SPRING MINI COURSES

All classes are open to the public. Students must be 15 years or older, unless otherwise specified. Parking is FREE after 4pm Mon-Fri and all day on weekends. Information subject to change.
Email minicourses@u.northwestern.edu or call 847.467.7112 for more information

EARLY BIRD REGISTRATION
Register early and save $8! Early registration is February 24 – March 20

LATE REGISTRATION
Beginning April 7th, a late registration fee of $5.00 will be added to each course cost, so be sure to sign up early! All registration closes April 14th. Mini Workshop registration will extend until the day of each workshop.

CLASS CANCELATIONS
If a course is canceled, participants will be notified prior to the first class and will receive a full refund. To ensure that a class meets minimum enrollment, be sure to register early!

WITHDRAWAL POLICY
Refunds may be given, minus a $13.00 withdrawal fee. No refunds will be provided if a withdrawal is requested after the first class session. The Mini Courses Program does not issue full or partial refunds for lack of attendance or indifference to the course curriculum. You may contact the Mini Course office at minicourses@u.northwestern.edu.

CLASSES BEGIN APRIL 7

List of Classes by Day

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Mini-Workshops

ARTS & CRAFTS

Ceramics for Graduating Seniors (Wendy Miller) (Register Now)
Spend some time with friends and create memories that will last a life time – literally! Use an array of techniques from wheel throwing to form building to create your own bowls, cups and vases. Undergraduate seniors only.
Tuesdays: April 8 –May 13; 3:00-5:00pm
Norris Center, ARTica Studio
Fee: $98 NU / $108 Public

Drink and Draw (Madison Zalapony) (Register Now)
Buff up your art skills as you become a craft beer connoisseur! Each week presents students with a new drawing technique or approach, and a variety of beers from local breweries.
Wednesdays: April 9 – May 1; 6:00-8:00pm
Norris Center, ARTica Classroom
Fee: $98 NU / $108 Public

Sketchbook (Madison Zalapony) (Register Now)
This class provides a solid technical understanding of drawing. Students will learn an appreciation for materials and methods through lessons in composition, value, line quality, perspective, and still life observation. (All supplies included!)
Tuesdays: April 8 – May 13; 6:00-8:00pm
Norris Center, ARTica Classroom
Fee: $98 NU/ $108 Public

Watercolor (Ingrid Albrecht) (Register Now) (Syllabus)
Learn watercolor painting from one of Chicago’s leading artists. Students will learn how to overcome the FEAR of the blank paper, compose their own paintings by learning the elements and principles of design, the importance of value in watercolor painting, and MANY exciting painting techniques. ALL SUPPLIES INCLUDED!
Mondays: April 7 – May 12; 6:00-8:00pm
Norris Center, ARTica Classroom
Fee: $108 NU / $118 Public

Wheel Throwing 1 (Wendy Miller) (Register Now) (Syllabus)
Learn the fundamentals of wheel throwing on the pottery wheel to make and glaze your own cups, bowls, vases, and pitchers. Enjoy practicing what you learn whenever there is open studio.
Section 1: Tuesdays: April 8 – May 13; 6:00-8:00pm
Section 2: Wednesdays: April 9 – May 14; 3:00-5:00pm
Norris Center, ARTica Studio
Fee: $98 NU/ $108 Public

Wheel Throwing 2 (Wendy Miller)(Register Now)
This class is for students who want to review and practice their throwing skills. The focus will be on making taller and larger work and incorporating hand building techniques. Previous Ceramics experience is required.
Wednesdays: April 9 –May 14; 6:00-8:00pm
Norris Center, ARTica Studio
Fee: $98 NU / $108 Public

Wheel Throwing 3 (Wendy Miller)(Register Now)
This class is for experienced potters who can consistently center and pull a cylinder. The teacher will use the project ideas of individual students to teach skills to the entire class. The focus will be on producing larger forms, such as casseroles, chip and dip platters, lidded vessels, and altering thrown pieces. Previous Ceramics experience is required.
Thursdays: April 10 – May 15; 6:30-8:30pm
Norris Center, ARTica Studio
Fee: $98 NU / $108 Public

