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McAllen Creative & Enrichment Classes

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Fall 2019

Welcome

The McAllen Creative Incubator (McA2) is a department of the McAllen Chamber of Commerce’s Convention and Visitors’ Bureau and exists to support and promote the arts within the community.

The mission of the McAllen Creative Incubator, the “cultural arm“ of the Chamber of Commerce, is to help drive the vitality of economic development of McAllen and the Rio Grande Valley Region by strengthening the partnership between business and the cultural arts communities.

Creative & Enrichment Classes is a series of classes meant to engage young adults 16+ and adults in creative processes and to continue to expose residents to the cultural arts.

Course List

All courses offered at $70 for 6 instructional classes. Click on course for more information. Young Adults 16+ & Adults

Calligraphy For Fun & Profit Session 1

$70.00

Only 10 seats left
Mondays – 6:30P-8:30p | October 7, 2019-November 11, 2019
A beginning course in the Chancery Cursive style of calligraphy. The course covers upper and lowercase letters; rules, techniques and guidelines for learning calligraphy quickly and easily. Professional instruction on developing the art of calligraphy for fun and profit. More Info »

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Calligraphy For Fun & Profit Session 2

$70.00

Only 12 seats left
Wednesdays – 6:30P-8:30p | October 9, 2019- November 13, 2019
A beginning course in the Chancery Cursive style of calligraphy. The course covers upper and lowercase letters; rules, techniques and guidelines for learning calligraphy quickly and easily. Professional instruction on developing the art of calligraphy for fun and profit. More Info »

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Dance Lessons (Bachata, Cumbia & Salsa)

$70.00

Only 10 seats left
Wednesdays - 5:45pm-7:15pm | October 2, 2019-November 20, 2019
Class will consist of 8 progressive sessions of 1.5h each, with a one hour class every time and 30 minutes for practice and questions. The first 3 classes will be cumbia, then 3 classes of bachata and we finish of with 2 salsa lessons. By the end of the course you will be confident to go to the club, quinceañera or wedding and bust out some moves! More Info »

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Drawing with Rey

$70.00

Only 12 seats left
Mondays & Wednesdays - 6:00pm-8:00pm | October 7, 2019-October 23, 2019
Learn how to "Draw" or refresh your drawing skill with Rey, a professional Artist. More Info »

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Write to get paid

$70.00

Only 12 seats left
Thursdays - 4:00pm to 6:00pm | Start Date: October 10, 2019 – November 14, 2019
The class will address how to find places to pitch your writing idea and the art of creating a pitch for editors in paying publications. Will focus on local, state and national publications. During the course of the class we will focus on writing workshops focused on how to interview, edit and peer review work like an editor. More Info »

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Intro to Adobe Photoshop

$70.00

Only 12 seats left
Mondays - 6:00pm to 8:00pm | Start Date: October 7, 2019- November 11, 2019
In this hands-on, live-instructor led class students will learn the basics of adobe photoshop software.  Students will learn how to manipulate layers, colors, and digital images.  Students will engage through fun-filled projects such as antique photo restoration, birthday card creation, and digital illustrations.  If you have wanted to learn how to combine your studio art skills with digital art, then this is the class for you.  Students must provide their own laptop/computer with adobe photoshop (a free trial version can be obtained at https://www.adobe.com/).  Accommodations can be made for those that do not have laptop or software.  Seating is limited so please sign up early. More Info »

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Oil Painting for Beginners (Landscape)

$70.00

Only 12 seats left
Saturdays – 10:00am to 12:00pm | October 12, 2019- November 16, 2019
Bring out your inner artist and learn how to express yourself with oil painting. “Patience and love for art is key” said Mr. Pritchett. You do not want to miss this high valued class at this low price! So sign-up today!! Materials fee $20 paid to Instructor-cash only. More Info »

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Porcelain Painting Class Session 1

$70.00

Only 12 seats left
Monday/Wednesday – 10am to 12pm | Start Date: October 14, 2019 - October 30, 2019
Porcelain painting is a beautiful way of displaying art in your home or office. A personally created art piece can be passed on from generation to generation, adding invaluable worth to it as the years go by. People should consider taking the classes offered, because the uncommon practice of this art is slowly disappearing, eventually making the Porcelain Painting Technique nonexistent. More Info »

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Porcelain Painting Class Session 2

