The winter quarter classes at the Davis Adult and Community Education School start this week — and there are several new and unusual courses being offered. Among them:
* There is a class in Hapkido, “an eclectic Korean martial art,” according to the course description. “Hapkido is based on the principle that the mind and the body must be trained in harmony — classes include instruction in philosophy, meditation, breathing exercises, stretching, striking with hands, feet, elbows, knees and other body parts, throws, takedowns, rolls and grab defense,” with an emphasis on “techniques effective in real-life situations.”
* Another new class is “Oil Painting — the Dutch/Flemish Approach.” During this six-week course, artists will be introduced to and develop their ability to use the learn to “paint like the old masters and pop surrealists. Students will learn how to transfer their drawings onto the canvas, painting a grisaille and then layering color.”
* Techies (and aspiring techies) will want to consider the new courses in MS Word 2010 (focusing on basic text formatting, document formatting, insert tools, finishing tools, forms and templates) and MS PowerPoint and Prezi (focusing on slide layout and design, insert tools, animations, slide show timing, and the use of digital photos, clipart and graphics).
* “The Buck Stops Here — Personal Finance” aims to develop powerful tools for managing your personal budget and planning for your dreams. This class meets for just four sessions, and participants can focus on the areas that are causing them concern.
* “The Pitch — How to Get Your Ideas Funded by Investors” will teach entrepreneurs about the basics of pitching their company to investors, and how to put an ideal pitch deck together. Topics to be covered include competetive analysis, market research, and which investors to pitch.
A related course is “The Virtual Office — Your Time Is Money, and Making Money Is Your Business,” which teaches business owners and entrepreneurs how to save money, while growing their business, by using online, cloud-based tools, many of which are free.
* “Japanese Conversation and Culture” offers an introduction to the spoken language, as well as reading and writing. Students will be encouraged to memorize Japanese characters, and learn expressions and idioms useful in travel.
* “Ethnic Vegetarian Cooking” will introduce students to flavors from Greece, Italy, France, Thailand, India and Morocco. Learn how to prepare tasty, healthy, original plant-based specialties like moussaka, red curry with pumpkin, gratin dauphinois and more. No passport required — only an open mind and an apron.
The Adult School is also offering popular continuing courses in arts and crafts (everything from “Basic Sewing Skills” to “Creating With Polymer Clay for Beginners” to “Woodworking” and more), computers and photography (courses in digital imaging, website design, and popular software packages like Access and Excel), fitness and health (“Body Sculpting,” Pilates, qigong, tai chi, yoga and zumba), world languages (Arabic, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Spanish), and useful courses like “Bike Repair,” “Growing a Kitchen Garden,” “Welding for Beginners” and classes for English learners.
For information and online registration, go to http://dace.djusd.net and follow the link. Or call 530-757-5380. Classes meet in a variety of locations around Davis. Classes are fee-based, with the amount of tuition varying depending on how many times the class meets, and the materials involved. The Davis Adult and Community Education School is part of the Davis Joint Unified School District. The winter quarter runs through March 13.