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Current Courses

Fall 2021

Introduction to Wheel Throwing Boot Camp 

Mon, Nov 29th  – Thurs, Dec 2nd 
Daily from 5:30 – 8:00 p.m.
Instructor: Rachel Ward
Location: ARTica Ceramic Studio

Registration: NU/Public $100

Learn how to throw or refresh on some basics in this 4-day intensive wheel throwing boot camp. You will learn how to throw-trim-finish your work- ARTica will provide 5 different glazes to choose from and will be glazing your work for you.


Arts

All supplies are included with the course fee
Basic Sewing – Cloth Face Mask

Saturday, Jan 22nd 1:00 - 4:00 p.m.
Instructor: Adam Lazar
Location: ARTica Classroom

No early registration special
Regular registration: NU $37, Public $47

Protect yourself and others with a washable and reusable cloth mask that you sew yourself! In this class, you’ll learn to cut fabric from pattern pieces, combine multiple pieces to form the project and add elastic to complete the piece. You’ll leave this class with a completed mask and the knowledge to start and complete your own projects independently. 

Basic Sewing - Triangle Zippered Pouch

Saturday, Jan 29th | 1:00 - 4:00 p.m.
Instructor: Adam Lazar
Location: ARTica Classroom

No early registration special
Regular registration: NU $37, Public $47

How do you sew a pouch into a triangle? Join us and we’ll find out! Create a fun and unique zippered pouch to use as a gift, to hide sweet treats in, or to keep your essentials organized! In this workshop, we’ll learn how to sew a zipper with stops, add binding to hide raw edges, and create a handle. You’ll leave this class with a completed tote and the knowledge to start and complete your own projects independently.

Basic Sewing – Shopping Tote

Saturday, Feb 5th1:00 - 4:00 p.m.
Instructor: Adam Lazar
Location: ARTica Classroom

No early registration special
Regular registration: NU $37, Public $47

Stash your stuff in style with a tote that you sew yourself! Develop important skills such as threading the sewing machine, choosing the right stitch and needle for your fabric and plenty of tips and tricks to make your sewing project fun and successful. You’ll leave this class with a completed tote and the knowledge to start and complete your own projects independently.

Knitting I (Beginner)

Saturday,  Jan 29th1:00 - 4:00 p.m.
Instructor: Anne Howard
Location: Chicago Room

No early registration special
Regular registration: NU $37, Public $47

Pick up a meditative and creative hobby in just three hours! Learn the basics of knitting and develop a pattern for your first project. Appropriate for all ages

Knitting II (Intermediate)

Saturday, Feb 12th1:00 - 4:00 p.m.
Instructor: Anne Howard
Location: Chicago Room

No early registration special
Regular registration: NU $37, Public $47

After reviewing knitting basics, learn how to combine knitting and purling to follow patterns and complete projects. For students who have completed Basic Knitting 1 or who already know the knit stitch. This class is for all ages.

Wheel Throwing Date Night

Sec A: Sat, January 29th | 4:00 - 6:00 p.m.
Sec A: Sat, February 5th | 4:00 - 6:00 p.m.
Sec B: Sat, February 12th | 4:00 - 6:00 p.m.
Instructor: Sylvia Tan
Location: ARTica Ceramic Studio

No early registration special
Regular registration: NU $47, Public $57

Come to learn how to throw on a wheel with a friend or a significant other. Participants will receive instructions from our experienced teachers to make a simple piece of art. Please understand that wheel throwing is a skill that takes months to master; we hope you'll have fun learning the basics and not get too caught up in leaving with a successful piece. Each person may select a piece to glaze and take home. The two-hour time slot includes a 20 – 30 minute clean-up time at the end of the workshop. 


Food and Drink

Baking Basics - Biscuits Making

Wednesday, Jan 26th 7:00 - 8:30 p.m.
Instructor: Paula Evans
Location: Zoom 

No early registration special
Regular registration: NU $37, Public $47

Flaky, fluffy, and steaming hot, making biscuits from scratch isn’t rocket science (no offense, rocket scientists), but it does involve a little “baking science”. In this workshop, you will learn several types of biscuits, and you’ll be guided through whipping up a batch of your very own.

*Recipes prepared in this course include gluten and dairy and may not be suitable for those who are allergic to these ingredients.

