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Personal Enrichment

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

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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FOR BEGINNING OIL SUPPLY LIST CLICK HERE

Section: ABSPAINT (07NOV18) -- Learn More...
Start Date: Nov 7, 2018 End Date: Dec 5, 2018 Tuition: $225.00
Campus: Executive Park Instructor: Guy Robinson Register
Section: ABSPAINT (08MAY19) -- Learn More...
Start Date: May 8, 2019 End Date: May 29, 2019 Tuition: $225.00
Campus: Executive Park Instructor: Guy Robinson Register

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 (26SEP18) -- Learn More...
Start Date: Sep 26, 2018 End Date: Oct 31, 2018 Tuition: $225.00
Campus: Executive Park Instructor: Guy Robinson Register
Section: ACRYLPAINTNOV (27MAR19) -- Learn More...
Start Date: Mar 27, 2019 End Date: May 1, 2019 Tuition: $225.00
Campus: Executive Park Instructor: Guy Robinson Register

Artistic Landscape Enhancements

Everyone appreciates a beautiful landscape. For weekend gardeners and landscape professionals, this course will teach the principles and elements of stunning, artistic landscapes. By developing a firm understanding of these concepts, participants in this highly interactive course will be able to approach dated landscapes and easily identify enhancements to maximize their home’s curb appeal.

After this class, you will be able to:
  • Describe what makes a landscape beautiful.
  • Explain what steps can leverage this knowledge to enhance dated sites.
  • Map and manage the impact of shade in the landscape.
  • Apply landscape industry best practices for installing enhancements.
  • Manage drainage and rectify erosion issues.
Section: ARTISTICLAND (06OCT18) -- Learn More...
Start Date: Oct 6, 2018 End Date: Oct 6, 2018 Tuition: $95.00
Campus: Executive Park Instructor: Jonathan Christopher Williams Register
Section: ARTISTICLAND (20APR19) -- Learn More...
Start Date: Apr 20, 2019 End Date: Apr 20, 2019 Tuition: $95.00
Campus: Executive Park Instructor: Jonathan Christopher Williams Register

Astronomy in the Suburbs - An Introduction to Star Gazing


Learn a basic understanding of the night sky and how to enjoy it from your own neighborhood. Your instructor will guide you through the constellations and how to use a sky chart to locate the major stars, locate the major planets and observe the phases of the moon. In this course, you learn basic astronomy concepts to further your enjoyment of the night sky. Textbook is not required; however a list of recommend books is available by request.
Section: ASTROBURBSINTRO (20MAR19) -- Learn More...
Start Date: Mar 20, 2019 End Date: Apr 10, 2019 Tuition: $185.00
Campus: Executive Park Instructor: Stephen Bieger 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 (25SEP18) -- Learn More...
Start Date: Sep 25, 2018 End Date: Nov 13, 2018 Tuition: $225.00
Campus: Executive Park Instructor: Guy Robinson Register
Section: BEGDRAW (30JAN19) -- Learn More...
Start Date: Jan 30, 2019 End Date: Mar 20, 2019 Tuition: $225.00
Campus: Executive Park Instructor: Guy Robinson Register
Section: BEGDRAW (09APR19) -- Learn More...
Start Date: Apr 9, 2019 End Date: May 28, 2019 Tuition: $225.00
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 (29JAN19) -- Learn More...
Start Date: Jan 29, 2019 End Date: Mar 5, 2019 Tuition: $225.00
Campus: Executive Park Instructor: Guy Robinson Register

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.
Section: BLUEPRINT (08OCT18) -- Learn More...
Start Date: Oct 8, 2018 End Date: Nov 5, 2018 Tuition: $195.00
Campus: Executive Park Instructor: John Carty-Campbell; Bill Nichols 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 (20SEP18) -- Learn More...
Start Date: Sep 20, 2018 End Date: Oct 11, 2018 Tuition: $175.00
Campus: Executive Park Instructor: Lee Anne Culpepper Register
Section: DECBASICS (28FEB19) -- Learn More...
Start Date: Feb 28, 2019 End Date: Mar 21, 2019 Tuition: $175.00
Campus: Executive Park Instructor: Lee Anne Culpepper Register

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.
Section: DECBASICSII (25OCT18) -- Learn More...
Start Date: Oct 25, 2018 End Date: Nov 15, 2018 Tuition: $175.00
Campus: Executive Park Instructor: Lee Anne Culpepper Register
Section: DECBASICSII (04APR19) -- Learn More...
Start Date: Apr 4, 2019 End Date: Apr 25, 2019 Tuition: $175.00
Campus: Executive Park Instructor: Lee Anne Culpepper Register

