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All supplies are included with the course fee
Enchanted Teapot

Saturday, April 23rd | 11:00 - 1:30 p.m.
Instructor: Debra Blade
Location: ARTica Classroom

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

This workshop will teach decorative glaze techniques and focus on floral patterns. The instructor will also provide a brief history of teapots. Each student will receive an English-style teapot to decorate.

Basic Sewing – Pillows

Saturday, April 30th | 1:00 - 4:00 p.m.
Instructor: Adam Lazar
Location: ARTica Classroom

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

Create a pillow for your home while learning how to sew on a machine! Develop important skills such as threading the 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 pillow and the knowledge to start and complete your own projects independently.   

Basic Sewing – Shopping Tote

Saturday, May 7th | 1:00 - 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.

Basic Sewing - Zippered Pouch

Saturday, May 14th | 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.

Knitting in the Round: Fingerless Mittens

Saturday, April 30th | 1:00 - 4:00 p.m.
Instructor: Anne Howard
Location: Chicago Room

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

Learn to knit in the round using double-pointed needles. Fingerless mittens are a great introduction to this kind of knitting. They keep your hands and wrists warm while leaving fingers free for touchscreens, and make a nice gift. In this workshop, you will begin a pair of mittens that you will be able to take home and finish. For students who know how to knit and purl.

Miniature Painting

Saturday, May 14th | 2:00 - 5:00 p.m.
Instructor: Chris Li and Quinton Nickum
Location: Evans Room

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

Ever wanted to paint your dragon, monster slayer, or intergalactic bounty hunter?* In this workshop, you'll learn the basics of painting miniature figures, covering important beginner techniques like layering, washing, and thinning your paints. No previous painting experience is required - and best of all, you'll leave the workshop with your own painted mini! 

 *Registration closes on April 23.

Wheel Throwing One Day Workshop

Section A: Saturday, April 23rd (Date Night Special) | 3:30 - 5:30 p.m.
Regular registration: NU $90, Public $100 (for 2 people)
 
Section B: Saturday, May 7th | 3:30 - 5:30 p.m.
Regular registration: NU $47, Public $57

Instructor: Sylvia Tan
Location: ARTica Ceramic Studio

Want to dip your hands in a little clay? Come join us for a two-hour workshop where you'll learn the fundamental steps of throwing. Participants will get to throw as much as they can, but will only be choosing one piece to keep. Participants will get to choose from 4 different glaze colors to match their perfect creation. Projects will be available for pick up two weeks from the workshop's completion. No experience is required!  


Food and Drink

Tea History and Tasting

Saturday, May 14th | 1:30 - 4:30 p.m.
Instructor: McKenna Troy
Location: Lake Room

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

In this class, you will learn all about tea! Through tastings and stories, we'll explore varieties within the four main categories of tea - black, green, oolong, and white, as well as discuss and taste some herbal teas too. You'll leave this course with a wealth of knowledge on tea history and a foundation for building the refined pallet of a tea connoisseur!

Coffee 101

Saturday, May 7th | 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Instructor: Sam Lowe
Location: Evans Room

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

This course will dive into the origin of coffee and farming practices, complete with a coffee tasting, and a brew method tutorial, led by Backlot Coffee's sourcer and roaster, Sam.

Best of Modern Cocktails*
Section A: Tuesday, April 26th | 7:45 - 9:45 p.m.
Section B: Tuesday, May 10th | 7:45 - 9:45 p.m.
Instructor: Mark Gruber
Location: Northwestern 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: Gin, vodka, and rum
* You must be 21 and over to enroll in this course. 

Baking Basics - Scrumptious Scones (virtual) (CANCELLED)
baking basic scones

Thursday, May 5th | 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.

**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.

Teaching Kitchen: Plant-based cooking

Wednesday, April 20th | 6:00 - 7:00 p.m.
Instructor: Compass
Location: Northwestern Room

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

Chefs will demonstrate how to use proper cooking techniques to serve vegetables at the center of the plate.  

Teaching Kitchen: Risotto
Thursday, May 26th | 6:00 - 7:00 p.m.
Instructor: Compass
Location: Arch Room

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

Chefs will demonstrate proper risotto techniques and prepare spring pea risotto.


Special Interest

ABC Bike Check (CANCELLED)

Section A: Saturday, April 16th | 11:00 - 1:00 p.m.
Section B: Saturday, April 23rd | 11:00 - 1:00 p.m.
Section C: Saturday, April 30th | 11:00 - 1:00 p.m.

Instructor: Froilan Luna
Location: Norris East Lawn (Wildcat room if raining)

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

Students will be applying proper air pressure and familiarizing themselves with wheel, tire, and inner tube removal, along with re-installation of those components. Participants will understand proper brake lever and brake caliper maintenance along with proper cable and housing inspection. Lastly, participants will understand how to inspect chains for wear and also familiarize themselves with shifter, cable, and housing systems.

*Participants are required to bring their own working bicycle 

 

Sustainable Vegetable Gardening (virtual)
Thursday, April 14th | 6:00 - 7:00 p.m.
Instructor: University of Illinois Extension
Location:  Zoom

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

Growing Great Vegetables will offer participants the opportunity to learn from and engage with Illinois Extension Master Gardeners/Naturalists, and receive helpful research-based hints and tips for a successful vegetable and ornamental growing season.

Composting 101(virtual)
Thursday, April 21st | 6:00 - 7:00 p.m.
Instructor: University of Illinois Extension
Location:  Zoom

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

Did you know composting at home reduces greenhouse gas emissions? Composting is a natural decomposition process that you can take advantage of to reduce waste in and around your home with a small amount of space. During this University of Illinois Extension Master Naturalist/Gardener presentation, you will learn how to set up a composting system at home, and some practical tips how what you can and cannot compost.

