Continuing Education Enrichment Classes

Looking for some fun? Come to Mid-State to learn something new or have a unique, hands-on experience designed to add some spice to your life. Meant for anyone in the community, these opportunities include fun special interest courses, learning for seniors, and much more.

We typically offer a selection of courses such as: 

  • Straw-Bale Gardening
  • Write Your Life Story
  • Acrylic Pour Painting
  • Paper Quilling
  • Wooden Herb Planter and Herb Plants
  • The Learning Kitchen – Build a Better Burger
  • The Learning Kitchen – Meat and Potatoes
  • Geocaching
  • Brewing Fundamentals
  • Small Engine Maintenance
  • Group Fitness Exploration
  • Finding Your Family Roots
  • Painting and Drawing for Pleasure
  • Sheepshead and Cribbage for Beginners
  • Knitting
  • Picture Matting and Framing

September

Watercolor – Fresh Start: Negative Painting – Trees

Enjoy an afternoon of experimentation and fun while you learn the fundamentals of watercolor. Margaret Zaleski has created an abbreviated introductory watercolor class, using traditional methods of art instruction. You will learn the basic techniques all watercolorists use in every painting they do and explore mixing and color theory to make all the colors you need. Using a simple concept like a limited palette of colors guarantees color harmony in your paintings and introduces you to color—how to mix and how to use it. You can expect plenty of individual attention as Margaret’s demonstrations will walk you step by step through the entire painting process. You will be amazed at what you can do!

Saturday, September 26
1:00 – 4:00 p.m. • Outdoor In Person • Wisconsin Rapids Campus
Class #: 66942 • Course Fee: $25

Watercolor – Beginning

Enjoy experimentation and fun while you learn the fundamentals of watercolor. This watercolor class will be taught using traditional methods of art instruction. Courses include basic or advanced techniques all watercolorists use in every painting they create. Using the simple concept as a limited palette of colors guarantees color harmony in your paintings and introduces you to color—how to mix and how to use it. Demonstrations will walk you step by step through the entire painting process. You will be amazed at what you can do!  

Unlock the mystery of making colors. Discover the power of the color wheel, a painter’s most valuable tool. Use the classic method of making all your colors from primary colors. Learn the simple truth about soft edges and hard edges—how to make them and when to use them. Create a three-dimensional optical illusion on a flat piece of paper by controlling value changes. Add four basic painting techniques, and you will be prepared to paint a wide range of subjects. Demonstrations will walk you step by step through the entire painting process.

Tuesdays, September 29 – November 3
9:00 – 11:00 a.m. • Online Live
Class #: 67130 • Course Fee: $69

Improv Workshop

Improvisation, or “making it up as you go,” has become a staple of American comedy with Second City, the Groundlings, and UCB, training many of your favorite actors. Learn the games behind quick thinking and how to do great short-form improv. Improv skills have been proven to help with anxiety issues and confidence levels and make you fun at parties (hopefully). This workshop is also great for those who want to improve their confidence levels in a professional setting.

Wednesdays, September 30 – October 21
Notice: Due to the IT system outage this class has been rescheduled for Wednesdays, October 7 - 28
5:30 – 7:00 p.m. • Online Live
Class #: 66314 • Course Fee: $50

October

Art Journaling

Journaling and scribbling can be utilized to enhance a person’s ability to calm internal conversations. Art journaling can enhance physical, emotional, and mental well-being by assisting in expression of emotions that are often hard to put into words. Journaling can help to achieve insights, improve interpersonal skills, increase self-awareness, and boost self-esteem. This helps reduce tension and anxiety, which can relieve pain and set a strong foundation for the process of healing or coping with life in general. Who can benefit? An average person who is going through a stressful episode can use art to process difficult feelings, but, for most, art helps a person to be less self-critical, which frees them up to enjoy creating art in a way not possible before. Anyone can benefit from making art, so don’t worry if you don’t consider yourself “talented.” Just let go and enjoy the process. You may surprise yourself with what you can do!

Thursdays, October 1 – October 15
Notice: Due to the IT system outage this class has been rescheduled for Thursdays, October 8 - 22

6:00 – 9:00 p.m. • Online Live
Class #: 66852 • Course Fee: $50

Jewelry Workshop - Lava Rainbow Bracelet

In this interactive class, learn how to make wearable, one-of-a-kind jewelry pieces from wire and beads. This class will cover a variety of techniques and types of tooling. Each expert-led class will focus on a different unique and fun design. Creativity knows no limits! Jewelry kit will be provided. List of recommended tools the student should have available will be provided.

Combine lava beads with Celtic-themed accent beads and a mini-rainbow of stones for an easy, trendy bracelet that can double as a personal essential oil diffuser. Kit included in the class fee. Stone shapes may vary from those pictured.

Saturday, October 3
Notice: Due to the IT system outage this class has been rescheduled for Saturday, October 17

9:00 – 11:00 a.m. • Online Live
Class #: 66780 • Course Fee: $35

Thursday, November 12
6:00 – 8:00 p.m. • Online Live
Class #: 66782 • Course Fee: $35

Sign Here If You Exist: A Reading from Jill Sisson Quinn

Join Mid-State Communications Instructor Jill Sisson Quinn as she reads from her new book Sign Here if You Exist, winner of The Journal Non/Fiction Collection Prize. Trek through forests, along shorelines, and into lakes and rivers to experience unlikely pairings of the outer and inner world—parasitic wasps and the afterlife, or salamanders and parenthood—in which each element casts the other in an unexpectedly rich light. Enjoy a brief excerpt read by the author from these essays that radiate from the junction of science and imagination, observation and introspection, and research and reflection. The reading will be followed by a question and answer session about the craft of writing.

Wednesday, October 7
6:00 – 7:00 p.m. • Online Live
Course Fee: Free
Register for Sign Here If You Exist: A Reading from Jill Sisson Quinn

Jewelry Making Workshop - Tree of Life

In this interactive class, learn how to make wearable, one-of-a-kind jewelry pieces from wire and beads. This class will cover a variety of techniques and types of tooling. Each expert-led class will focus on a different unique and fun design. Creativity knows no limits! Jewelry kit will be provided. List of recommended tools the student should have available will be provided.

Artwork depicting the Tree of Life can be found dating back for centuries from almost every culture. In this class, you’ll use wire and beads to create a tree of your own. The completed project can be worn as a pendant or used as a hanging decoration. Kit included in class fee.

Thursday, October 22
6:00 – 9:00 p.m. • Online Live
Class #: 66784 • Course Fee: $35

Saturday, November 7
9:00 a.m. – Noon • Online Live
Class #: 66786 • Course Fee: $35

November

Finding Your Family Roots

Give a unique gift to your family for the holidays—the gift of their past. Participants will learn how to collect and organize their family history to be able to share their findings with loved ones for the holidays. Learners will explore the basics of genealogy research and legacy preservation. Topics will include evaluating the legitimacy of online and handwritten resources, interview techniques, archiving of photos and documents, capturing family stories, preserving photos and family documents, and researching obituaries and census and vital records for information. This course will give participants confidence with oral and written communications as well as digital research methods to map out their family history.

Mondays, November 2 – 23
5:30 – 8:30 p.m. • Online Live
Class #: 66100 • Course Fee: $59 
 


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