$70.00

Only 12 seats left
Tuesdays & Thursdays – 10am to 12pm | Start Date: October 15, 2019-October 31, 2019
Porcelain painting is a beautiful way of displaying art in your home or office. A personally created art piece can be passed on from generation to generation, adding invaluable worth to it as the years go by. People should consider taking the classes offered, because the uncommon practice of this art is slowly disappearing, eventually making the Porcelain Painting Technique nonexistent. More Info »

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Developing Mobile Applications

$70.00

Only 12 seats left
Friday – 4:30pm - 5:30pm  & Saturday - 12:15pm - 1:15 pm | Start Date: October 18 – November 23
In this hands-on technology class,  Cynthia Rocha will be teaching teens how to create mobile applications for Android and IOS. Laptop required. More Info »

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Keeping up with Technology

$70.00

Only 11 seats left
Friday – 6:00pm - 7:00pm  & Saturday - 11:00am - 12:00 pm | Start Date: October 18 – November 23
This class is for Adults & Seniors who wish to get more use off their smartphones.  Cynthia Rocha, will be teaching adults various technological applications (google applications, social media, productivity applications, etc.) in an in depth manner. Smartphone required. More Info »

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Create Your Own Blog and Learn HTML

$70.00

Only 12 seats left
Saturdays-12pm-2pm | Start Date: October 12-November 16, 2019
Blogging is everywhere! Sharing opinions, ideas, photos, and artwork has never been easier! This course focuses on the creation of personal blogs using FREE online tools. You chose your blog’s topic and content, we’ll help you with the design and functionalities. We’ll teach you the basics of HTML and CSS to tweak templates or create a whole new look for your blog. We’ll also give you insights into diverse domain hosts and search engine optimization techniques! This course is designed for beginners and we assume students have no prior knowledge in web development. More Info »

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Guitar Lessons

$70.00

Only 12 seats left
Mondays & Wednesdays - 7:00pm-8:00pm | Start Date: October 7-November 13, 2019
Guitar lessons for beginners focus on finger placement, strumming, sight-reading, understanding groove and chord placement. Students will learn to care for their instrument as well as tuning the guitar. In this introductory course, students will learn basic music theory as well as the fundamentals of Guitar Performance. More Info »

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Introduction to Photoshop

$70.00

Only 12 seats left
Fridays-6pm-8pm | Start Date: October 11-November 15, 2019
Are you on a mission to find an EASY and FUN way to learn how to use Photoshop? Then look no further! This course is set to teach you the fundamental skills required to become proficient in the most renowned photo editing application today. We will teach you about some of the basic and extended tools, pixel manipulation, cropping, filters, working with layers, and more! More Info »

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Learn to play-El Acordeón

$70.00

Only 12 seats left
Mondays & Wednesdays - 7:00pm-8:00pm | Start Date: October 7-November 13, 2019
“El Acordeón” is a portable box shaped musical instrument with metal reeds blown by bellows, played by means of keys and buttons.  An instrument will be provided during the course with the option to purchase.  Creative Arts Studio is a collective of local artists empowering our communities through fine arts education. They seek to inspire talent for community development, as they believe in the power of art to ignite social change, growth in understanding, and advancement in human consciousness.  Take a class with one of their talented instructors,  who are musicians, performers, painters, singers, actors, film makers, dancers; artists who’ve decided to invest themselves in  knowledge to the South Texas communities.  Jump in! and take a lesson you’ll open up the doors to a world of life changing creative experiences. More Info »

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Singing Classes

$70.00

Only 10 seats left
Mondays & Wednesdays - 7:00pm-8:00pm | Start Date: October 7-November 13, 2019
This class is designed to improve each student's singing voice and develop the ability to sing successfully in front of others. During this introductory course of study, they will be taught the fundamentals of healthy vocal production which includes the following:  1) proper posture and breathing to sing, 2) tone production,  3)  diction,  4) expression, and 5)  gaining confidence.  Individual vocal problems will be assessed and exercises will be given to help strengthen and improve the voice. Students will be singing together and also individually for class. More Info »

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Acuarela para principiantes - Jueves

