September Non-Credit Courses Offered Through UW-Waukesha Continuing Education

Aug. 31, 2011

The following September 2011 courses are offered through University of Wisconsin–Waukesha Continuing Education, 1500 N. University Drive, Waukesha, WI. 53188. To register, visit the Web site,; or call 262-521-5460.




Beginning and Intermediate Oil Painting

Instructor, Gael Riverz

Oil painting is easier than you think-especially with one-on-one attention and guidance given to both beginning and intermediate artists. Find the artist within yourself regardless of skill level. Beginners will learn basic tools needed to produce a successful painting, with the goal for our intermediate students to develop his or her own style as an artist. Each week topics such as composition, color theory, studies in still life, landscape and painting from photographs will be explored through painting demonstrations by the instructor.

T, Sept 6-Oct 18, 6:00PM-8:30PM, $119


Beginning Watercolor

Instructor, Joyce Eesley

Watercolor can be fun, especially when you lose yourself in the flow of the creative process! Whether you are a beginner or would like further instruction before you move to the next level, this class will explore the basics of watercolor painting through demonstrations and painting. The instructor will focus on helping you achieve watercolor worthy of display, as you learn how to control and maneuver watercolor paints. Gain knowledge and insights with tips and techniques presented as you paint from your own photographs or from those provided by the instructor.

W, Sept 14-Oct 19, 5:30PM-7:30PM, $119


Landscapes in Watercolor

Instructor, Chris Sommerfelt

A confident beginner or intermediate artist will thrive in this class as they learn the language of landscape watercolor. Watercolor's transparency and the way the pigment mixes and moves in the water gives watercolor a special quality for landscape painting. No painting medium works better than watercolor for expressing the beauty of the landscape. Students will learn tips and techniques enabling them to capture the beauty of the land and develop their own style as a watercolor artist. A supply list provided upon registration.

Th, Sept 22-Oct 29, 7:00PM-9:00PM, $119




Yoga Principals & Practice

Instructor, Sharon Kleppe

New to yoga? Convinced you'll never touch your toes again? Yoga is not all about twisting yourself into a pretzel. It is all about rebuilding a relationship with your physical body. Explore the healing aspects of yoga. In a systematic examination of a number of common physical challenges (from sore knees to stiff necks to bad backs) long time yoga practitioner Shari Kleppe takes you through simple and fun strategies to bring your body back into balance. Please bring a yoga mat and accessories such as a strap and block if you have them.

M, Sept 12-Oct 31, 5:30PM-6:30PM, $79


Moments of Grace

Instructor Jerry Schatz

Are you feeling disconnected or lost? Find yourself and peace with classes that are designed to guide students on their journey toward self-knowledge resulting in greater enjoyment of life and being. Students will learn to tap into an expanded source of knowledge assisted by an experienced Spiritual Coach, specially designed audio signals ('Hemi-Sync'), and their own angel guides. Please note: You may purchase required CDs at registration or on the first day of class for $30. Please indicate in the notes section your preference.

T, Sept 13-Oct 18, 5:30PM-8:00PM, $99


Zumba Class

Instructor, Kristi Finco

Zumba, a unique new cardio workout that will get you moving to the hottest moves, is a more comfortable way to challenge the body.

W, Sept 14-Nov 2, 6:40PM-7:40PM, $79


Beginning Latin Dance

Instructor, Cathy Binko-De Raimo

The rhythm is gonna get you……to SALSA! Fast, fun, complete with spins, sharp movement and crisp turns, you'll learn to heat up the dance floor with these energetic steps. In addition to Salsa, we'll spice up your dancing repertoire with Merengue, another popular dance in Latin club scene. Get ready to turn heads and burn up the floor!

Sun, Sept 25-Oct 23, 5:00PM-6:00PM, $80 per couple




Exploring Computer Hardware

Instructor, Brian Oswald

Become acquainted with the individual parts of the computer; how each one works and exactly what each one does. This will provide a foundation for selecting upgrades to your computer and for further diagnostic and maintenance classes.

