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ART & ART HISTORY

142-01 ART IN THE PUBLIC DOMAIN: CULTIVATING COMMERCE

Starts 5 May, 10 am - 12 noon, 3 Mondays, $24
Rather than being confined to the art gallery, meaningful experiences of the arts more frequently takes place in the public domain; advertising, the news media or community spaces. This course reveals ways in which the arts have influenced our lives. Among the questions it seeks to answer are: What made British artist Frank Brangwyn an arts phenomenon in New Zealand in the early 20th century? How did landscape painting make DB Draught New Zealand's favourite beer in the 1970s, and has public art been good for post-earthquake Christchurch? Warren Feeney is an arts commentator and historian, and former director of the Academy of Fine arts and Centre of Contemporary Art.


142-03 PORTRAIT DRAWING AND PAINTING - Nina Cook

Starts 6 May, 10 am - 12 noon, 8 Tuesdays, $89
Nina is an experienced tutor and established artist who paints commissioned artworks and exhibits regularly - to view a selection of Ninas work, visit her website: http://www.ninacook.co.nz. Artists of all levels are very welcome. Model fee included. Class numbers are limited to 16 students. Please bring your preferred materials and your own easel if possible.


142-02 DRAWING - Nina Cook

Starts 7 May, 9.30 - 11.30 am, 8 Wednesdays, $65
In this course you will learn drawing fundamentals including linear, tonal and compositional elements with the aim of building skills and confidence in your drawing ability. Exercises will be interspersed with individual projects and because of the small class size, you will receive individual support. Beginners are welcome. Nina is a working artist and has taught drawing for 10 years. Please bring 4B and 6B pencils, kneadable eraser, a ruler, and cartridge drawing pad or paper no smaller than A3. You may require some additional media as the class progresses and you become more confident and adventurous!


CULTURAL STUDIES

142-06 THE HUMAN SPIRIT UNDER PRESSURE: JANET FRAME - Richard Dawson

Starts 10 May, 1 - 3 pm, 2 Saturdays, $16
What is the human spirit and how can it maintain its integrity in the face of dehumanising forces? This course addresses that question, focussing on the case of Janet Frame. How did she not only survive atrocious treatment in mental hospitals but come to flourish as an extraordinarily creative person? We will attend to: (1) her way of understanding her experience, (2) her capacity to make judgments and (3) authentic conversation with, and care from, Robert Cawley of the Maudsley Hospital. Richard Dawson is the author of a trans-disciplinary book titled Justice as Attunement: Transforming Constitutions in Law, Literature, Economics, and the Rest of Life.


142-05 LOVE IN

Starts 14 May, 7 - 8.30 pm, 6 Wednesdays, $36
How might we adequately talk about various forms of love (charitable, romantic, divine, friendship)? This course responds to that question with reference to several great writers. (You dont need to be familiar with them.) Among others, we engage with William Shakespeare, Jane Austen, and Janet Frame. We begin with a Shakespeare play that contrasts different kinds of talk about love. How might we come to love Shakespeare or any other great writer? Next is Jane Austen, who distinguishes different forms of and capacities for love. Thirdly, we think about Janet Frames love of words. Dr Richard Dawson has held lecturing positions in law, politics, and economics.


142-04 IRISH NIGHT - Philip Ferguson

Starts 6 May, 7 - 8.30 pm, 4 Tuesdays, gold coin donation
The first Irish Night will be looking at the career of Bernadette (Devlin) McAliskey. The next two will be about the impact of the economic crisis on Ireland and following that, on the ?peace process' and its critics. The fourth session will be
a New Zealander's experiences in the ?Troops Out' movement in Britain.


141-09 THE PATRIOTIC RESPONSE TO WORLD WAR 1

Saturday 12 April, 9.30 am - 3.30 pm, $15, please bring your own lunch
In this centenary year of the beginning of the First World War, two authors, who have researched and written about various aspects of the war, will lead the discussion. Gwen Parsons will give an overview of the New Zealand military war effort, including where and when New Zealand troops fought, and discuss why New Zealand went to war and why we continued to support the war effort. David Grant, author of Field Punishment No 1: Archibald Baxter, Mark Briggs & New Zealands Anti-Militarist Tradition (2008) will discuss how and why all objectors - political, industrial, religious, ethical, Maori, Irish - protested against conscription in the First World War, and what happened to them. He will then draw parallels with the treatment of dissenters in Great Britain during the same war and explain why that country was much more liberal in its treatment of these people during the Second World War than NZ.


