Adult Enrichment Courses

Spring 2020 Course Highlights

We've chosen a few courses to share with you here. Find all of our classes in our Schedule of Classes online. If you don't already receive our schedule at your home, please let us know.

Acrylic Painting
Learn various techniques of using acrylic paint.  Explore applying glazes, impasto, and layering.  Instructor: Pam Keller

Thursday, March 5 to April 2
2 to 4 p.m. (change from the printed program guide)
ART-0002-013, $145; Lifelong Learner $129
Student Resource Center (SRC), Room 1119

Tuesday, March 17 to April 21
10 to 11:50 a.m.
ART-0002-021, $145; Lifelong Learner $129
Naperville Center, Room 23

Drawing: Beginners and Beyond
Continue exploring the art of drawing by expanding your techniques. A supply list will be mailed before class. Instructor: Pam Keller

Wednesday, March 4 to April 1
6 to 8 p.m.
ART-0001-002, $145, Lifelong Learner $129
Berg Instructional Center (BIC), Room 1437

Etsy Basics
Gain an overview of the Etsy site from the perspective of both seller and buyer. Learn the basics of setting up an account, establishing an Etsy shop and getting it stocked. Instructor: Tiffany Simmons

Monday, March 2
6:30-9:30 p.m.
ART-0004-004, $29
Student Resource Center (SRC), Room 1118

Frida Kahlo: Her Life and Works
Explore the fascinating imaginary of Frida Kahlo derived from the artifacts and nature of Mexico as well as the biographical and historical circumstances of her life and times. Instructor: Jennifer Scavone

Tuesday, Feb. 25 to March 24
6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
ART-0004-020, $119, Lifelong Learner $109
Berg Instructional Center (BIC), Room 1429

Italic Calligraphy
Come learn the beautiful art of Italic Calligraphy! Italic script is an elegant style written with a broad edge pen. Letterform consistency and spacing are emphasized to help students develop their eye as well as their hand. Students will also learn some variations of Italic, as well as exploring the tools of the calligrapher. Although this class is geared towards beginner/intermediate students, all levels are welcome. A supply list will be mailed before class. Instructor: Matt Wright

Thursday, March 12 to April 23
9a.m. to noon (no class 4/2)
ART-0005-002, $119
Student Resource Center (SRC), Room 1119

Kiln-Formed Glass
Kiln forming glass is an age old art that predates blown glass. Create your own fascinating art pieces in this beginning workshop. Students will learn glass preparation, design principles, sources, effects of different techniques, color theories, and various finishing methods. Individual attention will be emphasized. Students can expect to complete up to 4 pieces. The first week of class will be project creation. The pieces will be finished off-site and students can pick up the following week and have their pieces assessed by the instructor. A supply list will be mailed before class. Instructor: Jason Boebinger

Saturday, April 18 to 25
9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
ART-0004-100, $139
Student Resource Center (SRC), Room 1119

Making Theater Happen: Behind the Scenes with the Buffalo Theater Ensemble
A crucial part of a live performance happens beyond the public eye. From research to production, this course includes lectures and behind the scenes experiences with the Buffalo Theatre Ensemble (BTE) at their rehearsals. Students will enhance their appreciation for theatre by examining the many elements of play mounting and production. The course is led by BTE ensemble members for the production "Naperville". The course fee includes a script and a voucher for two tickets to the production at the MAC.

Wednesday, April 15 to 29
6:30 to 8 p.m.
ART-0004-006, $129, Lifelong Learner $99
On campus in Glen Ellyn

Sequential Art 
Through a combination of visual challenges and creating stories, students and learn effective and dynamic methods of telling a story visually. Students will utilize preferred methods of drawing to create projects including storyboards, comics, and graphic novels. Students should bring supplies for their preferred method of drawing, either sketch pad and pencils or an iPad for digital drawing.
Instructor: Rick Lundeen

Saturday, March 21 to May 2
1:30 to 4p.m. (no class 4/11)
ART-0004-003, $129; Lifelong Learner $129
Student Resource Center (SRC), Room 1118

