CHARLESTON - Eastern Illinois University School of Continuing Education has announced events for February and March, including Academy of Lifetime Learning Workshops.

The 28th Annual Media and Methods in Art Education Conference will be from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. March 3 at the MLK Jr. University Union and Doudna Fine Arts Center.

The conference is presented by the EIU Art Department and Illinois Art Education Association.

The cost is $80 for IAEA members, $85 for non-members and $60 for full-time college students with current ID.

The 28th Annual Media and Methods Conference will feature six hands-on workshops exploring a variety of art media, art techniques, grade levels and audiences, incorporating elementary, middle-level and high school media and methods.

Some of the workshops will include specific information about adapting art activities for special needs students.

The conference format allows participants to attend three, one hour and 45 minute hands-on workshops. All workshops have limited enrollment and early registration is encouraged.

The event is designed for any teacher who teaches art as a special subject, as part of an interdisciplinary course or as part of the curriculum in an elementary, secondary or special education classroom. University art educators and students planning to become art teachers also are encouraged to attend.

For further information or to register, call 581-5114 or visit

The following Academy of Lifetime Learning Workshops are also being offered:

- "Enduring Legacy: The Civilian Conservation Corps in Coles County 1935-1941" will be held from 1 to 2:30 p.m. Feb. 16 at Lincoln Log Cabin Auditorium.

The cost is $20 for Academy members and $40 for non-members.

This temporary exhibit is installed in the Sargent Gallery at Lincoln Log Cabin State Historic Site.

A tour of the exhibit, followed by a presentation describing the research and interesting facts about the activities of the CCC in Coles County during the Great Depression, will be presented by Lori Henderson, exhibit curator and president of the Lincoln-Sargent Farm Foundation, with comments by site manager, Matthew Mittelstaedt.

- "Naomi Sugino Lear: Artist's Lecture and Closing Reception" will be at 7 p.m. Feb. 27 in the Atrium at EIU Tarble Arts Center.

The reception is free.

An EIU alumna, Sugino Lear is on the art faculty of Columbia College in Columbia, Mo. She presents an exploration of "how our physical surroundings are an integral part of an artist's diary. These subject matters are the places where I have lived and worked, where I have had both private and shared moments."

This presentation is provided by the EIU Tarble Arts Center.

- "Discovering the Real China" will be from 1 to 2:30 p.m. Feb. 28 and March 1 at EIU Blair Hall, Room 2116. A Chinese meal on March 6 will be held at a local establishment yet to be determined.

The cost is $60 for academy members and $120 for non-members plus luncheon cost.

Based on five years' experience taking EIU students to China to study culture and usage of plants, Gordon Tucker will cover modern Chinese customs, culture and cuisine, from the backdrop of the diversity of landscape and lifestyles in modern China.

Attendees will take part in a tea-tasting session, with several unusual varieties of green and red teas.

The final session will be held over lunch at a local Chinese restaurant.

- Sleep: The Missing Link to Overweight & Obesity Issues will be from 4 to 5:30 p.m. March 8, 15, 22 and 29 in EIU Blair Hall, Room 2116.

The presenter will be Scott Ronspies. The cost is $80 for Academy members and $160 for non-members.

The workshop will explore and analyze current trends and issues related to being overweight, obesity and sleep issues across various age and ethnic groups.

Participants will be able to track and reflect on their own physical activity, nutrition and sleep patterns, and engage in a variety of techniques and strategies to improve physical activity, nutrition and sleep patterns.

- "Facebook" will be held from 10 to 11:30 a.m. March 13 in EIU Booth Library Room 4450. The presenter will be Tracy Valinevicius.

The cost is $20 for Academy members and $40 for non-members. Workshop attendees will get acquainted with social networking by learning what Facebook has to offer, from how to establish an account, search for friends and upload pictures to exploring current Facebook uploads, setting security/privacy options, creating groups and/or events, and becoming aware of possible spam.

- "Charles Dickens: Illinois and the Mississippi/Ohio River Valleys Through His Eyes" will be held from 4 to 6 p.m. March 13 in EIU Blair Hall Room 2165. The presenter will be Cynthia Nichols.

The cost is $20 for Academy members and $40 for non-members.

Spring 2012 is the 170th anniversary of British author Charles Dickens' first trip to America, during which he traveled through the Ohio/Mississippi Valley to Illinois and St. Louis. Workshop attendees will see the region through his words and those of his traveling companions who stopped at Louisville, Ky; St. Louis; Cairo; Belleville; Lebanon; and Cincinnati and Columbus, Ohio.

Some of his experiences were later transformed into portions of his novel, "Martin Chuzzlewit."

- "Mark Dvorak: The American Folk Song" will be held from noon to 1:30 p.m. March 14 in the Atrium at EIU Tarble Arts Center. The workshop is free.

Although the American heritage is influenced by many cultures from around the world, American folk and popular music are built primarily on the foundation of African and British Isles influences.

Using some best-loved folk songs as examples, Dvorak's stories trace these songs through decades of American history and show how the songs changed with the social issues of the day.

This program is presented in cooperation with the Tarble Arts Center and the Illinois Humanities Council Road Scholars Speakers Bureau.

For further information or to register for Academy programs, call 581-5114.

The Academy of Lifetime Learning Spring/Summer 2012 program guides are available by contacting Eastern Illinois University School of Continuing Education at 581-5114 or

A copy of the program guide also is available at

The Academy of Lifetime Learning is sponsored by Eastern Illinois University School of Continuing Education and is a learning community open to anyone who is age 50 or older who has a curiosity and a desire to learn.

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