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Personal Enrichment

Personal Enrichment course topics include: Art, Astronomy, Creative Writing, Finance Planning, Interior Design, Supper Club, and many more.

Acrylic Painting for the Novice

For students with little or no experience with painting, this course will touch on composition, color theory and handling, and how to achieve pictorial depth and painterly surfaces. Students will get individual attention to help achieve their personal goals. Please view suggested supply list.

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Section: ACRYLPAINTNOV (25APR17) -- Learn More...
Start Date: Apr 25, 2017 End Date: May 30, 2017 Tuition: $195.00
Campus: Executive Park Instructor: Guy Robinson Register

Beginning Drawing


Take a methodical approach to traditional drawing techniques under the personal guidance of this experienced instructor as your work becomes a direct channel for your own self-expression. Please view suggested supply list.

After this course you will be able to:
  • Experience the basic techniques and methods necessary to confidently continue with more advanced classes
  • Develop your work on your own and have, in general, a greater ability to observe and analyze visually
  • Have a great deal of fun pursuing your artistic skills

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Section: BEGDRAW (11JUL17) -- Learn More...
Start Date: Jul 11, 2017 End Date: Aug 29, 2017 Tuition: $195.00
Campus: Executive Park Instructor: Guy Robinson Register

Beginning Oil Painting


Enjoy an easier, more satisfying introduction to oil painting when you know the right techniques. You'll learn everything you need to get started with this flexible, rewarding medium. Explore composition, color theory, depth and harmony as you develop your own personal style and complete your first paintings. Please view suggested supply list.

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Section: BEGOILPAINT (26JUL17) -- Learn More...
Start Date: Jul 26, 2017 End Date: Aug 30, 2017 Tuition: $195.00
Campus: Executive Park Instructor: Guy Robinson Register

Decorating Basics


This course will address basic interior design principles such as identification of style components, and how to have continuity and flow while introducing complimentary and eclectic items. Class will also cover proper furniture placement, use of color, texture, and lighting, and how to select appropriate pieces that you presently own and to identify what you need to complete the look. Proper execution of wall art and groupings are also discussed.
Section: DECBASICS (08JUN17) -- Learn More...
Start Date: Jun 08, 2017 End Date: Jun 29, 2017 Tuition: $175.00
Campus: Executive Park Instructor: Lee Anne Culpepper Register

Introduction to Christian Mysticism

The renowned twentieth century German theologian Karl Rahner said, “The Christian of the future will be a mystic or will not exist at all.” What could he have meant by this? In the popular mind, mysticism is associated with eastern spirituality, like Yoga or Zen. But there is a little-known tradition of meditation and spiritual awakening even within Christianity. This non-sectarian class will survey the history of Christian mysticism from Biblical times to the present, explore the meaning of mysticism and why Christians often view it with suspicion, and consider the role that mysticism might play in Christianity of the present and future.

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Section: INTROTOCHRISMYS (24APR17) -- Learn More...
Start Date: Apr 24, 2017 End Date: May 22, 2017 Tuition: $210.00
Campus: Executive Park Instructor: Carl McColman Register

Managing Your Time and Productivity

Too much to do, working too many hours, multi-tasking to get things done but it is still not enough? High levels of stress and poor productivity are eventual results. This course will help you identify strategies you can use to manage your time and optimize productivity. The key to managing your time and productivity is gaining control over the habits and activities that cause you to waste time and managing all the tasks you have to get done.

Participants will learn how to prioritize, plan and focus their time more effectively and use tools and techniques to eliminate productivity bottlenecks. Participants will also learn how their unique time style drives and affects their daily interactions and can assist in guiding improved productivity. In addition, participants will develop an individualized action plan to support their new found skills in the workplace and to maintain an increased level of productivity and personal satisfaction.

After this class, you will be able to:

  • Appreciate the difference between time management, productivity and self management.
  • Establish productivity habits by identifying and learning to focus on control techniques that increase effectiveness.
  • Streamline and create workflow processes that help increase effectiveness as a professional in any business environment.
  • Determine their time style and coordinate an effective time management system.
  • Identify productivity bottlenecks and causes of wasted time.
  • Adopt behavioral strategies and techniques to handle biggest time wasters.
  • Create productivity boosting work environments and use simple technology to maintain control.
  • Develop a personal action plan for mastering new techniques and applying to their work environment.
Section: TIMEPROD (17JUL17) -- Learn More...
Start Date: Jul 17, 2017 End Date: Jul 17, 2017 Tuition: $375.00
Campus: Executive Park Instructor: Nancy Colter Register

NEVER TOO LATE: Reinvention Workshop with Bestselling Author Claire Cook

Wondering how to get to that life you really thought you’d be living by now? Finally ready to dig up that buried dream? Still trying to figure out what you want to be when you grow up or just need the perfect little tweak to your existing life?

Join Claire Cook, author of Never Too Late: Your Roadmap to Reinvention (without getting lost along the way), the #1 Amazon Bestseller in Women’s Personal Growth, for a fun, inspiring, interactive workshop. She’ll share her own stories, successes, and failures, as well as those of other reinventors, and give you cutting edge, motivating tips for getting a plan, staying on track, pulling together a support system, building your platform in the age of social networking, dealing with the fear and the inevitable ups and downs, overcoming perfectionism, and tuning into your authentic self to propel you toward your goals. It is never too late to reinvent your life!