$70.00

Only 12 seats left Jueves 6 p.m. a 8pm | Octubre 10-Noviembre 14, 2019 La acuarela es una pintura sobre papel o cartulina con colores diluidos en agua. Los colores utilizados son transparentes (según la cantidad de agua en la mezcla) y a veces dejan ver el fondo del papel (blanco), que actúa como otro verdadero tono. En este curso aprenderemos las diferentes formas de aplicar la acuarela mediante ejercicios prácticos como mojado sobre mojado, seco sobre mojado, mojado sobre seco, transparencias, degradaciones y más. También haremos pinturas básicas utilizando las diferentes técnicas de aplicación así como medios para crear texturas en nuestro trabajo. Espero que nos acompañen y disfruten la hermosa técnica de la acuarela. More Info »

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Acuarela para principiantes - Sábado

$70.00

Only 12 seats left Sábados 2 p.m. a 4 p.m | Octubre12- Noviembre 16, 2019 La acuarela es una pintura sobre papel o cartulina con colores diluidos en agua. Los colores utilizados son transparentes (según la cantidad de agua en la mezcla) y a veces dejan ver el fondo del papel (blanco), que actúa como otro verdadero tono. En este curso aprenderemos las diferentes formas de aplicar la acuarela mediante ejercicios prácticos como mojado sobre mojado, seco sobre mojado, mojado sobre seco, transparencias, degradaciones y más. También haremos pinturas básicas utilizando las diferentes técnicas de aplicación así como medios para crear texturas en nuestro trabajo. Espero que nos acompañen y disfruten la hermosa técnica de la acuarela. More Info »

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Chess Class

$70.00

Only 12 seats left
Tuesdays 5:30 to 7:30 | Start Date: October 15-November 19, 2019
Ages 16+
Class description: Students will learn all the basics and rules of the chess game. They will also learn strategies to improve their skills and get ready to participate in chess tournaments. We will review and understand the best games of the masters. All supplies and literature provided, all you have to do is show up and enjoy the game of chess! More Info »

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Conversational Spanish

$70.00

TUESDAY 9:00 a.m.-10:00 a.m. WEDNESDAY 10:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m. | Start Date: October 8-November 13, 2019 The goal is to be able to converse in Spanish, French or Italian and to write coherently and to be able to understand Spanish, French or Italian speaking native speakers, live, online, movies and TV and newspapers and magazines, printed or online. But you choose your own individual goal to be discussed with your teacher. Assistance available in between lessons, avoiding learning roadblocks. You will be provided the tools to master verb tenses and irregularities as well as sentence construction from lesson one. For 1-2 months lessons, students will not require a book. Instead, we will find the exact equivalent in 2 great web sites for all 3 languages: verbix.com, Linguee.com. Students will need to have a cellular or a tablet with internet access. Instructor Robert Mirza I have been teaching since 1973 privately and in schools in the Dutch More Info »

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Conversational French

$70.00

TUESDAY 10:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m. WEDNESDAY 9:00 a.m.-10:00 a.m. | Start Date: October 8-November 13, 2019 The goal is to be able to converse in Spanish, French or Italian and to write coherently and to be able to understand Spanish, French or Italian speaking native speakers, live, online, movies and TV and newspapers and magazines, printed or online. But you choose your own individual goal to be discussed with your teacher. Assistance available in between lessons, avoiding learning roadblocks. You will be provided the tools to master verb tenses and irregularities as well as sentence construction from lesson one. For 1-2 months lessons, students will not require a book. Instead, we will find the exact equivalent in 2 great web sites for all 3 languages: verbix.com, Linguee.com. Students will need to have a cellular or a tablet with internet access. Instructor Robert Mirza I have been teaching since 1973 privately and in schools in the Dutch More Info »

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Conversational Italian

$70.00

WEDNESDAY 3:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m. FRIDAY 8:30 a.m.-9:30 a.m. | Start Date: October 9-November 15, 2019 The goal is to be able to converse in Spanish, French or Italian and to write coherently and to be able to understand Spanish, French or Italian speaking native speakers, live, online, movies and TV and newspapers and magazines, printed or online. But you choose your own individual goal to be discussed with your teacher. Assistance available in between lessons, avoiding learning roadblocks. You will be provided the tools to master verb tenses and irregularities as well as sentence construction from lesson one. For 1-2 months lessons, students will not require a book. Instead, we will find the exact equivalent in 2 great web sites for all 3 languages: verbix.com, Linguee.com. Students will need to have a cellular or a tablet with internet access. Instructor Robert Mirza I have been teaching since 1973 privately and in schools in the Dutch More Info »

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McAllen, TX 78501

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