In-Person Courses | Leisure Learning | UNB Art Centre | UNB

Global Site Navigation (use tab and down arrow)

College of Extended Learning

In-person courses and workshops

Get 15% off when you register for a Leisure Learning course two weeks or more before the start date. Note: This discount does not apply to French courses or any one-on-one course.

Classes are offered conveniently in the evenings or on weekends in the Fall, Winter and Summer terms. Whatever your interests, there's a course for you.

Arts and crafts

Embark on a creative journey that allows you to express your creativity while also unwinding. If you enjoy having one-of-a-kind handmade items that you can be proud of, then An Adventure with Macramé is the perfect course for you!

Macramé is a versatile fibre art that can be used to make everything from wall hangings and plant hangers to jewelry, purses, and even clothing. Macramé can be as simple or as complex as the crafter desires, using simple materials such as cotton twine, jute, hemp, or yarn. Glass or wooden beads, as well as dyed threads, can also provide a variety of creative possibilities.

Materials

  • An unlined sketchbook
  • Sharp scissors
  • Tape measure
  • Metal comb
  • Two 8 x 8 inch pieces of felt
  • Macrame Kit: Like this one. Or build your own with similar supplies (219 yards cotton cord 3mm, wooden sticks, hoop rings, coloured beads)
  • Two additional colours of macramé cord 3mm (optional)

Summer term

Wednesdays, June 5 to July 3 (4 weeks, no class June 12)
6 - 8 p.m.
UNB Fredericton
10 Mackay Drive, Marshall d'Avray Hall, Room 123
$139 (+ HST)

Register now

Fall term

Wednesdays, Nov. 13 to Dec. 4 (4 weeks)
6 - 8 p.m.
UNB Fredericton
10 Mackay Drive, Marshall d'Avray Hall, Room 123
$139 (+ HST)

Registration opens June 10.

About the instructor

Loaneen Palmer-Carroll is an art educator with over 20 years of experience working with students and adults in art creation in and outside the classroom. She believes in the quote from Pablo Picasso that "art washes from the soul the dust of everyday life".

She is highly passionate about art, its creative process and healing powers. She is interested in Art Therapy and occasionally uses art as a therapeutic method to assist adults and teens with various challenges. She also enjoys making different craft items and firmly believes anyone can learn art once they put their minds to it. Join her as she takes you on a creative craft adventure with macramé.


Learn the Art of Kerala Mural in this fun and creative workshop

Kerala Mural is an art form from the south Indian state of Kerala, which is known for its intricate designs and vibrancy. Kerala is usually done on temple walls and churches with natural colours.

Join this class and learn introductory paintings concepts in the traditional Kerala Mural style.

Materials

  • Drawing
  • Sketching papers
  • Pencil
  • Small scale ruler
  • Eraser
  • Measuring compass

Fall term

Saturday, Nov. 2 (1 class)
1 - 4 p.m.
UNB Fredericton
9 Bailey Drive, Memorial Hall, room 26
$69 (+ HST)

Registration opens June 10.

About the instructor

Thushara Premarajan is a trained classical dancer from India and calls Canada her new home. Having performed in both countries, she now shares her knowledge to a few students in Fredericton.

Thushara's deep passion for this art form has consistently nurtured her confidence and vitality in various aspects of life, even throughout her journey as a mother. She firmly believes that creativity and art reside within everyone; all it takes is to infuse it with a spark.


Learn how to create an illustrated travel journal that will bring back memories for years to come. And the trip doesn't have to be any further than your own back yard.

Katie FitzRandolph's approach to these watercolours is quick and immediate, reflecting the realities of travelling. Using an ultra-compact paint set and small brushes, you can produce drawings that evoke a mood, a location, a day. Working in a bound volume, rather than on removable sheets of paper, creates a freedom to have a drawing not work out as well as you hoped, because the process is for you, not for the Louvre.

Spending the time to really see what is in front of you gives you a stronger memory of the location, the sunlight on your shoulder, the smell of coffee from the cafe where you are sitting, or the uncomfortable dig of a pointy rock on which you are perched. You may often look at a photograph and wonder where it was and why you took it. You will never have that experience with your drawings.

You'll paint in various locations around Fredericton (weather permitting) and in-class over the duration of the course.

All painting skill levels welcome.

Materials

  • Small object for the first class (can fit in your hand)
  • Unlined Paper Blanks Journal ($20 at Endeavours)
  • Black ink technical (micron) pen with waterproof ink (fine line - 0.1 or 0.2 is a good size)
  • Small water container
  • Simply Simmons Round Watercolour brush size 5 to 6 ($4.99 at Endeavours)
  • Daler-Rowney Aquiline Travel Set of 12 colours (under $20 from Endeavours)
  • Optional:
    • Folding stool
    • Snack

Please dress casually and comfortably.

Summer term

Saturdays, June 1 to June 22 (4 weeks)
10 a.m. - 1 p.m.
UNB Fredericton
10 Mackay Drive, Marshall d'Avray Hall, Room 123
$149 (+ HST)

Register now

Fall term

Saturdays, Sept. 14 to Oct. 5 (4 weeks)
10 a.m. - 1 p.m.
UNB Fredericton
10 Mackay Drive, Marshall d'Avray Hall, Room 123
$149 (+ HST)

Registration opens June 10.

About the instructor

Katie FitzRandolph's earliest art influence was Fredericton painter Lucy Jarvis, who just happened to be her aunt. Katie studied pottery in Regina and has had pottery in three international juried exhibitions in Italy and one National Art Gallery curated show designed for exhibition in small galleries. She has pottery in the permanent collection of the Saskatchewan Arts Board.

She studied oil painting in Toronto with Andrew Bodor at Central Technical School and with Marion Wilson in private classes, as well as with Jennifer Pazienza. She has studied watercolour in short courses in France and Mexico, and encaustic with Sarah Petite. Katie is a member of the Toronto art group Central Connection and has shown in their group exhibitions in several locations in Toronto.

Since retiring and moving to Fredericton, she has had a studio at the Charlotte Street Arts Centre, and has shown her work in the Centre’s Charlotte Glencross Gallery. Her work is in the permanent collection of the University of New Brunswick and in private collections across Canada and in the US.



Culture

Join Thushara Premarajan and learn the classic art of Bharatanatyam dance.