Th, Sept 8-15, 6:30PM-8:30PM, $59


Finding and Using Free Software

Instructor, Brian Oswald

Have you gone shopping for software but been surprised at the prices? Why spend your hard earned money on software when most of what you need can be found for free! Find safe, legal, free software that can be used in place of Office to edit pictures, movies or music. Discover budget and checkbook programs as well as free anti-virus and spyware software!

M, Sept 12-19, 6:30PM-8:30PM, $39


Introduction to Internet Technology

Instructor, Brian Oswald

How does the internet work? We'll cover the basics of the following concepts;

" What is the Internet/Web? How is it structured?

" Client/Server model

" How Internet addresses work

" What are FTP and other protocols?

" What is streaming?

This class provides a foundation for the Internet Development classes, as you begin to understand how your pages will be stored and served. The FTP component introduces you to the technology that you can use to publish your pages.

W, Sept 14-21, 6:30PM-8:30PM, $59


Internet and Data Security

Instructor, Brian Oswald

This course is designed to help explain the security risks that being on the internet can expose you to. From hackers trying to access your information to online banking and shopping, see who can see your information. Take home knowledge about how to make your home network more secure! From a web design point of view we will look at what your want to avoid asking your users to provide and the safest way to collect data. Suggested Prerequisite: Introduction to Internet Technologies.

T, Sept 20-27, 6:30PM-8:30PM, $59


Basic Computer Maintenance

Instructor, Brian Oswald

You don't have to be technologically savvy to take care of your computer! Check out the start-up process of the computer and all of the software involved. Learn how the hardware and software interact. Avoid computer trouble, by discovering the typical problem areas. Finally, discuss some basic stops on resolving problems that may already be taking place. Suggested prerequisite: Exploring Computer hardware or a basic understanding of all parts that make the computer work.

Th, Sept 22-Oct 6, 6:30PM - 8:30PM, $59


How to Select & Purchase a Computer

Instructor, Brian Oswald

Looking to upgrade and want to make an informed decision? Find out the criteria that you should use when selecting a new computer. There are so many choices in size (notebook, laptop, desktop) and specifications (processor, memory, etc)…it can get overwhelming! Don't worry, Brian will show you the advantages and disadvantages of each of the options, and how to find one that's right for you! Suggested Prerequisite: Exploring Computer Hardware.

M, Sept 26, 6:30PM-8:30PM, $39




Amish: Fiction and Fact

Instructor, Richard Lee Dawley

Lives of the Amish are quite mysterious, or are they? The recent flood of romance fiction books about the Amish, Quakers, Shakers, and Amana cultures are often "stranger than fiction," but more often than not we are more alike than different. Richard Lee Dawley, author of eight non-fiction books shares over two decades of experience in the United States and Europe with the Amish culture. Bring your questions!

Th, Sept 8-29, 6:00PM-7:30PM, $59


Writing Poetry

Professor, Phil Zweifel

In this club-like class, enhance your skills. Bring a sample of your work to the first class.

M, Sept 12-Oct 17, 6:30PM-8:30PM, $80


Be a Clown: The World Loves a Clown

Instructor, Maryann Ingbretson

It's never to late to remember - "You Don't Have To Grow Up." Acquire the skills & techniques of becoming a Clown. Share your humor, caring & sharing abilities with others. Begin with make-up, costume & apparel techniques. Learn about clown ethics and etiquette, terminology & history. Explore juggling, magic, props, parade ability and face painting. Review the caring and business aspects of the profession culminating with a graduation presentation at a local retirement facility.

T, Sept 13-Oct 18, 6:30PM-8:30PM, $119


Introduction to the World of Antiques

Instructor, Barbara Eash

Do you watch antique shows on TV? Learn from an antiques expert when to use an appraiser and the challenging rules of collecting. Visit local antique stores and have an eBay expert visit the class. This class helps answer questions such as, "Is my old stuff valuable or just old?" Or, "Should I refinish or not?" And, "How can I tell if an antique is authentic, a reproduction or a fraud?" This class is a whole educational experience! Instructor Barbara J. Eash is a member of the Certified Appraisers Guild of America. She has extensive experience and is able to appraise a single item or an entire household. Barbara is also the coordinator for Milwaukee Public Television's annual Appraisal Fair.

