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Adult Enrichment Courses

College of DuPage Continuing Education provides adults of all ages with a variety of enrichment programming. Community members interested in receiving our class schedule at home are encouraged to join our Mailing List

Due to the extended closure of campus, Continuing Education is excited to offer many online course options for the Summer 2020 term. Registered participants are required to have access to a computer or other media device (i.e. iPad) with a camera and a microphone. Courses will be taught via Zoom and/or the Blackboard online learning management program. For optimal program success, registration for online classes may close 48 business hours prior to course start date.  

Register online today by visiting www.myaccess.cod.edu. Upon registration, students must provide a personal email address. Please check your spam/junk folder periodically for important course information.

Instructor leads watercolor painting class

Watercolor painting class instructor, Pam Keller, leading a class.

Adult student working on her first quilt

An enrichment student works on her first quilt.

Adults with quilts

The Holiday Quilting Class poses with their final products.

Adult students learning tai chi

Enrichment students learning the art of Tai Chi.

Adult student practicing calligraphy

A student perfecting his stroke in Renaissance Calligraphy.

Colored Pencil Drawing: Beginner and Beyond

Discover the endless possibilities of the colored pencil medium! To create vibrant drawings, each week we will explore a variety of different colored pencil techniques and tools such as stippling, hatching, crosshatching, impressed line, graffito, blending, burnishing, colorless blending, etc.! A supply list will be emailed before class. Instructor: Jennifer Scavone

Tuesday July 7 to Aug. 4
6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
ART-0001-900, $119

Cover Me: Frida Kahlo

What better way is there to learn about an artist than to emulate his or her work? Much like musician will play covers of favorite songs, students will use this centuries-old teaching method to recreate a particular artist's work. Students will create a copy, or "cover," in the artistic style of the famous artist and read the artist's own writings to learn more about the history of the artist and style. A supply list will be emailed before class. Instructor: Jennifer Scavone

Wednesday, July 22 to 29
6 to 9 p.m.
ART-0002-904, $29

Frida Kahlo: Symbolic Self-Portrait

Study the self-portraits of Frida Kahlo and create your own "Symbolic Self-Portrait" in the manner of Frida Kahlo using pencil, colored pencil and/or watercolor media! A supply list will be emailed before class. Instructor: Jennifer Scavone

Thursday, July 9 to Aug. 6
6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
ART-0004-902, $119


Watercolor for Beginners and Beyond

Enjoy the next step in your watercolor exploration. Using skills acquired from previous experience, build on various wash and finishing techniques and advance your competence and confidence in the art of watercolor. A supply list will be emailed before class. Instructor: Jennifer Scavone

Friday, July 10 to Aug 7
6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
ART-0002-902, $119

Watercolor II

Expand your watercolor painting skills and learn new techniques. A supply list will be emailed before class. Instructor: Pam Keller

Tuesday, July 14 to Aug. 18
10 a.m. to noon
ART-0002-908, $119

Register online today by visiting www.myaccess.cod.edu

Windows 10

Designed for beginners and those looking to become more proficient at using Windows 10. Learn how to use common features and file management strategies. Topics include proper set-up for maximum security, how to use File Explorer, and how to access important settings. Class meetings will be held via Zoom, a meeting invite will be emailed before class begins. Students will need access to a computer with high-speed internet and Windows 10, a webcam and microphone. Instructor: Richard Morton

Monday and Wednesday, July 27 to Aug. 5
4 to 6 p.m.
COMPT-0006-901, $85

Register online today by visiting www.myaccess.cod.edu

On-Ground courses will continue in the Fall 2020 term.  In the meantime, view free online videos on the Continuing Education YouTube channel

On ground course offerings will continue during the Fall 2020 term. In the meantime, view free online videos on the Continuing Education YouTube channel.

Understanding Beer Styles

Beer styles continue to evolve and with craft brews increasing in popularity, there are many different varieties of beers available. Expand your knowledge of the many styles of beer including ingredients, brewing methods, serving temperature and more.  A supply list will be emailed before class. Instructor: Marty Nachel

Friday, July 10
6:30 to 9:30 p.m.
LEISR-0004-914, $35

Food and Beer Pairing

Join us for this exciting journey through the art of pairing beer and food. Learn about beer ingredients, styles and flavors. Gain an understanding of how flavors in food and beer complement each other and the knowledge to the right beer to accompany your meal.

Thursday, July 23
7:30 to 9 p.m.
LEISR-0004-916, $19 

History of Beer

Are you a craft beer enthusiast, home brewer or just a history buff? This one-day workshop will take you from prehistoric times to prohibition through modern-day to learn about brewing and beer history and traditions.