The introductory workshop will focus on the fundamental aspects of Bharatanatyam. This classical art form originating from South India is renowned for its intricate footwork, hand gestures, facial expressions, and eye movements, which are employed to narrate stories ranging from the simple to the intricate. The workshop will delve into the utilization of the body as a means of maintaining rhythm while also expressing emotions through Abhinaya techniques.

During a Bharatanatyam dance workshop, students will engage in a variety of activities specific to this classical Indian dance form. They will learn and practice the fundamental elements of Bharatanatyam, such as adavus (basic steps), mudras (hand gestures), abhinaya (expressions), and nritta (pure dance movements). The workshop will focus on developing proper body alignment, balance, and coordination, which are essential for executing the intricate footwork and rhythmic patterns characteristic of Bharatanatyam.

Materials

  • Comfortable clothing and a shawl to tie around the hip
  • A bottle of water and lots of energy

Fall term

Wednesdays, Nov. 13 to Dec. 4 (4 weeks)
7 - 8 p.m.
UNB Fredericton
2 Peter Kelly Drive, Lady Beaverbrook Gym, Room 205A
$69 (+ HST)

Registration opens June 10.

About the instructor

Thushara Premarajan is a trained classical dancer from India and calls Canada her new home. Having performed in both countries, she now shares her knowledge to a few students in Fredericton.

Thushara's deep passion for this art form has consistently nurtured her confidence and vitality in various aspects of life, even throughout her journey as a mother. She firmly believes that creativity and art reside within everyone; all it takes is to infuse it with a spark.



Food and beverage

Where the food is as irresistible as the art and music

Like its heritage, la cucina italiana is spirited and diverse. Meals form a cornerstone in Italian society. Whether dining in a simple, down-home osteria or world-class ristorante, the pace remains unhurried, while the passion flows freely.

Instructor Mark Temelini doesn't claim to be a foodie or a capocuoco, but he is enthusiastic to share his mother's and grandmothers’ traditional Italian recipes. As he demonstrates the techniques of Italian food, you'll get hands-on experience preparing, cooking, and eating three typical Italian dishes, including antipasti, homemade pasta or pizza and dolci.

All materials are included in the price.

Oct. 5 (1 class)
Saturday, 1 - 4 p.m.
Menu: Bruschetta, pizza margherita, pizzelle
Renaissance College
811 Charlotte Street, Fredericton, N.B.
$69 (+ HST)

Nov. 2 (1 class)
Saturday, 1 - 4 p.m.
Menu: Caprese salad, tagliatelle bolognese, cooked pears with zabaglione
Renaissance College
811 Charlotte Street, Fredericton, N.B.
$69 (+ HST)

Dec. 7 (1 class)
Saturday, 1 - 4 p.m.
Menu: Melon and prosciutto, gnocchi with tomato sauce, biscotti
Renaissance College
811 Charlotte Street, Fredericton, N.B.
$69 (+ HST)

Registration opens June 10.

About the instructor

Mark Temelini is a first generation Italian-Canadian with extensive experience in teaching at the post-secondary level. He holds a Ph.D. in Classics (focus on ancient languages and civilizations) and is an instructor in the Department of Classics and Ancient History at UNB.

He has taught Italian for many years at universities, private language institutions, and government organizations. His proficiency in Italian has earned him high school and university scholarships in Italy. In addition, he offers translation services and organizes and directs cultural tours in Italy. He is enthusiastic about sharing Italian language and culture with students.



Health and wellness

Improve your health and try something new

Chi Kung (also known as Qi Gong and chi gung) has its roots in Chinese medicine, martial arts, and philosophy. It's the practice of aligning breathing, movement, and awareness for the purpose of exercise, healing and meditation.

With Master Yueming Chen as your guide, you'll learn a set of Chi Kung (Qi Gong) steps called the Ten Complete Treasures of Chi Kung. Chi Kung has also been credited with helping to relieve stress and pain.

Course outline

Week 1: The history and philosophy of Chi Kung and how to meditate, and how to roll the hips to start to gather Chi (vital energy) around the Dantien area.

Week 2: How to turn the head to get the Chi flow in the neck and how to swing the hands to gather the Chi in the arms and the chest.

Week 3: How to lift and press the hands to keep the shoulders flexible and free from pain and how to "beat the drum" to keep the elbows and wrists flexible and free from pain.

Week 4: How to "row the boat" to keep good balance and to gain strength and flexibility in the both legs.

Week 5: How to "scoop up the shrimps" to keep the knees and lower back flexible and strong and how to shoot out hands to gather Chi for the heart.

Week 6: How to "lift the paddles" to gain the circulation of blood and the flow of Chi in the whole body, as well as review and refine all the forms so that they are working together at their best to reach the effect for better health.

No materials required.

Registration opens June 10.

About the instructor

Yueming Chen, originally from China, is a master of Tai Chi, Qi Gong and Kung Fu. Since 1993, he has operated the Chinese Health and Martial Arts Center in Fredericton where he focuses on public health. He holds a certificate of Master of Wushu and Kung Fu and a certificate of Master of Tai Chi and Qi Gong.

He has volunteered extensively as a Tai Chi Qi Gong and Kung Fu instructor, demonstrator and performer with the Multicultural Association of Fredericton, the Chinese Cultural Association of NB and the Chinese Cultural Association of Saint John.


Learn how to relax and destress

Tai Chi is a Chinese martial art form practiced with relatively slow movement. It is graceful, easy to learn, and can be beneficial to people in almost all health conditions.

This course focuses on the popular Yang Style of Tai Chi. Master Tai Chi instructor Yueming Chen will help you explore effective ways to meditate, breath, relax, and move. Course topics draw from both holistic healing and martial arts. Participants are asked to wear comfortable clothes and sneakers.

Registration opens June 10.

About the instructor

Yueming Chen, originally from China, is a master of Tai Chi, Qi Gong and Kung Fu. Since 1993, he has operated the Chinese Health and Martial Arts Center in Fredericton where he focuses on public health. He holds a certificate of Master of Wushu and Kung Fu and a certificate of Master of Tai Chi and Qi Gong.

He has volunteered extensively as a Tai Chi Qi Gong and Kung Fu instructor, demonstrator and performer with the Multicultural Association of Fredericton, the Chinese Cultural Association of NB and the Chinese Cultural Association of Saint John.