Sun, Sept 18-Oct 2, 2:00PM - 4:30PM ,$99


Autumn Splendor Poetry Workshop Series

Instructor, Anjie Kokan

Nature is often the inspiration for pen and poetry and what better setting than the pastoral backdrop of the beautiful surroundings of UW-Waukesha's field station in Oconomowoc. For both beginning and experienced poets, this class will offer autumn-inspired prompts to create new poems. Students will be motivated by one-of-kind prompts and the surroundings of nature. The series will include example poems by Wisconsin poets, short lessons, fresh prompts, the opportunity to write in an outdoor setting, time to share, and instructor feedback. Students will be supported in producing a poetry portfolio of at least four new poems (or poems-in-progress) by the end of the series. Limited to 10 students.

Location: UW-Waukesha Field Station (Oconomowoc)

W, Sept 21-Oct 19, 9:00am-11:30am, $99


PeopleMap: Understand Yourself and Others!

Instructor, Pat Swan M.S.

Ever wonder what personality type you are, or why you get along great with some people, but can't seem to speak the same language of others? Understanding yourself and others is the key to boosting your success and gaining insight to your work and personal relationships. Learn to utilize strengths and overcome weaknesses but more importantly, how to work within them. A PeopleMap Questionnaire with interpretations are included in the price of this class.

T, Sept 27-Oct 4, 6:00PM-8:30PM, $89




Herbs and Spices

Instructor, Staci Joers

Are you wondering what to do with the herbs you've grown this summer? Savor the flavor and discover how to use herbs and spices in new and tasty recipes. You'll sample…French Herbed Chicken served with Ratatouille, Lemon-thyme Shrimp served with Thai Basil Stir-fried Noodles and Minted Chocolate Chip Cookies. Delicious! W, Sept 21, 6:30PM - 9:00PM, $39




Adult Percussion Ensemble

Instructor, Michael Grassman

Are you an adult drummer looking to find a new outlet for performing other than in a garage band? Do you want to make music with other drummers based around all different types of percussion instruments? WAAPE's goal is to have talented drummers come together to perform musical piece's unlike anything they have ever been exposed to before. This is a great opportunity for the rock band drummers or concert band drummers to perform on the instruments they love in a new setting. Reading of music will be required, all music provided, please provide your own sticks.

Attendance is required of all 10 classes followed by a performance with other UWW bands and ensembles.

M, Sept 12-Nov 14, 6:45PM - 7:45PM, $99


Guitar for Busy Adults

Instructor, White House of Music

No experience? No problem! It's never too late to pick up an instrument! Learn to play one of the world's most popular instruments in an inviting group setting surrounded by other beginners. This class is open to students ages 12 and up; bring your own guitar or rent one. Class is held at White House of Music, 2101 N. Springdale Road, Waukesha, WI. M, Sept 26-Nov 14, 7:00PM-7:50PM, $99




Invest in Property - Is This Right for You?

Instructor, Steve Bergner

Do you have what it takes to invest in rental property? Don't learn the hard way! Examine the pros and cons regarding this type of investment. Topics include how to find the right property, what you need to look for when property searching and your responsibilities as a landlord. If managed properly, it's a great way to grow wealth during a long period of time. The instructor has owned and managed rental properties for more than 45 years.

Th, Sept 8-15, 6:00PM-8:00PM, $59




Digital Photography

Instructor, Chris Jourdan

Don’t be scared by your digital camera, it is the digital age after all! Learn how to use your camera with confidence and an understanding of the features and functions in digital photography. Discussions include downloading, basic editing and printing. Bring your cameral gear.

T, Sept 6-27, 6:00pm-9:00pm, $89


Create Stunning Slide Shows with Adobe Premier Elements 8

Instructor, Chris Jourdan

Remember when your family would break out the slide show projector at a holiday gathering and inevitably a photo would get stuck, an image of Uncle Harry at the Poconos would be upside down or the projector lamp would melt the slides? Well, times have changed and it is time you learn to create stunning slideshows to show off your digital photos. No more boring slide shows, especially when you learn how to arrange, edit, add titles, music, graphics, transitions and more using Adobe’s Photoshop Premier Elements 8. Leave with a finished slideshow DVD to take home and watch; your Uncle Harry will be quite impressed… and right side up! Bring all camera and downloading equipment or images on a CD, DVD, Flash/Jump Drive.

