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Life & Leisure Courses: For the Joy of Learning

Research shows there are many benefits to lifelong learning. As you learn new information or a skill, you're also meeting new people and exploring new ideas. Topics include:

  • Arts
  • Computers & Technology
  • Do It Yourself
  • Healthy Living
  • Home & Leisure
  • Lifelong Learning
  • Safety & Driver Training

For current course offerings, check out the Continuing Education Life & Leisure catalog or search online!


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Learn about herbal and holistic options, including essential oils, that enhance wellness and balance in our lives.

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Discover your artistic talents with drawing, painting, and other hand and fiber art craft classes.

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Explore the outdoors with classes in gardening, animals, mushrooms, hiking and more .



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Continuing Education Course Supply Lists

Taking a class soon? Want to know what to bring? Check below for the course, location and supply list links to find out.

  • Art: Pyrography - Woodburning, August 7- 8, Hayward 
    • Location: WITC-Hayward
      Instructor: Matthew Ellis
      Class number: 41473
      • Supply list for the first day of class:
        • Instructor will supply wood and art materials
        • Bring a glove for your dominant hand
        • Wood-burning set (inexpensive sets available at hobby, art and Walmart stores)
          • If you have questions, contact Matthew Ellis @ 715.919.2790 or email ellisarthouse@gmail.com
        • If you want text, bring the printed copy to trace onto wood (not too large)
        • Wear old clothes for the printing process
        • Bring a sack lunch
        • $15 materials fee to be paid to instructor at start of class
  • Mystery Quilt, August 24, Cornucopia 
    • Location: Cornucopia Community Center
      Instructor: Myrna Northrop
      Class number: 41532
      • Supply list for the first day of class:
        • Supplies:
          Sewing machine
          Matching or neutral thread
          Rulers
          Rotary cutter
          Scissors
          Tape measure
          Cutting mat
          Pins

        • Fabric requirements:
          1 1/2 to 2 yards print for border & blocks (preferably a large print, a floral or plaid)
          5 fat quarters* (print, floral or plaid to coordinate with border)
          Note: These do not need to have all the same colors etc. but should just look good with the border fabric.
          1 yard light background fabric
          1/4 yard medium fabric (a blender, marble - something subtle)
          1/4 yard medium solid to coordinate with medium fabric
          1 yard dark coordinating fabric for inner border and binding
          * Scraps may be used in place of the fat quarters - if so you will need at least a 12 inch square of fabric but you may use up to ten different coordinating "prints."
        • Batting and backing:
          1 piece of each 60” x 72”
          These yardages will make a quilt 54 x 66 inches.
          This quilt may be made larger or smaller as you wish

        • Coffee & tea provided.  Bring a brown bag lunch or something to share.

  • Discovering Brainpower in Art, September 21, Superior

    • Location: WITC Superior
      Instructor: Joan Einsman
      Class number: 64257

