Discoveries: Inspirations, January 15, 2018

Moderators: Karen Bowes-Sewell and Sybil Tinker
Registration Fee: $25
Time: 5 weeks, Monday, Noon to 1:15 PM, January 15 to February 12
Location: Pine Dale Motor Inn
Format: Videos and Discussion

Tales of grief and woe are showcased routinely in the daily news. The hopeful story is far more elusive and appears as an afterthought, given a little nod by the grace of more serious affairs. Such a worldview is arguably lopsided and could be characterized as “Chicken Little Syndrome”.  This course offers inspirational stories as an offering of light in the dark days of deep winter. Please join us to consider ingenious solutions to intractable social problems, original thinking that reveals links between music and architecture, the value of play and storytelling, and more.

Presentations not required.

Introduction to Drawing, January 15, 2018

Moderators: Richard Sewell
Registration Fee: $25
Time: 5 weeks, Monday, 2:00 to 4:00 PM, January 15 to February 12
Location: Pine Dale Motor Inn
Format: Instructional

Learning to draw can be understood as a collection of experiences to which we can pay attention rather than a set of skills to be acquired. We begin with a focus on how we participate physically and move on to an object that catches our interest enough to want to draw it. Finally, we reflect on the process of interpretation, the choices we made, and perhaps something about what worked for us and what did not. We differentiate, enjoy and learn. Please join us for a  practical and reflective process that can be taken away to explore at home. Materials fee: $10.

 

Discoveries: Sound Effects, February 26, 2018

Moderators: Nancy Winters
Registration Fee: $25
Time: 5 weeks, Monday, Noon to 1:15 PM, February 26 to March 26
Location: Pine Dale Motor Inn
Format: Videos and Discussion

One of our most popular courses was one in which the members were invited to bring recordings of their favourite musician, or composer, or composition.  Some of us still remember what we brought to the table and the explanations of why it was important to us.  In this course attendees will have the opportunity to share the importance of certain music in their lives, with short examples, but also to describe soundscapes that influence them in intense ways.  The subject, therefore, is sound and how it affects us day by day.

 

Energy, February 26, 2018

Moderators:  Mike Ash
Registration Fee:  $25
Time:  5 weeks, Monday, 2:00 to 4:00 PM, February 26 to March 26
Location:  Pine Dale Motor Inn
Format:  Presentations and Discussion

Course Summary with Suggested Topics

We take it for granted and use it all the time, but what do we know about energy? According to Einstein energy and mass are directly related (E = mc2).  Energy can be converted in form, but not created or destroyed.  If an object acquires energy (e.g. heat) its mass will increase slightly. There are over a dozen forms of energy – mechanical, electrical, nuclear, radiant, chemical, magnetic, potential, gravitational, etc.  We need energy to live and perform work.

What does this all mean in our world?  Let’s explore some aspects of energy that we may not normally be aware of and examine the implications for today and tomorrow.  How do we plan for our future requirements; is there anything more important?