DANCE

Ballroom Dance (Randy Hooker)(Register Now) (Syllabus)
Learn a wide array of moves for the dance floor. This class is an introduction to many dance styles, including waltz, jitterbug, foxtrot, cha-cha, mambo, and tango.
Tuesdays: April 8 – May 13; 6:00-7:30pm
Parkes Hall, 122
Fee: $88 NU Couple / $98 Public Couple

Belly Dance: Beginner (Samantha Wolf) (Register Now) (Syllabus)
Learn the vocabulary of traditional belly dance movements. Each class will also include conditioning/strengthening exercises. No previous dance experience required.
Thursdays: April 10 – May 29; 6:00-7:30pm
Norris Center, Louis Room
Fee: $68 NU / $78 Public

Hip-Hop Choreography (Austin Lim) (Register Now) (Syllabus)
This class focuses on the learning and performance of complex hip hop choreography. Concepts include musicality, textures of movement, and foundations. Previous dance experience recommended.
Mondays: April 7 – May 26; 6:00-7:30pm
Norris Center, TBA
Fee: $88 NU / $98 Public

Hip-Hop Dance (Austin Lim) (Register Now) (Syllabus)
This class introduces students to various styles that are part of the growing hip-hop dance movement. In addition to teaching dance steps and moves, the class explores the history and future of hip-hop.
Mondays: April 7 – May 26; 7:30-9:00pm
Norris Center, TBA
Fee: $88 NU / $98 Public

Latin Rhythm & Salsa (Randy Hooker)(Register Now) (Syllabus)
Experience the dips, breaks, and turns that make Latin dance hot. Gain an in-depth knowledge of this fun genre by focusing on dances such as mambo, merengue, tango, and more.
Tuesdays: April 8 – May 13; 7:30-9:00pm
Parkes Hall, 122
Fee: $88 NU Couple / $98 Public Couple

DIGITAL CANVAS

Photoshop & Photo Editing (Lauren Payne) (Register Now) (Syllabus)
Learn basic elements of photo finishing and editing techniques, as well as the fundamentals of Adobe Photoshop via in-class photo editing projects. Basic computer literacy is required
Mondays: April 7 – May 12; 6:00-8:00pm
NU Main Library, B182
Fee: $88 NU / $98 Public

Digital Photography (Lauren Payne) (Register Now) (Syllabus)
Whether you own a point-and-shoot or a DSLR, this class will give you a better grasp of your camera. You will leave this class with a knowledge of basic photographic techniques and a project you are proud of. Cameras not included.
Wednesdays: April 9 – May 28; 6:00-8:00pm
NU Main Library, B182
Fee: $98 NU / $108 Public

FOOD & DRINK

You must be 21 or older to attend any Drink Class. Valid photo IDs are required to enter each class.

Cake Decorating (Xiomara Ortiz) (Register Now) (Syllabus)
Decorate your cake, and eat it too! At the end of this course, you will be able to create and store fondant and royal icing decorations, master buttercream techniques, and understand cake decoration from design concept to implementation.
Tuesdays: April 8 – May 13; 6:30-8:00pm
Norris Center, Arch Room
Fee: $98 NU / $108 Public

Fine Wines (Mark Gruber) (Register Now)
Discover new, rarer wines in this course. Please bring two wine glasses to class.
Tuesdays: April 15 – May 13; 9:15-10:45pm
Norris Center, Wildcat Room
Fee: $98 NU / $108 Public

Mixology (Mark Gruber)(Register Now)
Learn how to make classic bar drinks while understanding mixing theory. You’ll also receive background information on drinks and details on how to stock your own. Tasting is encouraged.
Thursdays: April 17 – May 15; 9:15-10:45pm
Norris Center, Northwestern Room
Fee: $98 NU / $108 Public

