Summer Workshops 2020


Summer Workshops will take place in one and two week sessions from July 6 – July 31.

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Week One: July 6 – July 10

Registration Deadline: Friday, June 19

Led by Raffi Irizarry-Fields

If you spend just a little time looking at the list of new or popular television shows, you might find that we have a bit of an obsession with armageddon, or doomsday as it might be referred to. We can’t decide what form it will take, but we know that we …maybe…should be preparing for it. Though I do not agree with the vast majority of the individuals that appear on these shows, I can appreciate the focus on developing skills to increase self-sufficiency.

This workshop series will focus on learning some basic skills which could definitely prepare you for the apocalypse, but more importantly will empower you to tackle new challenges with confidence, and make you feel more capable and self-reliant.
What skills we chose to focus on will depend on the group, but will definitely include some fundamental skills that I have identified. These might just include making our own lock picking tools to be used responsibly, creating a DIY Rocket Stove in the backyard, the basics of hand sewing, automotive and home maintenance, basic bread baking, using a map and compass, duct tape projects, and more. Select tools and materials will be provided.

My goal is that everyone will end the week have at least a couple new skills that just might save you money, time, or even your life. But more importantly, I want everyone to be inspired to look for new skills and feel capable of finding ways to master those skills.

Sliding Scale: $140-$190

About the Instructor: Raffi (he/they/him/them) is not a master of all that much, but he has worked in enough fields and take on enough challenges to have quite a few skills applicable to many situations. He has travelled alone in Central America and Europe. He has driven a self-built car that runs on vegetable oil across the country. He has worked in residential and commercial instruction. He has worked on a food truck. He has worked as a paralegal, a teacher, a translator, and a farm hand. His goal in this workshop series is to share some of the skills has has gained with students, and to learn new ones alongside them as well!

Register

Led by Emmett DuPont

Ever seen a sheep and thought “man, I wish I could just crawl up inside that fluffy wool and sleep?” Me neither. Sheep are pretty gross in real life, and their wool is not fluffy until it’s processed, but around 11,000 years ago, humans started to use wool, and we never stopped. Why? What’s so good about it? In this course, we will learn how to process a dirty fleece from a real sheep, and turn it into beautiful textiles. This ain’t your grandmother’s knitting class, we will be getting down and dirty with every aspect of fiber.

Students will learn how to scour and hand dye wool, work with a professional drum carder, use a modern spinning wheel and a drop spindle, warp and weave on a real lap loom, needle felt, make rugs on a frame loom, and appreciate ancient and modern, indigenous and migrant fiber arts and textile practices. Don’t worry if you’ve never heard of a micron or a rigid heddle, you will learn everything you need to know in this fast-paced, hands-on course. Equipment will be dropped off at student houses, and instruction will be delivered over Zoom daily. Larger pieces of equipment such as spinning wheel and drum carder will rotate to several students’ houses (being fully sterilized between usages), allowing students time to experiment with and learn the equipment. Materials are included in the cost of the course.

Sliding Scale: $300-$400

About the Instructor: Emmett DuPont (they/them) has had a lifelong interest in fiber arts of all types, starting as a very young child. They have studied floor looms at the CT Finnish American Society, and are a graduate from the Camaj School of Fiber Arts. They are still new to certain aspects of handling and processing fiber, and have years of experience in others. They are excited to share the process of learning and exploring together.

Register

Led by Angelica Lopez

Whether you are a new student or an advanced practitioner, Yoga Flow brings something to the mat for everyone. This active, flowing practice makes yoga accessible by emphasizing alignment and offering variations to poses that allow students the opportunity to challenge their bodies at their own pace. This class is a great option for anyone seeking to balance mindfulness and self-awareness with flexibility and strength through the self-care that is yoga.

Sliding Scale: $65-$115

About the Instructor: Angelica (she/her) was drawn to the beauty of yoga in her early teenage years. However, it wasn’t until college while struggling with grief and a history of trauma that she learned the healing power of yoga. After a decade of committed practice, Angelica decided to pursue yoga teacher training in order to assist others in finding tools to heal themselves. She is a graduate of Yoga Sanctuary’s 200-hour yoga teacher training program. She has also completed a Mindful Resilience Yoga teacher training with the Veteran’s Yoga Project, Yoga4Cancer teacher training, Transcending Sexual Trauma through Yoga training and a course on Yoga for Self-Regulation and Trauma. Angelica uses movement and alignment cues in her classes to help her students feel a sense of agency and empowerment.

Register

Led by Ashley Goodfellow-Sulock

Recently, a wave of interest has washed over the true crime community. Documentaries, books, podcasts, and movies have become so popular that the “armchair detective” has been created. These “armchair detectives” study, research, and analyze these true crime stories and speculate on the who, what, when, where, why, and how’s of the case.

Through studying true crime, these armchair detectives learn about profiling, police procedures, and court proceedings. It also facilitates problem solving and critical thinking skills. In order to analyze true crime, the armchair detective must be willing to always think outside of the box and keep an open mind.