CURRENT AFFAIRS

142-08 THE UKRAINIAN-RUSSIAN RELATIONSHIP

Saturday 24 May, 1 - 4 pm, $12
In order to understand the recent Russian intervention in the Ukraine, this course will start by providing a brief historical background from Tsarist Russia to the Soviet Union, and other similar interventions by Russia. As well as focussing on the Ukrainian-Russian relationship, we will also cover some aspects of international law, the structure of international organisations, and the way superpowers can use interventions to serve their national interest. Karim Pourhamzavi is a post-graduate student in political science and sociology at the University of Canterbury.


142-07 INNOVATION IN THE CHRISTCHURCH REBUILD - various speakers

Starts 14 May, 1.30 - 2.30 pm, 5 Wednesdays, gold coin donation
14 May Expressing Our Values Through Architecture - Scott McKenzie, Architectural Consultant
21 May Rekindle and the Whole House Reuse Project - Kate McIntyre, Project Manager, Whole House Reuse
28 May The Third Industrial Revolution - Building Better Communities - Martin Luff, Director and Co-Founder at Space Craft Systems and a Co-Founder of WikiHouse NZ
4 Jun PrefabNZ: high quality, timely, cost effective prebuilt construction in New Zealand - David Fraser, Business Unit Manager, Portabuild NZ
11 Jun High Street Stories website and Augmented Reality app. - (www.highstreetstories.co.nz) - Zoe Roland, Area Coordinator, Canterbury Westland, New Zealand Historic Places Trust Pouhere Taonga


DANCE

142-10 EXERCISE DANCING - Judith Varga

Starts 8 May, 1.30 - 2.30 pm, 8 Thursdays, $32
Have fun and improve your fitness while moving to music. The exercise bit is driven by the legs which will be moving in simple patterns. The dancing comes as you optionally add arms, shoulders, ribs and hips to help express the music. You will be led through short, simple sequences (2 - 8 counts) and will be taught assuming no prior knowledge. Suitable for all ages and abilities - each person can adjust for their own ability to coordinate and move. Judith has been teaching dance to adults for over 15 years and has a background in jazz, belly, and Egyptian folkloric dance.


142-11 ISRAELI FOLK DANCING - Val Clements

Starts 7 May, 11.45 am - 1.15 pm, 8 Wednesdays, $47
Israeli Folk Dancing is ideal for improving ones general well-being. It is good exercise for physical fitness and pleasurable, because of the lovely music and learning to move with it. As one concentrates and tries to remember the different movements, it shuts out the rest of the day, which is both relaxing and counters stress. There are different styles from different parts of the world, some vigorous and some gentle and graceful, but all dances are written for joyful occasions. Val has been dancing and teaching Israeli Folk Dancing for twenty two years and the pleasure hasnt faded. No partners required.


142-09 EXERCISE DANCING - Judith Varga

Starts 5 May, 11 - 12 noon, 8 Mondays, $32
Have fun and improve your fitness while moving to music. The exercise bit is driven by the legs which will be moving in simple patterns. The dancing comes as you optionally add arms, shoulders, ribs and hips to help express the music. You will be led through short, simple sequences (2 - 8 counts) and will be taught assuming no prior knowledge. Suitable for all ages and abilities - each person can adjust for their own ability to coordinate and move. Judith has been teaching dance to adults for over 15 years and has a background in jazz, belly, and Egyptian folkloric dance.