Watercolor—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. Instructor Jennifer Scavone

Friday, March 20 to May 15
6:30 to 8:30 p.m. (no class April 10)
ART-0002-009, $185; Lifelong Learner $169
Student Resource Center (SRC), Room 1119

Credit Score Management
Late payments, job loss, foreclosure and bankruptcy can have a negative impact on your credit score. Banks and credit card companies use credit scores to determine whether to qualify applicants for loans or home purchases, as well as the rate of interest charged. Learn ways to improve your credit score and build your financial future. Instructor: Jim Droske

Wednesday, Feb. 19
7 to 9 p.m.
PROED-0021-007, $39
Berg Instructional Center (BIC), Room 1A05

The 12 Universal Laws of Successful Investing
Discover the 12 Universal Laws which are your clues to investment success and help you protect what you have. Learn how to make your returns more predictable, investing less stressful and yourself more successful.

Thursday, March 19
7 to 9 p.m.
PROED-0021-005, $49, Lifelong Learner $29
Berg Instructional Center (BIC), Room 1A03

Top 10 IRA Mistakes
Discover the top 10 mistakes related to Individual Retirement Accounts (IRAs) and learn how to avoid them. Discussion includes information about conversion and beneficiary designation, as well as strategies to maximize value and minimize taxes. Instructor: John Gajkowski

Thursday, March 5
7 to 9 p.m.
PROED-0021-002, $45, Lifelong Learner $29
Student Resource Center (SRC), Room 1118

Latin Dance for Beginners
Explore exciting new dance moves in this introductory course for couples or singles. Students will learn the popular Latin styles of the Rumba and Salsa. You'll learn how to navigate around the dance floor while discovering some fun Latin dances. You are not required to sign up with a partner but are encouraged to sign up with a friend! Instructor: Corinne Smith

Wednesday, March 11 to April 23
7 to 8 p.m. (no class April 2)
FITN-0001-006, $79
Physical Education Center (PEC), Room 135

Say Goodbye to Antacids
If you suffer from heartburn, acid reflux, or indigestion, you may benefit from these simple and effective exercises.  Learn gentle movements that have the potential to reduce or eliminate these issues.  Instructor:  John Roberston 

Wednesday, March 11
6 to 9 p.m.
FITN-0001-020; $49
Berg Instructional Center (BIC), Room 1A03

Fundamentals of Sauce Making
Sauces add flavor, color, and taste to many dishes. Learn the basics of sauce pairings from meats to desserts. Participants are guided through demonstration and also work hands-on as we go through varieties of sauce basics. Instructor: Kara Tegmeyer

Sunday, April 19 to May 3
1 to 4 p.m.
LEISR-0004-009, $129
Culinary and Hospitality Center (CHC), Room 1013

History of Beer
The rich history of beer spans thousands of years. This one-day workshop will take you from the middle ages to prohibition through modern-day to learn about brewing and beer history, origins and traditions.

Wednesday, April 15
6 to 9 p.m.
LEISR-0004-016, $45
Culinary and Hospitality Center (CHC), Room 1021

Understanding Beer Styles
Beer styles continue to evolve and with craft brews increasing in popularity, the varieties of beers available is endless. You will be led through a tasting session to expand your knowledge of the many styles of beer including ingredients, brewing methods, serving temperature and more.

Friday, March 6
6 to 9 p.m.
LEISR-0004-014, $59
Culinary and Hospitality Center (CHC), Room 1021

Basic Aviation II
Discover how to operate aircraft in busy airport environments and how to navigate through the United States Airspace System. Explore the various certificates and ratings that pilots can obtain and how to earn them. This course will help prepare students to take the sport pilot or private pilot FAA knowledge exams. Prior enrollment in Basic Aviation I is recommended. Instructor: Dr. Alyssa Pasquale

Tuesday, April 9 to 30
6 to 8 p.m.
LEISR-0067-032, $125, Lifelong Learner $99
On campus in Glen Ellyn

Beyond the Basics Knitting Series
Learn new knitting techniques and create exciting and interesting projects.  Students should know how to cast-on, bind-off, knit and purl.  Students should bring size 8 straight needles, scissors to cut yarn and two contrasting colors of medium weight yarn in wool or acrylic (no cotton). Instructor: Elizabeth Houlihan

Cables, Braids, and Bobbles
Hand-knit Irish sweaters from the Aran Isles are known for their intricate designs composed of cables, braids and bobbles. These complex elements are actually quite simple. Learn these techniques by making a sampler swatches.

