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Learn the basics of abstract painting from an historical point of view from the French Impressionist period to the American Abstract movement of the fifties. You will walk away with a better understanding of abstract painting by participating in fun and easy projects. The class is geared for the beginner, but all levels of experience are welcome. Supply list will be provided prior to the first class.
This class will introduce beginning learners of Arabic to the basic essentials of Modern Standard Arabic. The first lessons will cover the basic alphabet as well as simple conversational phrases. Upon completion of learning the alphabet, students will begin to learn basic words, such as pronouns, common objects, and description words. Students will explore the Arab culture and world through simple Arabic songs and videos, and be encouraged to practice Arabic in class and seek out of classroom activities.
Beginners will learn basic positions, terminology, and barre technique.
Dances explored in this fun class include the Waltz, the Foxtrot, the Tango, and the Quickstep. No experience necessary. Partners welcome but not required.
Students learn to use shop tools by building a simple project. Through building a simple project in this introductory course, students learn the use of many of the more common power tools available in the RCC woodshop. Safety is a primary concern and is covered in detail for each tool. Students can then apply the skills learned in this course to build a project of their choosing during the RCC Open Woodshop hours. All supplies and materials are included in the class fee. Students must provide their own safety equipment (eye, ear and dust protection) for the course.Level I Beginner: Easy project with basic skill development.
This beginning/intermediate class will focus on creating expressive watercolors that have energy. Loosen up and learn how to love spontaneous watercolor techniques; some outdoor painting will occur, weather permitting. Instructor will demonstrate techniques and coach students individually. A supply list will be provided prior to first class.
Accomplish a full body workout with traditional and nontraditional sculpting methods, using free weights, resistance bands, and body bars. This class is designed to take participants to their own limit. Good for all levels of fitness. Participants should be able to transfer to the floor to use an exercise mat during class.
Boot camp is a combination of strength, cardio, muscle endurance, flexibility, core, and functional movement patterns. All equipment is provided and includes resistance tubes, bands, jump ropes, steel weights, weighted medicine balls, body bars and balance boards.
Learn the skills and techniques needed to make two beautiful wooden boxes that can be displayed in your home or given as gifts. We will discuss the elements of box design including proportion, scale, texture, focal point, visual illusion, function and interior design. You will also learn basic woodworking skills necessary for all woodworking projects: safe use of tools, selection of the appropriate tool, stock preparation and marking, and precision cutting. Two types of boxes featuring different joinery and lids will be built. This course will provide the basis for your further development as a box maker. All materials and supplies will be included in the class fee. Level I Beginner.
Students of all skill levels will be taught the fundamental brushstrokes and will learn to use traditional materials to experience this art of the Far East. Fundamentals learned can be used in paintings and ceramic decorations.
Line dance, two-step, shuffle and swing the night away to popular country/western tunes played by RCCs DJ. Dances are held monthly in the Community Room, which offers a spacious wooden dance floor and a smoke free environment. Refreshments will be provided. No square or contra dancing, please. Ticket admission purchased at the door. For more information, please contact the Adult & Fitness Program Director, at 703-390-6159.January 8, February 12, March 5, April 2, May 7, June 4
This class is appropriate for dogs over three months old with very little or no obedience training. Positive motivational training techniques will include the basic commands of sit, down, stay, come, and how to walk nicely on a leash. Learn about mouthing, jumping, crate and potty training, and generally controlling poor behavior. Vaccination records will be checked at the first meeting. Classes are held in the parking lot behind RCC. Park in the Hunters Woods Plaza shopping area and walk around to the rear of the building. Please bring your dog to the first class with a variety of tiny treats and a mat or towel for the dog to use. We DO NOT use chain or prong collars or Flexi leads. A regular collar and a six-foot leash are required. Gentle leaders and body harnesses are fine.
This class is designed to improve observational drawing skills and is suitable for all levels of experience. Working with pencil and charcoal, students will learn to use line, value, gesture and perspective. A supply list will be provided prior to first class.
