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Section Location Dates Cost
CVEC-0001-DLS1 DL Apr 30 $10.00

Perspective Landscape for Painters


This course is designed for developing artists who wish to strengthen their skills in perspective and composition. In two three-hour Zoom sessions, the course leader will make a presentation on the fundamentals of perspective (linear and aerial) and demonstrate how to best employ them.

The Fab Four of Florence


The Italian Renaissance in the arts was initiated in the early 15th century by four firm friends and collaborators: Filippo Brunelleschi, Donatello, Masaccio and Leon Batista Alberti. We will view, examine and assess their immense and revolutionary contributions to painting, sculpture, architecture and letters in order to understand why they are more important, in the history of art and ideas, than Leonardo or Michelangelo.



StoryCatchers is designed to help people recall, write about, and share meaningful memories with others in a small group. Using what's called "free-writing," we loosen our brains and let our pens take over, writing the thoughts that come in response to prompts centred in lived experience.  New writers are welcome.Feedback is based on content, not craft. We write, we share, we enjoy our small community.

Music of the Belle Époque


The period between 1870 and 1918 was an extraordinary time for French classical music. We will explore representative works by composers from Bizet and Franck to Debussy and Ravel in the context of that remarkable era.

Writing First Sentences


In this interactive workshop, Danny Ramadan will take you through the experience of writing the first sentences in his award-winning novel, The Clothesline Swing,  bring you examples of some of the most beautiful and meaningful first sentences in literature, and then offer some tips on how to write your own first sentences. The workshop includes presentation, Q&A, and a short discussion of the book, The Foghorn Echoes. (Students may wish to purchase a copy online ahead of time, which is optional).

Emily Carr Chronicles


Emily Carr (1871-1945) was a major Canadian artist and writer, yet she was fifty-six when her first major exhibition was held. Her first book, Klee Wyck, was published when she was seventy, winning the Governor General's Award in 1941. This course explores select aspects of Carr's remarkable life, loves, and legacy. Student discussion is welcomed and encouraged. Readings to be provided.

Introduction to Meditation


Meditation is a mindful practice. It is calming, relaxing, and a grounding, and it helps us to focus. It is like a spa treatment for the brain. Meditation increases brain activities in the happy, calm zone of the brain. Meditation is simple, healthy, and anyone can do it. Start now.

Ancient Remedies for Modern Problems


This course will reveal the Eight Branches of Traditional Chinese Medicine that can offer a new approach to health and longevity. Chinese medicine is effective and provides drug-free therapies that can help a wide variety of common ailments and problems. The instructor will provide guidance and resources for finding the way through this medicine. There will be time for Q&A.

Biofilia: Our Connection to Nature


How closely are humans related to other living beings? Is life intelligent? Molecular biology allows a peek at molecules at work in living cells, revealing that all cells function in the same way with the same protein molecules and the same genetic code. This course examines discoveries of the 21st century into the world of bacteria, fungi, plants, and animals at the molecular and cellular level.

Great Trip to Compelling Story


This collaborative workshop discusses components of meaningful travel memoir and develops creative nonfiction writing skills. The importance of journalling, photography, steady writing practice, professional editing and publishing options will be explored. Participants will bring a favourite adventure tale and begin the process of creating a compelling written account. For those wishing to share, we will peer review short class and homework assignments.

Diamonds - the Lure and the Glitz


Phony as a Canadian Diamond' to 'Diamonds are a Girls Best Friend!' We'll explore the mystery of this chunk of rock, and how it is mined and made.  We'll learn how marketers created an aura of desire.  Diamonds adorn the rich and famous, grace crowns, and we'll see some from various collections. And, yes! we will talk about famous heists and cat burglars too!