ECONOMICS

142-12 ECOLOGICAL ECONOMICS FOR SUSTAINABILITY - Allen Cookson

Starts 15 May, 1.30 - 2.30 pm, 5 Thursdays, $22
Mainstream economics teaching and practice is for continued growth despite the finiteness of the resources we depend upon to sustain us. This course draws upon forgotten and ignored ideas of respected economists and scientists in suggesting possible ways of changing economic practices so that the worlds people can prosper in a sustainable way. Allen Cookson is a retired secondary teacher with degrees in science and economics. He is author of the favourably reviewed Prosperity, Poverty or Extinction? which integrates economics and science in an examination of humanitys ecological dilemmas.


ENVIRONMENT

142-14 SUSTAINABLE SOLUTIONS FOR CLIMATE CHANGE - various speakers

Saturday 7 June, 1 - 4 pm, $12
Come along and hear about some practical steps that others have taken to reduce their carbon footprint. Speakers will include Ian Crumpton, who has retro-fitted a modest house using double glazing, solar water heating, photo-voltaics, a large vege garden, and a raft of other simple measures to achieve a high degree of self sustainability and a low carbon footprint. Other speakers include Mike Evans on building your own electric vehicle; Susan Krumdieck will give her view of what individuals could do that would make a difference to flying being more sustainable, and Spokes, the local cycle advocacy group will address the question how ?green' is riding your bike? Spokes will look at the benefits of cycling for: physical and mental health, the environment, pollution control and your bank account.


142-13 INTERESTING ARTHROPODS - speakers from the Canterbury Museum

Starts 13 May, 1.30 - 2.30 pm, 4 Tuesdays, $16, free to members
13 May New Zealand spiders and their biology - Cor Vink, Curator of Natural History
20 May Mites - tiny bit terrific - Matthew Shaw, Associate Curator of Natural History
27 May Mayflies: here today, gone tomorrow - Terry Hitchings, Research Fellow
3 Jun What is that weta? Problems of conservation - Peter Johns, Research Fellow


GEOLOGY

142-15 THE SCIENCE

Starts 22 May, 6 - 7 pm, 3 Mondays, $12
Large earthquakes are extremely powerful and destructive events that happen frequently around the world. Such events are unfortunately common in New Zealand. This course follows The Alpine Fault course and will look in detail at the process of earthquakes as well as historical examples. This course will detail the science behind earthquake studies and investigate the possibility of an earthquake cycle, the largest magnitude earthquake possible and examples of recent large earthquakes around the world, and what we can learn from them. Tom Robinson has studied earthquakes around the world and previously presented The Alpine Fault course at the WEA.


HEALTH

142-16 TAI CHI, QIGONG AND HARA BODY ALIGNMENT - INTERMEDIATE/ADVANCED - Geraldine Parkes

Starts 6 May, 1.30 - 2.30 pm, 9 Tuesdays, $38
Tai Chi was developed from Qigong, which has always maintained the aim of health and well-being. Thousands of forms of Qigong have developed over the last 5000 years in China. Qigong uses easy-to-learn movements to guide the mind to draw in and replenish Qi. The movements increase flexibility, balance and co-ordination, the Qi heals and energises, and the whole activity brings deep relaxation and a calm and focussed mind. Hara refers to an area of power within the physical body that contains the tan tien - your core or centre of gravity. This is also a falls prevention programme. All welcome.


142-17 TAI CHI, QIGONG AND HARA BODY ALIGNMENT - BEGINNERS - Geraldine Parkes

Starts 6 May, 2.45 - 3.45 pm, 9 Tuesdays,$38
Tai Chi was developed from Qigong, which has always maintained the aim of health and well-being. Thousands of forms of Qigong have developed over the last 5000 years in China. Qigong uses easy-to-learn movements to guide the mind to draw in and replenish Qi. The movements increase flexibility, balance and co-ordination, the Qi heals and energises, and the whole activity brings deep relaxation and a calm and focussed mind. Hara refers to an area of power within the physical body that contains the tan tien - your core or centre of gravity. This is also a falls prevention programme. All welcome.


HOME & GARDEN

142-18 SMALL GARDEN DESIGN: A QUESTION

Wednesday 18 June, 10 am - 1 pm, $12
Robyn Kilty has been working in and designing other peoples gardens for 15 years, as well as writing for the Garden Pages of The Press for about 10 years. Her own small cottage garden was classified as a Garden of National Significance from 2004 until it was damaged by the February 2011 earthquake. Some good questions to ask at the seminar could be: ?How could I make the best use of a small space; ?Can I use sun-loving plants in a small space?; How can I make
the most of a space which is shaded by fences and buildings?