Baking Basics - Scrumptious Scones

Wednesday, Feb 9th | 7:00 - 8:30 p.m.
Instructor: Paula Evans
Location: Zoom 

No early registration special
Regular registration: NU $37, Public $47

In this workshop, you will learn the secrets to making delicious scones from the comfort of your own kitchen. With a great recipe and step-by-step instructions, you’ll be amazed at how easy it is to make scones that rival anything you can buy.

Imagine the aroma of freshly baked blueberry, chocolate chip or bacon, cheddar & scallion scones coming from your own oven. We will explore both sweet and savory flavor options. When the class timer goes off, you’ll have some hot, buttery scones to enjoy then . . . or bake later.

*Recipes prepared in this course include gluten and dairy and may not be suitable for those who are allergic to these ingredients.

Best of Modern Cocktails*

Section A: Tuesday, Jan 18th | 8:15 - 10:15 p.m.
Section B: Tuesday, Feb 1st | 8:15 - 10:15 p.m.
Instructor: Mark Gruber
Location: Wildcat Room

No early registration special
Regular registration: NU $47, Public $57

Hosting a cocktail party? Can't decide what to order at the bar?  Mixology masters lead this lecture-style course giving the colorful history of different base liquors. Students will taste the cocktails and observe the demonstrations of barware and mixing techniques. Recipes will be shared with the students and cocktail lore will be sprinkled throughout for a humorous and informative class.

Base Liquors: 
Section A: Whiskey and tequila. 
Section B: Gine, vodka, and rum

* You must be 21 and over to enroll in this course.

Teaching Kitchen: Sushi 101

Thursday, Jan 20th6:00 - 7:00 p.m.
Instructor: Compass
Location: Northwestern Room

No early registration special
Regular registration: NU $30, Public $40

Attendees will learn how to prepare ingredients to make sushi.  The chef will demonstrate proper techniques for sushi making.  Tasting is included. 

Teaching Kitchen: Pho and Ramen

Thursday, Feb 17th6:00 - 7:00 p.m.
Instructor: Compass
Location: Lake Room

No early registration special
Regular registration: NU $30, Public $40

Warm noodle soup is great for the winter weather.  Come learn how to make a flavorful pho and ramen noodle soup. Tasting is included. 


Special Interest

Incorporating Native Plants into Your Landscape 

Tuesday, Feb 15th6:00 - 7:00 PM
Instructor: University of Illinois Extension
Location: Zoom

Registration: Free (courtesy of University of Illinois Extension.)

Join us and learn how to create an eco-friendly garden from Conservation@Home team in Cook County. They will share techniques to transform your landscape into a healthy and sustainable space with a focus on native plant selection as well as good design practices.

All supplies are included with the course fee
Exploring Watercolor Monotype

Mondays, Jan 10th – Feb 21st (6 Sessions, no class on Jan 17th) | 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.
Instructor: Ingrid Albrecht
Location: ARTica Classroom

Early Registration: NU $117, Public $127
Regular registration: NU $127, Public $137

ENERGY, IMPROVISATION, IMPULSE, GESTURE, and CHANCE are ALL characteristics of this printing process, as stated by William Jung. During this 6-week class, consisting of 12 hours, participants will learn the Monotype printing process in ink and watercolor using the Additive, Subtractive, and freestyle processes. Students will also learn how to use the two mediums together for exciting results. This is a popular class that promises a lot of creative FUN and some outstanding results.

Still Lives and Color Theory

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Tuesdays, Jan 11th – Feb 15th (6 Sessions) | 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.
Instructor: Stephanie Lupu
Location: ARTica Classroom

Early Registration: NU $117, Public $127
Regular registration: NU $127, Public $137

This course will teach basic drawing techniques using chalk pastels and the application of color, focusing on learning the color wheel and applying skills to still life drawings and creating art that really pops!

Dark Room Photography 

Wednesdays, Jan 12th – Feb 16th (6 Sessions) | 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.
Instructor: Craig Neeson
Location: ARTica Classroom/ Dark Room A

Early Registration: NU $117, Public $127
Regular registration: NU $127, Public $137

This course is designed for newcomers to analog photography who wish to learn basic darkroom techniques, including black & white film development, making contact sheets, and printing with an enlarger. Previous experience with 35mm cameras and darkrooms is not necessary.

Wheel Throwing I (Beginner)
Sec A: Mondays, Jan 10th – Feb 21st (6 Sessions, no class on Jan 17th) | 5:30 - 8:00 p.m.
Sec B: Tuesdays, Jan 11th – Feb 15th (6 Sessions) | 5:30 - 8:00 p.m.
Sec C: Wednesdays, Jan 12th – Feb 16th (6 Sessions) | 5:30 - 8:00 p.m.