      • Supply list for the first day of class:
        • Variety of pencils and pens(Sharpie, Staedtler,Micron)
        • Erasers (Gum and/or Rubber
        • Black India Ink
        • Watercolors (Prang Ok or any kind)
        • Ink pen to dip in ink
        • Variety of brushes(small,medium,large)
        • Paper Pad at least 1 6x20 (Watercolor, BFK, Scratchboard)
        • Scratchboard tool kit
  • Wood Art-Woodworking Printmaking Workshop, September 28, Rice Lake
    • Location: WITC Campus Rice Lake 
      Instructor: Matt Ellis 
      Class number: 64537
      • Supply list for the first day of class:
        • Instructor will supply wood and art materials
        • 5-piece wood carving tool set which can be purchased any major hardware store, Walmart, or art store
        • For questions, call Matthew Ellis at 715.919.2790
        • Wear old clothes for the printing process
        • $5 materials fee to be paid to instructor at start of class
  • Pastels: Paint Flower Gardens, October 10, Cable
    • Location: Cable Natural History Museum
      Instructor: Diana Randolph
      Class number: 64839
      • Supply list for the first day of class:
        • Your own photos of flower gardens
        • A table easel or a heavy box to lean your drawing board against
        • A drawing board ( Masonite, several inches larger than your paper size)
        • A composition window ( a 6 x 9 inch piece of cardboard or mat board with a 2 2/3 x 4 inch opening in center)
        • A camera for taking photos of instructor's demos (optional)
        • A large set of hard pastels such as Nu-Pastels (set of 96)
        • A set of pastel pencils (optional) and a utility knife for sharpening them
        • A set of medium pastels such as Rembrandts and/or soft pastels such as Sennelier (optional)
        • A small sketchbook for value study sketches
        • Pen and notebook for taking notes
        • A number 2 pencil or three gray-tone brush markers (light, medium, dark)
        • A portable pencil sharpener
        • Beige masking tape, paper towels, and newspapers (for covering your table)
        • Paint smock (optional)
        • Pair of protective gloves - Nitrale or latex
        • Any type of pastel paper cut to sizes 5 x 7, 6 x 9, or 1 2 x 16 inches, such as: Canson Mi-Teintes, La Carte, U-Art, or Suede mat board
        • A small jar of odorless paint thinner for use with sanded paper and a flat brush (optional)
        • Watercolor cold-pressed (rough) paper and a small pan of watercolors to create a wash, then to build up with pastel (optional)
        • A covered travel mug for hot beverages in class 
        • A sack lunch and cold beverage (optional)
        • Instructor will have some pastel paper and mats cut to fit paper sizes 5 x 7 and 6 X 9 available to purchase in class. Please contact Diana if you have any questions: oiabms@cheqnet or 715-798-3619
  • Pastels: Paint Flower Gardens, October 11, Cable
    • Location: Cable Natural History Museum
      Instructor: Diana Randolph
      Class number: 64840
      • Supply list for the first day of class:
        • Your own photos of flower gardens
        • A table easel or a heavy box to lean your drawing board against
        • A drawing board ( Masonite, several inches larger than your paper size)
        • A composition window ( a 6 x 9 inch piece of cardboard or mat board with a 2 2/3 x 4 inch opening in center)
        • A camera for taking photos of instructor's demos (optional)
        • A large set of hard pastels such as Nu-Pastels (set of 96)
        • A set of pastel pencils (optional) and a utility knife for sharpening them
        • A set of medium pastels such as Rembrandts and/or soft pastels such as Sennelier (optional)
        • A small sketchbook for value study sketches
        • Pen and notebook for taking notes
        • A number 2 pencil or three gray-tone brush markers (light, medium, dark)
        • A portable pencil sharpener
        • Beige masking tape, paper towels, and newspapers (for covering your table)
        • Paint smock (optional)
        • Pair of protective gloves - Nitrale or latex
        • Any type of pastel paper cut to sizes 5 x 7, 6 x 9, or 1 2 x 16 inches, such as: Canson Mi-Teintes, La Carte, U-Art, or Suede mat board
        • A small jar of odorless paint thinner for use with sanded paper and a flat brush (optional)
        • Watercolor cold-pressed (rough) paper and a small pan of watercolors to create a wash, then to build up with pastel (optional)
        • A covered travel mug for hot beverages in class 
        • A sack lunch and cold beverage (optional)
        • Instructor will have some pastel paper and mats cut to fit paper sizes 5 x 7 and 6 X 9 available to purchase in class. Please contact Diana if you have any questions: oiabms@cheqnet or 715-798-3619
  • Pen/Ink Landscape, October 22, Hayward
    • Location: WITC-Hayward Outreach Center
