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Leadercast 2018

To be the best leader of others, you first must learn to lead yourself well. Attend Leadercast Live to learn from world-renowned experts about the qualities and characteristics of global leaders who exemplify what it means to lead yourself. Join us for Leadercast 2018 on June 7, 2018 from 8 a.m.- 5 p.m. in the Durand Center. To learn more about Leadercast visit

Regular Registration after May 11, 2018
Full Day: $90 (1-9 tickets) · $85 (10-19 tickets) · $80 (20+ tickets)
Half Day: $55 (1-9 tickets) · $50 (10-19 tickets) · $45 (20+ tickets)

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Summer 2018 Community Education Classes


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Creating Abstracts & Special Effects in Camera

In today’s post-processing digital world, most photographers are spending hours per image in an attempt to get creative. Why spend hours in front of your computer when you can create abstracts and special effects in-camera in seconds. Learn several in-camera techniques to produce unique and creative images, even with the most basic of cameras! You will see several images created by the instructor, as he explains the process. Abstracts and special effects make for great home or office décor, or to just share on your favorite on-line platform. You will spend two hours applying the techniques and concepts in the field.

Instructor: Eli Vega

Date and Time: Saturday, June 30, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.

Fee: $65

Students Needed to Make Class: 4

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Creative Embroidery

Art comes from a variety of mediums, whether in paint, wood, pencil, or cloth. This class will show you how to create a work of art using a needle and embroidery floss instead of paint. You will learn the embroidery stitches you need to complete your work of art: long & short, satin, and outline. If you have a knowledge of basics stiches, or need to learn the basics, this class is for you. Dorothy Anderson has been doing needlework for several years, including sewing, crocheting and needlepoint. Please bring embroidery floss, needles and scissors to class. Participants are encouraged to bring a pattern or picture they would like to create.

Instructor: Dorothy Anderson

Date and Time: Saturday, June 23, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

Fee: $55

Students Needed to Make Class: 4

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Digital Photography for Beginners

This online beginner’s photography course is aimed at beginners who own a DSLR camera and want to learn some of its amazing potential. Participants will learn how to operate their cameras in manual mode, make correct exposures and understand the basics like aperture, shutter speed and ISO. This beginner’s course not only explains the basic science and nature of photography, but also introduces hands-on practice sessions during which you will learn how to compose great shots, capture action on your camera, and the best ways to photograph people, objects and landscapes.  This course is great for all learners who want go beyond the automatic setting on the camera and learn how to apply the basic techniques of digital photography that will turn snapshots into great photographs.

Instructor: Jamie Seed

Date and Time: Online, June 18-July 30

Fee: $99

Students Needed to Make Class: 6

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Fiddling for Youth

Youth ages 7 through 17 are encouraged to come and learn more about playing the fiddle. Learn finger placement on the fingerboard, rhythmic bowing techniques, playing in various keys, good tone, notation, timing, double stops, harmony, effective practicing methods, and playing with guitar accompaniment. Students will need to bring a fiddle, bow, case, rosin, tuner and music stand to class.

Instructor: Jim Christensen

Date and Time: Thursdays, May 10-June 7 & June 28-July 19, 4-5 p.m.

Fee: $5

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Painting with Acrylics

Acrylic Paint has one of the most brief histories compared to other visual arts media. This course will provide those with basic skills or those returning to painting after a time away with one-on-one guidance through the painting process. This course will involve painting and drawing techniques with colorful Acrylic Paint. By following along with what you learn, you will complete a colorful painting at the end of the course that you will be proud to hang on the wall.

Instructor: Ashley Peerce

Date and Time: Saturday, June 2, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

Fee: $70

Students Needed to Make Class: 3

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Painting with Brenda Lawrence

Have you always wanted to paint but didn’t feel like you were capable?  This class is for you! Brenda Lawrence is certified by Bob Ross, a Partner in Painting with Wilson Bickford and has also studied with Gary Jenkins. Join us for a fun filled class where no previous experience is needed and you’ll walk away with a beautiful painting.  All supplies will be provided.

*Note- students will want to wear clothing suitable for painting and may bring a sack lunch.

Instructor: Brenda Lawrence

Date and Time: Saturday, July 21, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

Fee: $70

Students Needed to Make Class: 8

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Pen & Ink Basics

Learn the basics of pen & ink drawing, including horizontal lines, parallel lines, scribbles and loops, curves and rounded corners, stippling, crosshatching, parallel crosshatching and different pressures to transform a pencil drawing into a pen and ink painting. You will practice the 4 values to create volume - light or height, medium, reflected light and dark cast shadow. A student of art for many years, Dorothy Anderson has been interested in all mediums of art for most of her life. She is currently a member of the Palette Art League in Yellville. Please bring fine tip pens and sharpies. The instructor will provide all other supplies.

Instructor: Dorothy Anderson

Date and Time: Saturday, July 7 and 14, 10 a.m.-1 p.m.

Fee: $80

Students Needed to Make Class: 4

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Buffalo River Plein Air Painting

This class will provide an opportunity to paint the Buffalo River wilderness on site, at a location on the river.  Students will be taught the basics of plein air painting at a session held at Northark, and then will meet on two Saturday mornings at Pruitt and Steele Creek to paint on location. The final session will be held at the college to provide students an opportunity to complete paintings, share their experiences and bring any other painting questions to the instructor. Plein air painting is a long tradition that provides a unique and deep experience to the individual painter, while working around other artists. Paintbox easels will be provided. In the event of rain, onsite sessions will be rescheduled. All levels of ability are welcome.

Instructor: Cynthia Dollard

Date and Time: Thursday, June 7 & 21, 6-8 p.m.; Saturday, June 9 & 16, 8 a.m.-11 a.m.