Saturday, March 14
9 a.m. to noon
LEISR-0045-008, $49
Berg Instructional Center (BIC), Room 1429

Fair Isle Strand Knitting
Fair Isle sweaters are famous for their use of color and intricate patterns on flat knitting. These sweaters have been called "Poems in Color". Use a color wheel for informed color selection to create harmonious knitting with impact. Learn how to achieve even tension and avoid puckers. Master these techniques by making a sample swatch.

Thursday, March 19
6:30 to 9:30 p.m.
LEISR-0045-009, $49
Student Resource Center (SRC), Room 1123

Brioche and Knit One Below
Brioche knitting produces an unusual stitch structure which is very dramatic in two colors. The technique can produce a ribbed fabric with different colors on each side or a fabric with colors of color on a knit surface. This style can be knit on straight needles or circular needles with some modifications. Knit One Below is an entirely different technique that yields the same results. Students will learn 8 variations and make sample swatches.

Saturday, Apr. 18
9 a.m. to noon
LEISR-0045-010, $49
Student Resource Center (SRC), Room 1123

Crocheting Basics
Learn the basics of crocheting: chain, single crochet, double crochet, simple shaping and how to read basic patterns. Bring one skein of solid, light-colored #4 medium-weight yarn and size U.S. H-8 (5mm) crochet hook to first class. Instructor: Kelly McFadden

Thursday, Feb. 20 to March 19
6:30 to 9:30 p.m.
LEISR-0045-012, $119
Berg Instructional Center (BIC), Room 2445

Exploring Numismatics 
Coins and currency hold a rich history, making collecting a rewarding hobby. This class will introduce the basics of collecting coins, currency, tokens and medallions. Hold history in your hands as you learn about numismatics in earlier times, geography, and culture. Learn which coins and currency are collectible, storage tips, proper handling, grading, value and pricing. Students can bring coins to class for discussion. Instructor: John Kent

Saturday, March 7 (one-day workshop)
7 to 9 p.m.
LEISR-0067-107, $39
Student Resource Center (SRC), Room 1128 

Thursday, April 9 to 30
2 to 4 p.m.
LEISR-0067-104, $99, Lifelong Learner $79
Berg Instructional Center (BIC), Room 1A01

Sewing Basics II
Build on basic skills and acquire advanced sewing techniques. Focus on simple pattern adjustments, different types of fabrics, zipper insertion and other details that may include collars, sleeves and waistbands. Construct a garment in class. Sewing machines are available for in-class use, but you can bring your own machine along with the machine's manual. A supply list is mailed prior to class and materials will be discussed on the first day of program. Instructor: Donna Anzalone

Tuesday, March 10 to April 28
6:30 to 9:30 p.m. (no class March 31)
LEISR-0045-002, $199
Student Resource Center (SRC), Room 1123

Quilt Making
Transform fabric and thread into a gorgeous quilt! Learn how to piece the top, add borders, quilt the layers, and sew on the binding. Using fabric of your choice, you will create a beautiful quilt to showcase. This class is for beginners and beyond. Instructor: Donna Anzalone

Wednesday, March 11 to April 1
6:30 to 9:00 p.m.
LEISR-0045-006, $119
Student Resource Center (SRC), Room 1123

Downsizing: The Art and Challenge of Letting Go
Looking to downsize or simplify your current home? This class can help you to declutter and organize for your current needs and lifestyle. Learn great tips on how to keep only what you love in your space for optimal function. Discover how to sift through your treasures and find the gold. Instructor: Cathy Feltz

Wednesday, April 22
1 to 3 p.m.
LEISR-0032-108, $39

Gardening for a Lifetime
Do you love gardening but are having increased difficulty keeping up with the maintenance and care? Learn how to adapt your garden for all ages and abilities so you can enjoy this outdoor activity for years to come.

