Update Your Brain

To ensure everyone keeps learning and growing, the CAE is celebrating the 2019 Seniors Festival by offering Seniors Card and Concession Card holders a 25 per cent discount on a selected range of language and short courses, valid for courses taken between 1 September 2019 – 1 December 2019.

These include:

Courses

Life Drawing in a Day

An ideal introduction for beginners to explore drawing the human figure using a live model. Focusing on body proportion and shape and learning the techniques of shading to bring out definition of muscles and finer features.

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Life Painting

An ideal introduction for beginners to explore drawing the human figure using a live model. Focusing on body proportion and shape and learning the techniques of shading to bring out definition of muscles and finer features.

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Line Drawing: Botanicals at Ola Cohn

In this workshop you will learn the fundamentals of line drawing along with the key principles of crosshatching, an essential drawing technique for describing volume and light using pencil and pen.

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Oil Painting: For Beginners

Learn to use oil paint like a professional artist. This course will cover the many facets of oil painting techniques from paint application to surface preparation, mediums and finishing and glazing.

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Painting: Abstract

Gain an understanding of the language of abstraction through paint. Learn about composition, colour-mixing, design and space and explore individual expression.

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Painting & Drawing: Beginners

Unsure whether to choose Painting or Drawing? Try both! Get into painting and drawing using charcoal, ink, acrylic and pastels. Beginning with black & white, then moving into an understanding of colour, students will explore basic aspects of representing an image, in a relaxed and supportive environment.

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Picture Framing

Students will learn how to custom frame a piece of artwork or photograph.  Experienced picture framer Rafael Bieber covers frame-making, mat cutting, glass-cutting demonstration and fitting ready to hang.

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Blog Basics

Blogging is one of the easiest and most enjoyable ways to create an online presence. Whether you wish to share your photos with the world, or relate your tall travel tales and adventures, your teacher will show you how to quickly get started.

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iPad for Seniors

This hands-on course will help you get up and running with your iPad, teaching you how to make the most of the many features available and understand exactly what makes this incredibly useful piece of technology so popular.

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Weaving: Wall Hangings & Rugs

Using wool and fibre, learn about and create contemporary craft. Join tutor, Katie Wong and learn simple yet unique methods to produce your own wall hangings and rugs to decorate your home

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Floristry in a Day

Learn flower arranging using traditional techniques. This course will introduce participants to flower identification, preparation and maintenance techniques. Students will use a mixture of flowers and foliage’s which are widely available and used by floral designers.

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French

French for Travellers

The French for Travellers program is delivered as a 12-hour course. It is designed to facilitate travellers’ interaction with native speakers and to support their needs while travelling in France.

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Last Minute Language for Travellers (French)

Learn how to greet people, buy food and drinks, go shopping and get around. You’ll learn key phrases you can use in almost any situation and insider techniques to help you communicate confidently and effectively with just a few words.

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Italian

Italian for Travellers

Italian for Travellers focuses on developing your speaking and listening skills. There is no formal grammar teaching and less emphasis on reading or writing skills. The Italian used is contemporary and colloquial. The course also offers an insight into culture and protocols in Italy.

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Last Minute Language for Travellers (Italian)

Last Minute Language for Travellers: Italian is designed to facilitate your learning of essential and specific interactions with native speakers during your travelling.

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Japanese

Japanese for Travellers

The Japanese for Travellers program is delivered as a 12-hour course. It is designed to facilitate travellers’ interaction with native speakers and to support their needs while travelling.

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Portuguese

Portuguese for Travellers

This Beginners Portuguese for Travellers course will enable you to deal with the language in everyday travelling situations. You will be able to gain an insight into both Brazilian and Portuguese culture, customs, people and protocol in a practical setting.

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Spanish

Spanish for Travellers

Students will learn the basic language needed to enjoy a holiday in a Spanish-speaking country. For example, how to buy food and drinks, organise transport and book accommodation. The course also includes cultural information relevant to travel situations.

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Last Minute Language for Travellers (Spanish)

Last Minute Language for Travellers: Spanish is designed to facilitate your learning of essential and specific interactions with native speakers during your travelling.

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Digital Photography for Seniors

Learn about the key elements that are so critical in taking great photos in a comfortable and relaxed environment. Melbourne photographer George Poulakis will demonstrate and, importantly, talk in layman’s terms about the key elements that are so critical to taking great photos – exposure control, shutter, aperture, ISO, white balance, flash, lens selection and creative controls.

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Photographing Melbourne: A Walking Tour with a Difference!

Join Melbourne-based Photographer Jacob Nikoracy and learn how to create impressive photographs of Melbourne’s historic and hidden sites; from famous CBD locations to back-lanes; from the colourful to the dark!

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Smartphone Photography: Get the most from your Phone!

Smartphones offer the convenience and immediacy for taking a fabulous photo – in an instant! The quality of smartphone cameras are better than ever before delivering high-quality images and letting you enhance them on the spot with a wide range of supporting apps.

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A Journey from Zagreb to Ljubljana

Croatia and Slovenia may be two ‘young’ nations, but their history is just as old and rugged as that of any other part of Europe. On this virtual journey between their capitals Zagreb and Ljubljana we will visit some fascinating places and delve into their colourful history.

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A Philosopher Misunderstood: Epicurus On The Good Life

Epicures are devotees of fine food and drink.  But Dr. Doug Adeney advises that their ancient Greek namesake Epicurus recommended pleasures of totally different sorts.

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Exploring Four More Great Dates in History

Pam Chessell focuses on four particular years in history – 1815, 1851, 1901, 1904, exploring the lasting, unpredicted and unprecedented impact of apparently disconnected events. events. Each talk will provide general information and analyse the causal relationship between what may superficially seem to be disconnected events.

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Literature and the First World War

We explore the various roles that the written and spoken words played during these turbulent times, drawing on examples from a diverse range of private and public forums. Although a particular focus is placed on poetry, we also consider private letters, personal accounts, published books, newspapers, trench journalism, propaganda, posters and even popular songs of the day.

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The Lost Art of Letter Writing

Letter writing is such a unique form of communication and has changed substantially through the ages. This lecture delivered by author Emily Brewin will discuss how the classic form of letting writing differs from modern forms. Notable pen friends and writerly relationships, and famous letters and letter writers.

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Black Rock: Half Moon Bay Dreaming

Learn about the settlement history and geography of Black Rock’s spectacular beaches, bushland and cliffs. Explore sites used by the Boon Wurrung people for thousands of years for camping, water, ceremony and cooking. Harvest traditional Koori foods, medicine, tools and decorations from the landscape.

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Discovering Bearbrass

Visit sites of the original places of the 1835 European settlement of Melbourne (Bearbrass) including town square, settlers’ homes, indigenous sites, gaols, pubs, docks, churches, hospital and more.

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Exploring Jewish Culture & Cuisine

Join Shlomo Zimmer for a pleasant Sunday exploration of Jewish culture and cuisine. This is an opportunity for you to visit classic Jewish bakeries, deli’s, bookstores and gift shops, guided by Shlomo, and his extensive cultural and culinary knowledge.

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Life Writing Workshop

A friendly, informative course focusing on how to start writing an autobiography or biography. Includes fundamental story-telling elements, creative exercises and constructive feedback.

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Poetry Writing

Established Australian poet Claire Gaskin will take you on a journey into the wonderful world of poetry. Whether you are just starting out or are simply curious, this hands on course will not only discuss the various style and features of existing poems but students will be encouraged to write their own, for sharing and discussion.

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