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Glen Oaks offering two education courses this fall

Glen Oaks Community College is offering two non-credit courses this fall for participants to spur on their creativity. The courses are offered through GOCC’s Continuing Education program.

“Cards, Creativity and Chocolate” is offered from 7-8:30 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 28, in the Dresser Business Development Center Auditorium. Instructors will be Barb Clouse and Beth Hocevar. There is a cost.

Creativity flows when chocolate meets card stock. Participants will learn the basics of making greeting cards. Discussion will include various techniques, different types of paper materials, such as card stock, chip board, vellum and different types of ink and their purposes. No experience is necessary to create the two non-gender specific birthday cards to take home. Participants are encouraged to bring scissors and favorite adhesive such as glue sticks. Materials and the chocolate will be supplied.

Barb Clouse and Beth Hocevar have been Stampin’Up! demonstrators for eight years, but have been involved with papercrafting for at least 12 years. Including making handmade cards and other paper crafted items, both enjoy a multitude of creative venues – Barb in baking, sewing and crocheting, and Beth in knitting and scrapbooking. They have gone to several Stampin’Up! national conferences and regional events to hone their card making and rubber stamping passion and often hold events in their own homes.

Watercolors for Beginners will be held from 5:30-8 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 12, and Thursday, Nov. 14, in the Dresser Business Development Center Auditorium. Instructor will be Julie Bontrager. There is a cost.

Participants will learn how to use watercolors, including tips and tricks and some interesting effects that can be created utilizing household items. Participants should bring a photo or image (from a magazine, etc.) that they would like to try to paint.  Techniques will be taught on the first night and participants will begin to create projects by drawing or experimenting with paint. The second class is where the project will be completed.

Julie Bontrager earned a minor in studio art from Western Michigan University and studied under Lou Rizzolo, professor emeritus, while there. She has continued instruction in watercolor with him for the past eight years through summer workshops. Her art has been accepted in three juried shows at the Carnegie Center in Three Rivers, Mich., and she was a featured artist at the Sturgis Art Bounce in October 2012.  She has also participated in the Community Art Show for three years at the Open Door Gallery in Sturgis, Mich., where she won the People's Choice Award in 2007.






Continuing education courses are non-credit and are open to all individuals. Admission to Glen Oaks is not required. Interested persons should contact Mary Kay Balaguer at mbalaguer@ or call 269-294-4276.