Hope to see you in a course in 2017″
Term dates vary according to need, availability and demand!
Contact as listed OR you can register your interest by email HERE.
Active Courses ..
Tuesdays 09.30am – 11.30noon Tutor : Gordon Griffin
For information on this course, please contact Gordon as listed below.
See pictures associated with this course
Fridays 1.30pm – 4.00pm Tutor : Freda Lovell
My crochet class will be very casual, anyone from beginners to more experienced will be welcome. Materials needed will be minimum. I can provide wool and hooks to practice with or byo. Attendees will be given fresh ideas. The skies the limit, we will have fun!!! See pictures associated with this course . See samples produced in class
Tuesdays 9.30am – 11.30am Tutor : Gordon Griffin
For information on this course, please contact Gordon as listed below.
Thursdays 2.00pm – 3.00pm Facilitator : Penny Vos
Esperanto is a uniquely learner-friendly language for intercultural communication all around the world.
This 9-lesson course will tell you the story of the world’s only successful designed language and teach you at least the first quarter* of everything you need to know to speak and understand Esperanto. Due to the design of Esperanto, it would be possible to teach virtually all of the language in that time, but learning takes a little longer and I am allowing time for games, songs/rhymes (depending if you like to sing) and activities to help you remember what you are learning. It will be both fun and good for your brain (and will help you learn another language faster if you are interested in that**)
Penny has been a teacher forever. She learned Esperanto in a short course for parents when her children were learning Esperanto in early primary school. She taught it herself a few months later and her students were staying after school to Skype in Esperanto with other teenagers in Switzerland before the end of term 1. She has used Esperanto on her travels in 14 countries in Asia, Africa and Europe and written books to equip other teachers to teach Esperanto to their classes in a fun and effective way.
* This is negotiable if participants would like to go slower or faster.
**Just 2 weeks learning Esperanto can get you months ahead in your target language – Fluent in 3 months – Language Hacking and Travel Tips
French & French Oral
Mondays 9.15am – 11.30am Tutor : Elizabeth Laught
and another class on .. Mondays 5.00pm – 6.15pm Tutor : Elizabeth Laught
Classes are mixed group of people with no to good knowledge of French. You are asked to bring a pen and an exercise book, dictionary and if possible a sense of humour. For the French Oral come to the evening classes. Feel free to bring your evening meal with you. There will be no sessions on during school and public holidays.
Introduction to Drawing
Tuesdays 11.30am – 1.30pm Facilitator : Toni Tarakson
This will be a hands on instruction on drawing for beginners. U3A is fortunate to have Toni Tarakson (paints and writes as Toni Cary) to volunteer as a Tutor for this new course
Toni was admitted into the National Art School at the age of 16. As a student she was taught introductory art, where all types of art were tasted : sculpture, still life, portraiture, plein air and much more. She currently specialises in life drawing, illustration, abstract painting and contemporary expressionism and has won several awards for her portraiture.
Wednesdays 10.00am – 12.30pm. Organiser : Anne Lehnert
Recycling used or unused tiles, crockery, mirror, stones, gems, anything that can be glued onto surfaces such as sealed terracotta, concrete, timber, MDF, or similar surfaces. We mosaic tables, wall hangings and signs, pots, birdbaths, almost anything. A couple of tools needed but it’s not an expensive hobby to take up and the results are amazing. As a group we help each other with ideas, and continually experiment. We meet on Wednesdays at Polo Flat and any SMU3A member can join in at any time, no experience required. Sample of work produced
On Line Investing & Trading
Tuesdays: 9.30am – 11.30am Tutor : Gordon Griffin
Course will be unstructured and covers Sources of Info, Buying Options, Traders, Brokers, Publications, Searches, etc but will not require any cash as it will cover the technical aspects and the types of procedures. Practice will involve selecting a small portfolio and seeing in theory how it performs without actually buying shares, or finding and selecting an item to buy without actioning the purchase. The first few weeks will mainly looking at the information in publications and online and how to monitor progress. Payment options will be canvassed including which can be more convenient and the various security pitfalls. No investment recommendations will be covered as this is the province of licensed financial advisors and should be looked at in the broader context of a persons overall investment strategy. This should be looked at as the gaining of online tools to carry out a task which can be done in a number of ways and in no way assumes that the task will be actioned.
Wednesdays 3.30pm – 5.00pm Tutor : Max Perry
The poetry course aims to give a broad overview of English, Scottish, Irish and Welsh poetry, commonly lumped together as English Poetry. It will attempt to break the course into some of the broad poetic genres and deal with some of the poets regarded as significant. Some well-known or significant poems by so-called ‘lesser poets’ may also be considered. It doesn’t aim to be a course in literature but rather an opportunity for participants to enjoy the wonderful world created in poetry. The length of the course will be determined by the interest of participants (and the stamina of the tutor!!!)
Shakespeare – his life and times
Wednesdays 2.00pm – 3.30pm Tutor : Max Perry
The Shakespeare course will cover the same format as 2015 and thus aim to discuss the life, times and continuing relevance of Shakepeare. Plays for study will be determined by the group and tutor in consultation but will differ from those studied in 2015. The length will be open-ended and be decided by the enthusiasm of the group. Again it gives an opportunity to enjoy the beautiful language and challenging ideas presented in Shakepeare’s plays.
Thursdays: 10:00am – 12:30pm Facilitators: Linda Prowse
Silk painting is an art class that caters for both the artistic and the non-artistic person. With the Serti technique, combined with the intense jewel-like colours of the dyes, and the lustrous sheen of the silk fabric, anyone can easily produce stunningly beautiful works of art. A substance called Gutta is used to draw the outline of a design onto stretched silk, and the dyes used to fill in the different areas with colour (much like colouring in which is now so much in vogue). Alternately, for the more artistic, free form can be used, and this, sometimes combined with the use of salt crystals, can be very effective.
There are some costs involved. Essential costs are:-
Silk at $15.70 a metre (1.14m width) but you can get hemmed scarves for less
Dyes are $11.00 for each colour,
Gutta is $6.50 for 100 mls,
Applicator bottle and nib $5.00
Also needed are fine brushes and a frame (for small pictures an embroidery
frame can be used). If costs are a problem, then colours (the most expensive
part) can be shared – each bottle lasts a long time. There are also a few
other things that are not essential, but make life easier.
Monday: 12.45pm – 3.15pm Tutor : Jan Werder
This is a uke group established in September 2013. We welcome new players who are keen, self starters. If you don’t have a ukulele, yet, come to one of our meetings anyway to see if you’d like to join. The group is a social, talkative, happy group. We strum, sing, and perform locally.
Would you like to suggest or run a ‘like minded’ course or discussion group ??
Contact as listed directly OR you can register your interest by email HERE.