Instructor: Tomoyasu Nakano
Location: ARTica Ceramic Studio

Early Registration: NU $117, Public $127
Regular registration: NU $127, Public $137

Students will be introduced to the basic principles of constructing functional vessels using the wheel and understanding the tactile nature of clay as an art medium. This course will teach students the process of wheel throwing through learning how to wedge clay, how to construct cylinders on the wheel, and using colorants through glazing techniques. The kinesthetic process of pottery will be explored through developing technical skills on the wheel as well as understanding the function of various forms developed throughout the history of ceramics. Learn how to make functional work that you can use at home as foodware for yourself, friends, or family.

Be sure to check out Workshops for one day Wheel Throwing Date Nights.
 
Wheel Throwing II (Intermediate)

Thursdays, Jan 13th – Feb 17th (6 Sessions) | 5:30 - 8:00 p.m.
Instructor: Rachel Ward
Location: ARTica Ceramic Studio

Early Registration: NU $117, Public $127
Regular registration: NU $127, Public $137

In this course, students will learn to perfect their ceramic techniques through intermediate and advanced tips and tricks. Students will learn how to throw a range of functional work and explore ways of decorating and glazing. Students will be expected to address their work creatively- in hopes to create and sustain a ceramic practice and portfolio. The goal of this course is to bring confidence to budding ceramic artists through strengthening throwing skills and finding community within the studio. 

*Prerequisites: have taken a beginner’s wheel throwing class 

Introduction to Sculpture

Tuesdays, Jan 11th– Feb 15th (6 Sessions) | 3:30 - 5:30 p.m.
Instructor: Rachel Ward
Location: ARTica Ceramic Studio

Early Registration: NU $117, Public $127
Regular registration: NU $127, Public $137

Have an itch to be creative? Overwhelmed with a passion to make? This class is for you. Intro to Sculpture is a Ceramics Course dedicated to teaching students classic handbuilding techniques to sculpt whatever their mind desires. Whether it’s a mug, plate, or even a hyper-realistic squirrel caricature, this class will help you achieve your wildest sculptural dreams. Students will be learning basic and intermediate handbuilding skills, including but not limited to, Kurinuki, Slab Building, Coiling, and Solid building. Come join us for an afternoon filled with adventure, creativity, and fun. 

Baking Basics - Cake and Cookies

Mondays, Jan 10th – Feb 21st (6 Sessions, no class on Jan 17th) | 7:00 - 8:30 p.m.
Instructor: Paula Evans
Location: Zoom 

Early Registration: NU $67, Public $77
Regular registration: NU $77, Public $87

Do you want to bake from scratch, but don’t know where to start? Or are you a more practiced baker looking to step up your game? Led by an experienced home baker, this virtual course brings the learning experience right into your own kitchen. Over the course of four weeks, you will learn baking fundamentals as well as lots of tips and tricks. Working step-by-step with the instructor, you’ll put those skills to use making and baking some delicious treats.

*Special Baking utensil kit is available on loan for use during the class. Email the Mini Course program at minicourses@northwestern.edu to request a kit.

**All students must purchase food ingredients. List will be provided after registering.

Be sure to check out Workshops for one day Baking Basics workshops.

 

Wine Appreciation*

Sec A: Tuesdays, Jan 18th – Feb 15th (5 Sessions) | 6:30 - 8:00 p.m.
Sec B: Thursdays, Jan 20th – Feb 17th (5 Sessions) | 6:00 – 7:30 p.m.
Sec C: Thursdays, Jan 20th – Feb 17th (5 Sessions) | 7:45 – 9:15 p.m.

Instructor: Mark Gruber
Location: Wildcat Room

Early Registration: NU $117, Public $127
Regular registration: NU $127, Public $137

Welcome to the world of wine!  Whether you’re new to wine or an old hand, there is always something new in the wine world. During each class, students will learn to taste and describe wines just like the professionals. Vinicultural areas in California, France, and the Southern Hemisphere are always featured along with new discoveries. Wine and food matches are heavily emphasized. Finally, a night of sparkling and dessert wines ends the five-week course.

*You must be 21 and over to enroll in this course.

