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    Intro Metal Work: Wire Wrapping

    S & A Beads
    A knowledge of wire wrapping opens new doors to your ability to make your own unique jewelry! Come learn the basic techniques with a class that covers everything from wrapping stones to making pendants, to hammering wire and wrapping beads to make beautiful textured jewelry. This class includes a variety of wire gauges (thicknesses) and an assortment of beads and stones for students to use in their projects. And if that's not enough, you can also bring your own beads, stones, and shells from home! The finished project is guaranteed to be exactly how you want it.
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    Introduction to Chain Maille Jewelry Workshop

    Visarts At Rockville
    From soldier's armor to runway style, discover the versatile and trend-making material that is chainmaille. In this introductory jewelry workshop, you'll discover the art of using chainmaille in your designs and learn two different classic weaves that can be applied to a variety of jewelry. Let a professional jewelry artist guide you as you practice these techniques and bring your own flair to the final product. You'll not only leave with new skills, but also with your very own jewelry (earrings and a bracelet). Just imagine how good it will feel the next time someone asks you who designed your jewelry and your answer is a resounding "me!"
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    Beginner Indoor Portraiture

    Washington Photo Safari
    Learn the ins and outs to taking professional indoor portraits with this handy beginner class. An experienced instructor will guide you as you practice technical skills such as determining correct light and exposure on the face, selecting correct lenses, and choosing backgrounds. You'll also tap into creative processes such as how to select the best composition to reflect the personality of your subject. This class is perfect for novices looking to get quality results without using professional lighting equipment.
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    Intro to Improv Workshop

    Washington Improv Theater
    If you've ever watched an episode of Saturday Night Live and thought "Oh yeah, I could definitely do that," then this class is for you. Improv has served as the foundation for some of the best comedic actors and writers in history, but it's also enjoyed by those just looking to open up and explore a new level of creativity. In this class, you'll work with people from all walks of life to develop the foundational skills of improv through hands-on methods. You'll incorporate both your mind and body as you practice techniques led by professional instructors. Just imagine a lawyer and actress sharing a scene together. Pretty great, right? Now imagine yourself in the mix, pushing your courage to a new level and channeling your creativity. Go on, let your inner drama king/queen out. Who knows where it will lead you.
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    Kayaking Essentials (Key Bridge)

    Boating in DC
    Are you hooked? Caught the kayaking bug, and ready to bring your skills to the next level? This hour and a half class is geared toward the novice paddler who has been in a kayak a time or two but wants to learn more. You will learn efficient stroke techniques to help you paddle faster for greater distances as you improve your ability to maneuver the boat around any obstacles in your way. Review water safety techniques to keep your paddling companions and yourself safe on the river, and practice advanced procedures such as what to do if your boat tips over. Don't let your limited knowledge of kayaking (or lack thereof) keep you from chasing the horizon. The skills you learn in this class will allow you to get out there and explore ASAP!
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    Basic Beading

    The Bead Studio
    Is your jewelry box looking a little sparse? You have necklaces and bracelets to wear, but nothing that reflects your own personal style. Change that today by becoming a brilliant beader! During this class, you'll learn everything you need to know about basic beading, composition, technique, color, and shape. As you practice the essential beading techniques like stringing, crimping, and pearl knotting, you'll show off your personal style and creativity by crafting your very own pieces of art. Create a whole new collection of jewelry that you'll be proud to show off.
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    Introduction to Crochet

    Fibre Space
    Do you have any friends or babies in your life? Or even better, friends that ARE babies? If you just answered yes, (and you probably did, because we really tried to include everyone there) -- you should seriously take this crochet class. Whether you're making a baby blanket or scarves for your buddies' holiday, crochet really is a wonderful way to make affordable, heartfelt gifts. Take this class and get a headstart on your toboggan hat. You'll cover the basics of crochet and learn to make an adorable blanket for baby or home! Beginners and seasoned knitters are both welcome -- you can begin a new craft or better your knitting technique! It's time to learn the skills you've always wanted to hone with knitting: the craft that keeps on giving.
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    Discover Scuba

    SPE Dive School, LLC
    Are you curious about scuba diving, but just aren't sure if it's for you? This class is for beginners who aren't ready to commit to scuba, but are more than ready to test the waters. You'll be taught the basics that will give you a feel for scuba techniques and practices. This lesson will also lay the groundwork for any future scuba training you may indulge in. Expect to learn how to use proper equipment in a shallow pool environment and get a quick and easy introduction into what it takes to explore the underwater world. You may find yourself loving scuba, and even decide you want to pursue a certification in it!
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    Glass Fusing Mini Workshop

    Creative Glass Design
    What you see through is what you get during this glass fusing workshop! You'll receive expert instruction from a professional artisan in the principals of glass fusing as you work to create a stylish 8x8-inch flat glass plate. Among the many points covered in this introductory class are principles of design and glass compatibility, as well as the techniques of the art of construction, fusing, and slumping. In the process, you'll learn to use the tools of the trade, including firing to complete your project. And when all's said and done, you'll have a vibrant, beautiful piece to show off your new talents! Pretty "glassy" stuff, huh?
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    Learn to Stand Up Paddleboard

    Active Nature
    Easy to learn while offering a lifetime of progression in skills and fitness, stand-up paddle boarding, or SUP, is a sport that you're sure to love from day 1 through 1001! Enjoy the gloriously liberating feeling of getting away from it all while engaging in a full body workout that's second to none. After learning about the equipment, including proper safety techniques, head out onto the water where instructors will guide you through the strokes, turns, and knowledge you'll need to start surfing the river. It's easy to see why SUP is the fastest growing paddlesport in the world, and this fun and comprehensive course will teach you everything you need to start your paddling journey right away!
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