In this summer program, we are going to solve 4 mock cold cases that all contain different aspects. We will be solving one case per week. If you took the Ash Files class, you will be ready now more than ever to put on your detective hat and get to work. However, no detective experience is required.

So, who wants to be my fellow armchair detective?

Sliding Scale: $85-$135

About the Instructor: Ashley (she/her) became a Core Staff member at LightHouse in the fall of 2018. Ashley graduated from the University of Massachusetts with a B.A. in Legal Studies and B.A. in Psychology; along with minors in Italian Studies and Sociology. She is also a licensed social justice mediator in the state of Massachusetts. She has taught classes such as, Criminology, Constitutional Law, Social Psychology, and others.

Register

Led by Epi Arias

Look, it’s a reality that even Stephen King needs to brush up on his writing every now and again. Because, guess what? Writers who don’t improve on their craft eventually fall by the wayside- guaranteed. It’s no different with you or me. Brushing up on one’s skill set is crucial to writing well…or at all, if you’re struggling with writer’s block. So get right with writing by joining the this workshop this summer at LightHouse!

In this workshop, we’ll be crafting, polishing, and producing good, engaging pieces of writing towards a final project of your choosing! So whether you’re trying to outshine Stephen King’s spooky short stories or getting ready for your first year of college, we’ve got you covered! The goal of the workshop is to get cracking on some awesome, heartfelt writing and set you up with a solid foundation for the near future. The only requirements are curiosity and a willingness to roll up your sleeves and get those creative valves pumping! Are you ready? Yes?! Good! Let’s do this! All levels of experience welcome.

Sliding Scale: $60-$110

About the Instructor: Epi Arias (he/him) is Program Director and teacher at LightHouse. He received his BA for Creative Writing at the University of Massachusetts in Amherst (BDIC) and is currently working on his capstone towards an MA with the American Public University System. An author, consultant, educator, and independent researcher, Epi has worked as program coordinator in a number of fields and disciplines over the last 15 years. He strongly believes that a conscientious, personalized education is key in helping students find their own paths and hopes that his experience and expertise will continue to facilitate that belief.

Register

Led by Emmett DuPont

Ever wanted to improve your cooking skills, or imagined yourself taking part in a cooking show? Now is your chance! This innovative, participatory, fast pace, hands-on course requires no cooking experience, but is designed to push each student’s ability to the max, while improving cooking skills and learning new techniques.

At the beginning of the week, you will receive a delivery of five daily challenge baskets containing foods- both familiar, and unfamiliar. A daily Zoom cooking lesson will teach you how to work with these ingredients in recognizable and extraordinary ways! We will learn techniques for preparing, seasoning, and plating, as well as serve safe practices, knife skills, and the preparation of food you’ve never even heard of. At the end of each day, a staff member will do a no contact pickup of your delicious (or bizarre!) chopped Masterpiece, and bring it back to LightHouse, where a panel of staff will taste test it (after microwaving for safety) and serve as judges on a live Zoom call with all of class!

Ingredients are included in the price of the class, but students should be equipped with their own stovetop, oven, and basic kitchen supplies such as a knife, cutting board, frying pan, and cooking trays. Help is available to source kitchen supplies if needed.

This workshop requires a two week minimum commitment, so that we can explore these skills more adequately, and to allow for certain larger tools to circulate where applicable.

Sliding Scale: $460-$560 for two weeks and includes ingredients.

About the Instructor: Emmett DuPont (they/them) is ServSafe Certified, and has spent many years working in kitchens, from high-end restaurants to cafeterias. Emmett, who grew up in a vegan household, is no stranger to eating and preparing strange foods. Emmett is now happily a carnivore, and has a passion for cooking and experimenting in the kitchen. One day, they hope to own a food truck (and, irrelevantly, a laundromat).

Register

Led by Ryan Carnes

A course for both beginners and advanced students looking for a refresher. This week will focus on the basics of drawing including drawing in 3D, proportions of head and body, and drawing using negative space.

Cost: $140-$190

About the Instructor: Ryan Carnes (he/him) is a visual artist from Baltimore. He earned a BFA in Fine Art from the College of Santa Fe and has been teaching at LightHouse since 2018.

Register

Led by Joshua Newman

Join the Makerspace to build your own electronic music controllers! We’ll all learn from each other as we build musical instruments to trigger samples, play notes, or change any other aspects of your musical composition on your computer live. The Makerspace cares more about your curiosity than you knowledge and we’ll supply any parts and materials you don’t have! We’ll build and code everything together, so we can learn from each other while we teach each other how to make cool things!

Sliding Scale: $140-$190 includes materials

About the Instructor: Joshua (he/him) is an experienced teacher, having taught courses at both UMass Amherst and Hampshire College. He has been teaching at LightHouse leading their Maker Program for three years.

Register

Led by Carlos Peña

Relief Printmaking is an artistic process consisting of cutting away a print surface in such a way that all that remains of the original surface is the design which is “inked” and printed/stamped onto paper, thus creating multiple copies of the design. This class will introduce students to relief printmaking using linocut. Linocut is a process that utilizes linoleum, a soft rubber like material. We’ll learn basic elements of design applied to printmaking, how to transfer a design to a plate, carving techniques, and how to print single plates using registration techniques.

