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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.

  • Mandala Dot Painting Intermediate, February 19-March 4, Webinar
    • Instructor: Maria Clark
      Class number: 24874
      • Dotting Tool Set (or comparable if student already has a set of dotting tools to include nail dotting set and 4 mm, 5 mm, 6 mm, 8 mm, 10 mm, 12 mm, 14 mm and 15 mm rods.  The sizes do not need to be exact but close)
      • Cardstock – 3 sheets heavy weight cardstock 8.5” x 11” (can be cut down from a larger size) black or white
      • Ruler
      • Compass
      • White chalk pencil for dark background or regular pencil for light background
      • Paint – Acrylic craft paint in 3 colors plus white and black
      • Paint palette
      • 8” round surface – canvas panel or wood panel
      • Gesso – white or black for undercoating
      • Paint brush – 1-1/2” to apply gesso and background paint
      • Sandpaper – 220 grit if using a wood panel
      • Paper towels or rag for cleaning tools
      • Cotton swabs
      • Art eraser
      • Water bucket – reuse plastic containers
  • Mandala Dot Painting Advanced, March 18-April 1, Webinar
    • Instructor: Maria Clark
      Class number: 24875
      • Dotting Tool Set (or comparable if student already has a set of dotting tools to include nail dotting set and 4 mm, 5 mm, 6 mm, 8 mm, 10 mm, 12 mm, 14 mm and 15 mm rods.  The sizes do not need to be exact but close)
      • Printer for printing out pattern (no specialty printer paper needed)
      • Tape – piecing the pattern together
      • Scissors
      • Cardstock – 3 sheets heavy weight cardstock for practice - black or white
      • Ruler
      • Saral Transfer Paper (or comparable)
      • White chalk pencil for dark background or regular pencil for light background
      • Paint – acrylic craft paint in 6 colors plus white and black
      • Paint palette
      • 12” x 12” stretched canvas or canvas panel
      • Paint brush – 1-1/2” to apply background paint
      • Sandpaper – 220 grit
      • Paper towels or rag for cleaning tools
      • Cotton swabs
      • Art eraser
      • Water bucket – reuse plastic containers
  • Wood Art, March 25, Rice Lake
    • Instructor: Matthew Ellis
      Class number: 25294
      Instructor will supply wood and art materials. Please wear old clothing to wear during the printing process.
      • 5-piece wood carving tool set
      • $5 materials fee payable to the instructor
  • Freeform Floral Wall Hanging Retreat, April 4, Cable
    • Instructor: Norma Riehm
      Location: Forest Lodge Educational Campus, 22230 Garmisch Road, Cable, WI  54821
      Class number: 25210
      • Sewing machine (in good working condition) and the usual supplies for the machine such as pins, sharp trimming scissors, small cutting mat, rotary cutter, etc. Use an 80/12 or 90/14 needle
      • You must have a free motion foot/darning foot for quilting. If you don’t have it, you will have to quilt with a walking foot and straight stitching only
      • 2 fat quarters in a batik or hand dyed fabric for background and backing. You will need to choose a fabric for binding also
      • 10 to 20 different colors of batik or hand dyed fabrics for flowers, leaves, trim, etc. Some can be smaller pieces say 5”x5” as an example. Variety is what is needed and not yardage
      • 3 to 4 yards of Pellon 805W1 Wonder-Under paper backed fusible
      • Parchment paper or a pressing sheet for fusible use
      • Iron and a small pressing board
      • Thread to match your background fabric
      • Fat quarter sized flat cotton batting
      • Pencil and a couple of plain pieces of paper
  • Drawing: Creative Pen & Ink, April 6, Hayward
    • Instructor: Diana Randolph
      Class number: 24908
      • Your own photos for inspiration
      • A number 2 pencil or HB drawing pencil
      • Pen & notebook
      • Sketchbook suitable for ink
      • 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
      • Optional supplies
        • Colored pencils, watercolor pencils
        • Small pan of watercolor paints, brushes, cup for water, smooth hot-press watercolor paper & newspaper to cover table
        • Whiteout correction fluid
        • Lunch and beverage (in covered mug)
  • Mandala Dot Painting Wine Glass, April 15, Webinar
    • Instructor: Maria Clark
      Class number: 24876
      • Dotting Tool Set (or comparable if student already has a set of dotting tools to include nail dotting set and 4 mm, 5 mm, 6 mm, 8 mm, 10 mm, 12 mm, 14 mm and 15 mm rods.  The sizes do not need to be exact but close)
      • Cardstock – 3 sheets heavy weight cardstock black or white for practice
      • Plain paper – 1 sheet, can be any type, copy paper, notebook, etc.
