Personal Enrichment

UW-BSC Continuing Education offers a variety of non-credit personal enrichment courses for students and community members.

Winter Spring 2015 Enrichment Classes



Songwriting Workshop for Adults

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Instructor:  Shawndell Marks; Singer/Songwriter/Pianist & Recording Artist

 A dynamic yet light-hearted workshop for adults interested in dabbling in the art of song craft 

The class will cover:

• The importance of creativity & showing up

• Song structure

• Rhyming patterns

• Writing prompts

• How to make lyric writing more accessible

• One-on-one songwriting guidance

 No previous songwriting experience necessary.  

Tuesday evenings, May 12, 19, 26th • 6:30-8:00pm
Band and Choir Rehearsal Hall & Keyboard Lab; Fine Arts Building
Fee: $74


“The Modern Shaman” Workshop

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Presented by Reiki Master/Teacher and Modern Shaman John Oestreicher

This class emphasizes the core essence of what it is to be a modern shaman.  Learn how to walk between worlds and live in each one.  Discover how to move thru life as an "energy being". You will learn how to create everything you want by changing your perception of the world. In addition, techniques will be given to help heal yourself and others.   

Saturday, May 2nd •9:00 am-2:00 pm
Rodem’s Room, Aural Umhoefer Classroom Building
Fee:  $79


Mixed Media Painting Class

Currently Full. Please call 608 355-5220 to be added to our waiting list

Instructor: Lucy Schonfeld

Learn fun and exciting painting methods using watercolor and acrylic paints. You'll be collaging paper materials, photos of things special to you, and a variety of other mediums. Use your imagination! Have fun! Your instructor Lucy, an experienced watercolor teacher, will be guiding you through a variety of methods using watercolor and acrylic paints and collaging materials. Personalize your art. Make it realistic or abstract.

Tuesday evenings, March 24-April 28th • 6:00-8:00 pm

Art Studio, Fine Arts building
Fee: $139 (includes art supplies)
Register early! Class size is limited to provide more one-on-one time with the instructor.



Call is currently full.  Please call to be placed on our waiting list 355-5220

Instructor: Michael Etzwiler

Learn how to social dance with Michael Etzwiler. We will concentrate on Swing (East Coast Swing) Foxtrot and Waltz. Come as a couple or a single person. Join us and have some fun.

Monday evenings, April 20-May 11 (4 weeks) • 7:00-8:00 pm
Dance Studio, Lower level of the Lange Center
Fee: $25 per person or $40 per couple


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Instructor: Mark Tully

This lecture series will explore the first 200 years of Wisconsin history – from its "discovery" by Jean Nicolet in 1634 up through our becoming the 30th state on May 29, 1848. We will discuss the early French explorers, the Indian Wars and military activity during the American Revolution, War of 1812 and Black Hawk War, the fur trade, early lead mining, and more. Maps, paintings, photographs and reproductions as well as actual artifacts of clothing and tools will help bring the stories of these people, places and events to life.

 Tuesdays, April 21-May 26 (6 weeks) • 7:00-8:00 pm

Rodem’s Room, Aural Umhoefer Classroom Building

Fee: $49


English 281: A Theme in Literature: A Problem of Evil

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Instructor: Frances Auld

In ENG 281: The Problem of Evil, students will explore and discuss how artists have brought  real world questions about evil to their audiences through language and image. Students will discuss and explore different definitions, descriptions, and expositions of evil in literature and film including Harry Potter, Dexter, Horns, Erin Brokovitch, and The Bad Seed.

 The term “evil” has been and continues to be subject to a plethora of definitions. The human imagination worries at the nature of evil:  natural V.S. supernatural; internal V.S. external; psychological V.S. social, etc. White whales, exiles, and the devil himself have been dubbed “evil”, as have Charles Manson, Al Qaeda, and cell phones. The issue of evil has been a rich and prolific theme in stories since poets first sang the histories of their peoples. The very persistence and depth of this theme makes it worthy of a semester’s study, but perhaps an even more pressing need can be found in the world around us. Murder, cruelty, and the abuse of power is as close as our news feeds, or perhaps our neighbors.

Mondays and Wednesdays

January 26-May 13   3:00-4:15 pm

A-156, Aural Umhoefer Classroom Building

Three-credit fee: approximately $660 • Non-credit option: $175



Class has started

Instructor: Marc Seals

This course will provide a study of ethnic literatures in America, chiefly African
American, Asian American, Native American, and/or Latino, though not necessarily
limited to these groups. We will explore their artistic merits, various
interpretations, and how these works define/construct the cultural/racial/ethnic
identities within the specific groups and within the broader American culture.

Tuesdays and Thursdays, January 27-May 14 • 2:00-3:15 pm
A-156, Aural Umhoefer Classroom Building
Three-credit fee: approximately $660 • Non-credit option: $175


Please call to be placed on our waiting list 355-5220
Instructor: Megan Watson, Baraboo High School Art Teacher

Are you interested in learning to throw pots using a potter’s wheel? Would
you like to create your own ceramics pieces from start to finish? This class is
truly hands-on. You will learn to work with the clay, and each student will be
guided in the use of the pottery wheel for their in-class creations. Register
early! Class size is limited to provide more one-on-one time with the instructor.
Each participant will have their own potter’s wheel during class.

Mondays, April 6-May 11th • 6-8 pm
Baraboo High School Art Room
Fee: $149 (Includes art supplies)