Posts Tagged ‘education’

To say jewelry designer Gian-Martin Joller is a popular instructor is an understatement. Students like his Jewelry Design class, offered through SMC’s academic program, so much that they want to take it over and over again. But state regulations restrict course repetition, leaving students stranded without their beloved professor and class. SMC Community Education came […]

“Dinnertime,” Frank Damon’s winning image Congratulations to Community Ed student Frank Damon for winning our 2016 Student Photo Contest with his stunning image of sunset at the Santa Monica Pier that he calls “Dinnertime.” Frank captured his image with a Canon 5D Mark 3 camera and a wide-angle lens. The retired Pacific Palisades lawyer has […]

The Director’s Six Senses

Posted: 16th February 2016 by Bruce Smith in General
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The following is an excerpt from film and screenwriting instructor Simone Bartesaghi’s new book, “The Director’s Six Senses.”  The book has been receiving great reviews. By Simone Bartesaghi A director is a storyteller. No more, no less. We must start with pure and simple storytelling. No camera yet, not even pen and paper. However your story starts, […]

Ed Mangus 12-15

Photo instructor Ed Mangus is one of the 20 instructors who will be on hand to meet and talk to at the Open House Jan. 23. (Photo by Luis Herrera, one of Mangus’ students) By Alice Meyering, Program Coordinator of Community & Contract Education Following up on the success of our 2015 Open House, we are […]

By Christy Wilhelmi, Organic Gardening Instructor Although many will disregard companion planting and see it as old wives’ tales, many plants, flowers and herbs do defend themselves against insects by being poisonous to them or developing a strong scent that frightens them away, and it is possible that a plant growing close by might benefit […]

There is no more powerful motivator than hunger. Just ask Dr. Sinclair Rimmon, whose impoverished childhood in pre-World War II Warsaw was frequented by hunger, but which launched him on an extraordinary life journey and career that is filled with accomplishments and service to others. Rimmon, who has been teaching Import/Export classes at SMC Community […]

By Alice Meyering, Program Coordinator of Community & Contract Education It’s a pleasure to lead a vigorous round of applause for student Dean Reyes, who won our first-ever Student Photo Contest with his beautiful image of the iconic Griffith Observatory. But I take equal pleasure in congratulating all three of the finalists and, indeed, all of […]

By Alice Meyering, Program Coordinator of Community & Contract Education Some people might think that the game of Bridge is a relic of the past, a ritual of 1950s- and 1960s-era housewives. On the contrary, Bridge – the “live” version, not computer or online games – is alive and well. In fact, enthusiasts around the world […]

By Alice Meyering, Program Coordinator of Community & Contract Education (Photos by Garet Field-Sells and Gary Heck) SMC Community Ed attracts many students with extraordinary accomplishments. Case in point: A. Moret, who took Greg Van Zuyen’s Photoshop & Illustrator class last fall. Moret is the co-founder and editor-in-chief of Santa Monica-based Installation Media & Magazine, the first all-digital […]

By Gregory Van Zuyen, Photoshop instructor I love teaching at SMC Community Ed for many reasons, but particularly when I see how we can change students’ lives. Take, for instance, David Indacochea, who took all three of the Adobe design courses at Community Ed. During a classroom discussion on creativity, there was the mention of Gary Hustwit’s […]