three decades and helping people pre-plan and resource their home repair and remodeling needs for Imagenearly as long. Unlike the many experience-based classes in Marx’s repertoire, Home Remodeling 101 is more about information and preparation. In this class Marx seeks to help the student put their home remodeling hopes, dreams and strategies into action with the assistance of a competent contractor.

Marx is as hands-on a contractor as he is an instructor. Many of his classes have a tactile component, what he calls his “props.” If he’s demonstrating how to install a switch plate in your home, each student is presented with their own plate, screws and tools to explore the process individually during his tutorials. Though Home Remodeling 101 is about looking at bigger pictures and bigger plans, Marx still insists on having his “props.” In this case, he starts off his class by showing students what a house plan looks like and how to use it.  

Following British Footpaths: A Q & A with Instructor Fred Austin


World traveler Fred Austin takes a moment away from his peripatetic sojourning to talk with CE marketing specialist Cole Hornaday about his path to becoming a professional travel writer along with his wife Donna and why their upcoming class, British Footpaths: The Isle of Wight is one of the best routes to take.  

Q: Please give us some background on your history and love of walking in the British Isles.  When did it first become a passion for you and how did these walking guide books and these classes get started?

British Footpaths was started by Richard Hayward nearly 30 years ago. He loved the British footpaths and started teaching people to follow these easy paths crisscrossing the British Isles.  His students requested guide books to help them follow their passion for walking.  I was one of those students, and I returned over and over to his classes to learn of these magical footpaths.  As Richard battled cancer I helped him to the end and inherited the intellectual property rights to British Footpaths and all the guide books.  My wife Donna and I have been walking and upgrading Richard’s guides and have written a couple of new guides ourselves.  There are now twenty-one small guides and we continue to write and upgrade the series.

The New Meaning of Spring Cleaning

Spring Cleaning.

It’s a phrase we hear a lot, but whose literal application we’ve lost to time and technology. History tells us Spring Cleaning was the traditional practice of thoroughly scouring one’s home after being shuttered through the long winter months, particularly those households foundImage in colder climates. Come the spring, residents would throw wide their doors and windows and sweep all the collected dust and detritus (literally) out the door.

The notion of Spring Cleaning is not particular to a specific culture. In Iran the practice is known as Nowruz and similar efforts are made during Jewish Passover, not to mention the Catholic Church’s practice of Maundy Thursday.

Personalization, Simplification and Abstract Painting

How does an art instructor talk about teaching that’s based on abstract ideas? Clearly, you Imagemust first establish a space where creative thought is welcomed, encouraged and supported. CE Abstract Watercolors and Painting and Abstraction instructor Virginia Paquette has had many years to create, ponder and apply abstract concepts in her classroom and in that time she’s garnered a large circle of enthusiastic, repeat students.

As an artist, Paquette says she is most compelled by a work’s expressiveness. “(I look for) originality—a fresh vision and exciting visual design or an unusual point of view. These are the same things that attract me everywhere in my appreciation of art. Student assignments sometimes are more focused on other things, but good classroom work can be inspired by an open mind and love of the process.”

Beginning Chinese: Learning through Language

Beginning Chinese instructor Craig Shaw has always been a student of history, particularly that of cultures beyond our own. “My parents had lived in rural China during the late 1940s, doing relief work with the American Friends ImageService Committee,” Shaw recalls.  “I grew up hearing their stories.  I was in college in the mid-1970s, which was a very political time, and China was the great unknown, with many idealistic young people projecting their utopian fantasies on Maoist China.  I was curious about what Chinese society was really like, so I took a class in modern Chinese history.  I didn't have to study very long to decide that China was not my idea of a socialist paradise, but I found China fascinating and decided to major in Chinese history.  I ended up writing my senior thesis on Tang and Song dynasty political reforms.”