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Art History 1 on Wednesdays at River House

$45

with David Ouellette

Calendar Jun 1, 2022 at 9 am, runs for 5 weeks

This course will look at some of the earliest forms of Western Art starting with the Ancient Aegean cultures and the development of art through Greek and Roman architecture, sculpture and painting. 

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.

5 week sessions will be held on Wednesdays, June 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 from 9:00 -11:00 at The River House (179 Marine St.   St. Augustine 32084)

Register by May 30 to keep your favorite class from being canceled.

Classes are for ages 18 and up.

Beginning Sign Language on Wednesdays at River House

$35

with Linnea Aldridge

Calendar Jun 1, 2022 at 10:15 am, runs for 5 weeks

Linnea Aldridge, sign-language instructor, is back to teach Beginning Sign Language.  She will teach basic sign-language and incorporate some learning exercises to practice new signs.  She will also share some information related to deafness and Deaf Culture.  

She will be using the book Everything Sign Language by Irene Duke.

5 week sessions will be held on Wednesdays, June 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 from 10:15 to 11:45 at The River House (179 Marine St.   St. Augustine 32084)

Register by May 30 to keep your favorite class from being canceled.

Classes are for ages 18 and up.

Chair Yoga on Wednesdays at River House

$30

with Rebecca Dawson

Calendar Jun 1, 2022 at 10:30 am, runs for 5 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.

5 week sessions will be held on Wednesdays, June 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 from 10:30 -11:30 at The River House (179 Marine St.   St. Augustine 32084)

Register by May 30 to keep your favorite class from being canceled.

Classes are for ages 18 and up.

Will run

Acrylic Landscape Painting Class on Wednesdays at River House

$45

with Jenny Keyser

Calendar Jun 1, 2022 at 11:30 am, runs for 5 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!

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. 

5 week sessions will be held on Wednesdays, June 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 from 11:30 to 1:30 at The River House (179 Marine St.   St. Augustine 32084)

Register by May 30 to keep your favorite class from being canceled.

Classes are for ages 18 and up.

Guitar 1 for Beginners on Wednesdays at River House

$35

with Dennis Fermin

Calendar Jun 1, 2022 at 11:30 am, runs for 5 weeks

Join us for a fun entry level course on the guitar. Topics covered will be:

String names / Tuning

Easy single note melodies

Power Chords / Classic riffs

Basic open string chords and Strum patterns

Supplies needed

  • Acoustic Guitar 
  • Compact Music Stand 
  • Pen or Pencil for notes

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.

5 week sessions will be held on Wednesdays, June 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 from 11:30 to 1. The River House (179 Marine St.   St. Augustine 32084)

Register by May 30 to keep your favorite class from being canceled.

Classes are for ages 18 and up.

Sign Language Level 2 Class on Wednesdays at River House

$35

with Linnea Aldridge

Calendar Jun 1, 2022 at 12:15 pm, runs for 5 weeks

Level 2 Sign Language is for those students that have taken Beginners (Level 1) Sign Language. She will teach basic sign-language and incorporate some learning exercises to practice new signs. She will also share some information related to deafness and Deaf Culture.

 She will be using the book Everything Sign Language by Irene Duke.

5 week sessions will be held on Wednesdays, June 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 from 12:15 to 1:45 at The River House (179 Marine St.   St. Augustine 32084)

Register by May 30 to keep your favorite class from being canceled.

Classes are for ages 18 and up.

Intermediate/Advanced Tap Dance on Wednesdays at River House

$35

with Judy Woodruff

Calendar Jun 1, 2022 at 1:30 pm, runs for 5 weeks

Join us at River House for Intermediate/Advanced Tap Dance with instructor Judy Woodruff. This class will include tap dance technique and steps from the Matanzas Tap repertoire. Previous tap dance experience is expected, students in the class should be sufficiently fit to stand unaided for at least 90 minutes. 

5 week sessions will be held on Wednesdays June 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 from 1:30-3:00 pm at River House (179 Marine St.  St. Augustine 32084).

Register by May 30 to keep your favorite classes from being canceled.

Classes are for ages 18 and up.

Intro to Sugar Flowers (Cake Decorating) on Wednesdays at River House

$35

with Alex Beers-Piagno

Calendar Jun 1, 2022 at 2 pm, runs for 4 weeks

This course is an introduction to making beautifully realistic gum paste flowers for cake decorations. Students will learn how to make basic wired and unwired flowers out of edible sugar paste.

Originally from California, Alex grew up moving around the states before settling down and meeting her husband in St. Augustine ten years ago. She has a BA degree from UNF specializing in sculpture, and over six years of experience creating edible art and cake decorations.

SUPPLY LIST

  • Rose silicone veiner
  • Poppy silicone veiner
  • Craft brushes - variety of small sizes
  • Veining board
  • Cake foam pad
  • Pre-made Gumpaste - minimum 16oz
  • Yellow petal dust
  • Wilton Floral Wire Set, 6" — 20-guage and 22-gauge and 26-gauge 
  • Green floral tape
  • Ball tools 
  • Rolling pin
  • Air tight containers filled with something soft (towels, cotton, etc) for storage
  • Roll of foil
  • Needle nose pliers/cutters
  • Self healing mat (optional)
  • Green gel coloring (optional)
  • Gel colors of your choice (optional)
  • Petal dust colors of your choice (optional)

This kit found on Amazon has many of the items you will need.  This is not required and is only a suggestion:  https://www.amazon.com/Gumpaste-Flowers-Stainless-Silicone-Modelling/dp/B07SC7HM8R/ref=sr_1_2?keywords=gumpaste%2Bflower%2Bkit&qid=1651617349&sprefix=gumpaste%2Caps%2C119&sr=8-2&th=1

if you get the kit you will still need to get:

  • Yellow Petal Dust
  • Wilton Floral Wire Set, 6" — 20-guage and 22-gauge and 26-gauge 
  • Rolling pin
  • Air tight containers filled with something soft (towels, cotton, etc) for storage
  • Roll of foil
  • Needle nose pliers/cutters
  • Self healing mat (optional)
  • Green gel coloring (optional)
  • Gel colors of your choice (optional)

4 week sessions will be held on Wednesdays, June 1, 15, 22, 29 from 2 to 3:30 at The River House (179 Marine St.   St. Augustine 32084)

Please note that there is no class on June 8.

Register by May 30 to keep your favorite class from being canceled.

Classes are for ages 18 and up.





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