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Spring 2015
*This adult education class is free for Individual, Couple and Seasonal Mandel JCC members


21st Century Digital Photography!
Designed for beginning to intermediated levels, this class is aimed at those photographers that want to take control of their cameras and capture the image they see through the viewfinder. Composition and lighting will be taught through hands-on lessons in studio and on location. Students are required to bring their own digital camera; advanced point & shoot, Super Zooms or SLR cameras are preferred. See cultural tours days trips; 2 photo excursions planned.

Instructor: David R. Randell studied photography at California Institute of the Arts and became a freelance commercial photographer, shooting the glitz of Beverly Hills lifestyles, images of the corporate world and the products marketed to all. In 1998, he relocated to Northern Palm Beach County, introducing David R. Randell Photographics; offering a full range of traditional and digital services.

> Mondays; Feb 16-Mar 9; 6:30-8:30 PM
  4 week session: $100/Member; $125/Guest

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Film Talk: From Brooklyn with Love and Humor: The Films of Woody Allen and Mel Brooks, Part II

This course continues our examination of the evolution of the films of Woody Allen and Mel Brooks. We will observe the different types of humor used, from jokes only New Yorkers will get, to Jewish humor, to more gentle non-ethnic humor. We will look at films that create situations of political absurdity, i.e. Bananas, to make a statement. Finally, we will look at the examples of scenes in which these two directors paid homage to great directors who came before them. Films to be shown are Woody Allen’s Play It Again Sam, Sleeper, and Love and Death and Mel Brook’s The Producers, and Young Frankenstein. All film selections are subject to change at the discretion of the instructor.

Instructor: Roberta Presser is an experienced film lecturer, drama teacher, and comes to us with a wealth of film experience. She earned a Master in Arts degree from Columbia University and attended Columbia’s Graduate Film School. She has worked as an assistant director, assistant to the producer, production assistant, and unit location manager on such films as The Blues Brothers, Friday the 13th, Part II, Princess Daisy, He Knows You’re Alone, and Circle of Two. Currently, Ms. Presser designs and presents film courses for the United Federation of Teachers Retiree Programs.

> Tuesdays; Feb 10, 17, 23, Mar 3, 10; 12:30-3:00 PM
   $40/Member*; $60/Guest; $15/Class

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Art Across the Centuries: Part II
The first class in this 5 part series will introduce you to artists from Germany, Spain, England and Italy. The second class will discuss the Impressionists from America. Then, we will celebrate “New York City through Art” as we consider the work of the Ashcan School painters and other important realists. The fourth class, Spanish Art of the Golden Age is an exciting survey from El Greco to Velazquez, adding Goya, who speaks more to modernity than to his own 18th century. Finally, follow Henry Matisse and his contribution to modern art as well as his friendship and rivalry with Pablo Picasso, which resulted in a fascinating and often productive engagement.

Instructor: Joan Lipton, Ph.D is an experienced art historian, lecturer and dedicated scholar with the desire to promote the study of art and culture in her audiences. She earned a Master’s degree in art history from Hunter College, and a PhD in art history, from the City University of New York Graduate Center. Dr. Lipton has taught art history at several colleges in New Jersey, and given lectures on the subject at different venues including the Monmouth Arts Guild, and The Society of the Four Arts in Palm Beach. 

> Thursdays; Mar 19-Apr 30; (no class Apr 9 & 12); 1:00-3:00 PM
   $40/Member*; $60/Guest; $15/Class

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Film Talk: The Legacy of Ernst Lubitsch and Preston Sturges
With the advent of “talkies” the need for dialogue grew, and Ernst Lubitsch filled it with his witty, urbane comedies of the 30s and 40s. He influenced generations of screenwriter/directors from Preston Sturges to Billy Wilder to Nora Ephron. We will learn what constitutes “the Lubitsch touch” and see how Preston Sturges implemented it in his own filmmaking. The films for this course are Lubitsch’s Ninotchka, The Shop around the Corner, To Be or not To Be, and Sturges’s Sullivan’s Travels and The Lady Eve. All film selections are subject to change at the discretion of the instructor.

Instructor: Roberta Presser is an experienced film lecturer, drama teacher, and comes to us with a wealth of film experience. She earned a Master in Arts degree from Columbia University and attended Columbia’s Graduate Film School. She has worked as an assistant director, assistant to the producer, production assistant, and unit location manager on such films as The Blues Brothers, Friday the 13th, Part II, Princess Daisy, He Knows You’re Alone, and Circle of Two. Currently, Ms. Presser designs and presents film courses for the United Federation of Teachers Retiree Programs.

> Tuesdays; Apr 14-May 12; 12:30-3:00 PM
   $40/Member*; $60/Guest; $15/Class

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Fine Jewelry With Beads – Beginners
Discover and awaken your creative side in this six session course. Learn how to make your own fine jewelry with beads in a friendly relaxed environment. Ingrid will guide you through the process step by step, and you’ll walk away with a finished piece after each lesson. For the first class, you will receive a small starter kit to complete one item, and a supply list for the materials you will need to purchase for the other classes.

Instructor: Ingrid Webster started stringing beads as a hobby twenty six years ago. Her avocation quickly grew into a profession. She is known in Palm Beach County as a pearl and bead expert, having served several dozens of jewelers by designing and repairing their pearl jewelry. Ingrid has taught classes in fine jewelry making with beads at our JCC, Michaels, Beads on the Avenue, Crystal Creations, The Gem and Mineral Society of the Palm Beaches, various country clubs, and senior living establishments such as The Classic.

> Thursdays; Mar 5-Apr 16 (no class April 2); 10:00 AM-12:00 PM 
   $94/Member; $108/Guest; $20/ClassPre-registration required.

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