Enjoying Wine: The Basics and Beyond

Have you found the study of wine to be daunting? Filled with snobbery and elitism? We invite you join us in a four-part series to taste wine and learn about different varietals, how wine is made and the fascinating people behind these creations. We will discuss how to taste wine with ease, different styles and types of wines, interesting wine characteristics and fascinating regional differences of wine from around the world. More importantly, this course will help you start to develop your own point of view, enabling you to confidently order wine in business and social settings. This series promises to be fun and enlightening for both the novice and enthusiast. Six to eight wines will be tasted at each class, accompanied by light food pairings. A course notebook will be furnished to each participant. You must be at least 21 years old in order to take this class. Must have a valid ID.
Section: ENJOYWINE (23OCT18) -- Learn More...
Start Date: Oct 23, 2018 End Date: Nov 13, 2018 Tuition: $225.00
Campus: Executive Park Instructor: Nancy Waldeck Register
Section: ENJOYWINE (26MAR19) -- Learn More...
Start Date: Mar 26, 2019 End Date: Apr 16, 2019 Tuition: $225.00
Campus: Executive Park Instructor: Nancy Waldeck Register

Estimating and Proposing Landscape Enhancements

Offering landscape upgrades such as plant, stone and drainage system installation to your customers can be a lucrative endeavor for your landscape business. Designing and installing these enhancements can be challenging and there is nothing more disheartening than doing so at a financial loss. Intended for landscape designers and installation professionals, this class will provide you with the information you need to successfully propose landscape enhancements. Learn the meaning of margin and mark-up and the industry’s best techniques and formulas for estimating landscape upgrades for a profit!

After completing this program, participants will be able to:
  • Define the difference between gross margin and markup.
  • Calculate material and labor cost for a typical landscape installation project.
  • Accurately estimate and propose landscape enhancements for a desired profit margin.
Section: ESTIMATELAND (06OCT18) -- Learn More...
Start Date: Oct 6, 2018 End Date: Oct 6, 2018 Tuition: $95.00
Campus: Executive Park Instructor: Jonathan Christopher Williams Register
Section: ESTIMATELAND (20APR19) -- Learn More...
Start Date: Apr 20, 2019 End Date: Apr 20, 2019 Tuition: $95.00
Campus: Executive Park Instructor: Jonathan Christopher Williams Register

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 problem 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
Section: HOMESTAGE (13OCT18) -- Learn More...
Start Date: Oct 13, 2018 End Date: Oct 13, 2018 Tuition: $175.00
Campus: Executive Park Instructor: Melanie Serra Register
Section: HOMESTAGE (06APR19) -- Learn More...
Start Date: Apr 6, 2019 End Date: Apr 6, 2019 Tuition: $175.00
Campus: Executive Park Instructor: Melanie Serra Register

Kitchen Design and Décor


Experts say even minor kitchen remodels return more value than any other project on the list--about 81 percent, nationally. Whether you're building or remodeling a kitchen, the process doesn't have to be stressful. Find the inspiration and courage to begin your project with the expertise of noted Interior Design Expert, Lee Anne Culpepper. Explore your style and how you will achieve it. Choices for cabinets, floors, countertops and lighting can be overwhelming – receive the information you need to make the job much easier!
Section: KITCHENDESIGN (16JAN19) -- Learn More...
Start Date: Jan 16, 2019 End Date: Feb 6, 2019 Tuition: $175.00
Campus: Executive Park Instructor: Lee Anne Culpepper Register

Landscape Painting with Wayland Moore


Improve your technique and paint with confidence—further your knowledge of this fascinating medium from an internationally recognized artist with limited edition prints in galleries throughout the United States. This class will offer personal assistance to students wishing to enhance their individual artistic profiles. Students are advised to register with previously established knowledge and ability with acrylics.

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Section: LANDSCAPEPAINT (15OCT18) -- Learn More...
Start Date: Oct 15, 2018 End Date: Nov 19, 2018 Tuition: $225.00
Campus: Executive Park Instructor: Wayland Moore Register

