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Georgian Court welcomes students for Fall 2020 classes–read highlights of our plans and download the app, which must be completed daily before coming to campus. Always check GCU e-mails and https://georgian.edu/health-services/coronavirus/ for the most up-to-date information.

Art, Culture & Leisure

Enhance your skills, hobbies, interests or personal life. Classes are offered online and in person days, evenings, weekends and online!

Click on the course titles below to view schedule and information.

This course explores the Japanese culture, focusing on beliefs and values, food/herbs/health, language/calligraphy, architecture, and the arts, including music/dance. Students will practice conversational greetings and written Japanese language, while appreciating common traditional Japanese music and dance forms.

August 25–September 22 (5 sessions)
Tu 10:00 am–12:00 pm
Tuition: $130
Location: TBD
Instructor: Sachiko Komagata, PT, Ph.D.

Due to the extenuating circumstances of COVID-19, this offering will convert to a 100% online class if needed.

In this course, you will learn about the most common Japanese calligraphy styles as you learn to appreciate the benefits of mindfulness in your daily life. Participants will enjoy a short, silent meditation before practicing the quiet art of mixing ink, handling a brush, and painting characters.

Ink, tools, and paper will be provided.

October 20–November 17 (5 sessions)
Tu 10:00 am–12:00 pm
Tuition: $130
Location: TBD
Instructor: Sachiko Komagata, PT, Ph.D.

Due to the extenuating circumstances of COVID-19, this offering will convert to a 100% online class if needed.

Each session of this four-week class will start in the classroom and then move outdoors to experience a forest therapy walk. The walks are designed to increase sensory awareness in nature, improve health by decreasing stress and anxiety by wandering slowly through the forests on campus, and help you gain a feeling of peaceful relaxation. You will learn what a “sit spot” is, experience nature, and end each class with a tea ceremony. You will be encouraged to practice what you have learned at home during the week.

August 26–September 16 (4 sessions)
W 4:00–6:00 pm
Tuition: $130
Location: TBD
Instructor: Sharon Lohse, Certified Forest Therapy Guide, ANFT

Wild and Free Painting provides courses in the creative arts as a tool for self-care, self-discovery, personal growth, and exploration. We focus on the act of painting itself and your experience while painting, rather than the final art product. We celebrate your creativity in all of its authentic forms and return to the idea that creative expression can serve as a tool to heal, connect, uncover, reclaim, and discover. We leave the teaching of technique for the traditional art class, and instead use our intuition as a guide. Absolutely no prior art experience is necessary to enjoy the benefits of this process.

You will:

  • develop greater awareness of and connection to your own intuition;
  • increase courage to follow your passion and take risks;
  • create a new way of being with yourself that comes from a place of acceptance and compassion rather than inner critique, shame, and blame;
  • discover a deeper connection within yourself and, in turn, feel more satisfied and connected in all other relationships; and
  • learn the seven guiding principles of process painting.

Location: Group will meet at Wild and Free Painting, LLC, 660 Tennent Road, Suite 106, Manalapan, NJ 07726. Materials are included.

September 10–October 15 (6 sessions)
Th 6:30–8:30 pm
Tuition: $344
Location: see above
Instructor: Elissa Arbeitman, ATR-BC

This course will teach you how to take outstanding photos. Whether you use a DSLR, a point-and-shoot camera, or your phone, learn how to get the best results from your camera. This hands-on course will teach you how to choose the right photographic equipment to compose images with style. You can take your camera out of auto mode after learning about lighting, motion, aperture, shutter speed, and ISO settings. You will also explore common photography topics, including portraiture, children’s photography, pet photography, and digital editing.
Each lesson includes exercises and assignments, so you can apply what you learned to your own camera. By the time you finish, you will see a difference in both your photographer’s eye and your photos.

Begins Monthly
ONLINE
Contact Hours: 24
Tuition: $100
Visit https://www.ed2go.com/Georgian/ for more information or to register.

If you’ve always been interested in drawing but don’t really know how to get started, this is the course for you. Gain a solid
foundation and understanding of the basics of drawing and become the artist you’ve always dreamed you could be!
You’ll become intimately familiar with paper types, drawing styles, rendering techniques, and the basic principles of perspective, layout, design, lighting, volume, and space. If you have an interest in learning what it’s like to draw or would love to increase your current knowledge in the field of art and illustrating, then this course aims to fulfill all of your needs.

Begins Monthly
ONLINE
Contact Hours: 24
Tuition: $100
Visit https://www.ed2go.com/Georgian/ for more information or to register.

How to Register

  • Online
  • Via Phone at 732-987-2255
  • In Person at Lake House, 555 Lakewood Avenue, Lakewood, NJ 08701
  • Mail to: Center for Professional Studies,
    900 Lakewood Avenue, Lakewood, NJ 08701

Registrations will close 48 hours prior to the course start date. No late registrations will be accepted.

Payment Options

The university accepts cash, checks, money orders, and cashier’s checks. Checks must be made out to Georgian Court University.

Cash: Cash is accepted in person only at Lake House, 555 Lakewood Avenue, Lakewood, NJ 08701

Checks: Checks should be made payable to Georgian Court University and include your name and student ID (if available). A $55 fee will apply for all returned checks.

Online: Payments by electronic check and debit/credit card are done online through Self- Service. All debit/credit card payments will be charged a convenience fee of 2.75%. There is no fee for an electronic check. We do not accept debit/credit card payments on site.

Employer Sponsorship: Employers may send us a purchase order or voucher stating their intent to pay for the student’s course along with a completed Employer Sponsorship form, which is available online at georgian.edu/cps or in this book.

Cancellations and Refunds

Cancellations: The Center for Professional Studies at GCU reserves the right to cancel, reschedule, or combine program events that are below the minimum participant requirement. Should a cancellation occur, staff will contact the participant about the cancellation or about any alternative program event(s). You may elect to transfer your registration to a combined or alternate program. If you are unavailable to attend the alternate program or the program is cancelled, all tuition and fees will be refunded via check.

Refunds: Refund and withdrawal requests must be received 10 or more days before the beginning of a class to receive a 100% refund. With less notice, no refund will be provided. Please note that some courses do incur a nonrefundable registration fee as noted in the course details.

Inclement Weather and Emergency Closings

Please check georgian.edu, official Georgian Court social media channels, or local news sources to check for cancellations due to inclement weather. Cancelled classes are made up by adding on an additional session after the last scheduled class, based on instructor and classroom availability.

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