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French ~ Evening and Day

French 1: Beginners Part 1 ~ Evening
Class covers basic French vocabulary, sentence structure, elementary conversation, and basic grammar using the present tense. Focused on travel situations and a good background for travel to a French speaking country. Instructor Nancy Maxwell lived and taught in the French speaking part of Switzerland for many years and traveled extensively in Europe. She has been teaching French in Ridgefield Continuing Education for many years. Text included.
5 Sessions $107 (Ridgefield Sr./Disab. $89)
Tue., 9/23, 30; 10/7, 14 & 21 from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m.; Veterans Park School

French: Beginners Part 1 ~ Day
For students with little or no previous French experience. Class covers basic vocabulary, pronunciation, elementary conversation, sentence structure, and basic grammar using the present and past tenses. Good background for travel to a French speaking country. The course focuses on how to carry on simple conversations in French. Tuition includes the text Learn French the Fast and Fun Way. Instructor Barry Corn is a retired Lawyer who has an affinity for languages. He is fluent in French, Spanish, and Portuguese and also has been teaching all levels of ESL.
8 Sessions $147 (Ridgefield Sr./Disab. $121)
Mon., 9/29; 10/6, 20, 27; 11/3, 17, 24 & 12/1 from 12:15 to 1:45 p.m.; Venus Bldg.

French 1: Advanced Beginner ~ Evening
This course is a continuation of beginning French. Newcomers should understand basic French and should be able to carry on a short conversation using simple phrases. The focus will be practical: students will become comfortable conversing in French about everyday activities, including travel, dining out, and shopping. A materials fee of $8 is payable to the instructor at the first class. The text French Step-by-Step: Master High-Frequency Grammar for French Proficiency--Fast! is recommended but optional. Instructor Alyson Piro is a native of Montréal, Québec. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in both French and German and also holds a Master of Arts degree in Linguistics from New York University. She studied at the Université de Rennes in France and at the Universität Würzburg in Germany.
8 Sessions $135 (Ridgefield Sr./Disab. $108) + $ mtls.
Mon., 9/29; 10/6, 27; 11/3, 10, 17, 24 & 12/1 from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m.; East Ridge Middle School

French 3: Advanced ~ Day
A course for those with a working knowledge of French ready for real conversation. The emphasis will be on communicating in everyday French about anything and everything, using the book French Vocabulary, 3rd Edition by Mary E. Coffman Crocker (2009). Included in the class will be an ongoing review of necessary grammatical structures to help students speak even more fluently. Instructor Alyson Piro is a native of Montréal, Québec. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in both French and German and also holds a Master of Arts degree in Linguistics from New York University. She studied at the Université de Rennes in France and at the Universität Würzburg in Germany.
8 Sessions $135 (Ridgefield Sr./Disab. $108) + $ mtls.
Wed., 10/1, 8, 29; 11/5, 12, 19; 12/3 & 10 from 1:30 to 3 p.m.; Venus Bldg.

History and Archaeology

Three Cities of the Loire Valley: Amboise, Blois, and Orleans
Join us to explore, via slide presentation and lecture, the rich history and structure of these cities of the Loire Valley to reveal how events that occurred in Amboise, Blois, and Orleans shaped the entire history of France. Conspiracy, intrigue, and murder were regular occurrences as noble houses and religious groups vied for royal influence. Five hundred years later, these episodes still hold a power to both fascinate and instruct. Instructor Nancy Maxwell lived in Switzerland for 19 years, has traveled extensively in Europe and has taught European history for years.
3 Sessions $54 (Ridgefield Sr./Disab. $41)
Tue., 9/30; 10/7 & 14 from 12:30 to 2:00 p.m.; Venus Bldg.

Art History ~ A Look at Western Art

The courses described here will not be all about names and dates. We will focus on the things certain artists accomplished, the significance of their inventions and discoveries, and how these new ways of seeing pushed Western art forward.

Early to High Renaissance in Italy and Northern Europe
There is more to the Renaissance than Michelangelo and Leonardo. We’ll see the remarkable work of Giotto, Fra Angelico, Botticelli, Vermeer, Van Eyck, Pontormo, Breughel and more. Instructor Michael Serao holds a Master’s in Fine Arts and has been employed in art and photography and teaching for over 20 years. He teaches design, including the historical background, at an area college. He teaches or has taught photography, Photoshop Elements, art history, painting, and drawing in Ridgefield Continuing Education.
3 Sessions $ 69 (Ridgefield Sr./Disab. $ 52)
Mon., 9/22, 29 & 10/6 from 7:00 to 8:45 p.m.; East Ridge Middle School

The Nineteenth Century
Monet and the Impressionists, and the great artists mistakenly lumped in with them. Three or four of these fellows were basically responsible for what followed in the twentieth century, and truly fathered modern art. Instructor Michael Serao holds a Master’s in Fine Arts and has been employed in art and photography and teaching for over 20 years. He teaches design, including the historical background, at an area college. He teaches or has taught photography, Photoshop Elements, art history, painting, and drawing in Ridgefield Continuing Education.
3 Sessions $ 69 (Ridgefield Sr./Disab. $ 52)
Mon., 10/20, 27 & 11/3 from 7:00 to 8:45 p.m.; East Ridge Middle School

The Twentieth Century
This was the time, especially in America, when artists felt the necessity of abandoning the past and creating entirely new directions for art; things that hadn’t been seen before. They created new languages in paint, and we’ll see if we can understand what they were doing. Instructor Michael Serao holds a Master’s in Fine Arts and has been employed in art and photography and teaching for over 20 years. He teaches design, including the historical background, at an area college. He teaches or has taught photography, Photoshop Elements, art history, painting, and drawing in Ridgefield Continuing Education.
3 Sessions $ 69 (Ridgefield Sr./Disab. $ 52)
Mon., 11/17, 24 & 12/1 from 7:00 to 8:45 p.m.; East Ridge Middle School