Do Your Homework

Fall classes and lectures abound to teach you how to do everything from hang wallpaper to install a pond.

Focus On Interior Design

September 02, 2001|By Lori Sears | Lori Sears,Sun Staff

Ever wish your kitchen were more spacious? That you had a water pond gracing your back yard? Or that your den was a shrine to Elvis? Haven't we all? Well, OK, maybe not the Elvis thing. But sure, we'd all like to make some home improvements and save a bundle in the process.

Luckily, with the fall season comes an abundance of home improvement, interior design and gardening courses in Baltimore and the surrounding area. Here is just a sampling of classes and workshops being offered.


"New Home Decorating"

Looking to stylishly furnish your new home? Gather tips and advice on floor plans, color schemes and window treatments. Call 410-836-4376.

Mondays, Sept. 17-Oct. 8, 7 p.m.-9 p.m., at Harford Community College, Joppa Hall, 401 Thomas Run Road, Bel Air. $39.

"The Strip Joint"

Refinish your old furniture with instruction on stripping, repairing, conditioning, staining and finishing. Bring a small piece of furniture to the class. Call 410-313-7275.

Wednesdays, Sept. 19-Oct. 24, 7 p.m.-9 p.m., at Owen Brown Middle School, 6700 Cradlerock Way, Columbia. $55. Plus a $25 materials fee.

"Picture Framing and Matting"

This class teaches students to frame and mat collectibles, pictures, documents and diplomas. Call 410-869-1225.

Wednesdays, Sept. 19-Oct. 24, 7 p.m.-9 p.m., at Hereford High School, 17301 York Road. $40; $20 seniors. Plus a materials fee.

Tuesdays, Oct. 2-Nov. 6, 7 p.m.-9 p.m., at Randallstown High School, 4000 Offutt Road. $40; $20 seniors. Plus a materials fee.

Wednesdays, Sept. 26-Oct. 31, 7 p.m.-9 p.m., at Towson High School, 69 Cedar Ave. $40; $20 seniors. Plus a materials fee.

"Chair Caning"

This beginners' course offers lessons in repairing a chair structurally. Students should bring a chair to the first class. Call 410-869-1225.

Thursdays, Sept. 20-Nov. 15, 7:30 p.m.-9:30 p.m., at Dulaney High School, 255 Padonia Road. $40. Plus a materials fee.

Mondays, Sept. 24-Nov. 12, 7:30 p.m.-9:30 p.m., at Parkville High School, 2600 Putty Hill Ave. $40. Plus a materials fee.

"Baskets for Beginners"

Want to make your own rustic baskets? Learn to identify vines in your own back yard that can be used to make the baskets. Call 410-484-2413.

Saturday, Sept. 22 only, 10 a.m.-noon, at Irvine Nature Center, 8400 Greenspring Ave., Stevenson. $20-$25.

"Interior Decorating"

Get tips on floor plans, room arrangements, window treatments, colors and more from a professional interior designer. Call 410-777-2243.

Mondays, Sept. 24-Nov. 19, 7 p.m.-9 p.m., at Anne Arundel Community College, 101 College Parkway, Arnold. $118.

"Wallpapering --

Headache Free"

Learn about measuring, selecting wallpaper and fabric and how to cut, paste and hang the paper at this lecture / demonstration. Call 410-869-1225.

Tuesday, Sept. 25 only, 6 p.m.-9 p.m., at the Carver Center for Arts and Technology, 938 York Road. $20.

"Basic Home Repair for Women"

Gone are the days of home repair work being only a man's job. Here's a course for women looking to learn basic carpentry, plumbing and electrical repairs. Call 410-869-0296.

Tuesdays, Sept. 25-Oct. 9, 6:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m., at the Community College of Baltimore County, Eastern Learning Center, 431 Eastern Blvd., Essex. $45.

"Faux Finish Painting"

Here's a painting course for beginners and intermediates seeking to learn about marbling, sponging, ragging and stripping walls, furniture and other objects. Call 410-869-1225.

Tuesdays, Sept. 25-Nov. 13, 7:30 p.m.-9:30 p.m., at Dulaney High School, 255 Padonia Road. $40; $20 seniors. Plus a $35 materials fee.

"Historic Textiles: Caring for Your

Collections and Discovery Day"

You want to display your collection of textiles, but you also want to properly conserve the collection. Get tips on proper storage, treatment, handling and how to display textiles. Also, bring along a textile object from your collection for a conservator's assessment and an appraiser's evaluation. Call 410-516-5589.

Saturday, Sept. 29 only, 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m., at Homewood House Museum, 3400 N. Charles St. $10 class admission; $10 per object evaluation.

"The Architecture of Baltimore: A Walking Tour Program -- Our City's Popular and Diverse Neighborhoods"

Explore various Baltimore neighborhoods while learning to identify the architectural styles and changes through the years. Call 410-225-2219.

Saturdays, Oct. 13-Nov. 10, 10 a.m.-noon, the first class will be held at Maryland Institute, College of Art, 1300 Mount Royal Ave. Subsequent meeting sites will be told at the first class. $75.

"Mosaics Workshop"

Turn your picture frame, mirror or clay pot into a mosaic masterpiece. Call 410-323-5500.

Thursdays, Oct. 18-Nov. 15, 7 p.m.-9 p.m., at Roland Park Country School, 5204 Roland Ave. $95. Plus a $30 materials fee.


"Garden Ponds -- A Primer"

Looking to liven up your garden with a garden pond? Get the basics on placement, installation, filtration, pond fish, water plants, landscape plants and winterization. Call 410-869-1225.

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