Saturday, April 18
9:30 to 11:30 a.m.
LEISR-0032-304, $45
Health and Science Center (HSC), Room 1135

Houseplants 101
Indoor plants can improve a home's air quality while providing added beauty. Learn how to choose the best houseplants for your environment and the most health benefits. Learn to how to maintain these plants and basic propagation methods.

Wednesday, March 4
6 to 8:30 p.m.
LEISR-0032-308, $49
Student Resource Center (SRC), Room 1119

Success with Succulents
Enjoy the unique beauty of these wildly popular, low-maintenance plants by learning proper planting techniques and maintenance. Students will each receive two succulents and planting materials. Each student will need to bring their own pot or glass container.

Wednesday, Feb. 26
6 pm to 8:30 pm
LEISR-0032-302, $59
Student Resource Center (SRC), Room 1119

The Magic of Minimalism 
Have you ever wondered if minimalism is the lifestyle choice for you? Take this informative class and learn minimalist basics, the many benefits of minimalism and steps to take to begin your journey toward a more intentional and simplified life! Instructor: Cathy Feltz

Wednesday, March 11
1 to 3 p.m.
LEISR-0032-107, $45
Student Resource Center (SRC), Room 1119


Mindfulness Meditation
Train your mind the way you train your body for the perfect way to stay centered. 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. A textbook is recommended, but not required. Instructor: Stephanie Frantz

Tuesday, April 7 to 28
Noon to 1 p.m.
LEISR-0061-003, $55
McAninch Arts Center (MAC), Room 260

Monday, April 6 to 27
8 to 9 p.m.
LEISR-0061-006, $55
Naperville Center (NC), Room 21

Mind Mapping
Learn how to utilize this creative, visual tool for "mapping out" ideas. This fun tool uses diagrams to organize ideas and better solve problems. Mapping can be applied to job searches, personal planning and many other topics. Instructor: Dr. Nancy Kratz

Tuesday, March 3 to 10
6 to 8:30 p.m.
LEISR-0061-100, $79
Berg Instructional Center (BIC), Room 1A03 


Contouring and Highlighting
Highlighting and contouring is for all ages and can be used to define your features naturally. Learning more about your skin, and the placement of products is an easy way to take your look to the next level. In this class we will discuss color theory and the best colors to use based on your skin tone throughout the seasons.

Wednesday, March 11
6 to 9 p.m.
LEISR-0043-012, $49
Student Resource Center (SRC), Room 1118

Refresh Your Routine
Learn what skincare products you should be using that pack the most punch. If you need help developing a routine or updating your old one, this class will teach you everything you need to know and what you don't need to buy!

Wednesday, March 4
6 to 9 p.m.
LEISR-0043-011, $49
Student Resource Center (SRC), Room 1118

Tips and Tricks for Plus 50
Look and feel your best at any age. Explore makeup and skincare, discover how to take care of your skin's basic needs and learn how to stay fresh, natural and current. Discover time-saving tips for your busy lifestyle. This two-part series gives you an opportunity to try new techniques between classes and return to discuss and refine them.

Tuesday, Feb. 25 
1 to 4 p.m.
LEISR-0043-010, $99
Student Resource Center (SRC), Room 1128

Popular Songwriting
You don't have to be a musician to enjoy this class— you just need a love of good music! Using examples from blues, pop, rock, and country, we examine what goes into making a good song. Discuss lyrical structure, chord progressions and arrangements, and use this class as a springboard to your songwriting endeavors.

Saturday, March 7 and 14
Noon to 3 p.m.
MUSIC-0001-001, $99
Student Resource Center (SRC), Room 1118


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Student Resource Center (SRC), Room 1110, (630) 942-2208
Fax: (630) 942-3785

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Friday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Closed Saturday and Sunday