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Come try something new! From drawing and painting to sewing and dance, we have classes to meet your needs.

Teachers Wanted!

We are always looking for new teachers and ideas for new classes to offer our community. If you are enthusiastic and knowledgeable about a particular subject and would like to teach, please let us hear from you!

Send a brief description of the course, the supplies and materials needed, and the desirable number of hours needed to completely teach the course to:

Lisa Shreve
Literacy Education/Community Services Coordinator
Wilson Community College
P. O. Box 4305
Wilson, NC 27893

Course Categories:

  • Drawing and Painting
  • General Interest
  • Hobbies and Crafts
  • Languages
  • Music and Dance
  • Needle Craft and Sewing

Let us know!

DON’T SEE IT? Is there something you want to take that you don’t see offered? Let us know! Maybe we can offer your favorite class in the future.

Note:  All classes are not offered each semester. Check the Continuing Education schedule for current offerings.


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Drawing and Painting

Acrylic, Oil, and Alkyd

This studio class is for beginning and experienced painters. Learn through demonstration and individualized instruction using your choice of medium. Supplies will be discussed at the first class.

Oil and Acrylic Painting

Learn to paint with oil and acrylics and develop a personal style through the use of line and color perspective. Students will provide their supplies. Paint with oil or acrylic while learning the principles and elements of art.

Colour It Abstract

A no-stress eight-week class in painting using colour to create your own originals in abstract art. Discover new techniques, and mix your own colours. Paint and have fun doing it! Materials needed: canvas (boards or stretched, any size), acrylics, brushes, palette, cup for water, and an apron or smock.

Painting with a Purpose

This oil painting class will direct your painting to help make the experience more fun and successful. We will start a 16×20 or an 18×24 canvas and a still life of your choice. Bring your own supplies.

New Way Oil Painting

The New Way Oil Painting class utilizes both acrylic and oil paint together to produce a new depth of color and value to your representational or abstract art. For beginners or advanced artists. Supplies: primary color oils, primary color acrylics, brushes, and canvas. View Instructor’s work at:

General Interest

All about Raised Bed Gardens

Learn to site, fill and grow in a raised bed “box” garden. Box gardens are easy to build and care for, and can produce a LOT of plants in a small space. We’ll discuss kinds of raised beds, irrigation, fertilization, and more. We will also visit some gardens on campus.

Home Vegetable Gardening

Learn to grow fresh vegetables, herbs, and flowers year-round here in zone 8b. We will discuss all of the basics of gardening including preparing soil, planting soil, planting seeds and transplants, weed and pest control, fertilization, harvesting, composting, and much more. We will discuss good varieties and planting dates for our area.

Fall Gardening and Season Extension

Lean about different methods of extending your growing season into fall and winter. We will discuss cool season vegetables, pests and weeds, and creating structures to protect your crops. Fresh winter vegetables are well worth the effort!

Basic Backyard Beekeeping

A beginner’s introduction to establishing, locating, and maintaining honeybee colonies. The session will cover essential knowledge and skills one will need in order to be a successful backyard beekeeper. Topics include understanding bees, obtaining bees, hive selection, beekeeping attire, keeping your bees healthy and honey harvesting. This class is free, but registration is required.

Finding Wellness – How to be the Best and Healthier You

  • Super foods for super health
  • Panic disorder – starting on the path to freedom through nutrition
  • ADHD – tics, behaviors, and associated disorders – are we what we eat?
  • Stress reduction for parents and grandparents – making ourselves a priority so we can care for our priorities

Weight Loss, Wellness, and Nutrition

This 7 week class will cover exercise, portion control, food additives, hydration, proper sleep, dining out & more.

Hobbies and Crafts

Cake Decorating

Learn the basics of cake decorating, including the use of proper supplies to achieve desired effects such as decorative borders and flower formation. Supplies will be discussed at the first class.

Creative Floral Arranging for Fall

Join us for great floral arranging tips and lots of simple ideas for decorating using silk and fresh stems. Supplies and materials will be discussed at the first class.

Floral Arranging for Christmas

Join us for great floral arranging tips and lots of simple ideas for decorating using silk and fresh stems. Supplies and materials will be discussed at the first class.

Stained Glass

Learn basic as well as alternative applications and techniques for creating beautiful projects with stained glass.  Students will complete projects of their choosing. Supplies and materials will be discussed at the first class.


Sign Language: Beginners

Communicate in the language of the hearing impaired using American Sign Language. Learn the alphabet and up-to-date commonly used signs and phrases, as well as basic sentence structure. Book required, Signing: How to Speak With Your Hands, approximately $20. (2.4 CEU)

Sing it in Signs

Learn to sign your favorite song in American Sign Language! Signing music is a unique way to express the heart of a song by conveying the auditory elements of music through visual gestures and Sign Language. This course includes some basic instruction and knowledge of American Sign Language and Deaf Culture. Each student will learn to sign several songs and be given the opportunity to perform at the conclusion of the course.

Spanish for Beginners: Part One

Emphasizes basic communication skills for those with little or no background in Spanish. Students will be introduced to basic expressions and common words used in everyday conversations. Book required: Spanish is Fun: Book 1, approximately $27. This class covers chapters 1-8 of the required book. (2.0 CEU)

Music and Dance

Discover Belly Dancing

More flexibility, toned muscles, and less stress – these are just a few of the benefits from this centuries-old form of dance, and it’s FUN. Please dress comfortably, and consult your doctor before starting any new form of exercise.

Tap Dancing for the Young at Heart

A fun and easy tap dance class for older adults. Learn the basic steps and routines that are fun and simple.

Needle Craft and Sewing

Basics of Sewing

Are you ready to start sewing? This class is for beginners and those who want ongoing sewing tips with hands-on assistance. If you are totally new, this is the place to begin. Learn to choose patterns and fabric for projects, thread and operate a sewing machine, use sewing tools/aids. Sewing machines are provided but feel free to bring your own.

Knitting for Fun 101

A no-stress class for the beginning knitter. Learn the very basic steps and stitches of knitting and have fun doing it. Please bring a skein of yarn and a pair of #7 bamboo or wooden knitting needles.

Quilting for Beginners

Beginners will learn tips and techniques for machine quilting, starting with the basics to assemble and completing a quilted project. Supplies will be discussed at the first class meeting.

Student Calendar

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Sat 16

WAAT Dance

December 16 @ 11:00 pm - December 17 @ 2:00 am
Mon 18

Bistro Closed

December 18 - December 20
Thu 21

College Closed

December 21, 2017 - January 1, 2018
Wed 03

Curriculum – Regular Registration

January 3, 2018 - January 4, 2018