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Mindful Meditation on Tuesdays in January at River House

$50

with Judy Angyalfy

Calendar Jan 17, 2023 at 12:30 pm, runs for 4 weeks

Experience the time-honored practice of mindfulness meditation that has been used as a path  toward peace for over 2500 years old. Examine the philosophy and psychology in which it is  rooted. There will be lecture, discussion, group sharing and a lot of guided practice.

This class  is appropriate for beginners and anyone who would like to deepen an existing practice.

Wear comfortable clothing and come as you are. 

This class will be most effective for those who will commit to all four classes and also practice daily at home for 10 to 15 minutes. This is an evidenced-based practice backed up by 40  years of scientific research that proves it changes the structure and function of the brain for  more happiness and resiliency from stress.

Judy Angyalfy is a retired nurse having practiced nursing for 43 years, and also a certified yoga  teacher. She first became interested in mindfulness meditation as a healing path after the  death of a beloved son in 2008. She experienced first hand the transformative power of the  practice and was both inspired and highly motivated to train to become a teacher. She trained  through the University of Massachusetts Center for Mindfulness in Medicine, Health Care, and  Society and completed the training in October of 2018 to be a qualified teacher of MBSR  (Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction.)  

“I look forward to sharing this powerful yet simple practice with anyone who would like to  reduce stress, increase resiliency to stress, and create a kinder, more compassionate world.  Please email any questions you have to: angyalfyj@gmail.com.

Class sessions will be held on Tuesdays, January 17, 24, 31, and February 7 from 12:30 - 2:30 at River House (179 Marine St.  St. Augustine 32084). 

Classes are for ages 18 and up.

 

Full Course

Watercolor 1 on Wednesdays in February at River House

$50

with David Ouellette

Calendar Feb 1, 2023 at 9 am, runs for 4 weeks

This course is designed to teach the student the techniques of transparent watercolor using both the ”wet” and “dry” methods. Student will learn the unique characteristics of the watercolor medium, its possibilities and limitations, as well as the special papers and brushes used in the execution of art works.

Mr. Ouellette received his Bachelor of Fine Arts and Master of Arts in Painting from Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan. He taught at the University of Michigan-Dearborn, and showed in many galleries and museums including the Detroit Institute of Art. He moved to St. Augustine in 1981 where he continued his career as an artist and professor of Fine Art at the Florida School of the Arts in his twenty-six year tenure. He was also a professor of Fine Arts, Painting and Design and Art History at SJRCC St. Augustine campus. He is currently teaching Art History and Studio classes at Flagler College Continuing Education.

Watercolor Materials and Supplies                

Brushes:

  • sable (preferred), ox hair (if you can find it or sable blends or sable synthetics 
  • 1”       flat
  • 1/2”    flat
  • #8  and #10  round
  • rigger brush 

 Paper:

  • Two sheets of Arches 22”x30”, 140 lb. cold press,  or a 9” x 12” block      

Paints:

Box sets of tube watercolors which should include most of these:        

  • ultramarine blue
  • cerulean blue
  • cobalt blue
  • thalo blue
  • alizarin crimson
  • cadmium red light
  • cadmium yellow light 
  • new gamboge
  • burnt umber
  • burnt sienna 

Other materials:                            

  • covered palette, plastic
  • painting board
  • masking tape
  • materials box
  • non-breakable container for water
  • roll of paper towels

Class sessions will be held on February 1, 8, 15, 22 from 9:00 - 11:00 at The River House (179 Marine St.   St. Augustine 32084)

Classes are for ages 18 and up.

Full Course

Ukulele Level 2 on Wednesdays in February at River House

$3750

with Dennis Fermin

Calendar Feb 1, 2023 at 9:45 am, runs for 4 weeks

Open to new students with no or some prior experience. 

Class subjects:

  • Learning new chords including Dominant 7ths.
  • Smoothing out those chord changes while playing fun classics.
  • 12 Bar Blues shuffle chord progressions.
  • Some experience playing most Major and Minor chords.

Requirements: Instrument, music stand, pen or pencil

Dennis Fermin has been playing guitar for over 30 years and joyfully helping others learn to play along the way. As a graduate from Musician's Institute of California, he has the skills and the patience to teach on many different topics and styles of music. Currently you can hear him perform locally as Fermin Spanish Guitar.

Class sessions will run on Wednesdays, February 1, 8, 15, 22 from 9:45 - 11:15 a.m. at the River House, 179 Marine Street, St. Augustine 32084.

Classes are for ages 18 and up.

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Chair Yoga on Wednesdays in February at River House

$25

with Rebecca Dawson

Calendar Feb 1, 2023 at 10:30 am, runs for 4 weeks

Discover a yoga practice that has therapeutic benefits for seniors who may not be able to stand for long periods of time or may be uncomfortable seated on the floor, with River House instructor, Rebecca Dawson.

