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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.

  • Drawing: Drawing in Charcoal, March 8, Hayward
    • Location: Hayward
      Instructor: Rae Whalen
      Class number: 
      • Supply list for the first day of class:
      • Vine Charcoal                                                                                            
      • General’s Charcoal pencils in HB, 6B and white                                 
      • General’s Factis Mechanical Eraser (or other click style eraser)        
      • Kneaded Eraser
      • White Plastic Eraser
      • Staedtler Precision Divider (or other divider or compass)
      • Ruler
      • ½ Inch Bristle Paintbrush
      • Pencil Sharpener
      • Fine Tooth Sanding Block
      • Canson Mi-Teintes Art Paper, Flannel Gray (Cut into quarters)
      • Newsprint paper
      • Drawing board (no larger than 16x20)
      • Painters tape (instructor will bring some to share) 
      • Hand Wipes
      • Sack lunch
      • You may bring your favorite travel easel or table easel. Table easels are available for loan. 
      • Please wear old clothes or bring an apron as charcoal can be messy
  • Drawing: Explore Perspective, March 18 OR 19, Hayward
    • Location: WITC-Hayward
      Instructor: Diana Randolph
      Class number: 24377, 24378
      • Supply list for the first day of class:
        • A sack lunch and beverage
        • A travel mug with cover
        •  Color photos of various types of buildings
        •  A number 2 pencil or a HB drawing pencil
        •  Pen and notebook
        • 12-inch ruler
        •  All-purpose sketchbook-any size or drawing paper cut to the following sizes: 5X7 or 6X9 inches if
        • you’d like them to fit the mat sizes available for purchase in class
        •  Eraser
        •  Pencil sharpener
        • Ultra-fine tipped black drawing pen that doesn’t bleed on paper such as Micron
        • Water-soluble pencils (optional)
        • Paper towels
        • Camera-optional, to take photos of instructor’s demos
        • Any type of color drawing materials including: color pencils, watercolor pencils, smooth watercolor paper, brushes
        • Container for water
        • The instructor will have some materials available for purchase in class including drawing pens and cut mat boards.  If you have any questions, please contact Diana at 715-798-3619 or oiabms@cheqnet.net
  • Drawing: Drawing for Painters, March 22, Hayward
    • Location: Hayward
      Instructor: Rae Whalen
      Class number: 25016
      • Supply list for the first day of class:
        • An 8x10 photo of a subject you would like to work on (portrait, landscape, pets, etc.)
        • Sketchbook, 8 ½ x 11 or larger
        • Pencils
        • White plastic eraser
        • Staedtler 550 Precision Divider (or other brand divider or compass)
        • Ruler (I recommend an 18” clear quilt and sew ruler)
        • Tracing paper
        • Optional: General’s Factis Mechanical eraser (or other brand click style mechanical eraser)
  • Quilting: Sew a Classic Diamond Table Runner, March 23, Hayward
    • Location: WITC-Hayward
      Instructor: Krystal Guthman
      Class number: 24900
      • Supply list for the first day of class:
        • 20 5”x5” solid-colored charms
        • 20 5”x5” multi-colored charms – they can be scrap material (Easter theme, etc.)
        • 18”x42” fabric for backing
        • 18”x42” batting
        • Ruler
        • Fabric marking pen or pencil
        • Sewing machine
        • 2 spools of matching thread
        • Scissors
        • Quilting pins
        • Rotary cutter
        • Cutting mat if you have one
  • Pastels: Buildings in Landscape (April 1), Painting Lakes (April 30 OR May 1); Cable
    • Location: UCC Church (Buildings in Landscape); Cable Natural History Museum (Painting Lakes)
      Instructor: Diana Randolph
      Class number: 24376 (April 1), 24379 (April 30) or 24380 (May 1)
      • Supply list for the first day of class:
        • Your own photos of buildings such as barns, houses, etc.(for Buildings in Landscape class) OR lakes (for Painting Lakes classes)
        • 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 - Nitrile 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
  • Painting: Painting Nature in Watercolor, April 12, Hayward
    • Location: Hayward
      Instructor: Rae Whalen
      Class number: 25017
      • Supply list for the first day of class:
        • A small set of professional watercolors (tube or pan)
        • Watercolor palette (any palette will do, even margarine lids)
        • High quality watercolor paper cut to 8x10 (cold or hot press)
        • Number 6 round watercolor brush (sable preferred)
        • Script liner watercolor brush
        • Two containers for water
        • Drawing board or watercolor board
        • Painters tape (instructor will bring some to share if needed)
        • Paper towels
        • Pencil and eraser
        • Graphite stick
        • Tracing paper
        • Hair dryer
        • Sack lunch
        • Optional supplies: dip type pen and waterproof ink or waterproof ink pens such as Micron
  • Pastels: Painting Lakes, April 30 OR May 1, Cable
    • Location: Cable Natural History Museum
      Instructor: Diana Randolph
      Class number: 24379, 24380
      • Supply list for the first day of class:
        • Your own photos of lakes in Spring, Summer or Fall
        • 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 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 medium pastels such as Rembrandts and/or soft pastels such as Sennelier (optional)
        •  A set of pastel pencils-optional
        • Number 2 pencil, water-soluble pencil, or three gray-tone brush markers (light, middle and dark values)
        • A small sketchbook for your value sketches
        • Pen and notebook for taking notes
        • Beige masking tape
        • Paper towels
        • Newspapers to cover tabletop
        • Paint smock (optional)
        • Pair of protective gloves-nitrile or latex
        • Any type of pastel paper (cut to sizes 5x7 or 6x9 inches) such as: Canson Mi-Teintes paper, La Carte paper, U-Art sanded pastel paper
        • Suede mat board
        •  Odorless paint thinner for use with sanded pastel paper
        • A small, flat brush if you bring paint thinner
        • A covered travel mug for hot beverages in class
        •  A sack lunch and beverage (optional)
        •  The instructor will have pastel paper and cut mats (to fit the paper sizes on supply list) available for purchase in class.  Please contact Diana if you have any questions: 715-798-3619 or oiabms@cheqnet.net
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