This class is open to all levels. Materials will be supplied by the instructor. Students in this class will have the opportunity to win a chance to have their design printed on a shirt and be sold in the store Paper City Clothing Company Storefront.

This workshop requires a two week minimum commitment, so that we can explore these skills more adequately, and to allow for certain larger tools to circulate where applicable.

Sliding Scale: $300-$400 includes materials

About the Instructor: Carlos (he/him) is a founding staff member and a key contributor to the success of the program. Carlos has a degree from UMass Amherst, and is an artist, screenprinter, and poet. He lives in Holyoke and is very involved in the community.

Register

Led by Tyler Perrone

Many of us believe that we are bad at math… But what if we are wrong? What if we are secretly so good at math that schools don’t even know how to teach us? We are too genius for the system. We are told that we have to get all of this nonsense crammed into our heads before we can get into the good stuff, but that is not necessarily correct. Mathematics is one of the only areas of knowledge that can objectively be described as “true,” because its theorems are derived from pure logic. The nonsense that we are taught is just a language with which to perform that logic.

With this in mind, this math workshop will be about getting into the juicy math of reality. We jump right into what makes math interesting and relevant to the real world, and cover some of the basic skills as needed. This just might include some of the world’s most notorious unproven theorems, and mathematical conundrums.

No mathematical expertise required. This just might change how you feel about math itself!

This workshop will be structured with one hour for group discussion and collaborative inquiry and the second hour for more individualized attention from the instructor, either to work on the ongoing work, or for one-on-one math help. This is a great opportunity to work on SAT or MCAS prep, or get in some summer math credits/catch up.

Sliding Scale: $100-$150

About the Instructor: Tyler (he/him) has been an adjunct math teacher at LightHouse for two years and has focused on algebra, geometry, trigonometry, and calculus. He is currently a student at UMass, where he is majoring in Economics and Finance.

Register

Week Two: July 13 – July 17

Registration Deadline: Friday, June 26

Led by Raffi Irizarry-Fields

If you spend just a little time looking at the list of new or popular television shows, you might find that we have a bit of an obsession with armageddon, or doomsday as it might be referred to. We can’t decide what form it will take, but we know that we …maybe…should be preparing for it. Though I do not agree with the vast majority of the individuals that appear on these shows, I can appreciate the focus on developing skills to increase self-sufficiency.

This workshop series will focus on learning some basic skills which could definitely prepare you for the apocalypse, but more importantly will empower you to tackle new challenges with confidence, and make you feel more capable and self-reliant.
What skills we chose to focus on will depend on the group, but will definitely include some fundamental skills that I have identified. These might just include making our own lock picking tools to be used responsibly, creating a DIY Rocket Stove in the backyard, the basics of hand sewing, automotive and home maintenance, basic bread baking, using a map and compass, duct tape projects, and more. Select tools and materials will be provided.

My goal is that everyone will end the week have at least a couple new skills that just might save you money, time, or even your life. But more importantly, I want everyone to be inspired to look for new skills and feel capable of finding ways to master those skills.

Sliding Scale: $140-$190

About the Instructor: Raffi (he/they/him/them) is not a master of all that much, but he has worked in enough fields and take on enough challenges to have quite a few skills applicable to many situations. He has travelled alone in Central America and Europe. He has driven a self-built car that runs on vegetable oil across the country. He has worked in residential and commercial instruction. He has worked on a food truck. He has worked as a paralegal, a teacher, a translator, and a farm hand. His goal in this workshop series is to share some of the skills has has gained with students, and to learn new ones alongside them as well!

Register

Led by Emmett DuPont

Ever seen a sheep and thought “man, I wish I could just crawl up inside that fluffy wool and sleep?” Me neither. Sheep are pretty gross in real life, and their wool is not fluffy until it’s processed, but around 11,000 years ago, humans started to use wool, and we never stopped. Why? What’s so good about it? In this course, we will learn how to process a dirty fleece from a real sheep, and turn it into beautiful textiles. This ain’t your grandmother’s knitting class, we will be getting down and dirty with every aspect of fiber.

Students will learn how to scour and hand dye wool, work with a professional drum carder, use a modern spinning wheel and a drop spindle, warp and weave on a real lap loom, needle felt, make rugs on a frame loom, and appreciate ancient and modern, indigenous and migrant fiber arts and textile practices. Don’t worry if you’ve never heard of a micron or a rigid heddle, you will learn everything you need to know in this fast-paced, hands-on course. Equipment will be dropped off at student houses, and instruction will be delivered over Zoom daily. Larger pieces of equipment such as spinning wheel and drum carder will rotate to several students’ houses (being fully sterilized between usages), allowing students time to experiment with and learn the equipment. Materials are included in the cost of the course.

Sliding Scale: $300-$400

About the Instructor: Emmett DuPont (they/them) has had a lifelong interest in fiber arts of all types, starting as a very young child. They have studied floor looms at the CT Finnish American Society, and are a graduate from the Camaj School of Fiber Arts. They are still new to certain aspects of handling and processing fiber, and have years of experience in others. They are excited to share the process of learning and exploring together.