Tuesday, August 4
7:30 to 9 p.m.
LEISR-0004-918, $19

Register online today by visiting https://myaccess.cod.edu

Join us this Fall for Fabulous Fri-Yays! These are fun and educational classes on Friday nights.  Explore an exciting hobby, meet new people, or discover artistic skills you never knew you had! These classes are sure to make your Friday nights more fabulous! 

On ground course offerings will continue during the Fall 2020 term. In the meantime, view free online videos on the Continuing Education YouTube channel.

So You Want to Be a Professional Organizer 

Could you spend hours color coding and labeling just for fun? Does the sight of neatly folded clothes, bedding, and towels make your heart sing? Do friends and family come to you for organizing help? If so, Professional Organizing may be the career for you. Learn about the types of organizing services, where and how to get training, the first steps to setting up your own business and more. Instructor: Cathy Feltz

Wednesday, July 8
10 a.m. to noon
LEISR-0032-910, $25

Decorating Diagnosis

Don't replace what you have—rearrange it and give it a whole new look! Let a professional redesigner provide the diagnosis and treatment for spaces that are bland, overcrowded with furniture, lacking the right lighting or otherwise uninviting. Acquire tips on how to use the furniture and accessories you already own to change not only the look of your home, but also how you feel in it.Instructor: GraceAnn Simoni

Saturday July 25
9:30 to 11:30 a.m.
LEISR-0032-904, $25

Register online today by visiting www.myaccess.cod.edu

Conversational Italian 1

Learn practical present tense vocabulary, correct pronunciation, and the basic sentence structure necessary to understand and begin to formulate conversations in Italian. Particular focus on learning numbers, days of the week and how to communicate basic information about yourself.

Monday, June 15 to July 13
11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
LANGS-0001-902, $149

Watch a video preview of Conversational Italian 1 here!

Conversational Italian 2

Add to your Italian vocabulary and improve conversational skills through practical dialogues. Gain a deeper perspective of Italian culture and learn to read and comprehend written Italian.This section expands your knowledge on future tense,seasons, special occasions an more! Prerequisite: Italian I or equivalent experience

Monday, July 20 to Aug. 17
11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
LANGS-0001-903, $149

Conversational Italian 7

This class is for those with an expert knowledge of Italian language looking to further improve conversation skills. Topics will delve deeper into the Italian culture. 

Thursday, June 4 to July 2
11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
LANGS-0001-904, $149

Conversational Italian 8

Building on the skills honed in Italian 7, students with an advanced knowledge of Italian looking to expand both conversation and cultural skills will register for this class. 

Thursday, July 9 to Aug. 6
11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
LANGS-0001-905, $149

 

Register online today by visiting www.myaccess.cod.edu.

Mindfulness Meditation

Learn centuries old meditation techniques to relax and increase your overall sense of well-being. Explore the benefits of developing a regular meditation practice to improve health, strengthen the immune system, and release stress and anxiety. Textbook recommended, but not required. Instructor: Stephanie Frantz

Tuesday, July 14 to Aug 4
noon to 1 p.m.
LEISR-0061-903, $35

Wednesday, July 15 to Aug. 5
8 to 9 p.m.
LEISR-0061-904, $35

Secrets to Living a Long Life

Learn sound dietary habits and balanced, healthy lifestyles that can lengthen your life. Inspired by the best-selling book of the same name, this program summarizes the nutrition and lifestyles of the world's five most remarkable longevity hotspots. Instructor: John Robertson

Wednesday, Aug. 5
6 to 9 p.m.
LEISR-0061-927, $29

Boost Your Self-Esteem with Healthy Boundaries

Boundaries are an important part of the process in making self-honoring choices and boosting your self-esteem. Learn proven ways on how to set and communicate healthy boundaries while improving your self-esteem. Instructor: Diane Randall

Saturday, July 11
9 to 11 a.m.
LEISR-0067-906, $25


Break Free of Unhealthy Habits

Are you struggling with negative habits you can't seem to break? Learn life changing strategies to help you convert unhealthy habits into healthy ones. Get insightful tips that you can use right away and improve your life and overall well-being! This class will be taught virtually using the Blackboard platform and Zoom. Instructor: Diane Randall

Saturday, Aug. 1
9 to 11 a.m.
LEISR-0067-902, $25

Register online today by visiting www.myaccess.cod.edu

Learn to Play the Ukulele

Enjoy the ease of learning and playing the ukulele. This versatile instrument can be used for all kinds of music, from classical to pop. Learn about the ukulele and how to play it, starting with basic chords and common songs, moving up to basic pop tunes. You don't need to have previous music instrument training. The course fee includes a ukulele, pitch pipe and song book. Students must provide an email address and a valid mailing address upon registration so course materials can be delivered properly. Course registration will be end on Thursday July 2nd to ensure that instruments can be mailed out. Instructor: Todd Volker

MUSIC-0001-902
Saturday July 18th
9 a.m. to noon
$147

Harmonica Private Lessons

Online private harmonica lessons are available with instructor David Kachalon.  Sessions are 30 minutes long for a total of 4 hours and are conducted through the Zoom platform.  For more information please contact Jennifer Lange at langej89@cod.edu. 

