Carroll Community College to offer classes, reduced tuition for seniors

December 15, 1993|By Katherine Richards | Katherine Richards,Staff Writer

Carroll Community College is reaching out to older members of the community with several courses for seniors beginning in January. In addition to these courses designed for seniors, the college offers reduced costs for people 60 or older for many of its other courses.

The noncredit course "Drawing and Painting" will be offered from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Fridays from Jan. 7 through March 18 at the college campus on Washington Road in Westminster. It will be taught by Shirley Lippy, 58, a local artist and paper maker.

"The emphasis is on learning something new," said Ms. Lippy. "A lot of them [seniors] are surprised at how well they can draw and paint." No experience is necessary, she said.

"I love to work with someone who's never done this at all, and see their complete surprise and pleasure" at what they can do, she said.

"Most people have the idea that an artist is born, but that's not true," she said. A person is born with the ability to think of creative ideas, but the mechanics of drawing and painting can be learned.

Ms. Lippy said she works with people with a variety of disabilities. "Art kind of frees them from their physical ailments," she said.

Participants in the class may choose to work in pencil, watercolor or acrylic. The students do not use oil paints, because the solvents can cause health problems.

The cost of the course will be $20 for those 60 or older, and $102 for others, not including supplies.

The cost of supplies depends on which medium is chosen, she said. A person can keep expenses down by working in pencil; it costs about $5 to buy a pencil, eraser and drawing pad.

Ms. Lippy is a graduate of the Maryland Institute College of Art. She has done some graphic design and has exhibited her pastel landscapes. She is co-owner and founder of Uniquely Crafted Ltd.

She has taught painting and drawing in local senior centers, and has worked with seniors since 1981.

A noncredit course on "Better Health Through Physical Education" will give participants an opportunity to learn about health-related topics and to exercise.

The course will be taught by Gretchen Artuso in the gym at the 300 S. Center St. Annex. Two sections are offered, one from 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Tuesdays and one from 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Fridays, from Jan. 4 through March 25. Seniors may sign up for one section or both. Each section costs $20 for those 60 or older, $51 for others.

Each class will include 45 to 50 minutes of toning work, such as walking, said Kathy Menasche, community services coordinator for the college. Participants may also use the college weight room.

A music appreciation class called "Music Education: Class Piano Enrichment for Adults," will be offered at the Washington Road campus from Jan. 12 to Feb. 3. Participants will study music history and theory in a hands-on piano lab. One section will meet Wednesdays from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. and the other will meet Thursdays from 7:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. The course will be taught by Linda Filemyr. The cost is $20 for those 60 or older, $30 for others.

Carroll Community College continues to sponsor the Senior Fitness Institute, a program of exercise, education and fellowship with the goal of promoting health in people over 55. The program offers fitness testing, walking and other exercise and social activities at the Four Seasons Sports Complex in Hampstead, plus swimming at Western Maryland College and monthly luncheons at Wakefield Valley Golf and Conference Center. For the Senior Fitness Institute, the one-time enrollment fee is $35 and the monthly fee is $20. An additional fee is charged for the monthly luncheon.

Those interested should register seven days before the first meeting of any class. For more information, call Carroll Community College at 876-9610.

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