UT Noncredit has various new Personal Development classes to offer this summer. You can expand your repertoire with Painting, or Poetry. Or explore new flavors in Grilling. Or extend your photographic knowledge to portraiture.

Arts, Music and Culture

Intermediate Painting Seminar

Need more focus and an opinion on what you’re creating? The medium of painting gives us a voice, a gift and unique eye, which drives our passion to create. Painting can not only be a metaphorical, narrative, or figurative approach, but one that defines our purpose and drive to create. This course focuses on providing the intermediate to experienced painters exposure to developing those skills, critical discussions, and an artistic forum. Each session combines lecture and demonstration presentations, as well as supportive group critiques, discussions, and reflections with the idea to apply these concepts to your own painting practice. Demonstrations for new uses of technique will be presented in watercolor, acrylics, and pastels. Bring your work from home for the critiques throughout the course. The first night we’ll discuss what to bring for the remainder of class sessions.

Pleasures of Poetry – Online course

This course will help you create your best possible work, whether you’re looking to be published or simply wish to craft beautiful poems for your friends.

Food and Wine

Ribs…Ribs…Ribs

You’ll prepare and smoke a rack of baby-back pork ribs under the guidance of Two-time World Champion Billy Bob Billy. You’ll also prepare and cook BBQ beans and a summer coleslaw to accompany your prepared rib dinner. You’ll learn how to make a great salsa to nibble on while your ribs are smoking. This is a hands-on class. Bring your apron and your favorite cooking tools to class. Vegetarians can substitute grilled Portobello Mushrooms for the meat. Advanced notice required when you register for class.

Italian Feast

Italy comes to town with the following classics. Gratin of mussels (a.k.a. Cozze al forno), Involtini al proscuitto (Beef roulades stuffed with prosciutto and cheese cooked in a rich tomato sauce) and for dessert, Apple strudel (a.k.a. Strudel di mele).

Back Porch Grilling

Summer sizzles with quick and easy grilled shrimp skewers and lavosh crisps with tomato salad, grilled filet with homemade pimento cheese and carmelized onions. For dessert, macerated grilled peach tartlets with cinnamon orange cream.

Grilling with Smoke

You’ll prepare and smoke a whole beef tenderloin with your classmates under the guidance of Two-time World Champion Billy Bob Billy. You’ll also prepare and grill corn-on-the-cob and zucchini. Dessert will include Smoked Peaches and Cream. This is a hands-on class. Bring your apron and your favorite cooking tools to class. Vegetarians can substitute grilled Portobello Mushrooms for the meat. Advanced notice required when you register for class.

Tomato Festival!

Local tomatoes are in and so is the fun! We start with a trio tomato appetizer of local heirlooms done three ways, with local cheese and pesto vinaigrette. Then we move to grilled steak and scallops with a charred tomato sauce. For dessert, sweet tomato strawberry tart, no kidding!

Photography

Location Portraiture: Overcoming Obstacles and Creating Beautiful Images

This is a hands-on class where you’ll photograph family and individual portraits every week and learn to deal with many different location and lighting challenges.

Adobe Lightroom: Learning to Use the Develop Module

 Lightroom is a powerful editing tool that allows you to quickly edit your images. This course is an in-depth study of the Develop module’s tool – how and when to use them. We’ll be using submitted images by you to determine directions and strategies for further editing as well as potential camera capture suggestions. On the flip side, we’ll be creating, researching, and exchanging development and brush presets.

Shooting for Success

In this workshop, discover how to turn your passion into a successful photography business from an internationally recognized photographer Adam Jones. Adam explores the world through his nature, travel, and wildlife images. Jones’s award-winning photography is widely published in magazines, posters, calendars, books, and in national advertising campaigns for clients such as Canon, Ford, Eddie Bauer, Miller Beer, and Honda. Adam will take you through a process creating images and concepts that will sell and land you photography assignments. He’ll spend time exploring computer enhancing your photos and adding filters and plug-ins for a creative edge and how to stay current in an ever-changing world. We’ll discuss your Web site and Internet, Blogs, and Social Networking and how you can use these tools to grow your photography business. Adam will show you the essentials of how to build your portfolio to grow your photography business. Come and be encouraged to step outside your comfort zone during this workshop!

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