Languages

Take the mystery out of one of our province's official languages

This course helps you to develop your French language skills (listening, speaking, and strategies for reading and writing) by focusing on the use of vocabulary, grammar, comprehension and sentence construction. Topics covered include:

  • Alphabet, accents, pronunciation, gender of nouns, definite and indefinite articles, plural of nouns, present tense of avoir and être.
  • Partitive article (du, de la), agreement of adjectives, il y a, forming questions.
  • Present tense of verb endings in -er, showing possession, to or at, present tense of aller, immediate future (present tense of aller + infinitive).
  • Question forms of verbs, negatives, use of de, possessive adjectives, present tense of dire, lire, partir and prendre.
  • Present tense of verbs ending in -ir, position of adjectives, use of de, feminine forms of adjectives, use of on, present tense of jeter.
  • Present tense of verbs ending in -re, irregular plural forms of nouns and adjectives, use of tout, the demonstrative adjective, voici and voilà, present tense of boire and faire.
  • Personal pronoun objects of verbs (conjunctives), the imperative, position of personal pronoun objects with the imperative, present tense of venir, voir, vouloir, immediate past (present tense of venir + de + infinitive).
  • Reflexive verbs, formation and position of adverbs, present tense of ouvrir and mettre.

The material covers a variety of everyday topics in a simple, concise manner. There will be plenty of examples and explanations to illustrate how the language works and to build confidence. Each lesson contains: clear grammar explanations, vocabulary lists, and reading material consisting of a story, dialogue or letter, questions for speaking practice, and oral/written exercises.

By the end of Level 1, you will have gained some elementary vocabulary and be able to understand, ask and answer questions using simple sentences. No materials are required.

Fall term

Tuesdays, Sept. 24 to Nov. 26 (10 weeks)
6 - 7:30 p.m.
UNB Fredericton
9 MacAulay Lane, Tilley Hall, Room 125
$195 (No HST)

Fall registration opens June 10.

About the instructor

Victoria Pelletier was born and raised in Fredericton, but spent the past couple of years in Quebec. She holds a BA (English and French) as well as a BEd from St. Thomas University.

Victoria has worked in the K-12 system and recently, with adult learners at the Valcartier Military Family Resource Center. Victoria is currently working on her MEd in Critical Studies at UNB. She has a passion for additional language learning and is excited to share that passion with you.


Continue to improve your French

The material covers a variety of everyday topics in a simple, concise manner. There are plenty of examples and explanations to illustrate how the language works and to build confidence. Each lesson contains: clear grammar explanations, vocabulary lists, reading material consisting of a story, dialogue or letter, questions for speaking practice, and exercises.

By the end of level 2, you will have an expanded vocabulary and be able to understand, ask and answer questions using simple sentences. This course is for you if you:

  • Meet the criteria listed in French Beginners Level 1
  • Have a basic French vocabulary
  • Can form simple sentences and understand some spoken language

Topics covered include:

  • Numerals 1-60, telling the time, seasons, months, days, present tense of irregular reflexive verb s’asseoir, the cedilla.
  • Countries, inhabitants, languages, towns, phrases with avoir, omission of the article, irregularities of some -er verbs, word order.
  • Numerals from 60 onwards, collective numerals and measurements, comparative and superlative of adjectives, present tense of connaître and savoir.
  • Relative pronouns, the conjunction que.
  • Quel and lequel, demonstrative pronouns, comparative and superlative of adverbs, present tense of vouloir and pouvoir.
  • The future tense, use of the future tense, emphatic pronouns, present tense of ecrire and recevoir.
  • The perfect tense with avoir, agreement of the past participle after avoir, the position of adverbs.
  • The perfect tense with être, insertion of the definite article.

No materials are required.

Fall term

Tuesdays, Sept. 24 to Nov. 26 (10 weeks)
7:45 - 9:15 p.m.
UNB Fredericton
9 MacAulay Lane, Tilley Hall, Room 125
$195 (No HST)

Fall registration opens June 10.

About the instructor

Victoria Pelletier was born and raised in Fredericton, but spent the past couple of years in Quebec. She holds a BA (English and French) as well as a BEd from St. Thomas University.

Victoria has worked in the K-12 system and recently, with adult learners at the Valcartier Military Family Resource Center. Victoria is currently working on her MEd in Critical Studies at UNB. She has a passion for additional language learning and is excited to share that passion with you.


Take your French to the next level

This course is for you if you meet the criteria listed in our Level 1 and Level 2 beginner courses, have a basic French vocabulary and can form sentences and understand some spoken language.

The material covers a variety of everyday topics in a simple, concise manner. There are plenty of examples and explanations to illustrate how the language works and to build confidence. Each lesson contains: clear grammar explanations, vocabulary lists, reading material consisting of a story, dialogue or letter, questions for speaking practice, and exercises. By the end of level 3, you will have an extensive vocabulary and be able to understand, ask and answer questions using more complex sentences. Topics include:

  • Interrogative pronouns, possessive pronouns, present tense of croire and devoir.
  • The imperfect tense, the present participle, prepositions plus gerund, present tense of conduire and rire.
  • Negatives, inversion of subject and verb.
  • The conditional tense, use of si.
  • The infinitive after verbs, the infinitive after adjectives, the infinitive after nouns.
  • Compound tenses, the passive, the verb devoir.
  • Verbs + preposition + noun.
  • Some problem prepositions; miscellaneous pronouns, adjectives and adverbs.
  • Purpose, formation and rules of the subjunctive.

No materials are required.

Fall term

Wednesdays, Sept. 25 to Nov. 27 (10 weeks)
6 - 7:30 p.m.
UNB Fredericton
9 MacAulay Lane, Tilley Hall, Room 125
$195 (No HST)

Fall registration opens June 10.

About the instructor

Victoria Pelletier was born and raised in Fredericton, but spent the past couple of years in Quebec. She holds a BA (English and French) as well as a BEd from St. Thomas University.

Victoria has worked in the K-12 system and recently, with adult learners at the Valcartier Military Family Resource Center. Victoria is currently working on her MEd in Critical Studies at UNB. She has a passion for additional language learning and is excited to share that passion with you.


