Education Notes


August 31, 2008

Courses at St. John's

St. John's College is offering a number of continuing education and fine arts courses starting Sept. 13. Registration deadline is Thursday. Tuition is $210 for preceptorials. In preceptorials, up to 15 students meet with a St. John's tutor for a close reading of one book or several works relating to a theme. Preceptorials this fall include works by psychologist William James, Plutarch's Lives, the first two novels in Paul Scott's historic epic, The Raj Quartet, and film director Akira Kurosawa's classic Seven Samurai. Fine arts workshops and seminars also are available for $185. Offerings include "Painting Light" and "Life Drawing," Raku firing and hand-building with clay, and fiction writing. To receive a brochure and registration card, call the Community Programs Office at 410-626-2881, or visit

Openhouse at AACC

Guitarist, composer and educator Rob Levit of Annapolis will perform Sept. 7 at an open house to highlight Anne Arundel Community College's fall noncredit, continuing education holistic health courses. In a short concert, "Living on the Edge of Inspiration," Levit will seek to use stories and music to show how the power and creativity of the arts can help transform people and their communities. The open house is scheduled for 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. in the Cade Center for Fine Arts Room 219 on the Arnold campus. Visitors can listen to Levit, meet the instructors and learn about fall classes. New classes include "The Body as Communicator," 9:30 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. Oct. 25; "Introduction to Brain Gym," 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Oct. 27 or Nov. 5; "Massage for Couples," 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Oct. 17 and 24 or Nov. 7 and 14; "Energy Medicine"; "Everyday Use of Herbal Medicinal Plants"; "Inner Wisdom: Living with Purpose"; and "Introduction to Hands Healing Techniques." The open house is free, but reservations are requested at 410-777-2121.

Paper collage class

Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts will offer a new Magazine Paper Collage class from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Thursdays Sept. 18 to Oct. 30 at 801 Chase Street, Annapolis. Instructor Laura Dixon will teach students how to use magazine paper as an artistic medium. Students will cut paper pieces from popular magazines in various shapes, sizes and colors to create unique and beautiful images or designs. All experience levels are welcome. The cost is $185 ($150 tuition/$25 membership fee/$10 registration fee). To register for this class or to view the fall course catalog, visit www.marylandhal Information: 410-263-5544.

Grants for teachers

Chesapeake Family's Cash for Classrooms fund is dedicated to improving the availability of educational resources for teachers and students through mini-grants to teachers. Grant recipients are announced quarterly in Chesapeake Family's monthly magazine and online at ChesapeakeFamily .com.Grant requests are accepted from any teacher or learning specialist of any subject in grades K-12.

To submit a request, send an e-mail to with "Cash for Classrooms" in the subject line. Please include name, school, principal's name, and the teacher's subject or grade. Also describe, in 500 words or less, the amount of the grant you need, and the project. Projects must be specific and target an immediate need in the classroom. Information: 410-263-1641, ext. 204.

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