Wine Appreciation (Mark Gruber)(Register Now)
Develop a working knowledge of six wines per class. This class includes wine tasting, grape variety, vintages, wine storage, and wine/food compliments. Please bring two wine glasses to class.
Section 1: Tuesdays: April 15 – May 13; 7:30-9:00pm
Section 2: Thursdays: April 17 – May 15; 7:30-9:00pm
Section 1: Norris Center, Wildcat Room
Section 2: Norris Center, Northwestern Room
Fee: $98 NU / $108 Public

LANGUAGES

Arabic: Beginner (Leila Tayeb)(Register Now) (Syllabus)
This mini-course serves as an introduction to written and spoken Modern Standard Arabic. Students will develop basic skills through games, exercises, and conversation. By the end of the term, students will be able to read, write, and pronounce Arabic letters and express themselves through basic questions and statements.
Tuesdays: April 8 – May 13; 6:00-7:30pm
Norris Center, Casbah Room
Fee: $68 NU / $78 Public

Chinese: Beginner (Hong Shao) (Register Now)
Learn to read, write and speak basic Chinese characters.
Tuesdays: April 8 – May 13; 6:00-7:30pm
Norris Center, Armadillo Room
Fee: $68 NU / $78 Public

English as a Second Language, Intermediate (Marie Monter) (Register Now) (Syllabus)
Improve your English by working on grammar, pronunciation, and expanding your vocabulary. This course looks to deepen your knowledge of English in a friendly, conversational atmosphere.
Wednesdays: April 9 – May 14; 6:00-7:30pm
Norris Center, Louis Room
Fee: $68 NU / $78 Public

English as a Second Language, Advanced (Marie Monter) (Register Now)(Syllabus)
Expand your knowledge of English through the use of conversation. This advanced course will discuss topics around current events, local & Chicago news, and other interests in a relaxed, conversational environment.
Wednesdays: April 9 – May 14; 7:30-9:00pm
Norris Center, Louis Room
Fee: $68 NU / $78 Public

French: Beginner (Joseph Derosier) (Register Now) (Syllabus)
Take on this beautiful language in a relaxed setting. Whether you are picking up French for the first time, or coming back after years away, this class is for you!
Wednesdays: April 9 – May 14; 5:30-7:00pm
Norris Center, Lake Room
Fee: $68 NU / $78 Public

French: Intermediate (Joseph Derosier) (Register Now) (Syllabus)
Continue to develop your conversational skills, or brush up on French you learned years ago.
Wednesdays: April 9 – May 14; 7:00-8:30pm
Norris Center, Lake Room
Fee: $68 NU / $78 Public

German: Beginner (William O’Brien) (Register Now) (Syllabus)
Sprechen Sie Deutsch? Even if you can hardly understand this question, you will be speaking, reading, and comprehending plenty of German starting Day One. Whether for travel, personal enrichment or to supplement the German you are presently studying, you will get a firm hold on this useful language.
Thursdays: April 17 – May 22; 6:30-8:30pm
Norris Center, Chicago Room
Fee: $68 NU / $78 Public

Italian for Food Lovers: Beginner (Arachi Montanari) (Register Now) (Syllabus)
Let’s eat Italy! In this culinary based approach to Italian language learning, we will explore the best food regions of Italy to learn about culture, language and contemporary life. Through the diverse and exciting world of Italian cuisine, we will learn to communicate in simple, everyday contexts with a strong emphasis on oral expression and listening comprehension, as well as developing reading and writing skills. Students will also receive an authentic regional recipe with each lesson. At the end of our culinary journey, students can expect to be able to communicate with grammatical accuracy in addition to gaining a new cultural awareness.
Mondays: April 7 – May 12; 7:30-9:00pm
Norris Center, Casbah Room
Fee: $68 NU / $78 Public

Korean: Beginner (Yun Kim) (Register Now) (Syllabus)
Gain applicable knowledge of the Korean language. This course introduces basic reading, writing, and speaking skills. There are no textbooks and no prerequisites.
Thursdays: April 17 – May 22; 6:00-7:30pm
Norris Center, Armadillo Room
Fee: $68 NU / $78 Public