Improve your French language skills

While French Intermediate Level A is a great way to improve your conversational skills, the main focus of the class is on achieving conversational skills that closely match the Federal government’s requirements for their Level A Oral Proficiency Test. French Intermediate Level A reinforces and builds upon the content and skills developed in our French Beginners Level 3 class. While reading and writing skills will be touched upon, you will focus on oral language skills.

For this course, you should be able to:

  • Give and ask directions
  • Use proper verbs to describe chores at work/home, etc.
  • Recount past/present/future events
  • Use work lingo in day-to-day applications
  • Describe people/objects/places

Learned grammatical concepts are put to use in a variety of conversation-based exercises that strengthen your comprehension and self-expression.

According to the Federal government, "Level A is the minimum level of second language ability in oral proficiency for positions that require simple and repetitive use of the second language in routine work situations". A person speaking at this level can:

  • Ask and answer simple questions
  • Give simple instructions
  • Give uncomplicated directions relating to routine work situations

For more information

No materials are required.

Fall term

Wednesdays, Sept. 25 to Nov. 27 (10 weeks)
7:45 - 9:15 p.m.
UNB Fredericton
9 MacAulay Lane, Tilley Hall, Room 125
$195 (No HST)

Fall registration opens June 10.

About the instructor

Victoria Pelletier was born and raised in Fredericton, but spent the past couple of years in Quebec. She holds a BA (English and French) as well as a BEd from St. Thomas University.

Victoria has worked in the K-12 system and recently, with adult learners at the Valcartier Military Family Resource Center. Victoria is currently working on her MEd in Critical Studies at UNB. She has a passion for additional language learning and is excited to share that passion with you.


Improve your French language skills

While French Intermediate Level A is a great way to improve your conversational skills, the main focus of the class is on achieving conversational skills that closely match the Federal government’s requirements for their Level A Oral Proficiency Test. French Intermediate Level A reinforces and builds upon the content and skills developed in our French Beginners Level 3 class. While reading and writing skills will be touched upon, you will focus on oral language skills.

For this course, you should be able to:

  • Give and ask directions
  • Use proper verbs to describe chores at work/home, etc.
  • Recount past/present/future events
  • Use work lingo in day-to-day applications
  • Describe people/objects/places

Learned grammatical concepts are put to use in a variety of conversation-based exercises that strengthen your comprehension and self-expression.

According to the Federal government, "Level A is the minimum level of second language ability in oral proficiency for positions that require simple and repetitive use of the second language in routine work situations". A person speaking at this level can:

  • Ask and answer simple questions
  • Give simple instructions
  • Give uncomplicated directions relating to routine work situations

For more information

No materials are required.

Fall term

Thursdays, Sept. 26 to Nov. 28 (10 weeks)
6 - 7:30 p.m.
UNB Fredericton
9 MacAulay Lane, Tilley Hall, Room 125
$195 (No HST)

Fall registration opens June 10.

About the instructor

Victoria Pelletier was born and raised in Fredericton, but spent the past couple of years in Quebec. She holds a BA (English and French) as well as a BEd from St. Thomas University.

Victoria has worked in the K-12 system and recently, with adult learners at the Valcartier Military Family Resource Center. Victoria is currently working on her MEd in Critical Studies at UNB. She has a passion for additional language learning and is excited to share that passion with you.


Advance your French language skills

Improve your fluency in conversational French and/or work toward achieving the equivalent of the Federal government’s Level C for oral proficiency. To get the full benefit of this class, it is recommended that you complete French Intermediate Level B or have the equivalent knowledge of the language.

French Intermediate Level C expands and improves your French conversational skills developed in the French Intermediate Level B class. While reading and writing skills will be touched upon, you will focus on oral language skills.

For this course, you should be able to:

  • Sustain a conversation on concrete topics
  • Report on actions taken
  • Give straightforward instructions to employees
  • Provide factual descriptions and explanations

According to the Federal government, “Level C is the level of second language oral proficiency for positions that require handling sensitive situations where the understanding and expression of subtle, abstract, or complicated ideas are required or where unfamiliar work-related topics must be dealt with. A person speaking at this level can:

  • Support opinions
  • Understand and express hypothetical and conditional ideas

For more information

No materials are required.

Fall term

Thursdays, Sept. 26 to Nov. 28 (10 weeks)
7:45 - 9:15 p.m.
UNB Fredericton
9 MacAulay Lane, Tilley Hall, Room 125
$195 (No HST)

Fall registration opens June 10.

About the instructor

Victoria Pelletier was born and raised in Fredericton, but spent the past couple of years in Quebec. She holds a BA (English and French) as well as a BEd from St. Thomas University.

Victoria has worked in the K-12 system and recently, with adult learners at the Valcartier Military Family Resource Center. Victoria is currently working on her MEd in Critical Studies at UNB. She has a passion for additional language learning and is excited to share that passion with you.


Learn basic Italian

The emphasis in this course will be on developing elementary conversational skills - pronunciation, greetings, and short sentences to ask for such things as food, shelter, and directions.

You'll learn local expressions, along with Italian culture and customs. You'll also practice your Italian for typical scenarios in restaurants, taxis, airports, museums, hotels, outdoor markets and for buying gelato.

No materials are required.

Fall term

Mondays, Sept. 23 to Dec. 16 (10 weeks, no class Sept. 30, Oct. 14 or Nov. 11)
6 - 7:30 p.m.
19 MacAulay Lane, Carleton Hall, Room 256
$179 (No HST)

Fall registration opens June 10.

About the instructor

Mark Temelini is a first generation Italian-Canadian with extensive experience in teaching at the post-secondary level. He holds a Ph.D. in Classics (focus on ancient languages and civilizations) and is an instructor in the Department of Classics and Ancient History at UNB.

He has taught Italian for many years at universities, private language institutions, and government organizations. His proficiency in Italian has earned him high school and university scholarships in Italy. In addition, he offers translation services and organizes and directs cultural tours in Italy. He is enthusiastic about sharing Italian language and culture with students.


Learn basic Italian

This Italian course is for those who have a basic vocabulary, can form sentences, and understand some spoken language. The aim is to enhance your conversational skills and learn new words, expressions and language structures.

No materials are required.

Fall term

Tuesdays, Sept. 24 to Dec. 3 (10 weeks, no class Nov. 12)
6 - 7:30 p.m.
19 MacAulay Lane, Carleton Hall, Room 256
$179 (No HST)

Fall registration opens June 10.

