Plant seeds of learning with CC’s April Community Ed classes

By: Lisa S. Icenogle
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Plant the seeds of learning with the variety of fun Casper College Community Education classes offered in April.

Courses offered include Beginning Pastel, Granny and Other Squares, Adobe Photoshop, Introduction to DSLR, Adult Ice Skating, and more.

Lynn Jones will teach Beginning Pastel. Pastel is a popular form of colored drawing and is especially great for creating landscapes,” said Jones. Students will learn the basics of applying chalk, blending colors, layering, and adding special effects. The class will run on Wednesday nights, April 12 through May 3, from 6-8. No drawing experience is required to take this class, and Jones will provide students with a supply list before the first class begins.

Nancy Pawlowski presents Granny and Other Squares on Wednesday afternoon from 1-2 April 12-26. “Participants will learn the basics of creating different crochet squares and explore the unlimited potential of this versatile construction,” said Pawlowski. Crochet squares will be used to craft hats, bags, scarves, blankets, and more. Participants are asked to bring size J crochet hook and size #4 — worsted weight — yarn to class. Participants are also encouraged to be creative and repurpose their yarn scraps for making squares.

Popular photography instructor Karel Mathisen will present two classes that begin in April. The first, Adobe Photoshop, will show students how to saturate and intensify colors to make dull-looking shots more vibrant. “Students will also learn how to remove distracting objects and straighten skewed shots with this innovative software as we use tools to match the scenery they photographed,” she said. Classes will be held on Saturday from 9 a.m.-noon April 15-29. Students are asked to bring an 8-gigabyte jump drive to the first class.

The second class that Mathisen will be teaching is Intro to DSLR. The class will be held on Tuesdays from 5:30-7:30 p.m. April 18 through May 9. The course is an excellent introduction for those who own a digital single-lens reflex camera, also known as a DSLR. “Participants will learn how to use their camera, what all those knobs and buttons mean, and why they’re important. We’ll even look at different lenses and their purpose and attachments like flashes, shutter remotes, and tripods,” Mathisen said. Students are asked to bring their own DSLR camera to class.

Adult Ice Skating will be offered from 6:30-7:30 p.m. on Tuesdays from April 18 through May 23. “Whether a person’s goal is to skate backward, spin fast, score a goal, get some exercise, or make sure they stay vertical on the ice, this is the class for them,” said Avery Bandel, instructor. Students will learn the basics of safely falling, skating techniques, and balance skills during this class. Students can bring their own skates or use rentals from the ice arena.

Community education offers noncredit courses for personal enrichment and lifelong learning for people 16 and older. To sign up or for more information on any of these classes, go to or call 307-268-3401.

Media contact: Lisa S. Icenogle

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