Register

Led by Angelica Lopez

Whether you are a new student or an advanced practitioner, Yoga Flow brings something to the mat for everyone. This active, flowing practice makes yoga accessible by emphasizing alignment and offering variations to poses that allow students the opportunity to challenge their bodies at their own pace. This class is a great option for anyone seeking to balance mindfulness and self-awareness with flexibility and strength through the self-care that is yoga.

Sliding Scale: $65-$115

About the Instructor: Angelica (she/her) was drawn to the beauty of yoga in her early teenage years. However, it wasn’t until college while struggling with grief and a history of trauma that she learned the healing power of yoga. After a decade of committed practice, Angelica decided to pursue yoga teacher training in order to assist others in finding tools to heal themselves. She is a graduate of Yoga Sanctuary’s 200-hour yoga teacher training program. She has also completed a Mindful Resilience Yoga teacher training with the Veteran’s Yoga Project, Yoga4Cancer teacher training, Transcending Sexual Trauma through Yoga training and a course on Yoga for Self-Regulation and Trauma. Angelica uses movement and alignment cues in her classes to help her students feel a sense of agency and empowerment.

Register

Led by Ashley Goodfellow-Sulock

Recently, a wave of interest has washed over the true crime community. Documentaries, books, podcasts, and movies have become so popular that the “armchair detective” has been created. These “armchair detectives” study, research, and analyze these true crime stories and speculate on the who, what, when, where, why, and how’s of the case.

Through studying true crime, these armchair detectives learn about profiling, police procedures, and court proceedings. It also facilitates problem solving and critical thinking skills. In order to analyze true crime, the armchair detective must be willing to always think outside of the box and keep an open mind.

In this summer program, we are going to solve 4 mock cold cases that all contain different aspects. We will be solving one case per week. If you took the Ash Files class, you will be ready now more than ever to put on your detective hat and get to work. However, no detective experience is required.

So, who wants to be my fellow armchair detective?

Sliding Scale: $85-$135

About the Instructor: Ashley (she/her) became a Core Staff member at LightHouse in the fall of 2018. Ashley graduated from the University of Massachusetts with a B.A. in Legal Studies and B.A. in Psychology; along with minors in Italian Studies and Sociology. She is also a licensed social justice mediator in the state of Massachusetts. She has taught classes such as, Criminology, Constitutional Law, Social Psychology, and others.

Register

Led by Epi Arias

Look, it’s a reality that even Stephen King needs to brush up on his writing every now and again. Because, guess what? Writers who don’t improve on their craft eventually fall by the wayside- guaranteed. It’s no different with you or me. Brushing up on one’s skill set is crucial to writing well…or at all, if you’re struggling with writer’s block. So get right with writing by joining the this workshop this summer at LightHouse!

In this workshop, we’ll be crafting, polishing, and producing good, engaging pieces of writing towards a final project of your choosing! So whether you’re trying to outshine Stephen King’s spooky short stories or getting ready for your first year of college, we’ve got you covered! The goal of the workshop is to get cracking on some awesome, heartfelt writing and set you up with a solid foundation for the near future. The only requirements are curiosity and a willingness to roll up your sleeves and get those creative valves pumping! Are you ready? Yes?! Good! Let’s do this! All levels of experience welcome.

Sliding Scale: $60-$110

About the Instructor: Epi Arias (he/him) is Program Director and teacher at LightHouse. He received his BA for Creative Writing at the University of Massachusetts in Amherst (BDIC) and is currently working on his capstone towards an MA with the American Public University System. An author, consultant, educator, and independent researcher, Epi has worked as program coordinator in a number of fields and disciplines over the last 15 years. He strongly believes that a conscientious, personalized education is key in helping students find their own paths and hopes that his experience and expertise will continue to facilitate that belief.

Register

Led by Emmett DuPont

Ever wanted to improve your cooking skills, or imagined yourself taking part in a cooking show? Now is your chance! This innovative, participatory, fast pace, hands-on course requires no cooking experience, but is designed to push each student’s ability to the max, while improving cooking skills and learning new techniques.

At the beginning of the week, you will receive a delivery of five daily challenge baskets containing foods- both familiar, and unfamiliar. A daily Zoom cooking lesson will teach you how to work with these ingredients in recognizable and extraordinary ways! We will learn techniques for preparing, seasoning, and plating, as well as serve safe practices, knife skills, and the preparation of food you’ve never even heard of. At the end of each day, a staff member will do a no contact pickup of your delicious (or bizarre!) chopped Masterpiece, and bring it back to LightHouse, where a panel of staff will taste test it (after microwaving for safety) and serve as judges on a live Zoom call with all of class!

Ingredients are included in the price of the class, but students should be equipped with their own stovetop, oven, and basic kitchen supplies such as a knife, cutting board, frying pan, and cooking trays. Help is available to source kitchen supplies if needed.

This workshop requires a two week minimum commitment, so that we can explore these skills more adequately, and to allow for certain larger tools to circulate where applicable.

Sliding Scale: $460-$560 for two weeks and includes ingredients.

