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Community Classes is a series of classes meant to engage adults in creative processes and engage residents in the discovery of cultural arts. The McAllen Creative Incubator (McA2) has developed a reputation for quality programming, strong event organization, and effective community outreach.

Browse our selection of courses below and click on them to register.


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0109 The Art of Autobiographical Writing   English

From family history to work to travel, our own lives are an endless source of material for artistic inspiration.  In this course, we will read autobiographical essays ranging from the humorous to the profound written by masters of the craft.  We will explore the ingredients of a good story and practice the narrative techniques that invite readers into our own lives and minds.

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0111 Guitar-Learn to play your favorite song  English

Learn the basics of playing guitar and have fun doing it. Easy exercises to perform firm notes and cords; learn basic cords and circles and come learn to play your favorite songs.

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0111 Tai Chi (Saturday Beginners) English

(No Class on Feb 10)

Tai Chi is an internal Chinese Martial Arts, practiced for defense training and its health benefits.  If you are stressed, this kind of Martial Art will calm you and adjust your concentration.  Tai Chi also helps with lower backaches and builds muscle.

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0111 Vocal Coaching-Sing your favorite songs Bilingual / Bilingue

Children & Teens are occasionally asked to sing the National Anthem or participate in talent shows at School, while adults like to sing a variety of genres or church Hymns. Join me and discover how easy it is to sing and tone your vocals. Do you sing already? Come to the workshop where you’ll learn tips to improve. Opera Tenor Placido Domingo said “if you speak you can sing,” so take the chance and prove to yourself, you can sing!

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0114 Beginners Sewing-Quilting English

Ron & Barb Bergquist, owners of A Block Away Quilt shop, can show you the wonderful art of Quilting!  Let us introduce you to sewing and quilting. We start with basic information about your sewing machine and make a simple table runner in the first week, and take you all the way to finishing a small and simple quilt by the last week.  Supplies needed: Working sewing machine, bobbin, scissors, pins, seam ripper, thread and two coordinating fabrics (100% cotton, please) – ⅓ yard for the center of the table runner and ½ yard for the border and back of the table runner.  Workshop will be held at A Block Away Quilt Shop, 2706 10th Street, McAllen, TX 78501- 956-638-1961.

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0115 Photography for beginners English

The main objective in this workshop is to help others become better photographers by teaching them to understand their cameras, lighting, editing and other aspects of photography. Photography 101 covers basic camera functions. Photography 202 covers basic editing in Adobe Light room, black and white photography and photography session planning. Photography 303 covers lighting, Photoshop, competition and other advanced topics. Classes span six weeks, with one class a week.

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0116 Chinese Language English

Our culture encourages college-bound students to learn a second language. An Adult will benefit more by learning about Chinese culture, history, business, festivals, family events & travel.  This course will be especially valuable for the traveler, vacationer or just for fun!  Thru Chinese language, students will explore Art, literature, fashion & more.  Additionally, students will discuss entertainment & restaurant etiquette.

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0116 Hand Building with Clay English

Explore creativity with Ceramics. Learn hand-building techniques with clay and make cool gifts for your family and friends! No prior experience needed. Materials needed per person: One box of AMACO X15 wet clay from Hobby Lobby (25 lbs.), Clay tool kit with sponge, needle, trim tools, wire, ribs, knives, etc., Apron & small towel, bucket and large sponge, Newspaper, Wooden pin roller, 1/4″ square hair paint brush and 1″ fan brush. Instructor will fire all survivable pieces once.

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0118 Chess Step Lessons English

The Chess Steps is the world’s leading chess teaching method. 12 basic lessons and a workbook will teach you the basics of chess and lay a strong foundation for further chess development. Join this class and have fun with others who love chess.

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0119 Beginner’s Salsa Dance Instruction English

January 19, 26 & February 2, 2018
These Dates ONLY

Jorge Luis Sanchez is the founder of the biggest salsa community in the RGV called “Salsa Con Son.”  He has participated as a guest instructor at the International Monterrey Sala & Bachata Congress, BKS Texas as well as RGV Latin Dance Festival.  Mr. Sanchez continues to be a guest instructor at other events around Texas and Mexico.  Join Jorge for three dance lessons, you will not be disappointed to take instruction and learn new moves with this professional and passionate instructor. Workshop takes place at The Old Church Winery, 700 N. Main Street, McAllen, TX 78501

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0206 Hand Building with Clay English

Session 2: February 6, 2018-February
Explore creativity with Ceramics. Learn hand-building techniques with clay and make cool gifts for your family and friends! No prior experience needed. Materials needed per person: One box of AMACO X15 wet clay from Hobby Lobby (25 lbs.), Clay tool kit with sponge, needle, trim tools, wire, ribs, knives, etc., Apron & small towel, bucket and large sponge, Newspaper, Wooden pin roller, 1/4″ square hair paint brush and 1″ fan brush. Instructor will fire all survivable pieces once.

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0224 Tai Chi (Saturdays Advance) English

(No Class on Feb 10)

Tai Chi is an internal Chinese Martial Arts, practiced for defense training and its health benefits.  If you are stressed, this kind of Martial Art will calm you and adjust your concentration.  Tai Chi also helps with lower backaches and builds muscle.

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Crafts-COMING SOON Class is full English

Do you ever need to set aside time to do something? Here is your chance to set aside some time for you to do that one thing you need to do. Join Adriana Cantu, and develop the skill to create a unique craft item. Participants will learn how to utilize recycled materials as well as fine products to create things you need to make that Baby Shower amazing. Use the items for your next special occasion or sell them as you go. Come network, meet thinkers and doers like you, exchange ideas and most of all have fun!

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Intro to Drawing-Day or Evening Class-COMING SOON Class is full English

Have you ever taken an art or drawing class and felt you left with very little to show for it? Did you feel you made very little progress? This summer, take a drawing class with a very different approach. Titled as an introduction to drawing class, students are introduced to various tips and techniques one can use to improve drawing skills! Everyone from complete beginners to advanced students can learn how to improve their drafting skills. This course incorporates easy to understand techniques that can be utilized in almost any art project! We will also be learning how to use technology such as online applications and Ipads as drawing tools! Drawing is the foundation for any art project and now you can take a course that has you building on that. Students are encouraged but not required to bring the following drawing pencils with the leads 6b,2b,and 2h. Phones, Ipads or Tablets that are capable of uploading photos and downloading apps. Required Materials: 9”x12” (or Larger) Sketchbook; 12 inch Ruler: Pencils and Gum Eraser.

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Photoshop 1 Class is full Bilingual / Bilingue

In Photoshop I, we will review tips, tricks & shortcuts to produce the desired image. Come learn to drive the best program for Pictures, Advertising, Social Media and Digital Art.  Use more tools, such as, Filters, Layers, Resolution, Dimensions, Color, FX, Composition, this will be fun!

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Spanish – Improving my communication Class is full English

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This is a basic-intermediate course for those who can understand some Spanish, but feel unsure expressing the correct way and with the right words. This course will use standard Spanish materials and refer to the cultural context for the Spanish-speaking Latin countries. This is a great course to clarify your doubts, and also to enhance and practice your Spanish skills within a practical context.

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