      Instructor: Diana Randolph
      Class number: 64841
      • Supply list for the first day of class:
        • Landscape photo of your favorite places
        • A number 2 pencil or HB drawing pencil
        • Pen and notebook
        • A sketchbook suitable for ink
        • A 12-inch ruler
        • Eraser
        • 2 ultra-thin odorless black permanent drawing pens such as Micron (that will not bleed on paper)
        • Pencil sharpener
        • Paper towels
        • Newspapers to cover your workspace if using watercolors
        • A camera to photograph instructor's demos
        • Optional: color pencils, watercolor pencils, and/or a small pan of watercolor paints, a small cup for water and watercolor brushes if using watercolor supplies
        • Whiteout correction fluid
        •  A travel mug with cover for hot beverages in class
        • A sack lunch and beverage
        • Your instructor will have some items available for purchase during class including drawing pens, sharpeners, erasers and cut mats to fit paper sizes 5 x 7 and 6 x 9 inches (8 x 1 0 and 11 x 14 mats). If you have any questions please contact Diana at
          oibms@cheqnet.net or 715-798-3619
  • Pen/Ink Landscape, October 25, Hayward
    • Location: WITC-Hayward Outreach Center
      Instructor: Diana Randolph
      Class number: 64842
      • Supply list for the first day of class:
        • Landscape photo of your favorite places
        • A number 2 pencil or HB drawing pencil
        • Pen and notebook
        • A sketchbook suitable for ink
        • A 12-inch ruler
        • Eraser
        • 2 ultra-thin odorless black permanent drawing pens such as Micron (that will not bleed on paper)
        • Pencil sharpener
        • Paper towels
        • Newspapers to cover your workspace if using watercolors
        • A camera to photograph instructor's demos
        • Optional: color pencils, watercolor pencils, and/or a small pan of watercolor paints, a small cup for water and watercolor brushes if using watercolor supplies
        • Whiteout correction fluid
        •  A travel mug with cover for hot beverages in class
        • A sack lunch and beverage
        • Your instructor will have some items available for purchase during class including drawing pens, sharpeners, erasers and cut mats to fit paper sizes 5 x 7 and 6 x 9 inches (8 x 1 0 and 11 x 14 mats). If you have any questions please contact Diana at
          oibms@cheqnet.net or 715-798-3619
  • Wood Art-Woodworking Printmaking Workshop, October 30, Hayward
    • Location: WITC-Hayward Outreach Center
      Instructor: Matt Ellis
      Class number: 64538
      • Supply list for the first day of class:
        • Instructor will supply wood and art materials
        • 5-piece wood carving tool set which can be purchased any major hardware store, Walmart, or art store
        • For questions, call Matthew Ellis at 715.919.2790
        • Wear old clothes for the printing process
        • $5 materials fee to be paid to instructor at start of class
  • Pastels: Paint Rivers, November 5, Cable
    • Location: Cable UCC Church
      Instructor: Diana Randolph
      Class number: 64838
      • Supply list for the first day of class:
        • Your own photos of flower gardens
        • A table easel or a heavy box to lean your drawing board against
        • A drawing board ( Masonite, several inches larger than your paper size)
        • A composition window ( a 6 x 9 inch piece of cardboard or mat board with a 2 2/3 x 4 inch opening in center)
        • A camera for taking photos of instructor's demos (optional)
        • A large set of hard pastels such as Nu-Pastels (set of 96)
        • A set of pastel pencils (optional) and a utility knife for sharpening them
        • A set of medium pastels such as Rembrandts and/or soft pastels such as Sennelier (optional)
        • A small sketchbook for value study sketches
        • Pen and notebook for taking notes
        • An eraser
        • A number 2 pencil or three gray-tone brush markers (light, medium, dark)
        • A portable pencil sharpener
        • Beige masking tape, paper towels, and newspapers (for covering your table)
        • Paint smock (optional)
        • Pair of protective gloves - Nitrale or latex
        • Any type of pastel paper cut to sizes 5 x 7, 6 x 9, or 12 x 16 inches, such as : Canson Mi-Teintes, La Carte, U-Art, or Suede mat board
        • A small jar of odorless paint thinner for use with sanded paper and a flat brush (optional)
        • A covered travel mug for hot beverages in class
        • A sack lunch and cold beverage (optional)
        • Instructor will have some pastel paper and mats cut to fit paper sizes 5 x 7 and 6 X 9 available to purchase in class. Please contact Diana if you have any questions: oiabms@cheqnet or 715-798-3619
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