Wednesdays at 7pm | Sept 20 - Oct 18
Creative Community is series of exciting, creatively-focused workshops designed to develop your abilities while deepening your walk with God. It'll be a great opportunity to learn, interact, share, and grow through this semester. Take a look at the workshop descriptions, pick your class, and register by clicking below!
VOCAL LEADING TECHNIQUES
This workshop will focus on 'The Ford Technique' singing techniques and how they can be applied to worship and popular styles. Jessica will discuss and demonstrate how to develop a personal, confident, and healthy vocal technique, as well as how to perform effectively alone and in groups or with worship teams on stage. Everyone will learn a piece of a worship song and at the end of the series, students will have the opportunity to perform some of the material learned in the workshop.
Jessica Ford: Recording Artists from all over the world seek out Jessica's technique "The Ford Technique" along with her very unique ability to bring out 'the Artist Voice' helping singers with their own "unique vocal sound or recording artist voice". Jessica's students have appeared on American Idol, The Voice, Nickelodeon, CMT, Disney, GAC, Nashville Spotlight, and much more.
The focus of this class will be to explore how to “make waves” :) Students will be creating watercolor oceanscapes by observing ocean waves and noting their characteristics, coupled with sketching layout techniques. Clyde will be showing you how to capture the movements of waves using watercolor, as well as creating a background of surrounding imagery, water spray, ocean foam, cliffsides, and much more.
Week 1: Sketch paper pad 11 x 17 inches, pencils 2B & 4B, eraser & kneaded eraser, sharpener.
Weeks 2-5: Watercolor paper 12x18, basic set of water colors, watercolor brushes: Round #4 (detail) & 10 (wash brush), flat 3/4" wide wash brush, plastic palette, pint container for water, charcoal pencil & 2B layout pencils.
Taught by Venture artist, B. Clyde Beck, who also curates some the the hallway and coffee shop art exhibits. Mr. Beck has over 60 years of life experience painting and sketching and will share his love of the medium and challenge participants to use their God given talents to serve Him and build His Kingdom.
CAKE DECORATING 101
This is a cake decorating class for beginners during which we will learn about making fondant, piping, frosting, and creating garnishes for our cakes.
- Piping tips (see options from Joanne’s & Michael’s)
- A coupler (same size as your piping tips)
- Angled icing spatula, 12” piping bag or a pack of large disposable bags.
- For the piping tips, there are cheap plastic ones at Walmart or Target which come in an assortment. Otherwise, Michaels has lots of nicer (but more expensive) options. The time we spend piping will be very creative and free, so if you see a piping tip that looks fun, feel free to buy it and experiment!
Alisha is a self-taught baker and cake decorator. She began baking two years ago, has since started The Great Cake Adventure blog, and now sells her cakes.
BASIC BALLET 101
This class is suitable for students with zero to little ballet training. The class will introduce basic movement vocabulary and French terminology as well as safe stretching techniques and practices. Students will learn positions of the feet, arms, and begin fundamental barre and center work. Learn the ballet basics and improve your posture, balance and muscle tone. Enjoy the beautiful music and graceful movements that has made ballet an enduring art form. Learn how the basic ballet positions relate to biblical scripture and Christian music will be used for class.
Please wear loose fitting clothing that will allow for ease of movement. Socks or ballet slippers are fine.
Cristine started taking ballet for extra credit in college and knew immediately that she had found her creative outlet! Cristine went onto to perform professionally during college and now honors God by ministering through dance at senior homes in the Bay Area. Cristine has a passion to share her love of ballet, and has taught adult/teen ballet at various ballet schools in the local community, including Gloria Mohr International Dance School and Soaring Spirit dance studio. She has also choreographed dances for the school’s annual recitals. Cristine has also attended the annual Ballet Magnificat teacher’s workshop and received a teacher’s certificate for the course.
This workshop will teach the fundamentals of video production within a studio environment. You’ll learn the basics of lighting, cinematography, and audio for video. You’ll then put those skills learned into practice by filming a short video as a team. Get ready to have some fun!
Austin's interest in video started with taking editing classes in high school. He studied Multi-media Arts in college and currently works at Venture as the Film Lead. He has over 10 years of experience in cinematography, editing and storytelling.
GIVING LIFE TO YOUR PHOTOS
Give Life to your photos...so they don’t just stay on your camera/phone or computer. Come join us to learn more about photography. You'll gain useful insights on how to take better photos, store & edit them, then turn your work into something you can enjoy and be proud of.
Naphy Joiner has been photographing people, events, and beauty for over 10 years. She loves to document life and God's beautiful creation. Betty Hsu, a close friend of Naphy's and fellow photographer, is a true artist at heart and currently volunteers as an Art Docent in the Los Altos schools.
For children in kindergarten-5th grade: The children's choir will have a blast learning vocal music with movement and technique! We will explore adding instrumentation as well, no experience necessary. Come join the fun!
Ramona Pimentel is a Bay Area native and first fell in love with music through the church. She holds a BM from La Sierra University, an MA in Music Education from Teachers College Columbia University and is currently in her fifth year of teaching at Los Gatos Christian School.
INTRO TO PRODUCTION
Intro to Production will give an overview of live audio, video, and lighting in the context of a worship service. Designed for beginners and people who are interested in serving, topics will include camera operation, video directing, graphics operation, live sound, stage managing, stage lighting, and service producing. All are welcome.
Ben White started doing live production for church when he was in junior high and has been involved ever since. He's been working in A/V for over ten years and at Venture for the past four. In his free time he spends time with his family and likes to play music, go biking, and skiing.
Steve Chase: Lodi’s native son. Connoisseur of meatloaf. Champion toilet repairman. Self-proclaimed owner of The Spear of Destiny. Also likes production.
Hospitality can mean so much more than just a meal together. Hospitality is the door to community. Discover what it means to reach out to our friends, neighbors, and co-workers by simply inviting them with an opportunity to gather. While the art of hospitality may come easy for some, it may be quite difficult for others. After all, it's not always easy to give of yourself, much less your hard-earned gains. This class is part bible study, part practical application, and an opportunity to glean from relevant speakers. Join us this fall as we explore genuine hospitality, we’ll be reading from the book - The Turquoise Table by Kristin Schell.
Grace Long: True Northern Californian. Born and raised in the SF Bay Area, with a Marketing/Advertising BS degree from San Jose State University. Worked in the tech industry for 20+ years in marketing, sales and account management. Agency background in B2B and B2C/PR advertising/agency representing clients from medical, automotive, industrial, and non-profit. Business consulting, property management and non-profit focus in the last decade. Grace has also lead the Guest Experience team at Venture.
BEGINNER PIANO & KEYBOARD
Come explore the fundamentals of music theory in this hands-on piano and keyboard course. We will discover how chords are constructed, setting the stage for blending and fills, and opening the way to improvisation. Participants should be able to read sheet music and play a basic scale.
Gregory has been playing piano non-stop since the age of six. He studied piano interpretation and performance at university, and has played across the US and Europe. A musical family, he and his wife Susan both serve with the Venture worship team.