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Fine Arts & Music

External Programs

Class Offerings

Fine Arts

Open Studio
When: Tuesdays 12 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.; January 9 to April 16

Cost: $75

Open Studio allows painters and those interested in painting to work in a spacious, communal environment. Attendees are free to work with any medium and subject matter, and will receive constructive commentary and criticism to help them achieve their goals. Those who have audited Advanced Painting in the past and wish to continue to do so should instead sign up for the Open Studios. Classes will be held in Etherredge Center Room 141.

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Introduction to Figure Drawing
When: Fridays 12 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.; four sessions, see dates below
Cost: $40

The depiction of the body has preoccupied artists throughout history, both as a challenge and as a means for expression. Figure Drawing is a studio art course that will allow artists to focus on direct observation of live models. Model sessions will be open work-time, without lecture or instruction. Attendees may work in any medium they wish. The first 30 minutes of each session will be short gesture poses, followed by a 2-hour long pose.

Session 1: January 12 - February 2, 2024
Session 2: February 9 - March 1, 2024
Session 3: March 15 - April 5, 2024
Session 4: April 12 - May 3, 2024

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USCA New Horizons Band Program

The USCA New Horizons Band program is a member of the New Horizons International Music Association which was developed to provide “entry points to music-making for adults.” New Horizons Band courses are designed to allow participants to develop individual and ensemble performance skills on a traditional band wind or percussion instrument, and to provide opportunities for musical collaboration and social interaction with other local musicians.  No experience is necessary to enroll in the New Horizons Concert Band. However, the Jazz Band is intended for players with at least some experience. 

Jazz Band
1/31/2024 - 4/18/2024   TH, 5:30 PM - 6:30 PM
Etherredge Center, Room 125
Cost $100

The Jazz Band is intended for adult musicians who have at least some experience with their instrument. Weekly rehearsals will focus on ensemble and performance skills. The Jazz Band will perform one concert per semester. Final rehearsal is on 4/18, and the concert is on 4/21 at 4 p.m. on the Etherredge Center stage.

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Concert Band
1/31/2024 - 4/18/2024   TH, 6:30 PM - 7:30 PM
Etherredge Center, Room 125
Cost $100

The USCA New Horizons Concert Band is intended for adults with little or no musical training. Topics covered include music reading, instrument selection and maintenance, individual practice skills, and ensemble rehearsal. The Concert Band will perform one concert per semester. New Horizons members can sign up for private lessons with USCA faculty if they would like. Final rehearsal is on 4/18, and the concert is on 4/21 at 4 p.m. on the Etherredge Center stage.

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Voice Class for Adult Singers
1/18/2024 - 4/18/2024   TH, 3:00 PM - 3:50 PM
Cost: $100

Do you want to prolong your participation in your favorite singing group, learn more about your voice, or just up your karaoke game? Join Keely for group voice lessons! We will delve deep into learning about the vocal mechanism, utilizing plain language and easy-to-grasp exercises to enhance your sound and confidence. You will learn to incorporate fun vocal warm-ups into your home practice and help rejuvenate your singing or speaking voice. While helpful, you do not need to know how to read music for this course.

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Choosing a Camera
When: February 3, 2024 - February 4, 2024; three sessions, see below

Cost: $60

Get one-on-one help on how to operate your camera with professional photographer John Antaki. Students will choose the class based on which camera brand they have so they get one-on-one help during the class. This will be a very student-focused class where I will be answering your questions and helping you go through the menus of your camera. The class size will be limited to five students, so you get enough one-on-one attention. Classes will be held in Business & Education Building Room 124.

Session 1 "Nikon": Saturday, February 3 from 12 p.m. to 2 p.m.
Session 2 "Canon": Sunday, February 4 from 12 p.m. to 2 p.m.
Session 3 "Sony": Sunday, February 4 from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.

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Photography Basics
When: February 17, 2024 from 12 p.m. to 2 p.m.
Cost: $30

We will discuss the camera's three main settings for taking a picture: Shutter Speed, Aperture, and ISO. Students will learn how to use these settings to create images in different scenarios. Students will practice changing settings manually. (This class is not based on camera brand). This class will be held in Business & Education Building Room 124.

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Real World Applications
When: March 2, 2024 from 12 p.m. to 2 p.m.
Cost: $30

We will discuss the different types of autofocus and how white balance affects color. This is an advanced class with a complete understanding of classes 1 and 2 recommended. This class will be held in Business & Education Building Room 124.