Fee: $99

Students Needed to Make Class: 7

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Hiking Hemmed-in-HollowThe hike to Hemmed-in Hollow is sure to take your breath away.  The sandstone bluffs along the Buffalo River greet you as you finish the 1400 ft. decent down the mountain.  The trail opens to show the beauty of the Buffalo River and Ozark Mountains.  The highlight of the hike is the Hemmed-in Hollow falls that cascade nearly 210 feet off the Ozark Bluffs.  This 5-mile hike will include a steep climb out of the valley.

Instructor: Jeanie Waters

Date and Time: Saturday, June 23, 10 a.m.

Fee: $30

Students Needed to Make Class: 3

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Silver Seated AerobicsGet fit while you sit! This basic exercise class, for ages 50 and older, involves a combination of aerobic activity, strength building and stretching.  Using tubes, balls, and weights, you will improve your balance, flexibility, and range of motion.  This gentle class is open to anyone at any fitness level who is age 50 or older. 

Instructor: Donna Bundy

Date and Time: Tuesdays, 10:15 a.m.-11 a.m.; Thursdays, 9:15 a.m.-10:15 a.m.

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Silver Tai ChiGain more harmony and equilibrium in your life by integrating the mind and body elements of this ancient balanced, healing Chinese art. Feel great by increasing your energy, range of motion and flexibility through the gentle movements of Tai Chi. Practice fluid, low-impact exercises that improve your balance, coordination and stamina. This course is for anyone age 50 or older and is a beginning course for any fitness level.

Instructor: Donna Bundy

Date and Time: Mondays, 10:15-11:15 a.m.

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Fitness Classes Pricing Per Semester

$30 for one class
$50 for two classes
$60 for all three classes

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Introduction to Bees & Beekeeping

Are you interested in learning about beekeeping? If so, this class is for you! “Introduction to Bees and Beekeeping” will focus on the principles of beekeeping. These include the history of beekeeping, honeybee biology, plant and pollinator relationship, and essential equipment and requirements.  By the end of this class, participants will be able to maintain their own hives and help more experienced beekeepers with theirs.  There is no minimum age for the class, but children age 12 and younger may find the material difficult. This class is the first of six levels of training and advancement though the Midwest Master Beekeeper Program (MBP), a training and certification program provided by the Missouri Conservation Heritage Foundation.

Instructor: TBA

Date and Time: Tuesday and Thursday, June 12 and 14, 6 p.m.-8:30 p.m.

Fee: $85

Students Needed to Make Class: 6

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Apprentice Beekeeper

“Apprentice Beekeeper” will focus on hive health and management of your hive. This class will include information on how to check the health of your hive, how to monitor for pests and diseases, honeybee biology, swarm management, queen replacement, and other IPM recommendations.

Instructor: TBA

Date and Time: Tuesday and Thursday, July 17-19, 6 p.m.-8:30 p.m.

Fee: $85

Students Needed to Make Class: 6

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Northark Goes to Italy

North Arkansas College is offering a cultural immersion travel course to experience the wonders of Italy. This trip, will visit 4 cities in Italy, and will be led by a diverse, multidisciplinary team of Northark faculty and staff. It will offer attendees an in-depth experience of Italian culture, history, art, and literature. The trip is estimated to begin around May 12, 2019 and will be for 2-weeks; attendees will be required to attend a pre-trip preparation meeting and a post trip debriefing session.  Public “interest / sign-up” sessions to review the initial itinerary and to ask questions are as scheduled below.  Cost of Trip (includes airfare, accommodations – based on triple-occupancy rooms, 2 meals a day, in-country travel in Italy, and admission to all events/destinations): $3,700.

For more information, Contact: Jackson Murray. Email:; Phone: 870-391-3295, attend an information session, or visit the Short-Term Study Abroad webpage at:

Instructor: Jackson Murray

Date and Time: Thursday, June 7, 6 p.m.; Thursday, July 12, 6 p.m.; Thursday, Aug. 7, 6 p.m.

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Introduction to ExcelGet rid of that calculator. Become familiar with Excel's most popular features and you'll wonder how you ever got through without them. Start learning the basics such as entering text and numbers into spreadsheets and continue building your skills by learning formatting and basic formulas.  Data entry shortcuts, copying and moving data, and more will be covered.

Instructor: Kim Potts

Date and Time: Tuesday and Thursday, June 11-14, 5:30-7:30 p.m.

Fee: $99

Students Needed to Make Class: 3

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Advancing Through ExcelTake your knowledge of Excel to the next level with techniques that include making pivot tables and charts and using more formulas and data analysis to make tasks easier. Skills such as sorting and filtering data will be covered. Learn how to use various financial functions, grouping skills and how to consolidate your worksheets while also increasing your proficiency.

Instructor: Kim Potts

Date and Time: Tuesday and Thursday, June 18-21, 5:30-7:30 p.m.

Fee: $99

Students Needed to Make Class: 3

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Excel for the Experienced UserThis course covers how to use Excel for a variety of problem-solving tasks including using Excel as a database; data validation; data tables; financial functions and what-if analysis; Pivot Tables and Charts; Accessibility and Workbook protection.   This course covers automating everyday tasks in Excel.  This course is for advanced Excel users.

Instructor: Kim Potts

Date and Time: Monday, Tuesday and Thursday, June 25-28, 5:30-7:30 p.m.

Fee: $99

Students Needed to Make Class: 4

Register for Excel for the Experienced User

Contact UsSarah Bing
Assistant Director of Community & Concurrent Education
1st Floor of Durand Center
(870) 391-3100