Spanish: Beginner (Azucena Granja) (Register Now) (Syllabus)
You’ll be speaking Spanish in no time! This beginner’s course covers the fundamental rules of the language in a fun, creative manner. $10 book fee is optional.
Mondays: April 7 – May 12; 6:00-7:30pm
Norris Center, TBA
Fee: $68 NU / $78 Public

Spanish: Intermediate (Azucena Granja) (Register Now) (Syllabus)
Continue to develop your conversational skills, or brush up on that Spanish you learned years ago.
Mondays: April 7 – May 12; 7:30-9:00pm
Norris Center, TBA
Fee: $68 NU / $78 Public

MIND & BODY

Massage (Emily Campbell Berezowsky) (Register Now)
This course will give the beginner a basic understanding of human anatomy and physiology, and treatments for common muscle tightness and pain in the back, shoulders, neck, hips, and extremities. Each class will be divided between lecture and practice- both receiving and giving. Please come prepared with a towel, pillowcase, and no more than $5 to pay for course supplies, i.e. oil, dispenser, liniments, therapeutic oils.
Wednesday: April 9 – May 14; 7:00-8:30pm
Norris Center, Arch Room
Fee: $68 NU / $78 Public

Stress Reduction and Meditation (Shawn Mossell) (Register Now)
Take the fear out of finding a profession, paying your bills and becoming self-sufficient. Use your mind to be at the right place at the right time, by relaxing your autonomic and spinal nervous systems. The instructor will show you how to change the way you think to accomplish your goals. (If you wish to lie on the floor please bring a mat or towel.)
Tuesdays: April 8 – April 22; 6:30-8:30pm
Norris Center, Chicago room
Fee: $58 NU / $68 Public

Tai Chi (Inna Melnikov) (Register Now) (Syllabus)
Experience the tranquility of the non-combative martial art Tai Chi. Learn to absorb and direct energy toward your goals. This class includes stretches for muscles and joints, meditative technique, and an overview of mental self-defense.
Thursdays: April 17 – May 22; 6:00-7:30pm
Norris Center, Louis Room
Fee: $58 NU / $68 Public

Yoga (Kendell Sullivan) (Register Now)
Learn the foundational asanas (postures) of yoga practice. Each class begins with pranayama (breath work) and touches on yogic principles that students can use to bring stress relief and a sense of calm into everyday life. Please bring your own yoga mat.
Mondays: April 14 – May 19; 5:30-6:30pm
Norris Center, Dittmar Gallery
Fee: $58 NU / $68 Public

Zumba (Leah Martin) (Register Now)
Are you ready to party yourself into shape? Forget the workout, just lose yourself in the music and find yourself in shape at the original dance-fitness party. Zumba® classes feature exotic rhythms set to high-energy Latin and international beats. Before you know it, you’ll be getting fit and your energy levels will be soaring! It’s easy to do, effective and totally exhilarating.
Tuesdays: April 10 – May 15; 7:00-8:00pm
Norris Center, Lake Room
Fee: $58 NU / $68 Public

MUSIC & GAMES

Billiards (Larry Schwartz)(Register Now) (Syllabus)
Learn the basics of making a shot, placing the cue ball, defensive strategies, practice methods, and more. This class is interactive and involves plenty of hands-on practice. BCA rule book is provided.
Tuesdays: April 8 – May 13; 6:00-8:00pm
Norris Center, Game Room
Fee: NU: $58 / $68 Public

Guitar: Beginner (Tommi Zender) (Register Now)
Play and sing familiar songs in a laid-back group setting. Learn first position chords with the left hand and strumming patterns with the right. In week six, we’ll play a gig for your guests. Guitars are not provided. Visit Guitar Works on Evanston’s Main Street to rent a guitar!
Mondays: April 7 – May 12; 6:00-7:30pm
Norris Center, Armadillo Room
Fee: $88 NU / $98 Public

Guitar: Intermediate (Tommi Zender) (Register Now)(Syllabus)
If you have played before and know a dozen or so first position chords, this is the class for you. We’ll work on picking, strumming, singing and reading tablature. For our final class, we’ll play a gig for your invited guests. Guitars are not provided. Visit Guitar Works on Evanston’s Main Street to rent a guitar!
Mondays: April 7 – May 12; 7:30-9:00pm
Norris Center, Armadillo Room
Fee: $88 NU / $98 Public