About the instructor

Mark Temelini is a first generation Italian-Canadian with extensive experience in teaching at the post-secondary level. He holds a Ph.D. in Classics (focus on ancient languages and civilizations) and is an instructor in the Department of Classics and Ancient History at UNB.

He has taught Italian for many years at universities, private language institutions, and government organizations. His proficiency in Italian has earned him high school and university scholarships in Italy. In addition, he offers translation services and organizes and directs cultural tours in Italy. He is enthusiastic about sharing Italian language and culture with students.


Learn basic Italian

This Italian course is for those who have a basic vocabulary, can form sentences, and understand some spoken language. The aim is to enhance your conversational skills and learn new words, expressions and language structures.

No materials are required.

Fall term

Wednesdays, Sept. 25 to Dec. 4 (10 weeks, no class Nov. 13)
6 - 7:30 p.m.
19 MacAulay Lane, Carleton Hall, Room 256
$179 (No HST)

Fall registration opens June 10.

About the instructor

Mark Temelini is a first generation Italian-Canadian with extensive experience in teaching at the post-secondary level. He holds a Ph.D. in Classics (focus on ancient languages and civilizations) and is an instructor in the Department of Classics and Ancient History at UNB.

He has taught Italian for many years at universities, private language institutions, and government organizations. His proficiency in Italian has earned him high school and university scholarships in Italy. In addition, he offers translation services and organizes and directs cultural tours in Italy. He is enthusiastic about sharing Italian language and culture with students.



Lifestyle and leisure

This two day workshop will focus on the basics of upholstery. You will learn about fabrics and materials and receive instructions on how to use common upholstery tools. In this introductory class, we will focus on reupholstering a simple dining room chair seat. You will strip the old material using the right tools, re-build the padding and upholster the seat. This is a great way to start learning the basics using a common project found in most homes.

You will need to bring a basic dining room chair with a removable chair seat (usually screwed to the frame from the bottom.) These can often be found in second-hand stores for a few dollars. If you do not have an appropriate chair, one may be purchased from the instructor.

Materials to bring with you:

  • Fabric scissors (Dollarama: $5)
  • Tack lifter
  • 8” Nippers
  • Hand stapler with staples, rated for upholstery
  • Screwdriver(s) and/or cordless drill with multiple bits
  • Light duty Hammer
  • One yard of sturdy fabric, preferably upholstery weight
  • Safety gloves and safety glasses/visor (recommended)

Incidentals included in class fee.

In-class purchases if needed: Yard of fabric: $5 | Chair: $10

Summer term

Saturday, August 17 & Sunday, August 18 (2 days)
11 a.m. - 5 p.m. (includes lunch break)
UNB Fredericton
9 Bailey Drive, Memorial Hall, Room 26
$199 (+ HST)

Register now

Fall term

Saturday, Nov. 16 & Sunday, Nov. 17 (2 days)
11 a.m. - 5 p.m. (includes lunch break)
UNB Fredericton
9 Bailey Drive, Memorial Hall, Room 26
$249 (+ HST)

Registration opens June 10.

About the Instructor

Jolie Mack-Lewis is a self-taught upholsterer and owner of J.Lewis Upholstery & Decor, a small upholstery shop in Fredericton, NB. Jolie has been working in the trade for six years. She has a special interest in vintage furniture restoration and has a large inventory of curated items in storage.

The shop focuses on bringing these rescued mid-century and retro pieces back to life and then offered for private sale. Over the years, Jolie has completed many client commissions, restoring much-loved furniture with care. She works with the client to help them choose colours, fabrics, and style details.

Residential upholstery projects have included classic comfy chairs, patio furniture, antique sofas, ottomans, retro dinette sets, kitchen nook benches - and plenty more jobs in between. Commercial work includes restaurant seating and vinyl banner sewing.


To bee or not to bee

If that’s your burning question, get the answer in this 1-day introductory course with experienced educator and beekeeper, Dr. Andrew Byers. Learn about these important, hard-working pollinating insects, which are responsible for the equivalent of one of our daily meals and are also sentinels which reflect the health of the environment.

You'll be introduced to the world of beekeeping in this fun, hands-on class. By the end of the day, you’ll understand basic aspects of bee biology, husbandry and the equipment necessary for beekeeping. You'll come away well armed on whether beekeeping is for you.

You will assemble two beehive frames, which you can keep if you wish. A small sample of local wildflower honey is provided and you take part in a honey appreciation exercise (samples provided).

All tools and materials will be supplied.

Fall term

Saturday, Oct. 19 (1 class)
10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
UNB Fredericton
10 MacKay Drive, Marshall d'Avray Hall, Room 123
$115 (+ HST)

Registration opens June 10.

About the instructor

Andrew Byers was born in Nova Scotia but lived for almost 20 years in England, where he studied, taught, and conducted research in a number of UK universities. It was during this time that he developed an interest in bees and beekeeping. When he returned to Canada in 2015, he began to build his interest into more than a hobby.

With a professional background in biological sciences and a research focus on the effects of pollutants on male fertility, an environmental awareness underpins his style of beekeeping. Andrew currently lives with his family in Fredericton and keeps bees in Nova Scotia and New Brunswick.


Join this class and learn the fundamentals of hand sewing. This class will teach you every day sewing skills and prepare you for more advanced techniques. Learn to repair your clothes, sew on buttons and make minor alterations, such as hemming. This course will be exclusively working with hand sewing, so it is accessible for those who do not own a sewing machine.

No sewing machines required.

Materials:

  • Something to carry your sewing kit in
  • Sewing kit:
    • Sewing needles
    • Fabric scissors
    • Snips (small scissors for snipping thread)
    • Thimble (optional but recommended)
    • Cotton fabric (any kind you like, could be an old sheet, factory cotton, or fun print)
    • Thread
    • Straight pins or clips as you prefer
    • Pencil
    • Sewing ruler (long, wide, see through)
    • Tailor’s chalk/wax
    • Seam ripper

Week 1: Preparation: Cutting fabric, threading a needle
Stitching: Straight stitch, back stitch, carpet stitch

Week 2: Buttons: Attach button, make button hole
Mending: Stitch up small hole, patch a hole. Assemble your portable sewing kit

Week 3: Alterations: Hemming
Project: Bring in your own item to mend/alter or practice techniques

Summer term

Mondays, May 27 - June 10 (3 weeks)
6 - 8 p.m.
UNB Fredericton
9 Bailey Drive, Memorial Hall, Room 26
$79 (+ HST)

Register now

Fall term

Mondays, Oct. 21 - Nov. 4 (3 weeks)
6 - 8 p.m.
UNB Fredericton
9 Bailey Drive, Memorial Hall, Room 26
$79 (+ HST)

Registration opens June 10.

