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Nothing says summer like a sing-along on the back porch, or around the campfire – and a harmonica is an awesome addition. No experience is necessary for this class that will introduce you to breathing as the foundation for invigorating simple folk and pop melodies and rhythms. You’ll learn simple - but powerful - techniques that make any song deeply expressive. Then you’ll find out about the many tricks for making the harmonica cry, moan and “wail da' Blues.” You will need a 10 hole diatonic Harmonica in the Key of C. Questions about harmonica? Call instructor at 916-996-5222. $20 material fee for instructional CD's.

Schedule : Weekly -Wed 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM; starting 7/25/2018, ending 7/25/2018

Instructor : Dave Broida 

Location : West Los Angeles College Location : 
  West Los Angeles College.

Class Fee: $35.00

Materials Fee: $20.00

Start date: 07/25/18

End date: 07/25/18



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Smartphones have become the go-to device for capturing and sharing the important moments in our lives through photography. Let Roberto show you how to take better photos with your phone that will delight you and others. In this hands-on workshop, you’ll learn the technical aspects of getting great photos from your phone as well as delving into the creative side of photography. Roberto will also introduce you to hardware that can improve your pictures, apps for touching up your photos, and sharing your pictures to Facebook and other social media sites. With smartphone in hand, you'll put the techniques you’ve learned into practice on an excursion to a beautiful Los Angeles locale like Santa Monica or the Getty Center. Bring your iPhone or Android to class each day (with charged battery and sufficient memory storage) and be ready to capture the shots you want.

Schedule : Weekly -Sat 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM; 2 sessions; starting 6/30/2018, ending 7/7/2018

Instructor : Roberto Cruz 

Location : West Los Angeles College Location : 
  West Los Angeles College.

Class Fee: $75.00

Materials Fee: $0.00

Start date: 06/30/18

End date: 07/07/18



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It’s a bird, it’s a plane, it’s a bird! But what species? Sandy will teach you how to identify birds using field marks, songs, and behavior. Also get techniques for selecting binoculars and field guides. More than a hobby, birding is a fun, educational, and inexpensive way to connect with nature whether in your backyard or the great outdoors. It's also a fantastic way to meet other people who appreciate our feathered friends. Plus you'll discover ways you can get more involved in the birding community. Sandy will take you on a birdwatching walking tour of the campus the last part of class. Please wear comfortable shoes. Children (age 8-17) may attend with a parent or guardian for $10 extra.  

Schedule : Weekly -Sat 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM; starting 7/7/2018, ending 7/7/2018

Instructor : Sandy Masuo 

Location : West Los Angeles College Location : 
  West Los Angeles College.

Class Fee: $29.00

Materials Fee: $0.00

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Start date: 07/07/18

End date: 07/07/18



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We offer several Hobby related classes, generally two or more times a year.  Our Fall semester opens for registration in mid-August, our Spring in mid-January, and our Summer in mid-May.  We encourage you to add your name to our interest list to receive information on the next offering of classes.   To add your name to our interest list, simply register for this free class (add to your cart and checkout).   

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Instructor : Staff Staff 

Location : West Los Angeles College Location : 
  West Los Angeles College.

Class Fee: $0.00

Materials Fee: $0.00

Start Date: upon registration



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Guitar 1 

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Play along with songs you hear on the radio the very first week! Michael's play-along method is both effective and fun. We won’t promise that you’ll become a guitar master overnight, but you'll learn how to tune your guitar, read lead sheets (lyrics and chords), and create the notes on the instrument. You’ll also learn basic strumming and chords. Bring your guitar to class.

Schedule : Weekly - Sat 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM; 6 sessions; starting 6/9/2018, ending 7/14/2018

Instructor : Michael Wilde 

Location : West Los Angeles College Location : 
  West Los Angeles College.

Class Fee: $79.00

Materials Fee: $0.00

Start date: 06/09/18

End date: 07/14/18

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Find the bold, genuine, confident person inside you! Improv training is a wonderful way to overcome social anxiety and your inner critic. Get comfortable expressing yourself—plus enhance your memory, focus, courage, creativity and spontaneity. We'll use games, exercises, and other activities designed to help you express yourself freely, all in a supportive environment. Learn to think on your feet in any situation. Skills gained are great life skills for leadership, business, social, and family settings. If you're feeling apprehensive or have questions about this class, you may email Matthew at matt@mattgaffneyexperience.com

Schedule : Weekly - Tue 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM; 4 sessions; starting 7/10/2018, ending 7/31/2018

Instructor : Matthew Gaffney 

Location : West Los Angeles College Location : 
  West Los Angeles College.