Be sure to check out Workshops for one day Best of Modern Cocktails workshops.
Ballroom Basics (Beginner)

Tuesdays, Jan 18th – Mar 1st (6 Sessions, no class on February 22nd) | 6:30 - 8:00 p.m.
Instructor: Millie Rivera
Location: McCormick Auditorium

Early Registration: NU $67, Public $77
Regular registration: NU $77, Public $87

The course in the evenings would be an introduction to ballroom dance and would explore the different styles as well as physically demonstrating steps and arm movements which will increase social dancing awareness.

Tai Chi

Wednesdays, Jan 19th – Mar 23rd (6 Sessions) | 7:00 - 8:30 p.m.
Instructor: Inna Melnikov
Location: Wildcat Room

Early Registration: NU $67, Public $77
Regular registration: NU $77, Public $87

Tai Chi is a non-combat martial art, which helps cultivate mental focus, builds the protective energy Qi in your lungs, creating a powerful immune defense against external pathogens. Take this course with Inna Melnikov, Doctor of Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine with over 25 years of experience.

American Sign Language (Beginner)

Mondays, Jan 10th – Mar 7th (8 Sessions, no class on Jan 17th) | 6:00 - 7:30 p.m.
Instructor: Peter Wujcik
Location: Zoom

Early Registration: NU $77, Public $87
Regular registration: NU $87, Public $97

This course introduces the basics of American Sign Language. American Sign Language (ASL) is quickly becoming one of the most widely used languages in the United States. This class will explore basic sign vocabulary and basic grammatical structures such as English to ASL and ASL to English. This class will cover basic Sign Language and a basic introduction to the world of Deaf Cultures.

Arabic I (Beginner) 

Mondays, Jan 24th – Feb 28th (6 Sessions) | 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.
Instructor: Maha Amin
Location: Big Ten Room

Early Registration: NU $67, Public $77
Regular registration: NU $77, Public $87

Learn how the Arabic Language work, with a focus on understanding the concept of the language. You will learn topics such as: Introducing yourself in Arabic, understanding how to greet others, ordering food and drinks, and many other basic things.

English as a Second Language 

Thursdays, Jan 20th – Feb 24th (6 Sessions) | 5:30 - 7:00 pm
Instructor: Allison Hahn
Location: Evans Room

Early Registration: NU $67, Public $77
Regular registration: NU $77, Public $87

This multi-level ESL workshop is perfect for people who want English practice. Students will build language skills while talking about food and cooking! We will cover explaining foods in detail, how to share recipes, and talk about restaurants. This is a great opportunity for everyone to share their own experiences!

Pocket Billiards for Beginners

Tuesdays, Jan 11th – Feb 15th (6 Sessions) | 6:00 - 7:30 p.m.
Instructor: Larry Schwartz
Location: Game Room

Early Registration: NU $67, Public $77
Regular registration: NU $77, Public $87

These lessons are tailored to players who range from beginner level to advanced. You will learn topics ranging from mastering fundamentals to difficult shots and game strategies.

Journal Writing

Wednesdays, Jan 19th – Feb 23rd (6 Sessions) | 6:00 - 7:30 p.m.
Instructor: Steven Fischer
Location: Chicago Room

Early Registration: NU $67, Public $77
Regular registration: NU $77, Public $87

This course conditions participants to use observation and creative writing to document the times in which we live and how we interpret. We will also look at how storytellers around the world are using video journals to document life in the pandemic while examining famous (and not-so-famous) diaries throughout history including Samuel Pepys, Anne Frank, and Eleanor Coppola.

Applied Acting in Corporate Presentations

Mondays, Jan 24th – Feb 28th (6 Sessions) | 6:00 - 7:30 p.m.
Instructor: Steven Fischer
Location: McCormick Auditorium

Early Registration: NU $67, Public $77
Regular registration: NU $77, Public $87

Taught by a multi-award-winning film director using acting exercises and improv games to bolster presentation skills in business. Nervous speaking to groups? Have a keynote to present? A sales pitch? We'll address presence, movement, gesture, and voice to help presentations have an impact.

Stage Acting 

Thursdays, Jan 20th – Mar 3rd (7 Sessions, last session is a performance for family and friends) | 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.
Instructor: Claudia Kinahan
Location: Wildcat Room

Early Registration: NU $67, Public $77
Regular registration: NU $77, Public $87

This mixed-level acting workshop is perfect for beginners and more experienced students who would like to develop their acting craft. This six-week course will cover the foundations of stage acting through classes in character and ensemble building, improvisation, and scene study. It will culminate in a public showcase of your work for invited friends and family!