About the Instructor: Emmett DuPont (they/them) is ServSafe Certified, and has spent many years working in kitchens, from high-end restaurants to cafeterias. Emmett, who grew up in a vegan household, is no stranger to eating and preparing strange foods. Emmett is now happily a carnivore, and has a passion for cooking and experimenting in the kitchen. One day, they hope to own a food truck (and, irrelevantly, a laundromat).

Register

Led by Ryan Carnes

A course for both beginners and advanced students looking for a refresher.  This week will focus on with learning colored pencils: how to blend with them, how to use color theory, and how to create strong compositions.

Cost: $140-$190 includes materials

About the Instructor: Ryan Carnes (he/him) is a visual artist from Baltimore. He earned a BFA in Fine Art from the College of Santa Fe and has been teaching at LightHouse since 2018.

Register

Led by Joshua Newman

Join the Makerspace to build your own electronic music controllers! We’ll all learn from each other as we build musical instruments to trigger samples, play notes, or change any other aspects of your musical composition on your computer live. The Makerspace cares more about your curiosity than you knowledge and we’ll supply any parts and materials you don’t have! We’ll build and code everything together, so we can learn from each other while we teach each other how to make cool things!

Sliding Scale: $140-$190 includes materials

About the Instructor: Joshua (he/him) is an experienced teacher, having taught courses at both UMass Amherst and Hampshire College. He has been teaching at LightHouse leading their Maker Program for three years.

Register

Led by Carlos Peña

Relief Printmaking is an artistic process consisting of cutting away a print surface in such a way that all that remains of the original surface is the design which is “inked” and printed/stamped onto paper, thus creating multiple copies of the design. This class will introduce students to relief printmaking using linocut. Linocut is a process that utilizes linoleum, a soft rubber like material. We’ll learn basic elements of design applied to printmaking, how to transfer a design to a plate, carving techniques, and how to print single plates using registration techniques.

This class is open to all levels. Materials will be supplied by the instructor. Students in this class will have the opportunity to win a chance to have their design printed on a shirt and be sold in the store Paper City Clothing Company Storefront.

This workshop requires a two week minimum commitment, so that we can explore these skills more adequately, and to allow for certain larger tools to circulate where applicable.

Cost: $300-$400

About the Instructor: Carlos (he/him) is a founding staff member and a key contributor to the success of the program. Carlos has a degree from UMass Amherst, and is an artist, screenprinter, and poet. He lives in Holyoke and is very involved in the community.

Led by Tyler Perrone

Many of us believe that we are bad at math… But what if we are wrong? What if we are secretly so good at math that schools don’t even know how to teach us? We are too genius for the system. We are told that we have to get all of this nonsense crammed into our heads before we can get into the good stuff, but that is not necessarily correct. Mathematics is one of the only areas of knowledge that can objectively be described as “true,” because its theorems are derived from pure logic. The nonsense that we are taught is just a language with which to perform that logic.

With this in mind, this math workshop will be about getting into the juicy math of reality. We jump right into what makes math interesting and relevant to the real world, and cover some of the basic skills as needed. This just might include some of the world’s most notorious unproven theorems, and mathematical conundrums.

No mathematical expertise required. This just might change how you feel about math itself!

This workshop will be structured with one hour for group discussion and collaborative inquiry and the second hour for more individualized attention from the instructor, either to work on the ongoing work, or for one-on-one math help. This is a great opportunity to work on SAT or MCAS prep, or get in some summer math credits/catch up.

Sliding Scale: $100-$150

About the Instructor: Tyler (he/him) has been an adjunct math teacher at LightHouse for two years and has focused on algebra, geometry, trigonometry, and calculus. He is currently a student at UMass, where he is majoring in Economics and Finance.

Register

Week Three: July 20 – July 24

Registration Deadline: Friday, July 3

Led by Joshua Newman

Join Joshua and the LightHouse Space Program! We’ll teach each other how rockets and spacecraft work while offering each other challenges like moon landings, lifting heavy things into orbit, dropping stuff into the sun, surveying the Red Planet, and whatever other fun stuff we can find to do in the Solar System!

Sliding Scale: $110-$160

About the Instructor: Joshua (he/him) is an experienced teacher, having taught courses at both UMass Amherst and Hampshire College. He has been teaching at LightHouse leading their Maker Program for three years.

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Led by Catherine Gobron

Martin Luther King once shared, “We are not makers of history. We are made by history.” We cannot understand our present without understanding our past. We cannot hope to change the future, if we don’t know where we are. I am passionate about social justice and working with young people to become agents of change. Films offer us easy access to vital information. Let’s watch two on the topic of the history of racism in the United States, and end with one about education to begin to understand how we are all indoctrinated into our worldviews and complicities.

