Night School — Winter/Spring 2018

Night School — Winter/Spring 2018

A constant refrain heard from visitors during many Park programs...“I wish I could take a class with your amazing faculty!” These adult classes fill quickly, so stop the wishful thinking! Park’s faculty can also be your faculty.


French Cooking — Crêpes and Chocolate

Fathim Craven — Middle School French/Modern Language Chair

Thursdays, April 5, 12, 26, 2018
7-8:30 p.m.
Room 149 in the Middle School

A long-time favorite offered for the past decade to Middle School students during Exploratory Learning Week! Why should the kids have all the fun? Come and learn how to make delicious crêpes, chocolate sauce, and chocolate mousse. Miam! Miam! Learn the basics of crêpe making at your own pace in this three-class course.

Tuition for this class will be $150.00. (Ingredients included and equipment/utensils provided.)
Participants: minimum of 10 and maximum of 12.

THIS CLASS HAS BEEN CANCELLED.

Note: Class may be cancelled (with a full refund) if enrollment does not meet the minimum. 


Unknown Soldiers

Lucky Mallonee — Middle School History, Retired

Tuesdays, March 27, April 3, April 10, 2018
7:30-9 p.m.
Room 161 in the Middle School

This three-session course will delve into the unique stories of non-traditional Civil War soldiers. Did you know that approximately 400 women fought in the Civil War, or that soldier Jenny Hodgers fought under the alias of Albert Cashier and continued to pose as a man after the war was over? Scant attention has been paid to the fact that both the Union and Confederate sides employed Native Americans to fight for them. Discover what truly happened—and why-- during the Fort Pillow Massacre, where more than 300 African-American soldiers were killed. How did Phoebe Yates Pember, a Jewish woman from Charleston, South Carolina with no professional medical training, manage the care for over 15,000 soldiers at Chimborazo Hospital? Come curious to learn more about the reasons why people volunteered or were drafted, as well as the personal trials and tribulations they encountered during the war.

Tuition for this class will be $75.00.
Participants: minimum of 10 and maximum of 18.

REGISTRATION IS CLOSED FOR THIS CLASS.

Note: Class may be cancelled (with a full refund) if enrollment does not meet the minimum. 


Bees and Beekeeping

Jeff Jennings — Upper School Science

Thursdays, March 1, March 8, March 22, April 5, 2018
7-8:15 p.m.
Room 358 in the Upper School

Have you dreamed about having a beehive of your very own and calling yourself an apiarist? If so, this course might be for you. Beekeeping is an age-old human endeavor that has been affectionately called “ranching for the intellectual.” This course is designed to introduce the participants to the biology of bees and the practice of beekeeping. Participants will learn about beekeeping gear, hiving packages of bees, spring and fall management and honey extraction. Beekeeping is a wonderful hobby that is readily accessible and does not require much space or time.

The course will be taught by Jeff Jennings who brought beekeeping to the Park School 13 years ago. In the past we have had between 2-4 hives at Park and have had a number of student beekeepers either begin beekeeping at home or start a beekeeping club at their college.

The course will meet for four 1¼ hour classes in the evening and one Sunday morning session during which we will open up and inspect an active colony of bees in addition to installing a package of honey bees.

By the end of this course participants should feel comfortable starting and managing their own hives. The course is timed such that participants can order bees and gear and start their own colonies this spring. Jeff would be happy to continue to serve as a mentor to all participants in the beekeeping course as beekeepers tend to be a fairly proselytizing lot.

Books

  • I would strongly recommend that participants read, A Book of Bees, by Sue Hubbell. This is a delightful book that takes one through a year of beekeeping and it is a wonderful introduction to the art of beekeeping. (ISBN-10: 0395883245)
  • I will be providing all participants with a spiral bound introductory book on beekeeping from the Penn State Extension.

Tuition for this class is $110 (includes the Penn book).
Participants: minimum of 10 and maximum of 15.

REGISTRATION IS CLOSED FOR THIS CLASS.

Note: Class may be cancelled (with a full refund) if enrollment does not meet the minimum. 


The Death of Ivan Ilyich by Leo Tolstoy

Gregory Brandt — Upper School English

Thursday, February 15, 2018
7:30-9 p.m.

Room 348 in the Upper School

If a man has learned to think, no matter what he may think about, he is always thinking of his own death. All philosophers were like that. And what truths can there be, if there is death?
—Leo Tolstoy

So what if your death is imminent and you realize that all you’ve lived by has been “not right”? That’s where Ivan Ilyich finds himself at the end of this short novel. Come discuss the work that Vladimir Nabokov called “Tolstoy’s most artistic, most perfect, and most sophisticated achievement.”

Participants should get the Vintage Classics edition of The Death of Ivan Ilyich, translated by Richard Pevear and Larissa Volokhonsky (54 pages). ISBN 978-0-307-95133-5.

Tuition for this one-evening seminar is $25.
Participants: minimum of 10 and maximum of 18.

THIS CLASS IS FULL. REGISTRATION HAS CLOSED.

Note: Class may be cancelled (with a full refund) if enrollment does not meet the minimum.


Welding Basics

Michael Guarraia — Upper School Science

Wednesday, March 7, 2018 (Session III)
6-9 p.m.
Athletic Center (Main Lobby)

This class will teach the basics of something called Metal Inert Gas (MIG) welding, or Gas Metal Arc Welding (GMAW). We’ll start with an explanation of the actual process, how it works and safety considerations. We will then work on material selection and preparation, and then run some practice welds.  Once proficient, we will end by fabricating probes which will be used to measure the permafrost in the Arctic for the ISAMR program here at Park.

Tuition for this class is $45.
(A separate materials fee of $20 will be charged per student. Please bring cash or a check made out to the teacher, on the first night the class meets.)
Participants: Limited to 3 students.*

ALL SESSIONS ARE NOW FULL.
REGISTRATION IS CLOSED FOR THIS CLASS.

* Sessions I (February 21), II (February 28), and III (March 7) are full.

Note: Class may be cancelled (with a full refund) if enrollment does not meet the minimum. 


Old Photo Rescue!

Sylvie Van Helden — Upper and Middle School Graphic Design

Mondays, March 26, April 2, 2018
7-8:30 p.m.

Digital Lab Room 222 in Wyman Arts Center

Do you have a family photo that is old, discolored, and/or damaged? Have you thought about restoring it? In this two-week mini-course, you will learn techniques in Photoshop Creative Cloud to remove discoloration, take out stains, fill in cracks and restore your photographs to the way they looked when they were first printed.
During the first class, students will restore a practice photo and scan their photos to obtain digital files. During the second class, students will work on restoring their own photo(s). Students will leave the workshop with a digital file of their restored photo.

Required supplies: Two to three old discolored or damaged photos. They should be an 8 x 10 size or smaller. (We will likely restore one or two during the workshop, but it’s nice to have several options.)

Tuition for this class will be $50.00.
Participants: minimum of 10 and maximum of 15.

THIS CLASS HAS BEEN CANCELLED.

Note: Class may be cancelled (with a full refund) if enrollment does not meet the minimum.