Th, Sept 8-15, 6:00pm-9:00pm, $69


Intro to Photoshop/Photoshop Elements

Instructor, Amy Karsten

Turn your snapshots into “studio portraits” by using Photoshop and Photoshop Elements. There’s no such thing as a bad photo when you can correct color and contrast, remove distractions, add elements/ text, learn how to use layers and layer styles. Some computer experience is needed, as well as any version of Photoshop or Photoshop Elements on your home computer to complete projects. Soon your photos will be looking sharp!

M, Sept 12-Oct 10, 6:00pm-8:30pm, $149


**New - Design in Photography

Instructor, Daniel “Pugs” Pugliese

Take the next step in developing outstanding images in your portfolio! Discover and apply traditional design elements and principals to photography. By adding these creative techniques you will learn how to impact your photographic compositions to enhance and improve your photographs.

Th, Sept 15-29, 6:30pm-9:00pm, $79


Wildlife Photography Workshop: (Including Milwaukee County Zoo Photo Shoot)

Instructor, Chris Jourdan

There is a reason those photographs in National Geographic are so mesmerizing, and it is not because lions, tigers and bears are cooperative models; great wildlife pictures start with proper equipment and camera settings, after that it’s just a waiting game. This workshop will start with a classroom session covering all the proper technical information on camera settings and equipment for great wildlife shots. Then we will put our knowledge to the test with a photo shoot at the Milwaukee County Zoo with onsite help from your instructor! Our final session will be a slideshow/critique session and wrap up on the images captured from our shoot.

Students are responsible for admission and parking fee at the Zoo photo shoot.

W, Sept 21-28, 6:00pm-9:00pm, Class at UW-Waukesha $129

Sat, Sept 24 9:00am-2:00pm, (Field Trip) to Milwaukee Zoo


Fall Color and Waterfalls

Instructor, Robert Schaap

With autumnal colors at their peak, a crispness in the air, and the rushing waterfalls of Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, what better time or place for a glorious photographic adventure!

Students will meet for class to discuss cameras, tripods and supplies, as well as protocol for outdoor photography. Instructor Robert Schaap will guide students through the Upper Peninsula as they take spectacular photographs of nature putting on her fireworks display of color. The final class gives students an opportunity to critique their photographic work and ask questions of the instructor as well as give input of fellow students’ work.

Students are responsible for their meals and lodging; expenses are shared for transportation and gas.

T, Sept 27, 6:30pm-8:30pm, Class at UW-Waukesha $235.00

Th, Sept 29, 6:00pm-Sun, Oct 2, 7:00pm (Field Trip)




American Home Inspector's Training Institute

Instructor, American Home Inspector's Training Institute

Become a Home Inspector! UW-Waukesha Continuing Education and American Home Inspectors Training Institute have joined to offer you the best home inspection training available. This is a great opportunity for people wanting to own their own business or to get training to work for an established home inspection company. Register online or call our offices to obtain more information regarding this class. Please provide your name, address, email, and phone in order for a representative to contact you.

Weekend classes (F – Sun) held at UW-Waukesha, In person, 3 day class: choose one session

Session One: F-Sun, Sept 23-25, 8:00am-5:00pm, $1795




Beginning Spanish

Instructor, Kim Omachinski

This beginning course is designed for those who have no prior Spanish experience or have forgotten what they have learned. The focus is on basic grammar, pronunciation and vocabulary for practical situations including greetings, creating questions, the present tense and more. Textbook required: Spanish Now! Level I with CDs, 7th edition by Barrons, ISBN: 9780764177743, approx. $29.99.