Please join me to watch and discuss:

The Autobiography of Malcolm X
trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sx4sEvhYeVE

13th
trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K6IXQbXPO3I

and

Schooling the World, The White Man’s Last Burden
trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FnzVNO_J6sk

“The most effective way to destroy people is to deny and obliterate their own understanding of their history.”
― George Orwell

Cost: $75-$125

About the Instructor: Catherine(she/her) co-founded LightHouse with Josiah S. Litant and they led the organization together for three years. In 2018 Josiah relocated and Catherine stepped up to the role of Executive Director. Before LightHouse she spent 12 years at North Star: Self-Directed Learning for Teens as Program Director. Catherine holds two bachelors degrees from the University of California, Santa Barbara and a Masters in Education, Creative Arts in Learning, from Lesley University. She also holds a Montessori Certification from New England Montessori Teacher Education Center.

Register

Led by Raffi Irizarry-Fields

If you spend just a little time looking at the list of new or popular television shows, you might find that we have a bit of an obsession with armageddon, or doomsday as it might be referred to. We can’t decide what form it will take, but we know that we …maybe…should be preparing for it. Though I do not agree with the vast majority of the individuals that appear on these shows, I can appreciate the focus on developing skills to increase self-sufficiency.

This workshop series will focus on learning some basic skills which could definitely prepare you for the apocalypse, but more importantly will empower you to tackle new challenges with confidence, and make you feel more capable and self-reliant.
What skills we chose to focus on will depend on the group, but will definitely include some fundamental skills that I have identified. These might just include making our own lock picking tools to be used responsibly, creating a DIY Rocket Stove in the backyard, the basics of hand sewing, automotive and home maintenance, basic bread baking, using a map and compass, duct tape projects, and more. Select tools and materials will be provided.

My goal is that everyone will end the week have at least a couple new skills that just might save you money, time, or even your life. But more importantly, I want everyone to be inspired to look for new skills and feel capable of finding ways to master those skills.

Sliding Scale: $140-$190

About the Instructor: Raffi (he/they/him/them) is not a master of all that much, but he has worked in enough fields and take on enough challenges to have quite a few skills applicable to many situations. He has travelled alone in Central America and Europe. He has driven a self-built car that runs on vegetable oil across the country. He has worked in residential and commercial instruction. He has worked on a food truck. He has worked as a paralegal, a teacher, a translator, and a farm hand. His goal in this workshop series is to share some of the skills has has gained with students, and to learn new ones alongside them as well!

Register

Led by Emmett DuPont

Ever seen a sheep and thought “man, I wish I could just crawl up inside that fluffy wool and sleep?” Me neither. Sheep are pretty gross in real life, and their wool is not fluffy until it’s processed, but around 11,000 years ago, humans started to use wool, and we never stopped. Why? What’s so good about it? In this course, we will learn how to process a dirty fleece from a real sheep, and turn it into beautiful textiles. This ain’t your grandmother’s knitting class, we will be getting down and dirty with every aspect of fiber.

Students will learn how to scour and hand dye wool, work with a professional drum carder, use a modern spinning wheel and a drop spindle, warp and weave on a real lap loom, needle felt, make rugs on a frame loom, and appreciate ancient and modern, indigenous and migrant fiber arts and textile practices. Don’t worry if you’ve never heard of a micron or a rigid heddle, you will learn everything you need to know in this fast-paced, hands-on course. Equipment will be dropped off at student houses, and instruction will be delivered over Zoom daily. Larger pieces of equipment such as spinning wheel and drum carder will rotate to several students’ houses (being fully sterilized between usages), allowing students time to experiment with and learn the equipment. Materials are included in the cost of the course.

Sliding Scale: $300-$400

About the Instructor: Emmett DuPont (they/them) has had a lifelong interest in fiber arts of all types, starting as a very young child. They have studied floor looms at the CT Finnish American Society, and are a graduate from the Camaj School of Fiber Arts. They are still new to certain aspects of handling and processing fiber, and have years of experience in others. They are excited to share the process of learning and exploring together.

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Led by Angelica Lopez

Whether you are a new student or an advanced practitioner, Yoga Flow brings something to the mat for everyone. This active, flowing practice makes yoga accessible by emphasizing alignment and offering variations to poses that allow students the opportunity to challenge their bodies at their own pace. This class is a great option for anyone seeking to balance mindfulness and self-awareness with flexibility and strength through the self-care that is yoga.

Sliding Scale: $65-$115

About the Instructor: Angelica (she/her) was drawn to the beauty of yoga in her early teenage years. However, it wasn’t until college while struggling with grief and a history of trauma that she learned the healing power of yoga. After a decade of committed practice, Angelica decided to pursue yoga teacher training in order to assist others in finding tools to heal themselves. She is a graduate of Yoga Sanctuary’s 200-hour yoga teacher training program. She has also completed a Mindful Resilience Yoga teacher training with the Veteran’s Yoga Project, Yoga4Cancer teacher training, Transcending Sexual Trauma through Yoga training and a course on Yoga for Self-Regulation and Trauma. Angelica uses movement and alignment cues in her classes to help her students feel a sense of agency and empowerment.

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Led by Ashley Goodfellow-Sulock

Recently, a wave of interest has washed over the true crime community. Documentaries, books, podcasts, and movies have become so popular that the “armchair detective” has been created. These “armchair detectives” study, research, and analyze these true crime stories and speculate on the who, what, when, where, why, and how’s of the case.