LITERATURE

142-19 ANCIENT GREEKS IN THE MODERN WORLD - John Wall

Starts 10 May, 10.30 am - 12 noon, 6 Saturdays, $36
The influence of ancient Greek culture has travelled far from its original geography and is felt in many parts of the modern world. It is instructive, however, to consider the way Greek art, literature and philosophy continue to shape the cultures that flourish today in the original geographical habitat of ancient Greece - the Eastern Mediterranean. In this course we shall read the love poetry of Sappho, Aristophaness famous play, Lysistrata, and the life of the Cynic philosopher, Diogenes, exploring the ways in which modern Greek poets and contemporary Lebanese film -makers use these writers and thinkers to create modern, topical and utterly compelling works of art. Dr John Wall has worked as an English and philosophy lecturer in universities in the Republic of Ireland, New Zealand, Northern Cyprus and Lebanon.


142-20 CREATIVE WRITING - FICTION - Helen Hogan

Starts 7 May, 10am - 12noon, 8 Wednesdays, $63
In this course students study the short story genre by reading to each other the stories they write and, through discussion, consider the many aspects and varieties of the form. The course is intended for people who have already found pleasure in writing and want to build on and extend existing skills. Helen Hogan is a writer and teacher.


DIY PLAY READING

D-I-Y Play Reading group meets Thursdays 10 am - 12 noon. Phone Wendy 352 7119 for more info.


BOOK DISCUSSION SCHEME (FWEA)

If you enjoy reading and want to join an existing book group or start up your own, the FWEA Book Discussion Scheme is the place to start! We lend out sets of more than 640 titles, from non-fiction to the latest page-turner. Groups read the same book and receive discussion notes to help kick-start their get-togethers. $60 for 10 books a year; student and half-pgrogrammes also available ($45/$30). Email: bds@bds.org.nz, or phone us on 3656210

MAORI

TE REO MAORI

TE REO MAORI: An eight-week introductory course in Maori language and customs is being offered by Risingholme Community Centre in three different locations in Term 2 2014. This evening course (6.30 - 8.30 Pm) has a strong focus on speaking and understanding spoken Te Reo Maori. It is aimed at providing beginners with knowledge of basic greetings to more complex sentences. The class will also provide an opportunity for the more advanced to support the beginners and practise and increase their skill in speaking, listening and understanding. Waiata (songs), tikanga (culture), karakia (prayers) and mihi (introductions) will be covered together with oral/aural and reading/writing skills. The evening courses start on Tuesday 13 May at Christchurch Girls High, Wednesday 14 May at Riccarton High School or Thursday 15 May at Shirley Boys High School. For further information contact Risingholme Community Centre, phone 332 7359; email: info@risingholme.org.nz or go online to: risingholme.org.nz

TE REO MAORI TASTER COURSE: If you have ever wanted to learn Te Reo Maori but were not sure where to start or what it is all about, why not try this free, two hour, introductory course? Please enrol through the Risingholme office prior to the start of the course - this will allow us to prepare for your arrival. Choose your night and/or venue - all sessions are at 6.30 - 8.30 pm: Tuesday 6 May at Girls High or Wednesday 7 May at Riccarton High or Thursday 8 May at Shirley Boys High. The tutors are Antoinette Koko (Tuesday and Thursday); Donald Bruce (Wednesday). Enrol at Risingholme Community Centre, phone 332 7359; email: info@risingholme.org.nz or go online to: risingholme.org.nz

MUSIC

142-21 THE RUSSIANS - David Sell

Starts 12 May, 1.30 - 2.30 pm, 5 Mondays, $20
We associate Russian music with rich romanticism. In May and June the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra and Christchurch Symphony are playing works by four Russian composers of the 20th and 21st centuries - Rachmaninov, Shostakovich, Stravinsky and Schnittke. Add to these the mysterious Scriabin, and we have a fascinating series of studies with live performances that show what music is all about. David Sell is Adjunct Associate Professor of Music, and Director of the National Centre for Research in Music Education at the University of Canterbury. He has written extensively about music education and is a music reviewer for the Christchurch Press.