About the Instructor

Dana-Lynn Farrell has been sewing since childhood, beginning with creating dresses for her Barbie dolls with the help of her grandmother and learning how to read a sewing pattern from her aunt. Passionate about creating costumes, she often wore her creations on stage in musicals and operas, eventually doing cosplay as well.

In her twenties, Dana-Lynn began working as a seamstress full time, accepting a job at lululemon in Halifax doing repairs and alterations, and opening a small studio for her own clients, doing repairs, alterations and custom pieces.

In 2020 she made masks of various sizes to accommodate beards, large chins, small chins and a special kind of mask for singers. Though she no longer works as a seamstress, she continues to enjoy sewing as a hobby, occasionally making pieces for friends and family.


If you are a beginner enthusiastic sewer, this is the course for you. This course will guide you from the very beginning of your sewing journey, starting with the first steps of sewing machine operation. At the end of five weeks, you’ll be able to confidently operate a sewing machine to alter your clothing, do basic repairs and make simple custom pieces. The important thing to remember going into this course is that mistakes are your best tool for learning.

Materials:

  • Something to carry your sewing kit in
  • Sewing kit:
    • Sewing needles
    • Fabric scissors
    • Snips (small scissors for snipping thread)
    • Thimble (optional but recommended)
    • Cotton fabric (any kind you like, could be an old sheet, factory cotton, or fun print)
    • Thread
    • Straight pins or clips as you prefer
    • Pencil
    • Sewing ruler (long, wide, see through)
    • Tailor’s chalk/wax
    • Seam ripper
  • Sewing machine
  • Bobbins
  • Small flathead screwdriver (usually comes with sewing machine)
  • Regular presser foot

Week 1:Preparation: Threading the machine, loading a bobbin, changing the needle, changing the presser foot.
Fundamentals of stitching: Sewing straight lines, sewing curved lines.

Week 2: Fundamentals of alterations: Pinning fabric, sewing hems, seams and darts.

Week 3: Making adjustments: Removing stitches, adding fabric.
Quality: Finishing raw edges.

Week 4: Fundamentals of repairs: Repairing holes and adding buttons.

Week 5: Projects: Work in pairs to do alterations, how to follow a pattern.

Summer term

Mondays, June 24 to July 29 (5 weeks - no class July 1)
6 - 8 p.m.
UNB Fredericton
9 Bailey Drive, Memorial Hall, Room 26
$130 (+ HST)

Register now

Fall term

Mondays, Nov. 18 to Dec. 16 (5 weeks)
6 - 8 p.m.
UNB Fredericton
9 Bailey Drive, Memorial Hall, Room 26
$130 (+ HST)

Registration opens June 10.

About the Instructor

Dana-Lynn Farrell has been sewing since childhood, beginning with creating dresses for her Barbie dolls with the help of her grandmother and learning how to read a sewing pattern from her aunt. Passionate about creating costumes, she often wore her creations on stage in musicals and operas, eventually doing cosplay as well.

In her twenties, Dana-Lynn began working as a seamstress full time, accepting a job at lululemon in Halifax doing repairs and alterations, and opening a small studio for her own clients, doing repairs, alterations and custom pieces.

In 2020 she made masks of various sizes to accommodate beards, large chins, small chins and a special kind of mask for singers. Though she no longer works as a seamstress, she continues to enjoy sewing as a hobby, occasionally making pieces for friends and family.


You will learn to safely and effectively use common household hand and power tools to complete two simple projects. Use the mitre saw, bandsaw, router, handsaws, chisels, cordless drill and other tools to fashion a variety of joints between wood pieces.

Armed with these skills, you'll be able to take on future carpentry projects of your own. All materials will be provided.

Summer term

Saturdays, May 11 to June 15 (5 weeks, no class May 18)
1 - 4 p.m.

The Unity Community Centre
241 Canada Street, Fredericton, N.B.
$220 (+ HST)

Register now

About the instructor

Clare Tahershamsi has a Bachelor of Applied Arts and Bachelor of Education from the University of New Brunswick. She is a former vocational woodshop teacher in Anglophone West School District (AWSD) as well as Anglophone School District South (ASDS). Clare is an avid handywoman with excellent carpentry skills.

Clare is currently employed as a Workplace Essential Skills (WES) instructor at the Multicultural Association of Fredericton (MCAF).



Photography

Enhance your photographic skills

A post requisite to any basic photography course, The Advanced Photography course offers students a pathway to enhance their photographic skills and passion through hands-on, interactive lessons. Students will learn about flash photography, studio lighting, tethering software as well as creating your own portable lighting setups, equipment, and more. The Advanced Photography course introduces professional-level photographic concepts and techniques, equipping students to further define their unique style and craft.

Materials

You need to have your own camera with manual controls and a fully charged battery as well as a tripod.

Fall term

Tuesdays, Oct. 15 to Nov. 5 (4 weeks)
6 - 8 p.m.
UNB Fredericton
10 MacKay Drive, Marshall d'Avray Hall, Room 222
$130 (+ HST)

Registration opens June 10.

About the instructor

With over two decades of commercial photography experience, Instructor Stefano Barbera brings industry knowledge and insight into his classroom.

Having taught thousands of students’ photography techniques through hands-on, engaging workshops, Stefano shares his joy of photography with students at all levels; from beginners to seasoned enthusiasts.

Stefano’s passion for photography is contagious, and his custom approach to learning empowers students to create.


This step-by-step course is designed to help you understand how to use your DSLR camera. It explains the basic elements of taking a photograph (shutter speed, f-stop, white balance, ISO, etc.) and goes beyond to examine the many functions and features of your DSLR.

You will also learn how to transfer photos to your computer. This course takes the mystery out of the many different modes and functions of your digital camera. Register today and explore the ever-changing world of digital photography!

