Courses – 2017

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 ..

Introduction to Drawing        (recommencing 10th October)    

                                     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.

Contact :   Toni Tarakson                                                             Email:
Venue :  The Shop                                                                      Starting Date :    11th April and 10th Oct 2017

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                                     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

Contact :   Gordon Griffin              Phone :    6456 7377           Email:
Venue :  The Shop                                                     Starting Date :   14th February 2017

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                                             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

Contact ::  Freda Lovell         Phone :  6452 2154           Email: 
Venue :  The Shop                                            Starting Date :  13th January 2017

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Digital Photography          

                                      Tuesdays 9.30am – 11.30am       Tutor :  Gordon Griffin

For information on this course, please contact Gordon as listed below.

Contact :   Gordon Griffin              Phone :   6456 7377         Email: 
Venue :  The Shop                                               Starting Date :  14th February 2017

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Esperanto 1 (of 4) (Commencing 12th October)

                           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

Contact : Penny Vos                    Phone :  0429 170 739                       Email:
Venue : The Shop                                              Starting Date : 12th Oct 2017

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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.

Contact :   Elizabeth Laught             Phone (preferred): 6452 3438           Email:
Venue :  The Shop                                                                        Starting Date :  6th February 2017

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                               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

Contact  Anne Lehnert          Phone :  6454 6015            Email: 
Venue :  Workroom at Polo Flat Airfield                           Starting Date :  25th January 2017

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Music Appreciation          

                                         Designated Saturdays  2.00pm (see dates below)       Facilitator:  Jackie Fox

In the past years of Music Appreciation, participants have enjoyed attending sessions led by talented, mostly local, musicians, music teachers or people with special music interests.  Some  presenters have been retirees & others, university or school students.  Participants have listened to instrumental or vocal, live performance, DVD & CD presentations of a wide range of music styles and composers.
Eight sessions per year, at 2pm on designated Saturday afternoons are offered and participants may attend any or all of these, ( most who attend are regulars ).  No, it is not necessary to be able to play an instrument or, indeed, to read music; Music Appreciation is about simply learning something new about music or just enjoying an afternoon spent with like-minded folk. See NoticeBoard Webpage for next topic
Sessions usually run for 1 1/2  –  2 hours, including an afternoon tea break.  All members are most welcome.

Contact :   Jackie Fox                 Phone : 6452 1231           Email:
Venue :  The Shop                                                                  Starting Date :   4th February 2017

DATES : For 2017:    4thFebruary;   4thMarch;   1st April;   6th May;   3rd June;   5th August;   2nd September   and   11th November.

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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.

Contact :   Gordon Griffin              Phone : 6456 7377           Email:
Venue :  The Shop                                                         Starting Date :  14th February 2017

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                                     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!!!)

Contact :   Max Perry              Phone :    6452 4184           Email:
Venue :  The Shop                                                     Starting Date :   6th  February 2017

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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.

Contact :   Max Perry              Phone :    6452 4184           Email:
Venue :  The Shop                                                     Starting Date :   6th February 2017

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Silk Painting       

                                       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
than $10.00.
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.        

Contact :  Linda Prowse                       Phone :  0411 048 957               Email:
Venue :   The Shop                                                                    Starting Date :  :  2nd February 2017

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                                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.

Contact Jan Werder          Phone :  0432 164 482             Email:
Venue :   The Shop                                                     Starting Date :  9th January 2017

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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.

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