T, Sept 13,-Oct 18, 7:00PM - 9:00PM, $149


Beginning Thai for Travelers

Instructor, Somchintana Ratarasarn

Learn from a native speaker and past Peace Corps instructor! Learn the five Thai tones and alphabet, which is one of the most interesting (and sometimes) difficult parts of learning the beautiful Thai language. The sky is the limit with this Thai language class! Textbook: A.U.A. Language Center Thai Course, book one, by J. Marvin Brown, $19 approx., ISBN 0877275068.

T, Sept 13- Nov 15, 6:30PM - 8:30PM, $159


Advanced Spanish

Instructor, Kim Omachinski

This course is a continuation of Intermediate Spanish. Students will learn the future and conditional tenses, the gerund, passive constructions and idiomatic expressions. Short stories will be used to increase vocabulary knowledge as well. Textbooks required: The Ultimate Spanish Review and Practice, 2nd edition by Gordon and Stillman, ISBN: 9780071744188, approx. $20; and Easy Spanish Reader, 2nd edition by William T. Tardy, ISBN: 9780071428064, approx. $11.95. Please note: There will be no class on Nov. 3rd. Th, Sept 15,-Nov 10, 7:00PM-9:00PM, $129


Beginning American Sign Language

Instructor, Deb Boness

You use non-verbal communication every day…are you ready for the challenge and take it to the next level? By taking this class you will learn the basics of American Sign Language (ASL) which could help you, in many day to day situations; whether a deaf patron comes into your business, you are a police officer, firefighter or nurse and encounter people each day in emergency situations, or a construction worker and need to communicate on a loud construction site…the possibilities are endless. Learn the third-most used language in the U.S. Textbook required: Learning American Sign Language by Tom Humphries and Carol Padden (ISBN: 139780205453917). T, Sept 13-Nov 1, 6:00PM - 8:30PM, $159


Italian I for Travelers

Instructor, Valentina De Navasques

Learn to speak, understand, read, and write basic phrases and gain knowledge of Italian. Students will obtain vocabulary and practice for social conversations, dining, lodging and tourism. Valentina's Italian cultural corner will expand the student's knowledge of opera and Italian movies.

Textbook required: Italian Demystified by Marcel Danesi, ISBN: 9780071676591, approx. $20.

T, Sept 13, - Nov 15, 6:30PM - 8:30PM, $179


Italian II for Travelers

Instructor, Valentina De Navasques

Students will expand their knowledge of Italian started with Italian I for Travelers. This course will introduce more conversation and everyday situations. Valentina's Italian Cultural Corner will expand the student's knowledge of Italian music and film. Textbook required: Italian Demystified by Marcel Danesi, ISBN: 9780071676591, approx. $20. Th, Sept 15-Nov 17, 6:30PM - 8:30PM, $159


German for Travelers I

Instructor, Laura Beenen

Have you heard that German is a difficult language to learn? It's not true! Learn the basics of the language in this class. Focus on vocabulary rather than grammar in the first three weeks. Using videos, music, slide presentations and real materials, you will learn to communicate at a basic level. Once the lessons are finished, the instructor will share tips about making the most of a visit to Germany. Textbook: German in 10 Minutes a Day by Kristine Kershul, $20 approx., ISBN 9780944502204.

T, Sept 20- Oct 6, 6:30PM - 8:30PM, $129




The Dance of a Thousand Veils: The Mother Goddess Religion

Instructor, Michael Mullooly

If you have ever been fascinated with Isis, Aphrodite or Kuan Yin, this is the course for you! Peer behind the veil of the Sacred Feminine to discover her development and role in religious history. Answer the questions to why Western monotheism abused her, and how she was saved by Roman Catholicism's cult of the Blessed Virgin. Examine how the Goddess appears in Eastern religions of Buddhism, Taoism, ad Hinduism-where she is still worshipped on a massive scale. Also explore the neo-pagan worship of the Goddess in Wicca and the practice of witchcraft.