This beginning Hatha yoga class will teach breathing exercises, stretching movements, and relaxation. Learn to use Hatha yoga movements to work through stiff joints and muscles while developing strength and flexibility.
This 30 minute session is a full-body and energetic workout that includes strength, cardio, and core training. This workout is split up into 3, ten minute segments to help you get the most out of your work in the least amount of time.
Tone and firm the entire body while improving cardiovascular health, strength and flexibility. Participants will utilize a mixture of equipment to keep the body guessing what comes next. This class will excite participants and keep them out of a fitness rut. Wear fitness shoes and clothing and bring water. Participants must be able to use a mat on the floor.
This class is for anyone who has ever had an interest in learning the beautiful French language but may have felt intimidated or just didn't have the time to commit. In this class, students will learn basic communication skills they can use when traveling in Paris, Montreal, the lovely island of Martinique, or anywhere that French is the dominant language. Students will learn useful vocabulary and expressions for greeting someone in French, for making a purchase, and eating out at a restaurant. No prior knowledge or experience in French is necessary.
This class is designed for students who have taken French for Beginners level I. Students who have some knowledge of French at the beginners' level are also welcome. We will review and reinforce proper pronunciation and useful expressions learned in level one to give students a stronger grasp of the language. We will also continue our focus on the spoken word and on French culture. We will put special emphasis on subjects like the weather, the seasons and telling time among others.
Have fun and move to the music through a variety of exercises designed to increase muscular strength, range of movement and activities for daily living. Class can be performed standing or seated in a chair while focusing on gentle movements increasing flexibility, balance and coordination. Please bring water to class and wear supportive footwear.
This class is a continuation of Gentle Yoga, designed for senior adults. Participants will be introduced to new poses and poses will be held longer to facilitate increased strength, flexibility or balance. Participants must have completed at least one session of Gentle Yoga or have instructor's permission to register.
This traditional yoga class, designed for senior adults, incorporates both stretching and strength postures while focusing on balance. Participants will enjoy increased strength, flexibility, balance, coordination, and energy in a gently challenging way. This class incorporates standing poses as well as poses on the floor. Participants should be comfortable getting up and down from the floor.
This beginning Hatha Yoga class will teach breathing exercises, stretching movements, and relaxation. Learn to use Hatha yoga movements to work through stiff joints and muscles while developing strength and flexibility.
Drop-In ClassesHi/Lo & Strength, Strength Training for Seniors, and Zumba Gold are offered as part of the drop-in Seniorcize pass series. Participants must purchase a 20-visit renewable pass for $48 (R)/$96 NR) and bring the pass to every class, and swipe it at the Customer Service Desk prior to the start of each class. All Seniorcize land aerobics passes expire two years from the date of purchase.Hi/Lo & StrengthThis comprehensive class includes a warm up and stretching session with 30 minutes of aerobics and 30 minutes of weight and resistance training. Bands and weights will be provided when necessary. Please purchase a 20-visit renewable pass for $48 (R)/$96 (NR) and swipe it at the Customer Service Desk before class begins.
This workshop offers participants an introduction to mindfulness that demonstrates how simple tools have the power to transform our lives by reducing stress and improving overall wellbeing. Topics include what mindfulness is (and is not), how and why it is beneficial, and tips for starting a practice and integrating mindfulness into one's life. Experiential activities are woven through the session. Join us to learn how you might benefit from mindfulness.
Bento is a single-portion takeout or home-packed meal common in Japanese cuisine. A traditional bento holds rice, fish or meat, with pickled or cooked vegetables, usually in a box-shaped container. In this course patrons will make their very own traditional Japanese Bento. All supplies for this course will be provided to students. Allergy warning: dairy, eggs, and/or nuts may be used in recipes.
This class is a beginner introduction to Shuji, the art of Japanese Calligraphy. This practice is closely related to the clear state of mind practiced in a Japanese tea ceremony. Participants will learn the calligraphy principles rooted in the Zen way of life with a concentration on brush stroke techniques displayed in black and white balance.