Claire wrote her first novel in her minivan at 45. At 50, she walked the red carpet at the Hollywood premiere of the adaptation of her second novel, Must Love Dogs, starring Diane Lane and John Cusack. Claire is now the New York Times and #1 Amazon bestselling author of 17 books and a sought after reinvention speaker and teacher. She has given keynotes and taught workshops at the California Women’s Conference, Dress For Success International Conference, Denmark Literary Festival, Cape Cod Writers Center, Missouri Writers Guild Conference, Southern Voices, We Move Forward, Savannah Book Festival, Massachusetts Women’s Conference, Blue Ridge Writers’ Conference, Evening at Emory, Amelia Island Book Festival, and many more. Her books have been translated into 14 languages.

Each participant will receive a copy of Never Too Late: Your Roadmap to Reinvention (without getting lost along the way) included in the cost of tuition.
Section: REINVENTION (19AUG17) -- Learn More...
Start Date: Aug 19, 2017 End Date: Aug 19, 2017 Tuition: $45.00
Campus: Executive Park Instructor: Claire Cook Register

Principles of Design


Often a trend will inspire both the amateur and the professional. Explore the latest color and design trends and how to use them to create spaces that inspire. Examine the characteristics of fabrics and learn how to select effectively the appropriate fabric for the scheme, including mixing patterns and colors. Create eye catching rooms by discovering the levels of quality and best uses of furniture. You will be introduced to simple, computer assisted software applications that will allow you to change colors and other design elements in real time on your computer screen. This class will also reveal the importance of incorporating “Green Design” into your master plan and why green is now a standard in the design industry. Finally, be introduced to the variety of career options for design.
Section: PRINDESIGN (27APR17) -- Learn More...
Start Date: Apr 27, 2017 End Date: May 18, 2017 Tuition: $175.00
Campus: Executive Park Instructor: Lee Anne Culpepper Register

Abstract Painting


Experience the joy and freedom of abstraction. For the beginner to the more experienced student, this class focuses on the major styles from cubism to abstract expressionism. Even for those interested in representational painting, abstraction offers a great way to study paint handling, color theory and composition. Students are welcome to work with their own choice of medium- oil, acrylic or water color. Please view a suggested supply list if using Acrylic or Oil. Those wishing to use water color may use the Acrylic list, as appropriate, to estimate their needs.

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Blueprint for Financial Success

Successful financial planning and investing is critical to reaching your financial goals. This course reviews the process of financial planning and gives you the tools to refine and upgrade your existing financial plan. We'll discuss wealth management and investments, retirement strategies, asset allocation models, estate planning, and risk management. You'll receive a checklist of financial documents that you should have available and organized as well as a comprehensive financial planning list of follow-up action steps to implement your financial plan. This course is ideal if you want to elaborate on the financial groundwork you have already laid as well as organize the array of strategies and products you have accumulated.

Decorating Basics II

Create beautiful and functional spaces where you live, work and play, and build on your foundation as we explore color theory and the physiological effects of color on relaxing and productive environments. Learn the techniques of illusion design which include the art of masking architectural flaws including off center doors and windows, and creating spaciousness. Included in the tuition is an exclusive tour of a "trade only" store to explore and learn the secrets of fabric combinations, furniture arrangement, furniture selection, quality determination, and rug purchases.

Introduction to Home Staging

Home staging is perfecting the art of creating an environment that will draw positive attention to a home for sale. Students will be able to identify both exterior and interior problems areas of a home and will learn professional staging tips and techniques resulting in a "show ready" home.  This course will emphasize professional staging arrangement, showcasing and display solutions to get your home sold.  Whether you are an individual who has a home to sell or someone who is interested in the business of professional home staging, this introductory course will provide you with a foundation for the home staging industry.

After this course, students will be able to:

  • Identify design themes that will sell a home
  • Be able to describe packaging and positioning solutions for  staging a home
  • Identify the three stages of buying/selling a home
  • Apply practical and professional staging tips and techniques to showcase a home for sale

Learning the Fundamentals of Investing


This course covers the main topics in financial planning. The course utilizes academically accepted standards for creating a personal investment plan. Students who complete the course will be better positioned to either manage their own investments and/or have the ability to better evaluate the value their financial professional brings to the table. First we learn about the time value of money and financial decision making using our financial calculator. Don't worry---we go over the calculations step by step! We will learn about stocks, bonds, mutual funds and other investment vehicles. We look at making and implementing a plan. And lots more. I will show you where to seek information on your potential advisor to verify his/her credentials, learn what credentials are important, and if they have done bad things. Retirement? It is all about income and we will learn how to prepare for that as well. Lastly, come with questions and the instructor will fit in what you want to know! The purpose of the course is to provide students with the knowledge and skills necessary to help them make informed investment decisions based on facts rather than “gut feelings.”

Materials: Principle Based Investing: A Sensible Guide to Investment Success (available in the Kindle version), HP-12c financial calculator (If you have a Smartphone you can download the HP-12C calculator application for free on Android and around $10 on IPhone.)

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