Materials

You need to have your own digital SLR camera with fully charged batteries (and manual).

Summer term

Wednesdays, June 5 to July 10 (5 weeks, no class June 19)
6 - 8 p.m.
UNB Fredericton
10 MacKay Drive, Marshall d'Avray Hall, Room 222
$160 (+ HST)

Register now

Fall term

Wednesdays, Oct. 9 to Nov. 6 (5 weeks)
6 - 8 p.m.
UNB Fredericton
10 MacKay Drive, Marshall d'Avray Hall, Room 222
$160 (+ HST)

Registration opens June 10.

About the instructor

Gary Weekes has been in the photography industry for over 25 years - first working in camera stores as a salesperson to eventually owning and operating a small but growing photographic business. His commissioned work covers many different photographic disciplines, maintaining an emphasis on quality and sensitivity to his clients’ needs.

From working in a large studio in NYC to Hasselblad in the UK, Gary has an abundance of photographic knowledge and experience from which to teach from. He has guest lectured at the London College of Communications (UK) and was Department Head of Digital Photography at the Centre for Arts and Technology (Canada). He is currently exploring fine art photography, with a view to an exhibition in the near future.



Teens

Learn to create realistic and stylized portraiture artwork and explore the fundamentals of portrait drawings. This course will teach you how to:

  • Plan a portrait artwork
  • Create a realistic portrait artwork
  • Use value, proportions, and perspective to bring your artwork to life
  • Convey messages and emotions with your artwork

This course is open to all artistic mediums, styles and skill levels. It’s a great opportunity for anyone interested in improving their drawing abilities while learning to create a portrait.

Students are responsible for bringing the materials that they wish to work with. All you need is a sketchbook, a pencil, an eraser and a pencil sharpener.

This course is designed for ages 13 to 17.

Summer term

Tuesdays, May 7 to June 4 (5 weeks)
6 - 8 p.m.
Memorial Hall, UNB Fredericton
9 Bailey Drive, Room 26
$85 (+ HST)

Fall term

Tuesdays, (5 weeks)
6 - 8 p.m.
Memorial Hall, UNB Fredericton
9 Bailey Drive, Room 26
$85 (+ HST)

Registration opens June 10.

About the instructor

Quinn Denny is a local artist in Fredericton, NB. Art and drawing have always been a part of their daily practice. From an early age, they pursued art practicing and studying to develop their skills.

Finding human expression captivating and challenging, they developed a special interest in cultivating those skills. Becoming obsessed with capturing the beauty and uniqueness they saw in everyday faces.


Our Work Essential Skills Training Program for teens is designed to help students prep for work/volunteer opportunities. Through a comprehensive curriculum, participants will engage in morning sessions focused on topics such as resumes and cover letters, email etiquette, team dynamics and professionalism guidelines (including dress codes, conflict resolution and managing social media presence). Students will look within to create a personal strength portfolio, helping them with self-awareness and confidence.

In the afternoons (Tuesday - Friday), participants will apply their newfound skills and knowledge by volunteering at our Design Works Summer camps. This hands-on experience will allow them to further develop their teamwork, communication and leadership skills.

Overall, our program aims to empower students to become well-rounded individuals equipped with the essential tools to succeed in their professional careers and personal endeavors while fostering a spirit of community service and social responsibility.

This course is designed for ages 13 - 16.

Summer term

Monday, July 15 to Friday, July 19 (5 days)
9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
UNB Fredericton TBD
$249 (+HST)

Register now

About the instructor

Madison Price recently graduated from UNB with a Bachelor of applied arts followed by a Bachelor of Education degree. She's passionate about teaching and loves to express her creativity through art.

Madison has worked with UNB's Art Center over the past four years mostly involved with the Leisure Learning youth program and Design Works summer camps. Madison is excited to continue her work through the Youth program.


Always wanted to bring your wild ideas to life, start a YouTube Channel, or make a feature-length film, but don’t know where to start?

In Video Creation 101, you will make a short video from beginning to end. Students will get the opportunity to learn about the process of brainstorming, writing a script, storyboarding, capturing clips, and editing their video. At the end of the class, we will have a screening of everyone’s work.

Week 1

  • Brainstorming
  • Learning about different shots/compositions/storyboards
  • Start creating a storyboard

Week 2

  • Bring your idea, run by instructor
  • Bring props and anything else needed to get started
  • Finish Story boarding
  • Start shooting

Week 3

  • Finish shooting
  • Edit video

Week 4

  • Finishing touch
  • Screening and discussion

Materials

Bring your own digital camera and tripod.

Fall term

Wednesdays, (4 weeks)
6 - 8 p.m.
UNB Fredericton
$149 (+ HST)

Registration opens June 10.

About the instructor

Or David is a visual artist based in Fredericton, NB. She has many years of experience in the Youth Care field and recently decided to pursue her passion for art and photography at the New Brunswick College of Craft and Design. Or will be graduating from the Photography/Videography studio in June of 2024. During her time at NBCCD, Or has been honing her skills with short video making, script writing, content creation and more.



Writing and literature

If you've dreamed of writing a novel but it's too daunting, yet your vision is too big for a short story, start with a novella.

The Novella Challenge encourages dynamic participation during class (lots of talking and sharing ideas), and at least two hours per week writing at home. With the support of like-minded and determined writers, you will achieve a startling number of words to hopefully complete one novella (10 to 40K words) by the end of the course.

You don’t have to have an idea before class begins, but you must be dedicated to crossing the finish line.

Materials

  • Notebook
  • Pens
  • Highlighters
  • Coloured pens
  • Stickers
  • Loose lined paper
  • Scissors
  • Tape

On the first day of class, you only need to bring a notebook and pens.

Summer term

Tuesdays, May 21 to July 9 (8 weeks)
6 - 8 p.m.
UNB Fredericton
Carleton Hall, 19 Macaulay Lane, room 104
$180 (+ HST)

Register now

Fall term

Tuesdays, Oct. 8 to Nov. 26 (8 weeks)
6 - 8 p.m.
UNB Fredericton
Marshall d'Avary Hall, 10 Mackay Drive, room 321
$180 (+ HST)

Registration opens June 10.