Rebecca Dawson is a 500 ERYT Experienced Yoga Teacher and Yoga Therapist who has been teaching yoga for 20 plus years. She received her Yoga Therapist license in 2014 after studying with International Yoga Therapist, Gary Krafstow. She enjoys bringing yoga and meditation to her students so that they may benefit from the combined benefits of the body, mind, spirit connection.

Class sessions will be held on Wednesdays, February 1, 8, 15, 22 from 10:30 - 11:30 at The River House (179 Marine St.  St. Augustine 32084)

Classes are for ages 18 and up.

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Beginning Acrylic Landscape Painting Class on Wednesdays in February at River House

$50

with Jenny Keyser

Calendar Feb 1, 2023 at 11:30 am, runs for 4 weeks

In this painting course, Jenny will lead you through the fundamentals of landscape painting from composition to finished piece.  

You will learn how to break down a composition into readable shapes and patterns, how to mix colors as well as how to apply different painting applications all within an art historical framework.  Jenny’s goal is to work with each student from where they are and help them take the steps to get where they want to be.

Jenny is an award-winning, independent, St. Augustine area artist and has shown her work internationally in galleries and museums.  Her formal education includes a BS from Vanderbilt University, a certificate in Museum Studies from Northwestern University and an MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

Supplies Needed:

A few images of landscapes you might want to paint - printed out

a 16”x20” canvas,

a painter’s palette (do not get one with dividers as it is not conducive to mixing colors, paper plates can work quite well),

a variety of round and flat paintbrushes,

a general set of tube acrylic paints including black, green, yellow, red, brown, blue and two tubes of white or one large tube (white is used more than the other colors),

a rag for clean-up,

a plastic cup for water,

a pencil and eraser,

a plastic trash bag to transport your piece,

a sketchbook or white paper to make preliminary sketches on. 

Class sessions will be held on Wednesdays, February 1, 8, 15, 22, from 11:30 to 1:30 at the River House (179 Marine Street, St. Augustine 32084)

Classes are for ages 18 and up.

Full Course

Blues Guitar on Wednesdays in February at River House

$3750

with Dennis Fermin

Calendar Feb 1, 2023 at 11:30 am, runs for 4 weeks

Explore the blues guitar style of music with us. We will explain and perform the 12 Bar Blues chord progression in different playing methods, rhythms and keys. Will also be working with Dominant 7th. chords and Minor Pentatonic Scales and basic blues riffs. 

Requirements:

  • Instrument,
  • stand,
  • pen or pencil,

Dennis Fermin has been playing guitar for over 30 years and joyfully helping others learn to play along the way. As a graduate from Musician's Institute of California, he has the skills and the patience to teach on many different topics and styles of music. Currently you can hear him perform locally as Fermin Spanish Guitar.

Class sessions will be held on Wednesdays, February 1, 8, 15, 22 from 11:30 to 1:00 at the River House (179 Marine Street, St. Augustine 32084)

Classes are for ages 18 and up.

Full Course

Hooping for Fitness and Fun (or not your mama's hula hooping) on Wednesdays in February at River House

$25

with Stacey Fermin

Calendar Feb 1, 2023 at 11:45 am, runs for 4 weeks

This course will target those that may not have picked up a hula hoop since childhood. Some of the benefits of hula hooping aside from the creativity and joy of allowing your inner child to come out and play include:

  • Builds core strength
  • Enhances sense of rhythm
  • Improves coordination and balance
  • Improves mood
  • Increases focus and creativity
  • Burns calories, body fat and inches
  • Improves cardiovascular fitness
  • FUN for ALL ages*

Participants will need to purchase a hoop suited for beginners. Generally I would recommend at least a 38"-40" beginner hoop for an average size adult. The best way for them get an idea of a good size is typically a hoop diameter that measures from the toes to somewhere between the belly button and chest.

Stacey picked up her 1st hula hoop about 12 years ago. It was love at first hoop. Over the years she has shared her love of hooping with friends and strangers alike. Teaching them to hoop and feel the joy a little plastic circle can bring. 

Class sessions will be held on Wednesdays, February 1, 8, 15, 22 from 11:45 to 12:45 at River House (179 Marine St. in St. Augustine)

Class is for ages 18 and up.

Tap Dancing Level 3 on Wednesdays in February at River House

$3750

with Judy Woodruff

Calendar Feb 1, 2023 at 1:30 pm, runs for 4 weeks

For the experienced tap dancer with a good command of tap technique and vocabulary this intermediate level class emphasizes choreography. Practice includes a variety of time steps, more syncopated rhythms, developing speed with clarity, and performance quality. Choreography includes new work and some dances from the Matanzas Tap performance repertory.

Class sessions will be held on Wednesdays, February 1, 8, 15, 22 from 1:30-3:00 pm at River House (179 Marine Street, St. Augustine 32084).

Classes are for ages 18 and up.

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