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.

Courses that include a hands-on item or some provided materials are marked with a Cougar Kit icon (in honor of Grit, Mid-State’s Cougar mascot). When you see the Cougar Paw Icon, this indicates that a Continuing Education Cougar Kit is available for the class. Arrangements will be made for curbside pickup of your Cougar Kit, or we may be able to send it by mail.


Photography Fundamentals

This course will help you understand different types of cameras, equipment, and camera functions. We will cover troubleshooting bad photos to better understand exposure and blurriness issues as well as learn about differences in light sources. You will learn the rules of composition and the language of photography in order to understand the best camera to meet your needs. This course is suited for the marketing professional looking to add to their skill set, the small business owner who wears many hats, or the general photography enthusiast.

Wednesdays, June 23 - July 7
6:00 – 8:00 p.m. • Online Live
Class #: 40770 • Course Fee: $40
Instructor: Ann Ilagan

Beyond the Frame: American History through Artworks

The Smithsonian American Art Museum, the nation’s first collection of American art, is dedicated to collecting, understanding, and enjoying American art. The Museum celebrates the extraordinary creativity of artists whose works reflect the American experience and global connections. Artists give us a diverse window on American life, reflecting the cultural, social, and political climate of the time in which they work. Explore the question, “What does art reveal about America?” as you examine better- and lesser-known aspects of American history to reframe your perspective. Join study group leaders as they facilitate an interactive examination of America through the eyes of diverse artists.

Early America

As a diverse group of people living in New England and New Spain became a new nation, they created early American art that tells the story of national ambitions, territorial expansion and displacement, and the beginnings of industry. Participants will explore the historical context of the creation of our nation as well as the resulting political infrastructure and economic development through artworks from colonial to Jacksonian America.

Thursday, June 24
1:00 – 2:30 p.m. • Online Live
Course Fee: FREE

1861-1941: 80 Years of Change

Beginning with the Civil War and stretching through WWII, artists’ depictions of America during troubled times reflect a changing national identity. Discuss artworks that may address themes such as the effect of the Civil War on soldiers, families, and African Americans; the ideals and debates related to Reconstruction plans; life during the Great Depression and subsequent New Deal programs; and the World War II home front experience.

Thursday, July 8
1:00 – 2:30 p.m. • Online Live
Course Fee: FREE

Contemporary Life

Americans entering the post-War era experienced a boom time clouded by global uncertainty. Artists grappled with how to reflect America’s changing social and political landscape: some raised questions about the value of art and history, while others confronted issues of race and gender inequality. Analyze and interpret works made in response to various movements that may include Civil Rights, social justice movements like the Farm Workers boycotts, the feminist movement, or the role of technology in modern life. Ponder together works that ask us, “What does it mean to be an American today?”

Thursday, July 22
1:00 – 2:30 p.m. • Online Live
Course Fee: FREE

Tea Time: The plant, the Process, and Benefits

Tea is one of the most popular beverages globally. Originally from China, Camellia sinensis is grown worldwide and, depending on how its leaves are processed, produces some very interesting flavors. Discover the history of tea drinking as well as its influence and benefits. You will receive samples of black, green, and oolong teas, and we'll be reviewing how to brew these teas and their benefits. We'll also explore some popular tisanes (herbal teas)—their composition and benefits—if time allows.

Tuesday, June 29
10:00 – 11:15 a.m. • Online Live
Class #: 41663 • Course Fee: $25
Instructor: Karin Davidson-Taylor
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