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Friday, October 5, 2012

Park School District Outreach Program Fall 2012 Adult Education Offering

Take Better Pictures-Saturday, 10/27 at 9 a.m.-Noon. Cost: $35; bring digital camera. Located at High School room #232. Instructors: Russ & Terri Hardy, Vic Mootsey; registration deadline Friday, Oct 19. In this class instructors will present on composition of great photos and compare to photos that are poor including considerations when pointing the camera. Also included will be how to use a variety of features on the digital camera, practice shooting images, and feedback from instructors on images. Russ and Terri met through photography 23 years ago and have been active in photo contests in Chicago, and have won more than a hundred ribbons for their images from six continents. Russ has led multi-day photo workshops and taught courses on digital photography and Adobe Photoshop in a classroom setting. Join them and accomplished photographer Vic Mootsey for a fun presentation of amazing images and friendly discussion on how to take better pictures. Traveling on a Light Ray through the Universe. Tuesdays & Thursdays, 10/9, 10/11, 10/16, 10/18 at 7-9 p.m. Cost: $65 for four sessions. Located at Estes Park Memorial Observatory. Instructors: Drs. Stephen & Irene Little; registration deadline Friday, October 5. Light provides us with all the information we have about the universe. Learn how scientists use light of all forms to "see" the universe. Information will be presented about the Solar System, Galaxies and the formation and functioning of the universe in this NEW and exciting course for astronomy enthusiasts. Join Drs. Stephen and Irene Little who have been involved in teaching Astronomy to undergraduates at a variety of institutions for over 30 years. Stephen earned his PhD in Astronomy from UCLA and Irene from Indiana University in Astrophysics. To register for either class, go to, click on Schools & click on Outreach, or contact or 970- 586-2361 ext. 3217.

Adult Acting/ Directing Classes

Ever thought about community theater, but thought you didn't have the necessary training? Or confidence? Do you closely read those local audition notices, but never try out because you think memorizing lines is too difficult? Do you critique play performances, thinking, I would do this play differently? Here is a fun, stress-free way to discover if acting or directing is for you. The Fine Arts of the Rockies is pleased to announce that we will offer adult acting/directing classes beginning Tuesday, October 16 and ending Tuesday, December 4. These seven two-hour classes will be held at the Village Playhouse (below the Other Side Restaurant) from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. each Tuesday (except Thanksgiving week) and taught by Deborah Baldwin. Deborah has a BFA in Theater from Stephens College and earned her Masters in Education through the Lesley College. Deborah has worked professionally as an actress, director and costume designer. She has directed adults and children in more than one hundred and fifty productions including several for the Guild since her move here in 2008-The Miracle Worker, Diary of Anne Frank, It's a Wonderful Life and Willy Wonka, Jr. Classes are open to any adult interested in performing or directing. A tuition of $75.00 is due by Monday, October 15. In order for the class to make, ten people need to enroll. Those interested in enrolling should check the Guild website at or one may pay by credit card or check at Macdonald Book Shop. When asked the reason that the Fine Arts Guild was offering such a class, Ms. Baldwin replied, "Acting is something that many people experience when they are students in high school or college, but since then they haven't had a chance to continue. We wanted to offer a class for adults who may have an interest in performing or directing, but need more confidence in both areas. This class is for the novice and the experienced artist. Come one and all!" Many parts of acting will be covered in the class: how to create a character, voice and diction, movement, memorizing lines, working with other actors and a bit of scene study. Those interested in directing will have an opportunity to direct a scene between several actors as well as hone the skills necessary for a good production: create a mock budget for a show, create a mock director's script complete with blocking, and design a rough sketch of a set for a particular play of one's choosing, etc. The last class will be an open house for family and friends to attend. Ms. Baldwin plans to have a short evening of monologues and scenes. For more information about the class, please email Deborah at or leave a message at 573-819-7441. Fine Arts Guild of the Rockies is committed to building on its tradition of excellence by providing experience in the performing and visual arts through participation, education, and outreach.

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