This club allows participants to brush up on their Japanese conversation skills and to socialize in Japanese. The club will make traditional Japanese crafts and foods. Participants are required to sign in at each meeting. This group will meet on the third Saturday of the month. This is not a course for Japanese language instruction.
This class features traditional form of Japanese flower arranging, Ikenobo. This class will feature a special guest from Japan who is currently a certified Ikenobo instructor. Students will be taught a fusion of classic style with a modern interpertation with hands-on instruction, teaching the most up to date Japanese flower arranging knowledge. All materials and supplies will be provided.
This fitness class uses gentle activities to help increase joint flexibility and range of motion while improving muscle strength. These joint-friendly exercises will promote balance, strength and stamina. The class may be taken either sitting or standing. Participants should bring water and wear supportive footwear.
This fun, high-energy movement program emphasizes the kinesthetic and tactile presentation of preschool skills. The focus is on introducing and reinforcing skills by incorporating a variety of physical and cognitive activities designed to capture your child's attention. Parents are expected to participate along with their child during class.
Kundalini yoga uses asanas (postures), movement, breath, and meditation to relax and heal your mind and body, giving you a greater awareness of mind, body, and spirit. By stimulating the nervous and immune systems, this type of yoga improves strength and flexibility and may provide relief from problems such as back pain, stress and insomnia. Kundalini yoga brings a greater feeling of well-being and happiness and is a great way to recharge and heal the body quickly.
Come join us for another exciting summer of LARK Each two-week session of classes incorporates lessons in music, ceramics, painting, drawing, and much more. The final day of each session will feature an "exhibit opening" where the children's creations will be displayed.
Dances explored in this fun class include the Salsa, the Merengue, the Cha Cha, and the Bachata. No experience necessary. Partners welcome but not required.
Learn fundamental and advanced hand building techniques to make functional and decorative ceramics for the kitchen and garden. Learn how to create and manipulate textures, use underglazes and glazes to add depth, and develop a personal style. This class is for beginning to advanced students. Class fee includes 25 lbs. of clay, firing and glazes, and three 1-hour open ceramic studio visits. A supply list will be provided prior to the first class.
Social Security is a very important part of an individuals retirement. Social Security benefits have been around since 1935, and have become increasingly complex through time. Most people are missing out because they dont understand the fine print. In this workshop you will learn the ins and outs of Social Security. This program is for educational purposes only; there will be no solicitation or obligations of attendees.
Enjoy the relaxation and fulfillment of meditation. Learn how to release tension in the body and in the mind. Students will explore several practices including breathing techniques, use of mantra (vibrational sound current) silently and out loud, and the effects of mudras (positions of the hands) all of which help reduce and manage stress. Learn what meditation is and the physiological reasons for how it works.
Students will practice Kundalini Yoga, which will soften the stresses of life and bring the body and mind into a more meditative state. The meditations students learn will help to decrease worries and anxieties, increase optimism, and help foster a deep sense of peace.
Create a beautiful groutless mosaic jewelry piece using real millefiori and specialty glass from Italy. Previous mosaic experience recommended. All supplies are included in class fee.
The Mindfulness Foundations Course explores key components of mindfulness, inviting participants to learn techniques that build inner strength and compassion in ways that reduce stress, improve capacity for resilience, and increase overall wellbeing. Each session begins with a check-in related to previous material, followed by new content, experiential practices, discussion, and suggested application for the coming week. A key goal of this program is helping participants integrate the practice into their lives.
Nia is an exhilarating movement and lifestyle practice that tones the body and engages the mind through movements that are adopted from dance, martial arts and healing arts. Nia consists of non-impact movements which are practiced barefoot to the rhythems of the music. Nia is adaptable to individual needs and abilities. Classes are taught by a licensed Nia teacher.
