Are You Afraid of Opera? The 30th and Final Season

July 29th, 2015 by Linda

Instructor: Dr. Manuel Marquez-Sterling
Dates: Wednesdays, September 16, 23, 30; October 7, 14, 21, 28; November 4 & 18    (Dates may change in case of illness or weather.)
Times: 6:30 – 8:00
Location: Hyde 120
Cost: $95 – still the same after all these years!
This is the 30th and final season of “Are You Afraid of Opera,” with our beloved, truly gifted and passionate instructor, Dr. Manuel Marquez-Sterling. His zeal for opera is contagious and participants find themselves truly enjoying each and every class. Manuel taught history at PSU for 35 years with a specialty in medieval history and culture. He also broadcasted the popular radio program “History in the Music of the Great and not so Great Composers” over WPCR, the PSU radio station.

Dr. Marquez-Sterling’s passion for opera has brought him to many venues, from academic halls to international cruises, and even traveling with groups of opera aficionados to countries including Italy, France, England, and Spain. Won’t you join us?

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Mindflight 2015

March 17th, 2015 by Linda

Instructors: The teachers and counselors are highly qualified and committed individuals drawn primarily from PSU faculty and students and teachers from New Hampshire schools.
Dates: Sunday, July 12 – Friday, July 17
Times: Six full days and 5 overnights
Costs: The 6 day, 5 night program includes: room, meals, instruction, materials and all activities. In addition to the $25 application fee, the cost is $575.
A limited amount of need-based financial aid may be available. Students who wish to apply for financial aid must complete the financial aid application.

Mindflight is a six day, 5 night residential program offering interdisciplinary STEM experiences: ecological expeditions, multimedia “madness,” acting, acrobatics, theatre, and video “ventures.” All student projects are published on the Web and presented to parents and peers on the afternoon of Friday, July 17, 2015.

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Introductory Drawing

October 20th, 2014 by Mac

Instructor: Carol PhenixDrawing_101___Vegetables_by_xycolsen
Date: Thursdays, October 30 – November 20
Times: 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.
Location: Draper and Maynard 201

How do you create the illusion of 3-dimensional objects in space on a flat piece of paper? Not by magic, but by “drawing what you see instead of what you think you see.”  This class will introduce the basicfoundations of drawing, upon which every style builds. Participants will explore the basic elements that go into a drawing: line and contour, perspective, value (range of light to dark) using still life, landscape, and portrait exercises. We will look at different examples of masters’ drawings and discuss various approaches of style, technique and media.  In addition to class exercises, students will have the opportunity to create a personal choice piece.

Carol Phenix is a landscape, figure, and portrait painter. She has been published in two HarperCollins JRR Tolkien tribute books and several derivative works including the 1998 Tolkien Calendar. Additionally, she has painted a number of young adult fiction book covers. 

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