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OLLI – Osher Live Long Learning Classes

I love teaching OLLI classes!  Here are a few of the classes I’ve offered in the past.  I’m working on two new subjects for Fall 2022


Creativity is having a moment, the term has become a celebrated commercial identity as well as a Linked-In worthy professional asset. But creativity isn’t something we have. It’s something we do. And we can do it poorly and still experience amazing improvements to our life and outlook.
In this four week class:

Learn more about the creative states of being:

  • How Creativity should be uncoupled from Income and results
  • The myth of the tortured artist
  • The history of creativity, its name and place in Industrial society
  • How to tap into your own creative spirit and continue to thrive.

1848 – Setting Up the 21st Century

1848 – The Pivot year for the 21st Century
During January – December 1848, a half dozen European countries erupted in revolution. In America the certitude of Manifest Destiny opened both Oregon territory and of course, the gold rush in California changed the west coast forever. If that wasn’t enough, on July 19th the first Women’s Rights Convention was held in Seneca Falls, NY. In London, a group of painters revolted against the triviality of popular genre painting of the time. And back in New York two sisters began communicating through rapping and knocking with a spirit in their home. 1848 was an exciting, troublesome, alarming year that changed how we live today. In the tradition of learning about history through a single item (like coffee or salt) learn how the events of a single year launched a century and a half of change.

Transformative Journaling

Transformative Journaling is a way to organically organize our thoughts and experiences in a positive effective manner. By telling our story we not only move into the heroine position, but recent findings, linked to the studies of brain plasticity have discovered that consistent journaling can reduce doctor visits and improve overall health. We will learn how to start, what to write, and work with feedback about our process. There is homework!  You’ll be learning how, when and when is the best time for your own journaling.

I wasn’t sure what to expect when I signed up for the Transformational Journaling class. Catharine Bramkamp was an amazing instructor!I actually learned a lot about journaling and she gave us so many tools and prompts for when we get stuck. I personally had some major breakthroughs as a result of our class exercises!I would recommend this class for everyone!!
Thank you, Trish B

Not offered this spring, but check out the online class!

Club OLLI Activity–Membership Required

The Wild Victorians class.

1849, smack in the middle of the 19th century, some 300,000 people picked up and left their safe domestic spaces for uncertain adventure and imagined riches in California. This willingness to leave it all behind and hit the road is considered a uniquely American characteristic, but the propensity for adventure and exploration is actually more of the times, rather than the place. In this class, we will explore the Victorian inventions that set off a century of exploration and experimentation unheard of before or since. Discovering gold was the least of it.

Not offered this Spring

Proper Work for a Woman, the women behind the famous artists.


Proper Woman’s Work – The women behind the artists

Proper Woman’s Work – The women behind the artists

Is there such thing as the independent genius, the man who does it all and is justifiably famous for his efforts? No.

We celebrate the women who did more than just type their husband’s manuscript (#thanksfortyping), but nurtured, nursed, and promoted some of the most famous artists of our time.

This is a celebration of the women who labor behind the scenes and without whom much of our art and literature would not have entered the cannon.  

Mash Up 

Fractured Art for Fractured Times

Mash up, Fractured Art for Fractured times

Collage is ubiquitous, an art form that uses the jumble of our outer world, those fragments, ads, and volume of information that is our modern “normal” to create new statements, alternative narratives and of course, a way to express the inexpressible.  

 “Prior to 1914, collage was a novelty; by 1918, it was a necessity,” Billy Renkl – collage artist

Club OLLI Activity–Membership Required

The Great War, one that both the British and Germans believed would end by Christmas 1914, influence a sea change in daily life from social positions to literature and art.  This class explores how four artists responded to the devastation and change wrought by a war that had certainly not finished by Christmas.  We will look at the writers Virginia Woolf, TS Eliot, and F. Scott Fitzgerald and the artists from the Omega Workshop, the Futurists, the Dadas, and the Surrealists.  Re-reading the texts is not necessary to enjoy the class. 

Not offered this Spring