W, Sept 14-Oct 19, 6:30PM-8:30PM, $99




Singing Sensations: Be the Next Star (Ages 12-16)

Instructor, Patti Larson

This is a unique opportunity for students ages 12-16 to participate in community choir. Learn treasured classics and modern popular show and movie tunes. This will end with performance for family and friends! All materials included. Students will receive a book bag and t-shirt with their packet of music. T, Sept 6- Dec 13, 4:00PM - 5:00PM, $89


Singing Sensations: Be the Next Star (Ages 8-12)

Instructor, Patti Larson

This is a unique opportunity for children who love to sing! This class focuses on unison and harmonies. Children will learn several treasured classics, popular movie and show tunes and contemporary pop songs. This class ends with a grand performance that for family and friends! All materials included. Students will receive a book bag and t-shirt with their packet of music. This will end with performance for family and friends!

W, Sept 7-Dec 14, 4:00PM-5:00PM, $89


Singing Sensations: Be the Next Star (Ages 8-12)

Instructor, Patti Larson

This is a unique opportunity for children who love to sing! This class focuses on unison and harmonies. Children will learn several treasured classics, popular movie and show tunes and contemporary pop songs. This class ends with a grand performance that for family and friends! All materials included. Students will receive a book bag and t-shirt with their packet of music. This will end with performance for family and friends!

Th, Sept 8-Dec 15, 4:00PM-5:00PM, $89


Djembe and Hand Percussion Ensemble Ages 16+

Instructor, Mike Grassman

Have you been a part of a drum circle before, but wanted to take it to the next level? Do you have desire to learn more about the world of hand percussion? The Djembe and Hand Percussion Ensemble will focus on bringing together all different types of hand percussion instruments and djembe's to create styles of music that span many different cultures. This class if offered for anyone ages 16 and up. No text required, please bring a pair of drumsticks.

Th, Sept 8- Nov 10, 6:30PM-7:30PM, $99


Teen Writing Workshop with the Paperback Writers 13+

Facilitated by Anjie Kokan and members from the award-winning Paperback Writers Teen group

Calling all teens who love to write! Express yourself with free-writing activities that explore different writing genres. If you want to work on your writing skills or find an avenue for expression, you will be inspired by the beautiful surroundings of the UW-Waukesha field station in Oconomowoc. Take the plunge into creativity and learn how to share and support others in their writing. If weather permits we will write outside so please bring appropriate clothes, a snack, a blanket, bug spray, a notebook and pen. Limit 12. Class will be held at the UW-Waukesha Field Station.

Sat, Sept 10, 9:00AM-12:00PM, $39


Waukesha Area Youth Percussion Ensemble Grades 7-12

Instructor, Michael Grassman

Are you or someone you know a young drummer looking to explore the world of percussion while also making real music? Waukesha Area Youth Percussion Ensemble (WAYPE) is a performance based group aimed at bringing together a group of young drummers to learn and play all different types of percussion instruments with a final performance with other UWW bands and ensembles. This is for students with some previous experience with percussion. Basic reading will be part of the course, no text required and student will be responsible for their own drum sticks. A short and informal audition will be required of all new students, please contact the CE for more information. Attendance is required for all 10 classes unless given advanced notice to the class instructor.

M, Sept 12-Nov 14, 5:30PM - 6:40PM, $149


Introduction to Percussion for Kids Ages 8-11

Instructor, Michael Grassman

Does your child have a desire to hit things? Introduction to Percussion and Drums for Kids will give your child the opportunity to learn and explore the world of percussion instruments like Timpani, Snare Drums, Bass Drums, Congas, Xylophone, Sleigh Bells, Tambourine and more. This course is for all kids between ages 8 to 11 with no previous experience or exposure to percussion instruments. This is a great opportunity for your child to try out a new instrument(s) without having to invest in an expensive drum set or other percussion instruments. No text required, students just needs to bring their own drumsticks. M, Sept 12-Nov 14, 4:25PM-5:25PM, $99


Jazz Academy Grades 7-10

Instructor, Harry Abramowitz

Play swing arrangements, classic jazz tunes and learn the basics of improvisation.

Requirements are : 1 year playing experience, Scales-Concert F, Bb, Eb, one octave, memorized, have an instrument, capable of reading 8th note rhythms and must be willing to attend all rehearsals and performances. Th, Sept 15- Nov 10, 4:15PM - 5:15PM, $149






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