142-24 UKULELE BEGINNERS STAGE 2 - Kerry McCammon

Starts 12 May, 1 - 2.30 pm, 6 Mondays, $37
For students with some familiarity with the ukulele, (or having completed the Beginners Course). Moving on with more songs and covering various styles of music such as Folk, Latin, Dixie Blues, Swing, Jazz standards.


142-23 UKULELE BEGINNERS - Kerry McCammon

Starts 12 May, 10.30 am - 12 noon, 6 Mondays, $37
Sing-a-long; learn to tune a ukulele; learn basic chords and strums; learn common patterns and songs. Some ukuleles supplied. Kerry McCammon has been teaching and performing for over 30 years. He has toured extensively throughout NZ, England and Japan as part of the Natural Magic Theatre Company. A qualified High School and ESOL teacher, Kerry has found the ukulele to be the ideal instrument to facilitate all kinds of group singing and celebration.


142-22 SINGING FOR PLEASURE - David OBeirne

Starts 8 May, 12 noon - 1 pm, 8 Thursdays, $37
Learn the basics of vocal production and sing a selection of different types of songs, both unison and two-part, if a balance of voices is available. David is deputy conductor of Schola Cantorum and a choral tutor for primary schools around the Canterbury region. He is a member of the NBR (National Business Review) New Zealand Opera chorus and appears regularly a s a soloist around Canterbury and New Zealand. A firm believer in the health and fitness benefits of singing well, David is firmly committed to helping all singers achieve their full potential.


NEW BRIGHTON COURSES

142-31 AN EVENING INTRODUCTION TO TE REO MAORI - Vanya Hetariki

Thursday 3 July, 6.30 - 8.30 pm at St Faiths' Church Hall, 46 Hawke St, entry by koha
The evening, which will open and close with karakia, will focus on pronunciation of Te Reo, with lots of practice in a friendly supportive atmosphere. We will also learn how to give a mihi (self introduction), and sing a waiata.


142-32 SIT AND BE FIT - Katrina McKenzie

Starts 5 May, 1 - 2 pm, 8 Mondays, $24, enrol at the WEA, held at St Faiths, 46 Hawke St
These exercise classes teach gentle movements, with low cardio stress. A little bit of brain gym is included and we try to incorporate some balance and breathing instruction. All people are screened for medications and should get doctors approval before starting. The classes are lots of fun as we sing along to the music, with a big focus on safety. Loose clothing and sensible supporting shoes are essential. The class is divided into mostly seated and a little standing, (though all exercises can be done sitting). Katrina has been a group fitness instructor for the past four years, mainly working with community based classes.


142-34 UKULELE BEGINNERS - Kerry McCammon

Starts 13 May, 1 - 2 pm, 6 Tuesdays, $19, enrol at the WEA, held at St Faiths, 46 Hawke St
Sing-a-long; learn to tune a ukulele; learn basic chords and strums; learn common patterns and songs. Some ukuleles supplied. Kerry McCammon has been teaching and performing for over 30 years. He has toured extensively throughout NZ, England and Japan as part of the Natural Magic Theatre Company. A qualified High School and ESOL teacher, Kerry has found the ukulele to be the ideal instrument to facilitate all kinds of group singing and celebration.


142-33 TAI CHI, QIGONG - Geraldine Parkes

Starts 5 May, 2.30 - 3.30 pm, 9 Mondays, $29, enrol at the WEA, held at St Faiths, 46 Hawke St
Tai Chi was developed from Qigong, which has always maintained the aim of health and well-being. Thousands of forms of Qigong have developed over the last 5000 years in China. Qigong uses easy-to-learn movements to guide the mind to draw in and replenish Qi. The movements increase flexibility, balance and co-ordination, the Qi heals and energises, and the whole activity brings deep relaxation and a calm and focussed mind. Hara refers to an area of power within the physical body that contains the tan tien - your core or centre of gravity. This is also a falls prevention programme. This is also a falls prevention programme. All welcome.


PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT

142-25 SETTING GOALS SUCCESSFULLY - Ron Tustin

Monday 12 & Tuesday 13 May, 10 am - 2.45 pm, $34
Make 2014 the year when you move on and focus on what you now want to achieve. This course will borrow from the skills and strategies of the coaching profession so that you will coach yourself to achieve your goals. It will include what the discipline of coaching can teach us; how we make our goals happen; what the science of happiness can teach us; creating balance in our lives; building confidence and motivation to reach goals. The course will be suitable if you wish to focus on ways to improve your working life, your personal life or achieve better work life balance. Ron has worked as a coach since 2006 and is a contributing writer to www.grownups.co.nz on retirement issues.


PHILOSOPHY

142-26 TRUTH, GOD

Starts 14 May, 10 am - 1 pm, 4 Wednesdays, $52
What is Truth? What is God? What are the limits of our knowledge of either? These questions have underlaid several millennia of debates and conflicts. This course first discusses the nature of truth, belief and knowledge. It then moves to philosophy of religion where we will consider several classic arguments regarding the existence of God. Michael Couch is completing his PhD in the Philosophy of Education and has a background in History and Classical Studies. He has been tutoring since 2004.


RECREATION

142-27 FENCING, AN ANCIENT ART

Starts 12 May, 1 - 2.30 pm, 6 Mondays, $55 (gear hire included in course fee)
Fencing is a sport that keeps the mind and body active. This course will introduce you to the three weapons - foil, epee and sabre - basic movements and rules. We will develop your ability to fence with a foil and take part in fencing bouts. All ages welcome. No experience expected. Please wear a Tee shirt, gym shoes and stretch or track pants, (no shorts or jeans). Bring a warm top and a glove for your fencing hand if possible. We will supply foils, masks, padding and training jackets. Diane Swain is a retired secondary teacher who has coached and fenced for
most of her life.


142-29 MAH JONG

Tuesdays, 10 am - 12 noon, $2 donation per session. This fun and challenging game continues every Tuesday. If you have your own set please bring it along, otherwise just come along and join a bunch of friendly people having fun. Beginners welcome.

SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY

142-29 WHAT CAN NEW TECHNOLOGY DO FOR YOU? - Two sessions with SeniorNet Canterbury

Starts 10 June, 10 am - 12 noon, 2 Tuesdays, $16
In these workshops you will be shown what these products can do for you.
10 Jun Tablets and Smartphones - Paul Hopewell, Chairman, SeniorNet Canterbury
17 Jun iPads and iPhones - Barbara Blowes, President, Seniornet Mac
Tutors can refer you to other courses run by SeniorNet Canterbury and Seniornet Mac if you need more practical information.


THE WORLD

142-30 ARMCHAIR TRAVEL

Starts 8 May, 10.30 - 11.30 am, 8 Thursdays, $32
8 May Return to Sidi Rezegh: New Zealands Forgotten Battle of the Desert War - Peter Cox
15 May Fiddling while a city drowns: New Orleans & Hurricane Katrina - David OBeirne
22 May Sister Cities - Bill Woods
29 May Japan: Cherry Blossom Festival and other adventures in Southern China - Allan Schroeder
5 Jun Jordan - Kerry McDougall
12 Jun To be confirmed
19 Jun Korea and Burma - Richard Chandler
26 Jun To be confirmed


WEA CLUBS & BRANCHES

WEA SKETCH CLUB

Meets Saturday mornings at previously arranged painting
places. Programme displayed at WEA Centre or by mail.
Phone Yvon, 360 3845.

WEA FIELD CLUB

An established group to encourage outdoor activity and the enjoyment of natural history and the beauty of the countryside. Monthly trips on 3rd Saturday. Phone Marion, 384 1775.

WEA NORTH WEST BRANCH

Meets at St Margarets, 94 Farrington Avenue. Fridays 10-11.30 am. $3 per session. A variety of tutors speak on a wide range of topics.

Contacts: Lesley Boomer - 359-8040 Jan Tedesco - 351-9796


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