Through studying true crime, these armchair detectives learn about profiling, police procedures, and court proceedings. It also facilitates problem solving and critical thinking skills. In order to analyze true crime, the armchair detective must be willing to always think outside of the box and keep an open mind.

In this summer program, we are going to solve 4 mock cold cases that all contain different aspects. We will be solving one case per week. If you took the Ash Files class, you will be ready now more than ever to put on your detective hat and get to work. However, no detective experience is required.

So, who wants to be my fellow armchair detective?

Sliding Scale: $85-$135

About the Instructor: Ashley (she/her) became a Core Staff member at LightHouse in the fall of 2018. Ashley graduated from the University of Massachusetts with a B.A. in Legal Studies and B.A. in Psychology; along with minors in Italian Studies and Sociology. She is also a licensed social justice mediator in the state of Massachusetts. She has taught classes such as, Criminology, Constitutional Law, Social Psychology, and others.

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Led by Epi Arias

Look, it’s a reality that even Stephen King needs to brush up on his writing every now and again. Because, guess what? Writers who don’t improve on their craft eventually fall by the wayside- guaranteed. It’s no different with you or me. Brushing up on one’s skill set is crucial to writing well…or at all, if you’re struggling with writer’s block. So get right with writing by joining the this workshop this summer at LightHouse!

In this workshop, we’ll be crafting, polishing, and producing good, engaging pieces of writing towards a final project of your choosing! So whether you’re trying to outshine Stephen King’s spooky short stories or getting ready for your first year of college, we’ve got you covered! The goal of the workshop is to get cracking on some awesome, heartfelt writing and set you up with a solid foundation for the near future. The only requirements are curiosity and a willingness to roll up your sleeves and get those creative valves pumping! Are you ready? Yes?! Good! Let’s do this! All levels of experience welcome.

Sliding Scale: $60-$110

About the Instructor: Epi Arias (he/him) is Program Director and teacher at LightHouse. He received his BA for Creative Writing at the University of Massachusetts in Amherst (BDIC) and is currently working on his capstone towards an MA with the American Public University System. An author, consultant, educator, and independent researcher, Epi has worked as program coordinator in a number of fields and disciplines over the last 15 years. He strongly believes that a conscientious, personalized education is key in helping students find their own paths and hopes that his experience and expertise will continue to facilitate that belief.

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Led by Emmett DuPont

Ever wanted to improve your cooking skills, or imagined yourself taking part in a cooking show? Now is your chance! This innovative, participatory, fast pace, hands-on course requires no cooking experience, but is designed to push each student’s ability to the max, while improving cooking skills and learning new techniques.

At the beginning of the week, you will receive a delivery of five daily challenge baskets containing foods- both familiar, and unfamiliar. A daily Zoom cooking lesson will teach you how to work with these ingredients in recognizable and extraordinary ways! We will learn techniques for preparing, seasoning, and plating, as well as serve safe practices, knife skills, and the preparation of food you’ve never even heard of. At the end of each day, a staff member will do a no contact pickup of your delicious (or bizarre!) chopped Masterpiece, and bring it back to LightHouse, where a panel of staff will taste test it (after microwaving for safety) and serve as judges on a live Zoom call with all of class!

Ingredients are included in the price of the class, but students should be equipped with their own stovetop, oven, and basic kitchen supplies such as a knife, cutting board, frying pan, and cooking trays. Help is available to source kitchen supplies if needed.

This workshop requires a two week minimum commitment, so that we can explore these skills more adequately, and to allow for certain larger tools to circulate where applicable.

Sliding Scale: $460-$560 for two weeks and includes ingredients.

About the Instructor: Emmett DuPont (they/them) is ServSafe Certified, and has spent many years working in kitchens, from high-end restaurants to cafeterias. Emmett, who grew up in a vegan household, is no stranger to eating and preparing strange foods. Emmett is now happily a carnivore, and has a passion for cooking and experimenting in the kitchen. One day, they hope to own a food truck (and, irrelevantly, a laundromat).

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Led by Ryan Carnes

A course for both beginners and advanced students looking for a refresher. This week we’ll be making watercolor landscapes and using acrylic paint to apply values of a color and create the illusion of light and form.

Sliding Scale: $140-$190 includes materials

About the Instructor: Ryan Carnes (he/him) is a visual artist from Baltimore. He earned a BFA in Fine Art from the College of Santa Fe and has been teaching at LightHouse since 2018.

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Led by Joshua Newman

Join the Makerspace to build your own electronic music controllers! We’ll all learn from each other as we build musical instruments to trigger samples, play notes, or change any other aspects of your musical composition on your computer live. The Makerspace cares more about your curiosity than you knowledge and we’ll supply any parts and materials you don’t have! We’ll build and code everything together, so we can learn from each other while we teach each other how to make cool things!

Sliding Scale: $140-$190 includes materials

About the Instructor: Joshua (he/him) is an experienced teacher, having taught courses at both UMass Amherst and Hampshire College. He has been teaching at LightHouse leading their Maker Program for three years.