Members of the public are invited to use RCC's Woodshop during weekly open shop hours. The shop includes a variety of table saws, sanding machines, drill presses, routers, a jointer, a planer, and ample workspace. A woodshop supervisor will be onsite for consultation during these open hours. Reservations are not required; however, the drop-in fee must be paid at the RCC Customer Service Desk. Open Woodshop Hours:Tuesday, 6:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.Saturday, 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
A fun and challenging outdoor class that will include walking around Lake Anne while incorporating cardio, stretching, strengthening, and toning movements. Led by instructor, Jody Rook, this class is sure to get your heart pumping while you enjoying the great outdoors. Participants must be comfortable going up and down stairs and using a mat for floor exercises. Please wear appropriate athletic shoes and bring water.
Explore the creative potential of using oil or acrylic paint. This class is designed for all skill levels in a studio workshop setting. A supply list will be provided prior to the first class.
Pilates is a system of exercises designed to develop the body's core, mobilize and stabilize the spine, and build flexibility and strength. It focuses on the deep muscles of the abdomen, back and hips using control, concentration and flow to improve posture and back health. Most exercises will be performed on the mat and may include stability balls, magic circles, and light hand weights. Students should bring a tightly woven blanket to each class.
This class combines the muscle-sculpting, core-firming benefits of Pilates with the strength and flexibility advantages of yoga. During class students will burn calories, tone muscles, work on balance and get a great stretch. Mats will be used in this class.
Using the architecture and public sculpture of the Reston Town Center as inspiration (including Patrick Doughertys sculpture at RestonTown Square Park) workshop participants will explore the use of pastel , ink, and charcoal outside. Beginners and experieced artists will be challenged and inspired to create artwork which focuses on unique perspective and intriguing use of space. Session will be held at Greater Reston Arts center, 12001 Market Street, Suite 103, Reston,VA.
Participants will create personalized pieces of original, wearable art by painting, stenciling, stamping and doodling onto blank hobotai silk scarves. All supplies are included in the class fee.
Need help charting a course to make your money last through retirement? This is the workshop for you. All of us would like to accumulate enough wealth to ensure that retirement is a financially comfortable experience. This class involves a thorough review of the retirement planning process and the obstacles that can keep one from reaching their goals. Additional topics include: accumulating assets for retirement while still employed; assessing your personal investment portfolio; measuring risk in a portfolio; developing asset allocation strategies; taking advantage of dollar cost averaging; and how to create an action plan for success. This program is for informational purposes only; there will be no solicitation or obligations of attendees.
Designed for beginner through advanced students interested in learning or honing skills in three dimensional expression. The techniques will be tailored to individual skill levels. Class fee includes 25 lbs. of clay, firing and glazes and three 1-hour visits to the open studio. Supplies will be discussed during the first class.
Slow Flow Hatha Yoga introduces fluidity in movement and breathing. Class begins with centering and warm-ups, then moves to a soft vinyasa (flowing sequence-movement with breath). The session ends with a period of cooling through stretching and deep relaxation (savasana). Modifications and props are available to assist with flexibility. Slow Flow Hatha Yoga is appropriate for those who have some yoga experience and are developing an understanding of breath, body awareness and control.
This class is designed for the novice speaker with no previous classroom or workplace learning or experience speaking Spanish. Participants will be introduced to the language and culture through the use of fun, authentic materials and will learn basic communication skills.
Spring into LARK and join us for this mini session of the popular summer program. The session will incorporate lessons in music, drawing, painting and sculpture. On the final day, participants will present a small gallery exhibition to display their work.
Join Arnold Lopes in themed artwork exploration. Learn to paint all the wonders of the season. This class is designed for beginners but all skill levels are welcome. A supply list will be provided prior to first class.
The exercises performed in class will increase strength of the entire body impove posture and balance, by challenging the major muscle groups. Participants should be able to transfer to the floor to use an exercise mat during class.
