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Take This Class (TTC): Ceramics (ART 390)

Ceramic student Taylor Bacon uses the wheel to create a plate on Nov. 7, 2017 at American River College. (Photo by Ashley Hayes-Stone)

Brienna Edwards

March 6, 2018

A door stands open outside of the art building. Music streams through the open passage, classic rock fills the air. Inside, students mill about the room. Some sit at the pottery wheels, spinning clay into works of art. Others students shuffle through the back room, some with paint brushes covered in g...

Take this class: vocal jazz ensemble

Vocal jazz professor Art Lapierre teaches his beginning vocal ensemble class at American River College on Jan. 22 in Sacramento, California. (Photo by Alondra Botello)

Alondra Botello

January 30, 2018

Music stands labeled “ARC MUSIC” wait silently to be placed in a semi-circle around a Yamaha grand piano. From the distance you can hear multiple students warming up their voices before walking into the classroom. The rustling of paper begins to fill the room. With pencils in one hand and fresh, ...

Take this class: improv and theater games

Professor Pamela Downs leads a group activity during an Oct. 9 meeting of the TA 344 class. (Photo by Nathan Bauer)

Nathan Bauer

November 16, 2017

Students gather around in a circle as instructor Pamela Downs takes to the center like a circus ringmaster preparing for a dazzling and elaborate trick; she explains the rules of the warm up game as each student tags in, they must mime the actions given to them by the exiting student. The course ...

Take this class: ENGLT 365: Introduction to Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Literature

Professor Susan Howe teaches her Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual andTransgender Literature class at American River College. This semester is the first time the course has been offered at ARC. (Photo by Joe Padilla)

Bailey Carpenter

January 31, 2016

An earlier version of this story incorrectly spelled Reanne Acolsta's last name "Aclsta" A former student, and now professor, at American River College, Susan Howe, has created a safe haven for all LGBTQ students on campus, while giving them the opportunity to earn college credits. After notic...

Take this class: ART 376

Art new media student Charles Kinter places his piece of metal into the forge in order to make the metal easier to shape in his class, ART 376: Functional Sculpture on Tuesday, November 24, 2015. The course focuses on working metal and using tools found in the blacksmithing market to make art that serves a purpose. Kinter said that working with the material has helped him in his art new media classes. (Photo by Lena DoBynes)

Lena DoBynes

November 24, 2015

The loud clang of metal on metal, the almost overwhelming heat against one’s face as they open the forge doors, and the look of the bright hot metal as it is pulled out of the fire are some of the various elements in the day-to-day life of a student taking ART 376: Functional Sculpture. Found within the ...

Take This Class: MUP 323: Latin Jazz Ensemble

Professor Dyne Eifertsen, left, teaches MUP 323, Latin Jazz Ensamble. Students in his class learn a variety of different kinds of music such as Latin American and Afro-Cuban jazz. (Photo by Matthew Wilke)

Michael Pacheco

September 8, 2015

Student musicians interested in both honing their craft and learning a unique style of music have a great opportunity in the two unit MUP 323: Latin Jazz Ensemble course taught by Dyne Eifertsen. “Latin Jazz is unlike any other course that is offered here at ARC,” said Ian Ellis, who plays trombone...

Take This Class: ARTH 300: Introduction to Art History

Professor Craig Smith lectures to his summer Introduction to Art History class. Students in the class learn the basics of expressionism and its role in the art world. (Photo by Nicholas Corey)

Nicholas Corey, Jose Garcia, Jose Garcia, and Nicholas Corey

August 25, 2015

ARTH 300: Introduction to Art History helps students to see art in the context of different cultures, past and present. The class, taught by professor Craig Smith, also informs students about the different terminology used in art — terms such as subjective processing, objective imagery, illusionism...

Take this Class PREAP 111

Take this Class PREAP 111

Alex Panasenko and Alex Panasenko

February 27, 2015

Vocational training classes offered on campus allow students to work hands-on in fields they are interested in. PREAP 111, an eight week, introductory-level course, covers various aspects of commercial and industrial infrastructure construction work in five apprenticeship areas: carpentry, sheet metal,...

Take This Class: JOUR 320: Race and Gender in the Media

Professor Alan Miller delivers his opinion on the numerous views of news satire hosts.

Jose Garcia and Jose Garcia

February 22, 2015

Not many other classes out there get students fired up like JOUR 320: Race and Gender in the Media. The class not only covers controversial topics dealing with gender, ethnicity and social class, but professor Alan Miller likes to play devil’s advocate. Miller has somewhat of a reputation for...

Take This Class: Music 310: Music Vocals

Take This Class: Music 310: Music Vocals

Matthew Wilke and Matthew Wilke

November 21, 2014

“The music is inside you,” said American River College music professor Catherine Fagiolo during her MUIVI 310: Instrumental Voice Class. “Learn how to sing from your body, not your throat.” Instrumental voice is designed to help students improve their vocal range, breathing and mouth techniques,...

REC 300: Introduction to Recreation and Leisure Services

REC 300: Introduction to Recreation and Leisure Services

Breana Herndon and Breana Herndon

November 20, 2014

Recreation is known to be a fun and athletic thing but if you are looking for something more academic, Recreation 300 is the perfect class. Recreation 300 is taught by American River College’s women’s water polo and swim coach Bethany Black. The class, despite its name, is in a classroom setting...

Take This Class: Belly Dancing 301

Take This Class: Belly Dancing 301

Breana Herndon and Breana Herndon

October 31, 2014

Students who enjoy dancing, learning about cultural movements, and gaining the ability to choreograph dance routines should take Dance 301: Belly Dancing. Students in the class have the opportunity to learn about musical instruments, rhythms, costumes, and choreography as a part of the course. The...

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