Adult Classes

Created for those with a passion for art, a thirst to continue (or begin) their Jewish education, or those looking to adopt a new hobby, you’ll find what you need at the JCC. Both of our facilities offer a diverse list of classes throughout the year. More questions?  Contact Judy Yaillen.

Uptown

Portrait Drawing

Beginning Portrait Drawing is a class where you will learn the proportions and principles of Drawing the Head, whether it's a self-portrait, a friend or favorite pet. You may choose to do a portrait that is very simple or complex. Bring in a number of things from which we can choose the best and clearest image for you to work from. Adrian will do demos to begin with so that you can understand the principles of proportion. Once you understand these principles you will apply what you've learned. 

Creative Painting
Join us for Creative Painting! Adrian Deckbar has taught painting and drawing at universities and workshops around the country. Locally, in addition to the JCC, she has taught at the New Orleans Academy of Fine Arts for 10 years. Adrian enjoys working with beginners as well as more advanced students. She encourages all styles of art from Photorealism to Abstraction and everything in between, like Impressionism. This is an ongoing class with a great group of people. We have easels, lots of space and good light. Come check it out! To learn more about Adrian and to view her works, visit adriandeckbar.com

This six lesson class is perfect for Mah Jongg beginners or those who need a refresher course. Learn the game using the National Mah Jongg League rules. No experience necessary. Bring a friend! Contact Judy Yaillen.

Open Studio
Join us for Open Studio, an ongoing drawing and painting class for all skill levels. In a welcoming atmosphere of creativity, expression, and encouragement, students get the opportunity to paint, play, and learn together. Artist and art historian Miriam Lilje will be there to help answer questions, offer guidance, and provide feedback on your work. Students are welcome to use water-based paints, collage, pastel, as well as other drawing mediums. If you are a first-time student, please ask for a list of art supplies needed for your favorite art projects. Miriam will be happy to assist you with finding ideas and resources for your individual painting and drawing goals. To learn more about Miriam Lilje and her work, please visit www.miriamlilje.com

Yoga for the Jewish Spirit
Yoga and Judaism are different practices, but they share some profound truths about the human spirit. In this basic Hatha class held in the Uptown JCC’s Mind/Body studio, we will explore different contexts in which these two disciplines interact. This will be a safe, gentle class with the opportunity for intermediate and advanced practitioners to work more deeply if they wish. Instructor Rabbi Deborah Silver has 200 hours yoga instructor training through the Yoga Alliance®. 

Metairie

 

 

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