This class is designed to improve muscular strength, balance and flexibility. Participants will work all the upper and lower muscle groups including the abdominal. Students will use tubes, weights and the stability ball during this hour long class. The last 10 to 15 minutes is spent stretching all the muscles worked during class. Most of the exercises will be done on the floor with mats. Please purchase a 20-visit renewable pass for $48 (R)/$96 (NR) and swipe it at the Customer Service desk before each class begins.
Tae Kwon Do is a traditional Korean system of unarmed combat and self-defense, emphasizing the use of the feet and hands as weapons. More than just a sport and fighting skill, it instills a positive life philosophy through strict physical and mental discipline. Commitment to this regimented conditioning program brings about greater strength, speed, balance, flexibility, and stamina. Participation from all ages and skill levels is encouraged.
Expanding on the techniques and skills of Tae Kwon Do I, this intermediate class is for students with prior experience. The instructor reserves the option to move students between sections based on skill level. Students focus on traditional forms (Hyungs), sparring, breaking, and preparing themselves for tournament competitions. Participation from all ages and skill levels is encouraged.
The beginning level of Cheng Man Chings Short Form is taught with special attention to principles learned in the Eight Ways of Tai Chi Chuan class. An emphasis on relaxation and enjoyment enhance the process of learning for improved health and well-being. Prior experience in Tai Chi Chuan-Eight Ways class is beneficial, but not required, before registering for this class.
This ongoing class of Cheng Man Ching's Short Form is taught with special attention to basic principles of movement such as straightness, balance, strength of the legs, and moving from the center. Instructor approval is required for the Continuing level class.
This comprehensive seminar specifically addresses the unique financial concerns of women and six key areas of financial management. All women are encouraged to attend, whether raising a family, managing careers, self-employed or retired. This seminar will help women learn to make their money go further, improve awareness on how to save on taxes and retain more of their earnings, and to better understand what is needed to build a sound retirement program. This program is for educational purposes only; there will be no solicitation or obligations of attendees.
Free: Drop inThank GRACE, its Friday! Greater Reston Arts Center opens its doors for an evening of family art making, dramatic storytelling and exploration in the gallery that promises to excite the senses while strengthening art literacy and appreciation. This program is developed in partnership with Greater Reston Arts Center, who will lead creative arts workshops for each event. The Greater Reston Arts Center is located at 12001 Market Street, Suite 103, Reston, VA.
This class is designed for adult singers who have had no previous instruction or who wish to start from the beginning. Instruction will cover basic technique, voice care and individual song work. Class is limited to eight participants.
This class is for adult singers who are comfortable with the basic concepts and individual song work. Instruction will cover expanded technique, aspects of performing and interpretation and continued individual song work. Prerequisite: Voice I or instructor permission.
This class is for adult singers who are familiar with the vocal techniques as taught by the instructor. Instruction will cover technique overviews, aspects of performing and interpretation, and continued individual song work. Prerequisite: Voice II or instructor permission.
Whether you are a beginner or a more experienced painter, join instructor Arnold Lopes for this watercolor studio and explore your own creativity by working on individual projects and contributing to group discussions. A supply list will be provided prior to the first class.
If you have been throwing for years or just have a few classes under your belt and would like to practice and refine your skills, this class is for you. Join Marianne Cordyack for this exploratory process of learning to master the potters wheel. Class fee includes 25lbs of clay, firing and glazes, and three 1-hour open ceramics studio visits. A supply list will be provided prior to the first class.
Learn how to work with clay and master wedging, centering and throwing bowls "off the hump." Simple glaze concepts and techniques will be introduced. Class fee includes 25 lbs. of clay, firing and glazes, and three 1-hour open ceramic studio visits. A supply list will be provided prior to the first class.
Prerequisites include being able to wedge, center, and throw an eight-inch (approximately) bowl and cylinder. Class fee includes 25 lbs. of clay, firing and glazes, and three 1-hour open ceramic studio visits.