      • Scissors
      • Pencil
      • Sharpie – ultra fine point - black
      • Paint – Acrylic multi-surface or DecoArt Americana Gloss Enamel craft paint in 3 colors plus white.  For a dishwasher safe application, be sure to check that the paint you choose can be permanent on glass once cured.
      • Paint palette
      • Wine glass – 20 oz or close size
      • Paper towels or rag for cleaning tools
      • Cotton swabs
      • Water bucket – reuse plastic containers
  • Pastels: Simplify Scenes, April 20, Cable
    • Instructor: Diana Randolph
      Class number: 24909
      • Photos of landscapes/street scenes
      • Table easel or heavy box
      • Masonite drawing board (several inches larger than your paper)
      • Large (96ct) set of hard pastels (ex. Nu-Pastels)
      • # 2 pencil, water-soluble pencil, or 3 gray-tone brush markers (light, medium and dark)
      • Pen and notebook
      • Beige masking tape
      • Paper towels
      • Newspapers
      • Nitrile or latex gloves
      • Any type of pastel paper cut to sizes 5 x 7 or 6 x 9 inches (ex. Canson Mi-Teintes, La Carte, U-Art sanded, or suede mat board)
      • Optional supplies
        • Lunch and beverage (in covered mug)
        • Camera (for taking photos of demos)
        • Set of medium pastels (ex. Rembrandt) or soft pastels (ex. Sennelier)
        • Set of pastel pencils
        • Smock
        • Odorless paint thinner with small, flat brush
  • Pyrography, April 22, Rice Lake
    • Instructor: Matthew Ellis
      Class number: 25291
      Instructor will supply wood and art materials. Please wear old clothing to wear during the process.
      • Wood burning set
      • A glove for your dominant hand
      • If you want to woodburn text, bring the printed copy to trace onto the wood (not too large)
      • Sack lunch
      • $15 materials fee payable to the instructor
  • Mary Lee's Tote, May 8, Hayward
    • Instructor: Krystal Guthman
      Class number: 25233
      • 10 2.5” coordinating strips 42” long each
      • ½ yard of coordinating fabric for lining
      • ½ yard of fabric for pockets
      • ½ yard of fabric for handle
      • 1 ¾” yards of pellon fusible fleece (987F)
      • 6”x13” Pellon 71F
      • Matching thread
      • Sewing machine
      • ¾” magnetic snap (or purchase from instructor in class for $1)
      • Scissors
      • Pins
      • Cutting board
      • Rotary cutter
      • Ruler
      • Pencil
  • Pastels: Edge, Color & Value, May 13 & 14, Cable
    • Instructor: Diana Randolph
      Class number: 24911, 24912
      • Photos of landscapes
      • Table easel or heavy box
      • Masonite drawing board (several inches larger than your paper)
      • Large (96ct) set of hard pastels (ex. Nu-Pastels)
      • # 2 pencil, water-soluble pencil, or 3 gray-tone brush markers (light, medium and dark)
      • Pen and notebook
      • Beige masking tape
      • Paper towels
      • Newspapers
      • Nitrile or latex gloves
      • Any type of pastel paper cut to sizes 5 x 7 or 6 x 9 inches (ex. Canson Mi-Teintes, La Carte, U-Art sanded, or suede mat board)
      • Optional supplies
        • Lunch and beverage (in covered mug)
        • Camera (for taking photos of demos)
        • Set of medium pastels (ex. Rembrandt) or soft pastels (ex. Sennelier)
        • Set of pastel pencils
        • Smock
        • Odorless paint thinner with small, flat brush
  • Watercolor: Brushes Optional, May 13 & 14, Rice Lake
    • Instructor: Jeff Nelson
      Class number: 25212
      • Paint (full palette)
      • Several pieces of paper (recommended: 140# cold press)
      • Brushes: your favorites (bright or flat and rigger required)
      • Atomizer and rough spray
      • 2-3 medium opening oiler boiler applicators
      • Box cutter (snap end type)
      • Magic eraser
      • 2" masking tape
      • Masking fluid
      • Palette knife
      • Blocking paper
      • Toothbrush
      • Table salt
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