About the instructor

Ann Kitching (BA, B.Ed., M.Ed.) is a former teacher with almost 20 years in education. After seven years as a French teacher in Nackawic, NB, she moved to Dubai (United Arab Emirates) where she taught classes from kindergarten to university.

After early retirement, she wrote and published two nonfiction books on writing (How to Plot and Write a Story and Story Writing Basics). Ann is married with one child and one Portuguese Water Dog and currently lives in Fredericton, NB.


This course is for anyone dreaming of, or stuggling with, finally getting a novel written.

For beginners and advanced writers alike, this course is for you. Whether you're plotting your outline or polishing that final draft, this course will offer an intensive workshop environment with the focus on breaking down the barriers to completing your novel.

Writing will be the class focus, with a strong emphasis on sharing constructive feedback. Discussion topics will include, but not be limited to, narrative structure, character, plotting and pacing, and of course publishing.

No materials required.

Summer term

Wednesdays, May 8 to June 26 (8 weeks)
6:30 - 8:30 p.m.
UNB Fredericton
Carleton Hall, 19 Macaulay Lane, room 307
$180 (+ HST)

Register now

Fall term

Wednesdays, Oct. 2 to Nov. 20 (8 weeks)
6:30 - 8:30 p.m.
UNB Fredericton
Carleton Hall, 19 Macaulay Lane, room 307
$180 (+ HST)

Registration opens June 10.

About the instructor

Terry Armstrong (writing as Cary Caffrey) is a full-time writer and part-time teacher. He is also the author of the best selling science-fiction series, The Girls from Alcyone and a winner of the Jacob Zilber award for Screenwriting.

Terry studied at Concordia University in Montreal, as well as the University of British Columbia, earning a BA and MFA in Creative Writing.


Start the challenge with a flawed piece; end with a much readier-to-be-published work.

If you started writing but got lost in the middle, or wrote a novel but aren’t satisfied, or wrote a novella or a nonfiction work but are nervous about sharing, then this course is for you.

The editing challenge aims to teach how to get the best out of your stories when you’re working on your own. The challenge begins with big picture matters and concentrates on one element at a time. (Grammar’s not on the list.) We’ll dive into themes, scenes, descriptions, characters and more during class and you’ll apply the principles to the rest of your manuscript at home each week (2 to 3 hours depending on the length of what you’re editing). Lots of discussions.

Before class starts, please submit the first 2500 words of a novella or a novel you wrote so the instructor gets a glimpse of your style.

Materials

Notebook, pens, highlighters, colored markers, cue cards or post-its, stickers, loose paper, scissors, tape, your manuscript.

Week 1: Story essence

  • Tell your story
  • Story versus plot
  • Themes
  • Thematic arc (hero, antagonist, side characters)
  • Foundation statement, premise, blurb
  • Self-care and hope
  • Homework: Condense your story to its essence

Week 2: Reinforce your message

  • Titles
  • Five phases + a bunch of questions
  • Scenes: Love it, hate it, meh
  • Develop literary objectivity
  • Homework: Cut irrelevant scenes

Week 3: Add scenes that matter

  • Story math
  • Genre and necessary Scenes
  • Character contributions and descriptions
  • Reorganize your plot
  • Tap into your creativity
  • Homework: Add missing scenes

Week 4: Perform Plot Surgery

  • Reveal and rebuild your story skeleton
  • Active versus passive scenes
  • Thematic arc checks: multiple heroes, antagonist, side characters
  • Analysis mindset
  • Homework: Reorganize

Week 5: Reevaluate your writing

  • “Boring” scenes: Reflection versus action
  • Dialogue versus description
  • Perspective in a scene
  • Narrative summary versus line by line movement
  • Celebrate your greatness
  • Homework: Identify rough spots. Rewrite them.

Week 6: Check decor touches

  • Motifs, sub-themes, secondary plot arcs
  • Comedy, romance, stakes
  • Listening, pacing, banality, outside-in
  • Personify your inner voice
  • Homework: Revise your scenes

Week 7: Modify your word use

  • Character description and backstory
  • Weak words, filter words
  • Make it fun
  • Homework: Eliminate weakness

Week 8: Share

  • Let’s read your awesome new stories.

Summer term

Thursdays, June 13 to Aug 1 (8 weeks)
6 - 8 p.m.
UNB Fredericton | Tilley Hall, 9 Macaulay Lane, room 224
$180 (+ HST)

Register now

Fall term

Thursdays, Oct. 10 to Nov. 28 (8 weeks)
6 - 8 p.m.
UNB Fredericton
Marshall d'Avary Hall, 10 Mackay Drive, room 321
$180 (+ HST)

Registration opens June 10.

About the instructor

Ann Kitching (BA, B.Ed, M.Ed) is a former teacher with almost 20 years in education. After seven years as a middle-school French teacher in Nackawic (Canada), she moved to Dubai (United Arab Emirates) where she taught kindergarten to university.

After early retirement in Fredericton, NB, she wrote and published nonfiction books on writing (“How to Plot and Write a Story,” and “Story Writing Basics”). Currently teaching A Novella Challenge at UNB, she continues to write and self-publish.


Have you written a novel and wondered, "now what?" This workshop can help.

With millions of eBooks available online, getting your book noticed can seem like a monumental task. The good news is, standing out from the crowd isn't as daunting a task as you might think.

You'll learn from what works, and what doesn't, outlining the steps you need to take to publish and actually sell your book. All the bases will be covered: book blurbs, awesome covers and tantalizing excerpts—you’ll learn about everything you need to get your book online and to create an Amazon book page that stands out from the crowd and makes readers take notice.

No materials required.

Summer term

Saturday, July 6 (1 class)
1 - 5 p.m.
UNB Fredericton
19 MacAulay Lane, Carleton Hall
$65 (+ HST)

Register now

Fall term

Saturday, Dec. 7 (1 class)
1 - 5 p.m.
UNB Fredericton
Carleton Hall, 19 Macaulay Lane, room 307
$65 (+ HST)

Registration opens June 10.

About the instructor

Terry Armstrong (writing as Cary Caffrey) is a full-time writer and part-time teacher. He is also the author of the best selling science-fiction series, The Girls from Alcyone and a winner of the Jacob Zilber award for Screenwriting.

Terry studied at Concordia University in Montreal, as well as the University of British Columbia, earning a BA and MFA in Creative Writing.