Harmonica Private Lesson Session I
MUSIC-0006-900
Available May 26 to Aug. 17 

Harmonica Private Lesson Session II
MUSIC-0006-9002
Available May 26 to Aug. 17

Register online today by visiting www.myaccess.cod.edu

Online private music lessons are available for most traditional band and orchestra instrument for all ages through the Music Academy.

Natural Beauty: Summer Photography

Enjoy the many wonders of nature through your camera lens! Discussion topics include various approaches to capturing landscapes, flowers, reflections and wildlife using composition and lighting. Course lecture will be held via Zoom, a meeting invite will be emailed before class begins. Students will need access to a computer with high-speed internet, webcam and microphone, a DSLR camera and an outdoor space to practice skills such as backyard garden or local Forest Preserve. Instructor: Erica Benson

Wednesday, July 15 to Aug. 5
6:30 to 8 p.m.
PHOTO-0001-901, $65

Sports Photography

Learn the basic techniques to become a better sports photographer. Discussion topics include appropriate camera lenses and tips and tricks to photographing various summer sports. Course lecture will be held via Zoom, a meeting invite will be emailed before class begins. Students will need access to a computer with high-speed internet, webcam and microphone, a DSLR camera, a telephoto lens and a willing participant to demonstrate activities such as dribbling, throwing and bike riding to practice skills. Instructor: Erica Benson

Saturday, July 18 to August 1
9 to 10 a.m.
PHOTO-0001-902, $35

Register online today by visiting www.myaccess.cod.edu

Ten Minute Playwriting

For the last 20 or more years the ten-minute play form has
taken on immense popularity.There are festivals across the country that produce these short plays. The challenge is for writers to take all of the elements they are accustomed to in a full-length play and distill it down to a ten-minute format.Paul Barile has written and produced dozens of ten-minute plays an play festivals. This class will help you understand ever element from writing the play to physically formatting it to where you can send it for possible production or publication.

Monday, July 6 to July 20 
7 to 9 p.m.
HUMNT-0002-700, $79

Creative Writing

Join novelist/playwright/poet Paul Barile as we go deeper into the exploration of writing. This class focuses on developing your voice as a writer, as well as techniques to create a solid foundation for telling your story. The first class is designed to give you a taste of some of the various disciplines of writing. This further exploration becomes a more personal journey into the stories that are inside of you. Class will be conducted in Zoom and registration closes 48 business hours before the star date.

Wednesday, July 8 to July 22
7 to 9 p.m.
HUMNT-0002-701, $79

Memoir Writing 

Using a variety of tools and prompts, create a piece of literary non-fiction that reflects who you are and what makes your experience unique. Through the course of the day identify the most important moments of your life and turn them into stories for readers. There is no topic too marginal or too grand. There is only you and your story and you might be amazed at how many people might be interested in hearing it. Class will be conducted in Zoom and registration closes 48 business hours before the start date.

Friday, July 10 to July 24
7  to 9 p.m.
HUMNT-0002-702, $79 

Register online today by visiting www.myaccess.cod.edu.

Writing Workshop

Registered students will be able to identify, study, practice and develop key elements of creative writing; write and revise manuscripts.
Learn to contrast genres and how they differ from mainstream fiction as well as understanding of publishing. Program is online and require students have access to wifi, computer/tablet and microphone or audio. Please be advised class will be hosted in Zoom and the instructor will email participants the Zoom link for class. Be sure to register with a valid personal email. Instructor: Mardelle Fortier

Thursday, July 9 to Aug. 13
10 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
HUMNT-0002-710, $109

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Contact Information

Continuing Education
Student Resource Center (SRC), Room 1110, (630) 942-2208
Email: CE@cod.edu
Fax: (630) 942-3785

All COD facilities are closed to the public until further notice. If you are attempting to register for a class, Please leave a message and Continuing Education staff will return your call as soon as possible. You can also reach us by email at ce@cod.edu at any time.