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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Section: LEARNFUNDINVEST (13SEP18) -- Learn More...
Start Date: Sep 13, 2018 End Date: Nov 8, 2018 Tuition: $275.00
Campus: Executive Park Instructor: Ben L Clark Register
Section: LEARNFUNDINVEST (05MAR19) -- Learn More...
Start Date: Mar 5, 2019 End Date: Apr 23, 2019 Tuition: $275.00
Campus: Executive Park Instructor: Ben L Clark 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.
  • Identify productivity bottlenecks and causes of wasted time and adopt behavioral strategies and techniques to handle biggest time wasters.
  • Identify elements of behavior style that contributes or hinders effective use of time.
  • Develop a personal action plan for mastering new techniques and applying to their work environment.
Section: TIMEPROD (05NOV18) -- Learn More...
Start Date: Nov 5, 2018 End Date: Nov 5, 2018 Tuition: $375.00
Campus: Executive Park Instructor: Nancy Colter Register
Section: TIMEPROD (05MAR19) -- Learn More...
Start Date: Mar 5, 2019 End Date: Mar 5, 2019 Tuition: $375.00
Campus: Executive Park Instructor: Nancy Colter 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 (17JAN19) -- Learn More...
Start Date: Jan 17, 2019 End Date: Feb 7, 2019 Tuition: $175.00
Campus: Executive Park Instructor: Lee Anne Culpepper Register
Section: PRINDESIGN (09MAY19) -- Learn More...
Start Date: May 9, 2019 End Date: May 30, 2019 Tuition: $175.00
Campus: Executive Park Instructor: Lee Anne Culpepper Register

The Camera You Carry: Smartphone Photography

Think you need an expensive, bulky camera to capture many of life’s great moments? Take better photos using your smartphone! Our course includes hands-on demonstrations, practical assignments, and lectures to help you better utilize your smartphone’s camera features. Learn to improve your photo quality via proper exposure, better composition elements and editing software – then store and share your images with confidence.

After this class, you will be able to:
  • Operate you smartphones with ease
  • Recognize and utilize the camera features of the smartphone
  • Improve the quality of your photos through proper exposure and better composition
  • Store and share photos with confidence
  • Enhance photos - after picture taking
Section: SMARTPHOTO (29SEP18) -- Learn More...
Start Date: Sep 29, 2018 End Date: Sep 29, 2018 Tuition: $125.00
Campus: Executive Park Instructor: Billy Newman Register
Section: SMARTPHOTO (09FEB19) -- Learn More...
Start Date: Feb 9, 2019 End Date: Feb 9, 2019 Tuition: $125.00
Campus: Executive Park Instructor: Billy Newman Register

The Power of Personal Brand

In this course you will learn what a personal brand is, what the benefits are in having a clearly defined brand, and how to build and manage your own. You will leave with a new understanding of yourself as an individual and as a business entity, a provider of business services. You will also gain an understanding of how to use your brand to promote yourself and/or services. This class discusses the power of having an outstanding brand, something that companies have known and used for years, and maps it onto the individual for increase effectiveness, success and personal power.
Section: PERSBRAND (27NOV18) -- Learn More...
Start Date: Nov 27, 2018 End Date: Nov 27, 2018 Tuition: $195.00
Campus: Executive Park Instructor: Katie Karppala Register

Your Image is a Communication Tool

Your image communicates messages about who you are as perceived by others and even yourself. You want to ensure these messages are consistent with your character, values, and what you have to offer. In this workshop, you will review the basic ingredients of nonverbal communication, better understand your own “filters,” and learn how judgments are formulated from visual impressions. This powerful information equips you to better understand the messages that you are sending out, and more effectively interpret the nonverbal messages you are receiving.


After this class, you will be able to:

  • Identify the basic elements of non-verbal communication
  • Identify their own filter in communication
  • Know how to increase positive communications in different environments
  • Be able to use image to strengthen brand professionally and personally
  • Identify ways to create stronger connections in relationships through communication
  • Learn strategies to manage their image
Section: IMAGECOMM (27NOV18) -- Learn More...
Start Date: Nov 27, 2018 End Date: Nov 27, 2018 Tuition: $195.00
Campus: Executive Park Instructor: Katie Karppala Register

Film and Video Lighting on a Budget

Apply the ‘Hollywood Look’ to your podcast videos, vlogs, advertising, YouTube content, and other broadcasts – at just a fraction of the cost of those mega-blockbuster productions. Join us to maximize the impact of lighting in your videos on a shoe-string budget using inexpensive materials from local hardware stores. Our hands-on, practical course allows students the opportunity to actively participate in various lighting scenarios in order to learn basic tricks and techniques to enhance video compositions.

After this class, you will be able to:
  • Apply basic lighting techniques used in film and television to their own productions
  • Use appropriate terminology to describe the lighting process
  • Demonstrate the placement and treatment of lighting fixtures and accessories to achieve a desired result
  • Describe the options for adding basic effects to enhance the look of the video after it is shot
  • Explain how to maintain the integrity of the media record as it is transferred to the internet

Watercolor