Class Fee: $75.00

Materials Fee: $0.00

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Start date: 07/10/18

End date: 07/31/18



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Originating in China hundreds of years ago, Tai Chi Ch’uan is a gentle, moving meditation that conditions the body and mind, leading to a heightened sense of well-being. In this course, you’ll begin learning the Tai Chi “form,” comprised of poetically-named movements that strengthen muscles and bones, improve circulation and the functioning of internal organs. Relieve stress, and improve your focus and concentration. All courses are suited to both beginning and continuing students. Wear comfortable clothes and shoes.

Schedule : Weekly -Tue 7:00 PM - 8:15 PM; 5 sessions; starting 6/12/2018, ending 7/10/2018

Instructor : Cynthia Ludlow 

Location : West Los Angeles College Location : 
  West Los Angeles College.

Class Fee: $59.00

Materials Fee: $0.00

Start date: 06/12/18

End date: 07/10/18

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Originating in China hundreds of years ago, Tai Chi Ch’uan is a gentle, moving meditation that conditions the body and mind, leading to a heightened sense of well-being. In this course, you’ll begin learning the Tai Chi “form,” comprised of poetically-named movements that strengthen muscles and bones, improve circulation and the functioning of internal organs. Relieve stress, and improve your focus and concentration. All courses are suited to both beginning and continuing students. Wear comfortable clothes and shoes.

Schedule : Weekly -Tue 7:00 PM - 8:15 PM; 5 sessions; starting 7/24/2018, ending 8/21/2018

Instructor : Cynthia Ludlow 

Location : West Los Angeles College Location : 
  West Los Angeles College.

Class Fee: $59.00

Materials Fee: $0.00

Start date: 07/24/18

End date: 08/21/18



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Beautiful, long-lasting succulent centerpieces provide style and color with minimal care. They’re inexpensive and easy to make from cuttings—and as they grow, they can be divided to create additional arrangements for your office, home, or patio. They also make great gifts that keep on giving!  The variety of shapes, colors and textures makes for unusual and interesting arrangements, and require minimal water. Class starts with an informational lecture, and then in the hands-on portion, you’ll design a living arrangement to take home and enjoy. Your instructor will provide potting soil and the succulents, you just bring the container 10" x 10" or smaller, preferably with drainage holes (ceramic pot, teacup, unusual bowls, be creative!). $5 material fee due at registration.

Schedule : Multiple Class Schedules:   Weekly - Sat 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM; starting 8/4/2018, ending 8/4/2018. 
   Weekly - Sat 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM; starting 8/4/2018, ending 8/4/2018. <

Instructor : Sandy Masuo 

Location : West Los Angeles College Location : 
  West Los Angeles College.

Class Fee: $39.00

Materials Fee: $5.00

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Start date: 08/04/18

End date: 08/04/18



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Create beautiful paintings in the comfort of your own home – or wherever you want, whenever you want! You don’t have to be an artist to use this quick and simple technique, and you can find the supplies at any craft store. The whole project will take just 30-45 minutes, though you can watch it as many times as you like – at home, while waiting at doctor’s offices, soccer practice, etc. Videos will be available May 21 thru August 31, 2018 and your registration confirmation will provide a link to the video. See Class Supplies link on website for project supply list. For this project, you'll create a beautiful Spring scene on canvas using acrylics and water-soluble oils. It's a great starter project for people new to One-Stroke.

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Instructor : April Numamoto 

Location : Online

Class Fee: $29.00

Materials Fee: $0.00

Start Date: upon registration



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Create beautiful paintings in the comfort of your own home – or wherever you want, whenever you want! You don’t have to be an artist to use this quick and simple technique, and you can find the supplies at any craft store. The whole project will take just 30-45 minutes, though you can watch it as many times as you like – at home, while waiting at doctor’s offices, soccer practice, etc. Videos will be available May 21 thru August 31, 2018 and your registration confirmation will provide a link to the video. See Class Supplies link on website for project supply list. For this project, you'll create a still-life scene on canvas using acrylics and incorporating many different kinds of One-Stroke flowers.

Schedule : ; ; Class Skip Dates :Self-Paced

Instructor : April Numamoto 

Location : Online

Class Fee: $29.00

Materials Fee: $0.00

Start Date: upon registration



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