Harmonica (Rick Sherry) (Register Now)
Come out and have a great time learning how to play the Harmonica so you can impress all your friends with your newly garnered musical ability. Harmonicas sold by the Mini Courses Department.
Wednesdays: April 9 – May 21, no class April 16; 8:00-9:30pm
Norris Center, Casbah Room
Fee: $88 NU / $98 Public

WORDS & IMAGES

Fiction Writing in Depth (Paul McComas) (Register Now) (Syllabus)
Conducted in a workshop format, this course leans heavily toward writing exercises and constructive group-critique of student work. Emphasis is on quality, not quantity, with particular attention paid to character development; bringing individual moments to life in vivid detail; revision; and “letting plot happen” organically, with help from the subconscious, rather than thoroughly outlining or pre-planning it.
Wednesdays: April 9- May 14; 8:00-10:00pm
Norris Center, Chicago Room
Fee: $68 NU / $78 Public

Film Studies (Paul McComas) (Register Now) (Syllabus)
We break out the popcorn—literally!—to view and discuss classic, recent, and current films (and some stellar TV, too). Having covered “Coming of Age” a few terms ago, we’ll take a step further back this Spring with the theme “Through a Child’s Eyes,” screening and studying such movies as Beasts of the Southern Wild (2012), Pan’s Labyrinth (2006), What Maisie Knew (2012), and Lord of the Flies (1963).
Wednesdays: April 9- May 28; 6:00-8:00pm
Norris Center, Chicago Room
Fee: $78 NU / $88 Public

MINI WORKSHOPS

Basic Sewing: Throw Pillows (Emily Moorehead) (Register Now)
Sew a pillow cover with a topstitched border. Sewing machines provided.
Thursday, May 1, 6:00-8:00pm
Norris Center, ARTica Classroom
Fee: $10

Bike Tune Up (Curtis Evans) (Register Now)
Learn some basic tune up techniques taught by bike expert Curtis Evans, owner of “We Fix Bikes.” Bring your own bike to work on. Co-sponsored by NorrisOutdoors
Saturday, April 19, 1:00-3:00pm
Norris Center, East Lawn
Fee: $10

Dips & Spreads (Sodexo Staff)(Register Now)
Spice up your chips – learn to make hummus, guacamole and more!
Wednesday, May 14, 5:30-7:00pm
Norris Center, TGP Alcove
Fee: $12

Gazpacho & Summer Soups (Sodexo Staff) (Register Now)
Learn to make soups that you can serve all summer long.
Wednesday, May 21, 5:30-7:00pm
Norris Center, TGP Alcove
Fee: $12

Party Piñatas (D. A. Blade)(Register Now)
Learn a quick and fun method for making your favorite party animals. Everyone will make a colorful piñata. All supplies included
Saturday, May 8th 6-8:30pm
Norris Center, ARTica Classroom
Fee: $10

Photo Art (D.A. Blade) (Register Now)
Creative darkroom techniques using photo paper and objects. Photo paper supplies are included
Thursday, April 17, 6-8:30pm
Norris Center, ARTica Studio
Fee: $10

Screen Printing (Emily Moorehead)(Register Now)
Learn the process of screen printing—a technique using light to expose an image and print on just about anything. Bring your own basic design. A tee shirt will be provided, but bring another material to print on if you like (fabric, poster, etc.) Workshop cost includes one tee shirt, use of the screen, ink and all other tools!
Thursday, May 15, 6:00-8:00pm
Norris Center, ARTica Classroom
Fee: $16

Truffles (Sodexo Staff) (Register Now)
Back by popular demand, learn to make a favorite chocolate treat! Enjoy an up close and personal truffle making lesson and walk away with your own homemade dessert!
Wednesday, May 7, 5:30-7:00pm
Norris Center, TGP Alcove
Fee: $12