Learn to design, plan, and lay out your project while learning the safe use of the tools necessary to build a beautiful and unique box consisting of sophisticated joinery and a variety of construction techniques. In this course you will have the choice of building a small Japanese Tansu-style chest or a jewelry/keepsake box featuring mitered-dovetail construction or finger joints. All projects must be approved in advance by the instructor. Students are required to purchase their own wood and materials for the project and must take their project home between sessions. Contact instructor Dan Burke at email@example.com to arrange and discuss your project. This is a Beginner Level I course although some familiarity with power tools would be useful.
Increase flexibility and strength while learning basic yoga postures from several yoga styles (Anusara, Yin, Polarity, and others). The combination is designed to improve awareness of abilities while enhancing balance, overall flexibility, and the ability to flow with the breath in the postures. The class also explores yoga beyond the postures, introducing breathing exercises and some meditation. The class uses Anusara-style alignment principles and philosophy for the Hatha yoga postures and is appropriate for all levels.
Students will be introduced to the skills and processes necessary to create a performance. A maximum of 40 participants will be accepted and then split into two groups. Each group of students will perform in an original production on June 3 or 4 at 3:00 p.m. at the CenterStage at RCC Hunters Woods. Preparing for the production will require additional technical rehearsals during the week of May 29-June 2, 2017. The class meets on Friday from 4:30 p.m.-6:00 p.m. and Saturday from 9:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m.. Students are reminded that class attendance is critical to their success, so please plan schedules accordingly.
The Young Actors Theatre (YAT) Summer Program is a five week cumulative program that trains young actors in the disciplines of voice, dance and acting. The 7-11 age group is limited to 50 participants who will be split into two groups. Final performances will be held on August 9, 10 and 11, 2017. Due to the cumulative approach to the program, attending all weeks of the program is required, so please plan vacations and appointments accordingly. Full payment is due at the time of registration.
The Young Actors Theatre (YAT) Summer Program is a five week cumulative program that trains young actors in the disciplines of voice, dance and acting. The 12-17 age group is limited to 25 participants, who must be 12 years of age on or before July 1, 2017 Final performances will be held on August 9,10 and 11, 2017. Due to the cumulative approach to the program, attending all weeks of the program is required, so please plan vacations and appointments accordingly. Full payment is due at the time of registration.
This program specializes in fun! Little Ninjas focuses on the basic components of martial arts technique. The curriculum builds on fundamentals such as balance, focus, blocking, hand eye coordination, and flexibility. All of these components combined will help to create a strong foundation for students to grow.
The Zen Budo Karate Youth program is a holistic martial arts program that combines meditation, yoga, traditional patterns (Kata), bullying prevention tactics, and mental discipline. Our primary mission is to instill students with positive self-esteem, confidence, and the ideals of a truly compassionate warrior. We teach the following core values as part of our program; Respect, Leadership, Perseverance, Self-Control, and "The Warrior Way."
Zumba Family allows children and parents to work out and have fun together. It incorporates the high energy and motivating music of Zumba in a way that younger participants can easily follow. Specially choreographed routines get the body moving and having fun. Parent/caregiver must fully participate in activity. All participants, including accompanying parents/caregivers, must register and pay.
Zumba combines high energy and motivating music with unique moves and combinations that allow the participants to dance away their worries. It is based on the principle that a workout should be fun and easy to do in order for participants to achieve long term health benefits. Enjoy this fusion of Latin and international music and dance that creates a dynamic and effective fitness regimen.
This course is specially designed for the active older adult by modifying the Zumba format, moves, and pacing to better suit the needs of the participant. Zumba is known for: the zesty Latin music such as salsa, merengue, cumbia and reggaeton; the exhilarating easy to follow movements; and the invigorating, party-like atmosphere. Please purchase a 20-visit renewable pass for $48 (R)/$96 (NR) and swipe it at the Customer Service desk before class begins.
Zumba Toning combines targeted body-sculpting exercises and high-energy cardio work with Latin-infused Zumba moves. Students will use lightweight, maraca-like toning sticks or light weight dumbbells, to enhance rhythm and tone target areas that include arms, abs and thighs.
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