Community Education session kicks off April 1

Davis & Elkins College will launch its second session of Community Education classes on April 1. The college is offering 18 non-credit evening courses designed for members of the community, with topics ranging from painting to cake decorating, beer brewing, dance and more.

Most classes will continue through May 20, while others meet for shorter sessions. Registration can be completed online at, by phone at 304-637-1210 or by mailing a registration form along with a check or money order made out to “D&E Community Education” to: D&E Community Education, 100 Campus Drive, Box 928, Elkins, WV 26241.

Highlights from the new sessions include:

Art of Jewelry Making, taught by Pam Moll. April 1, 8 and 14, from 7- 9 p.m. in Madden Student Center – Timms Lounge. The cost includes beads and materials. Moll is a resident of Elkins and has led many workshops across West Virginia.

Ballroom Dancing, taught by Mary Rose, is designed for couples who will learn to waltz, rumba, cha cha, merenga, foxtrot, swing and tango. Four course sessions will take place from 6 to 8 p.m. on Fridays, April 5 to 26, at Myles Center for the Arts – Paull Gallery. The cost includes attendance for two people. Rose has taught at the Astaire Dance Studio and Arthur Murray Dance Studio in New York City. She is certified in all levels of Latin and smooth American style, social ballroom dances, and holds the title “1978 United States Hustle Champion.”

In the Beer Brewing class, taught by Rob Kerns, students will learn the history of beer brewing, types of brewing and beer styles. Students will explore the tools of the trade, ingredients, brewing and bottling. Participants must be at least 21 years old. The course meets for two sessions from 7 to 8:30 p.m. April 4 and 11 in Halliehurst Library. Kerns is a graduate of Davis & Elkins College with an interest in biology and chemistry, and brews as a hobby.

In Beginning Quilting by Machine, taught by Katherine Prentice, students will learn basic machine piecing, machine quilting and how to bind their finished project. Material costs will vary depending on fabrics selected, available for purchase on site at Elkins Sewing Center. The class meets from 7 to 9 p.m. every Tuesday, April 2 to 23, at Elkins Sewing Center. Prentice teaches Machine Embroidery and Software for children and adults, among other classes, at Elkins Sewing Center. She has designed costumes for the Mountain State Forest Festival Minor Court, and is currently part of the team of local seamstresses for the Forest Festival.

Encaustic Painting, taught by Michael Doig, will offer the basics of the ancient art of applying heated, pigmented beeswax to a surface to create unique encaustic paintings. The class will meet from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Wednesdays, April 3 to 17, in Myles Center for the Arts. The cost includes all materials. Doig received his Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from West Virginia University and his Master of Fine Arts degree from the State University of New York at Buffalo. He has been teaching at Davis & Elkins College since 2008.

Students in the Fairy Gardens class, taught by Tammy Dolly, will create and grow their own mini dish garden using an assortment of plants and accessories, including fairies with their own special garden furniture. Students need to bring their own special container to use as a foundation for their garden. The class will meet from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. April 23 in the “Pit” of Myles Center for the Arts. Dolly has been the owner of Tammy’s Floral and Bridal Gallery in Elkins since 1997. She brings more than 30 years of experience in special events, home decorating, gift creation and floral arranging. She earned an associate degree in interior design and fashion merchandising from The Art Institute of Pittsburgh, and is a certified master designer for FTD as well as a licensed contractor for landscaping.

Introduction to Cake Decorating, taught by Elizabeth Arbogast, is designed for students who have little or no experience in cake decorating. Students will learn tips on baking, leveling, filling and icing specialty cakes and cupcakes, how to make buttercream icing and to pipe borders, flowers, leaves and writing. An introduction to fondant and gum paste also will be taught. The course meets from 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesdays, April 3 to 17, in the Halliehurst Kitchen. Arbogast has been baking and creating specialty cakes for more than 35 years. With her daughter, Jessica, she started Mad Hat’n Designs, specializing in customs cakes and gourmet cupcakes.

Website Design, taught by Zach Hanshaw, is for people who have no knowledge in the development of websites. The course will be taught through the use of an online set of tools. No programming code will be taught or used. Basic knowledge of computers is necessary. The class meets from 5 to 6 p.m. on Mondays, April 1 to May 20, in Eshleman Science Center, room 102. Hanshaw is a junior at D&E pursuing a Bachelor of Science degree in computer science with a minor in mathematics. He works with the College’s Information Services Department, and is the chair of the local club Association for Computing Machinery.

Complete descriptions of each course, costs and the instructors may be found at under Academics.