Refresh Your Home for Spring with SUU Community Education

Published: April 01, 2021 | Read Time: 3 minutes

Springtime Nicole

Get creative and refresh your home this spring with Southern Utah University’s Community Education online and in-person classes. Choose from six remaining springtime classes including utilizing your garden produce, oil painting, decorating with live succulents and preparing your home for a return to entertaining. Classes begin in April and run through May 22.

“This time of year, we always enjoy offering classes to help you get outside and ready for warmer weather,” said Melynda Thorpe, executive director at SUU Community Education. “One of the most important things we can do for ourselves is to continue to learn something new, and we’re especially excited about our spring offerings this year.”

Enjoy learning how to oil paint landscapes in the outdoors during a plein-air class starting April 22. This course is taught by local artist Tiffany Marchant and will be held Thursday afternoons both at various scenic locations around Iron County and at Color Country Art Supply in Cedar City.

The Art of Making a Home class, taught by instructor Nicole Funderburk, covers aspects of interior design and fun ways to entertain starting May 5. This two-day class is designed to help prepare the home for springtime by creating an inviting front porch and backyard patio setting.

A master hobbyist at home decor and entertaining, Funderburk believes in crafting an environment that conveys intended emotions. When preparing to invite guests for dinner, she enjoys taking the time to make the event a little bit special. “Really, when we take the time to set up our home for others, we are treating ourselves as well,” said Funderburk.

Discover how to make your own living succulent wreath while incorporating basics of style and design in a fun, interactive class. Choose to attend online or in-person on April 17. Supplies are included and participants will learn about growing healthy plants and the best materials for seasonal wreath making.

Create a new conversation piece for your home after exploring the techniques of acrylic pour in a one-day class on May 22. Learn proportion and mixing, cells and lacing, and dirty pour/swipe techniques. All experience levels are welcome to come and learn this easy and expressive art form.

Enjoy the bounty of fresh produce year-round through a variety of preservation methods. Our Preserving the Harvest class beginning April 21 will focus on freezing, cold storage, water-bath and pressure canning, dehydrating, freeze-drying and vacuum sealing.

Dive deeper into American Sign Language in an intermediate class beginning April 19. This class moves from signing concrete concepts to abstract concepts. Additional vocabulary, grammar, and culture are discussed, and students will participate in interactive “voices off” experiences to build their expressive and receptive skills.

The SUU Community Education program offers classes, workshops and events for the purpose of generating fun, cultural and  educational opportunities for those who love to learn. While increasing participant knowledge, programs provide non-credit experiences for community members wishing to develop new hobbies, skills and areas of personal interest. Taught by local experts, more than 2,200 participants have engaged in SUU Community Education offerings since the program’s launch in 2018.

To register for classes visit our page or call SUU Community Education at (435) 865-8259. For those who need assistance enrolling in a class, drop by the J. Reuben Clark Jr. Center (formerly SUU Alumni House) at 351 W. University Boulevard, Cedar City, Utah.

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