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Hemingway in Paris Course

When: January 23, 2024 - March 12, 2024; Tuesdays from 3:05 p.m. to 4:20 p.m.
Cost: $69.99

Been to Paris? Wanna go? Come join us for an 8-week course on the literary scene of Paris in the 1920’s! In this course, the City of Lights serves as the backdrop for a study of the Paris years of Ernest Hemingway and the writings he produced in those magical and scandalous Paris years. We’ll focus on the Paris literary scene of the 1920s and learn about the influences of F. Scott Fitzgerald, Gertrude Stein, Ezra Pound, Sylvia Beach, Maddox Ford, and a host of others on the life and writings of the young Hemingway as he began to make a name for himself. in the literary world. We will also take a side trip to Fiesta of San Fermin in Spain as Hemingway and a fast crowd of literati gather in Pamplona to run with the bulls! Classes will be held in Humanities & Social Sciences Building Room 116.

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About the Instructors

John Antaki

Photography Workshop Instructor

John Antaki is a world-class photographer and videographer. With almost a decade of experience shooting various events such as Weddings, Food, Athletics, Modeling, etc. He is well-trained in operating Nikon, Canon, Sony, and Fuji cameras in full manual mode. John is one of the most well-rounded camera operators in the CSRA. For the last six years, John has been a freelance photographer and videographer in Aiken working with local companies such as Woodside, Cold Creek, Aiken County Public Schools, USC Aiken, and private events.

Matthew Henderson

Director, Concert Band

Mr. Henderson is a Lecturer at USCA. He teaches Applied Brass Lessons, Jazz Band, Form and Analysis, World Music, and Rock ‘n Roll History. Mr. Henderson holds degrees from the Lynn University Conservatory of Music and the University of South Carolina, Columbia. He performs regularly around the CSRA with various brass quintets, orchestras, The Garden City Bones, The Experiment, and the I-20 Horns. He is the music director at St. Augustine of Canterbury Episcopal in south Aiken.

Andrew Geyer

Hemingway in Paris Instructor

John Andrew Geyer currently serves as the English Department Chair of USC Aiken. Geyer published and co-wrote numerous books throughout his career, his most recent work being the story cycle “Lesser Mountain” (Lamar University Press 2019). Some of his other individually authored books include the novels Dixie Fish and Meeting the Dead as well as the story cycles Siren Songs from the Heart of Austin and Whispers in Dust and Bone, which won the silver medal for short fiction in the Foreword Magazine Book of the Year Awards and a Spur Award for short fiction from the Western Writers of America. Geyer’s most recent book is a co-authored composite anthology “Magic, Mystery, Madness” (Lamar University Press 2022). He is a member of the Texas Institute of Letters and the South Carolina Academy Authors Literary Hall of Fame.

Todd Jenkins

Director, New Horizons Band

Todd Jenkins is Director of Instrumental Studies at the University of South Carolina where he oversees ensemble performance and individual instruction for all instrumental students involved in the music program. Mr. Jenkins holds degrees from The University of South Carolina and Ithaca College and is completing his Doctor of Music Education from Liberty University. Before joining the faculty of USCA, Todd served as Director of Bands at Augusta Christian Schools in Martinez, GA, where he taught 4-12 grade band classes and private lessons. In addition to his duties at USCA, Todd performs regularly as a trumpet player, maintains an active private studio and serves on the worship team at his church. Todd, his wife Kate, a professional trombonist, and their son, a French horn player, live in a musical (and often loud) house in North Augusta.

Joseph Kameen

Art Workshop Instructor

Joseph Kameen is the instructor for the Art workshops for Continuing Education. Kameen joined the Department of Visual and Performing Arts in the Fall of 2018 as Assistant Professor of Art. He received his BFA in painting and sculpture from Boston University and his MFA in painting from Indiana University Bloomington. He features the human figure heavily in his drawings and paintings, which use narrative imagery to consider our everyday relationship with unanswerable questions. He has exhibited and curated nationally, including shows at The Painting Center and Janet Kurnatowski Gallery in New York.

Keely Rhodes, PhD

Music Workshop Instructor

Keely Rhodes, PhD, is the Music workshops for Continuing Education instructor. Rhodes holds a Bachelor of Music from Oberlin Conservatory and a Master of Music and Doctor of Musical Arts degrees from the University of Texas in Austin. She enjoys singing all styles of music, even dabbling in folk genres. Her respect and love for all music runs deep. She is sought after as a solo and chamber recitalist and sings within the United States, Europe, Central America, and South America. She has been honored to work with the renowned Sra Mirella Freni while serving as a Fulbright Scholar to Italy, winning the Austin Critic's Table Award for Best Classical Singer - Female, and receiving a Grammy® Award with Conspirare. She has also received recognition for her work on the Grammy® Award-winning work Prayers and Remembrances with the late Stephen Paulus. She has participated in eleven Grammy® nominated albums.