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Santa Monica College, which was opened in 1929, has grown to a thriving campus with offerings in more than 80 fields of study. We pride ourselves on preparing students for careers of the 21st century – in such fields as nursing and health care, solar technology and other “green” careers, entertainment technology, computer technology, early childhood education, business, graphic design and other occupations.
About Community Education
To meet the lifelong learning needs of the community, SMC Community Education offers hundreds of classes to individuals who wish to explore their personal interests or enhance their careers. Our low-cost, not-for-credit Community Education courses are designed to enrich lives through hands-on workshops and lively classes in art, writing, dance, and many other areas, with special classes for children and teens. Our fee-based professional development and continuing education programs and seminars strive to promote career development and professional training and certification. Classes on a wide range of topics are also offered online.
Notes: You MUST have and input a valid California address and US phone number when signing up for Santa Monica College courses, or you may be rejected from the course. If you do not have a valid US address and phone number, your enrollment will not be accepted. Santa Monica College's Community Education Office operates from 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM Monday through Friday, excluding weekends and holidays. Please bring your CourseHorse purchase confirmation with you to class. Your Classroom information is noted in the Special Notes. If you do not have a classroom on your purchase receipt, please reach out to [email protected] You may also check our FAQ HERE
You MUST have and input a valid California address and US phone number when signing up for Santa Monica College courses, or you may be rejected from the course. If you do not have a valid US address and phone number, your enrollment will not be accepted.
Santa Monica College's Community Education Office operates from 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM Monday through Friday, excluding weekends and holidays. Please bring your CourseHorse purchase confirmation with you to class. Your Classroom information is noted in the Special Notes. If you do not have a classroom on your purchase receipt, please reach out to [email protected]
You may also check our FAQ HERE
I thought the class was great. The teacher was awesome.
Really enjoyed this class. It was loose and casual but still instructive when it came to different brush/ texture techniques, color mixing, and a little bit of composition. Looking forward to taking the intermediate level class!
This was an amazing class. I loved it and Freddie is a wonderful teacher. He is encouraging, very knowledgeable and so friendly. I improved so much during the session. I am waiting for course horse to offer another session of the class.
This was just the class I have been looking for as a course in landscape painting at a more advanced level. Todd Carpenter is an outstanding teacher, beginning each class with a survey of paintings by other painters to show us how landscapes are treated. Then he gave us several landscape photos to choose from, and to paint as a challenge to our abilities. He also prepared extensive notes on how he would approach the paintings, which were extremely helpful. I tried a painting in black and white, which I'd never done, and learned a lot. He let us paint what we wanted and was always there with helpful comments and positive advice based on what we thought of our work. We all hoped he would teach a course again and were ready to sign up immediately! It was really a truly positive experience, and interesting people in the class who were all eager to learn more.
Loved the class and the teacher. Alyssa Kress is a fantastic and attentive teacher. Not only did she read each and every homework assignment (plus whatever other writing we wanted her to read), she handed everything back with kind compliments and fantastic leading questions. I got SO MUCH out of this class!
Alyssa is wonderful! Would love a follow up class!
Wonderful class! The instructor was extremely clear. I felt encouraged, while hearing constructive feedback, and It was especially helpful to hear which specific issues to tackle in my painting. I grew a lot in a short time.
Very good and fun class with Freddie, would love to take another class with him!
This was a good class. I learned a lot of techniques and skills. The teacher has a Bob Ross style. He mainly paints and you learn by watching. He is constantly changing what he does and adapting which although frustrating to some, helps the student learn to “go with the flow”.
Freddie, I have enjoyed the Sunday watercolor classes because you are enthusiastic, intentional in instruction and lead us through a watercolor composition that allows each of us to be successful no matter our depth of experience. The course has been fun. In my case, this is a new experience and I have learned a lot about watercolor techniques and composition. My granddaughter anointed me the “Word Grandma” when she was 4 (she is now 14) as writing is my medium. The Pandemic gave me the opportunity to try a different mode of creativity and I’m loving it and will continue with drawing and watercolor courses. Thank you for opening the door for me to welcome watercolor into my life.
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