New Classes 2018 Term 1

The committee and volunteers have stepped up with some new and exciting classes for us. Here are a few:

Keeping a Sketchbook

One of Kathleen’s Sketchbook pages

Have you always wanted to keep a sketchbook – for travel sketches, urban sketching, a nature journal, a visual diary of daily life? Avid sketchbook artist Kathleen Newman will lead 5 two hour workshops starting (fortnightly) in February 2018.  She will share her sketchbooks, sketching tips and tools and materials for speedy on-location sketching. Each session will be different and includes sketching around Fiddlers Green and the High Street in Berwick. Skill level needed – just a willingness to have a go and have some fun.

Participants provide their own materials. Basically all you will need is a pencil and waterproof marker, paper or sketchbook , a board of some kind to rest your paper on, (watercolours/color pencils optional). Full list provided upon registration.

See her sketching blog:


Creative Writing Workshop

Are you considering writing your memoirs for your family? Is writing the great Australian novel on your bucket list? How about short stories? Let’s get started! This workshop will focus on many aspects of writing creatively including the craft and tricks of creative writing, introduction to publishing and self-publishing, sharing with an audience through critiquing for improvement, and many writing resources and groups to help you develop writing skills. Beginners welcome, as well as people with writing experience. This will be about sharing. Jan Whitaker has self-published two novels and written for many different types of publications throughout her career. She will lead the 10 sessions on the 1st and 3rd Tuesdays of the month starting in February. Space is limited to 10 participants.

Art Appreciation

We are going to visit a different art gallery once a month. We’ll travel to local galleries by a City of Casey bus, but go by train to the National Gallery in Melbourne. We’ll travel to the gallery, view the exhibits, then have a bite of lunch in a nearby cafe, discuss what we’ve seen, then travel back to Berwick. Numbers will be limited to 12 or 18 depending on the bus we use. Start 16 Feb. 1000 at Fiddlers Green. 3rd Friday each month.

Please be aware there may be some costs for special exhibits and/or a guide.


Computer Forums

This will be a discussion / lecture around pending issues in computers and computer technology with demonstrations of solutions and/or plans of attack. Possible topics include: computer attacks (malware, ransom ware or viruses), security dangers and how to avoid, what and when to backup and why and other issues as they arise. Start 8th Feb. 10.00 – 11.30am. (Meeting Room 1). Selandra Rise Community Hub. Fortnightly.

Mystery Places

Do you love a challenge? Do you like discovering interesting places around the world?
If you answered yes, then come along and trial a new Casey U3A Class called ‘Mystery Places’. You will use your own laptop or tablet, work in a team with 1 or 2 others and solve clues to identify places around the world.
Start 3rd May. Lounge at Selandra Rise Community Hub. 1.30 – 3.00pm (6 weeks).

The Magic of Music

Music washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life”. (Berthold Auerbach).
Magic of Music is a designed for the lovers of music of every kind. It is a class where you can share the music that you love with your fellow classmates. There is no hard or fast schedule of performers but just a suggested format of various styles and types of music from the Classics to Opera to Broadway.
Start 1st Feb. Fiddlers Green Auditorium. 2.00 – 3.30. 1st Thurs / Month.

Try Bowls

Try Bowls is short introduction to the game of lawn bowls. Bowls is an easy game to learn and like all worthwhile activities it takes practice to master. The course will run for 6 weeks on Thursday mornings. Numbers are limited to 8. Bowls are available at the village. Flat soled shoes or thick socks to protect the green are all that’s needed. At the end of the course participants will have the opportunity to join the Fiddlers Green Bowling Club. Start 8th Feb. Fiddlers Green Bowling Green. 10.00 – 12.00. Weekly (6 weeks).

Whether the Weather

Weather is undoubtedly a most talked about topic! Let’s keep that going. Come along, relax, watch some scientific background information via Ted Talks, then look at associated word sayings and other creative tie-ins in literature, art, and music. Each week we’ll investigate and discuss different aspects of weather: Clouds, Rainbows, Sunshine and Wind. Start 1st Feb. Lounge at Selandra Rise Community Hub. 1.30 – 3.00. Weekly (4 weeks).