All supplies are included with the course fee
Exploring Watercolor

Mondays, April 11th – May 16th (6 Sessions) | 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.
Instructor: Ingrid Albrecht
Location: ARTica Classroom

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

 Exploring watercolor takes you from A - Z in understanding watercolor painting, from overcoming the "fear" of the white paper, to using some "tricks" to achieving exciting results. YES....you CAN correct in watercolor painting!

Charcoal Drawing on Large Format

Tuesdays, April 12th – May 17th (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

In this course, students will learn how to draw on a large format of newspaper print using charcoal. 

Dark Room Photography 
Wednesdays, April 13th – May 18th (6 Sessions) | 5:30 - 7:30 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)

Section A: Mondays, April 11th – May 16th (6 Sessions) | 5:00 - 7:30 p.m.
Instructor: Tomoyasu Nakano

Section B: Tuesdays, April 12th – May 17th (6 Sessions) | 12:00 - 2:30 p.m.
Instructor: Tomoyasu Nakano

Section C: Tuesdays, April 12th – May 17th (6 Sessions) | 5:30 - 8:00 p.m. 
Instructor: Justin Elue

Section D: Wednesdays, April 13th – May 18th (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 workshops.

 

Wheel Throwing II (Intermediate)

Thursdays, April 14th – May 19th (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

Thursdays, April 14th – May 19th (6 Sessions) | 3:00 - 5:00 p.m.
Instructor: Justin Elue
Location: ARTica Ceramic Studio

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

Have an itch to be creative? Overwhelmed with the 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. Using these along with sgraffito, inlay, and Mishima techniques, demonstrations will be given to show you how to transform the surface of your creations with your own designs.  Come join us for an afternoon filled with adventure, creativity, and fun.

Baking Basics - Crazy for Cookies (CANCELLED)
crazy for cookies
Wednesdays, April 13th - May 18th (6 Sessions) | 7:00 - 8:30 p.m.
Instructor: Paula Evans
Location: Zoom 

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

In the first lesson, you will learn the very basics of baking, including equipment, correct ingredient measuring, baking terms and techniques and so much more. In weeks 2 thru 6, you’ll make and bake drop cookies, bar cookies, slice and bake cookies, sandwich cookies, and biscotti! Throughout the course, the instructor will sprinkle in some trivia, history, and lots of cookie baking tips and tricks. No prior baking experience is required.

*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.

 

Spring Wines from the New World

Thursdays, April 21st – May 19th (5 Sessions) | 7:45 – 9:15 p.m.
Instructor: Mark Gruber
Location: Big Ten Room

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

This five-week mini course is a survey class of white, rose, and light red wines of the US West Coast, including California, Oregon, Washington State, South America including Chile and Argentina, Australia, New Zealand. This in-depth class will allow us to examine the emerging areas and varietals of the New World. (European wines will NOT be discussed. They are covered in Wine Appreciation)

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

Wine Appreciation*

Section A: Tuesdays, April 19th – May 24th (5 Sessions, no class on May 17th) | 6:00 – 7:30 p.m.

Section B: Thursdays, April 21st – May 19th (5 Sessions) | 6:00 – 7:30 p.m.

Instructor: Mark Gruber
Location: Big Ten 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)
Thursdays, April 14th – May 19th (6 Sessions) | 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 (CANCELLED)

Wednesdays, April 13th – May 25th (6 Sessions, no class on May 18th) | 7:00 - 8:30 p.m.
Instructor: Inna Melnikov
Location: Lake 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 I (Beginner)
Mondays, April 4th – May 23rd (8 Sessions) | 6:15 - 7:45 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.

American Sign Language II (Intermediate)

Mondays, April 4th – May 23rd (8 Sessions) | 4:30 - 6:00 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 Part II. This class will explore basic sign vocabulary and basic grammatical structures such as English to ASL and ASL to ENGLISH but expanding more intense skills. This class will cover basic in Sign Language basic introduction to the world of Deaf Culture.

Arabic I (Beginner) (CANCELLED)
Saturdays, April 16th – May 21st (6 Sessions) | 1:00 – 3:00 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.

Pocket Billiards for Beginners

Tuesdays, April 12th – May 17th (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.

 

Applied Acting in Corporate Presentations
Mondays, April 18th – May 23rd (6 Sessions) | 6:00 - 7:30 p.m.
Instructor: Steven Fischer
Location: Louis Room North

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.

Embodied Acting (CANCELLED)

Wednesdays, April 13th – May 25th (6 Sessions, no class on May 18th) | 6:30 – 8:00 p.m.
Instructor: Sarah Tolan-Mee
Location: Wildcat Room

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

This workshop is for actors who wish to develop a regular practice to develop their creative process. Drawing especially from the work of Michael Chekhov, Moni Yakim, and Cecily Barry, we will address the various components of the actor’s task in order to build a comprehensive technique for rehearsal and performance. We will attend to movement mechanics and expressive body, breath and voicework, emotional landscaping, environment and circumstance, story and character, archetype and alchemy, givenness and transformation, and registers of imagination (visualization, sense memory, etc). At times we will isolate these elements in order to make close study, but always with a bridge to integration. This workshop is designed to support actors across medium and genre, though we will spend some time addressing the necessary calibrations an actor makes to satisfy a medium’s demands. This is a practical approach to the incredibly rigorous physical and spiritual demands of the actor’s work.

Screenwriting

Tuesdays, April 19th – May 24th (6 Sessions) | 6:30 – 8:00 p.m.
Instructor: Katie Jefferis
Location:Chicago Room

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

Students will be introduced to the fundamentals of screenwriting and apply these tools in the creation of a short script, a web series pilot, or a feature film outline. Exercises in dramatic structure and character development will help students write in class with a focus on their final project.