The Arts

Create and bring home a flower arrangement and painting. Practice some watercolor techniques using your arrangement as inspiration.

Do you want learn how to teach yourself guitar? Don’t know where to start? No matter whether you are just beginning or already have some skills, this course will show you how. Tuning, proper ergonomics, right-hand picking and fingerstyle, left-hand techniques, rhythm, chords, and scales will all be explored. No matter what kind of music you like, the course will provide the tools to teach yourself for years to come. Most guitar music is learned by written guitar “tablature” and listening/observation. The course will explain tablature and how to use this method to read and write different chords & rhythm structures. We will also learn how to “play by ear”. These skills and techniques can also be applied to other stringed instruments such as ukulele, mandolin, vihuela, Cuban tres, and requinto. Note: You may bring an acoustic or electric guitar –either steel-string or nylon-string.

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Requirement: You may bring an acoustic or electric guitar - either steel-string or nylon-string.

Taking great pictures of people can be harder than it looks! You can learn some tips and techniques, however, for getting the best out of your subjects.

Learn lead sheet playing on the piano or keyboard in this beginning level class. We will focus on style and performance technique covering chord symbols, bass line, and melody.

This class is designed for students with advanced knowledge. Workshop format. Each week students will bring finished bonsai. Instructor will critique and advise on care and maintenance tasks.

Instructional class includes basic skills, styles of Bonsai, plant selection, trimming and shaping, wiring, planting, fertilizing, and watering.

This class is for adults who are proficient in sight reading and enjoy playing the big band sounds of the 1930’s and ‘40’s. The musical library of over 600 arrangements are for two Alto, two Tenor, and Baritone Saxophones, four Trumpets, four Trombones, Piano, String Bass, Guitar and Drums. Altos and Tenors who double on Clarinet or Flute are a plus.

All art media explored. A self-paced class geared to the student’s own personal level of ability. Areas of instruction include: composition, perspective, color mixing, use of values, use of line and texture.

Come play great music! The Orchestra will perform three concerts during the year, provide outreach to enthuse students in music, and build community support for the performing arts. If you are an intermediate to advanced player, the Orchestra will be a fulfilling musical experience and a fun way to bring great music to the community.

Would you like to learn how to import, process, print, and share your images with Adobe Lightroom Classic CC? Join this class and learn the tips and tricks to be get the most from this powerful software!

If you love music and play an instrument, come join the Community Band! The band performs concerts and events throughout the Bay Area. The band performs classical music as well as marches, show tunes and pops.

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Castro Valley Adult and Career Education

Serving the community since 1969

4430 Alma Avenue
Castro Valley, CA 94546
P: 510-886-1000
F: 510-537-8537
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