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Led by Carlos Peña

Relief Printmaking is an artistic process consisting of cutting away a print surface in such a way that all that remains of the original surface is the design which is “inked” and printed/stamped onto paper, thus creating multiple copies of the design. This class will introduce students to relief printmaking using linocut. Linocut is a process that utilizes linoleum, a soft rubber like material. We’ll learn basic elements of design applied to printmaking, how to transfer a design to a plate, carving techniques, and how to print single plates using registration techniques.

This class is open to all levels. Materials will be supplied by the instructor. Students in this class will have the opportunity to win a chance to have their design printed on a shirt and be sold in the store Paper City Clothing Company Storefront.

This workshop requires a two week minimum commitment, so that we can explore these skills more adequately, and to allow for certain larger tools to circulate where applicable.

Sliding Scale: $300-$400 includes materials

About the Instructor: Carlos (he/him) is a founding staff member and a key contributor to the success of the program. Carlos has a degree from UMass Amherst, and is an artist, screenprinter, and poet. He lives in Holyoke and is very involved in the community.

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Led by Tyler Perrone

Many of us believe that we are bad at math… But what if we are wrong? What if we are secretly so good at math that schools don’t even know how to teach us? We are too genius for the system. We are told that we have to get all of this nonsense crammed into our heads before we can get into the good stuff, but that is not necessarily correct. Mathematics is one of the only areas of knowledge that can objectively be described as “true,” because its theorems are derived from pure logic. The nonsense that we are taught is just a language with which to perform that logic.

With this in mind, this math workshop will be about getting into the juicy math of reality. We jump right into what makes math interesting and relevant to the real world, and cover some of the basic skills as needed. This just might include some of the world’s most notorious unproven theorems, and mathematical conundrums.

No mathematical expertise required. This just might change how you feel about math itself!

This workshop will be structured with one hour for group discussion and collaborative inquiry and the second hour for more individualized attention from the instructor, either to work on the ongoing work, or for one-on-one math help. This is a great opportunity to work on SAT or MCAS prep, or get in some summer math credits/catch up.

Sliding Scale: $100-$150

About the Instructor: Tyler (he/him) has been an adjunct math teacher at LightHouse for two years and has focused on algebra, geometry, trigonometry, and calculus. He is currently a student at UMass, where he is majoring in Economics and Finance.

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Week Four: July 27 – July 31

Registration Deadline: Friday, July 10

Led by Raffi Irizarry-Fields

If you spend just a little time looking at the list of new or popular television shows, you might find that we have a bit of an obsession with armageddon, or doomsday as it might be referred to. We can’t decide what form it will take, but we know that we …maybe…should be preparing for it. Though I do not agree with the vast majority of the individuals that appear on these shows, I can appreciate the focus on developing skills to increase self-sufficiency.

This workshop series will focus on learning some basic skills which could definitely prepare you for the apocalypse, but more importantly will empower you to tackle new challenges with confidence, and make you feel more capable and self-reliant.
What skills we chose to focus on will depend on the group, but will definitely include some fundamental skills that I have identified. These might just include making our own lock picking tools to be used responsibly, creating a DIY Rocket Stove in the backyard, the basics of hand sewing, automotive and home maintenance, basic bread baking, using a map and compass, duct tape projects, and more. Select tools and materials will be provided.

My goal is that everyone will end the week have at least a couple new skills that just might save you money, time, or even your life. But more importantly, I want everyone to be inspired to look for new skills and feel capable of finding ways to master those skills.

Sliding Scale: $140-$190

About the Instructor: Raffi (he/they/him/them) is not a master of all that much, but he has worked in enough fields and take on enough challenges to have quite a few skills applicable to many situations. He has travelled alone in Central America and Europe. He has driven a self-built car that runs on vegetable oil across the country. He has worked in residential and commercial instruction. He has worked on a food truck. He has worked as a paralegal, a teacher, a translator, and a farm hand. His goal in this workshop series is to share some of the skills has has gained with students, and to learn new ones alongside them as well!

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Led by Emmett DuPont

Ever seen a sheep and thought “man, I wish I could just crawl up inside that fluffy wool and sleep?” Me neither. Sheep are pretty gross in real life, and their wool is not fluffy until it’s processed, but around 11,000 years ago, humans started to use wool, and we never stopped. Why? What’s so good about it? In this course, we will learn how to process a dirty fleece from a real sheep, and turn it into beautiful textiles. This ain’t your grandmother’s knitting class, we will be getting down and dirty with every aspect of fiber.

Students will learn how to scour and hand dye wool, work with a professional drum carder, use a modern spinning wheel and a drop spindle, warp and weave on a real lap loom, needle felt, make rugs on a frame loom, and appreciate ancient and modern, indigenous and migrant fiber arts and textile practices. Don’t worry if you’ve never heard of a micron or a rigid heddle, you will learn everything you need to know in this fast-paced, hands-on course. Equipment will be dropped off at student houses, and instruction will be delivered over Zoom daily. Larger pieces of equipment such as spinning wheel and drum carder will rotate to several students’ houses (being fully sterilized between usages), allowing students time to experiment with and learn the equipment. Materials are included in the cost of the course.

Sliding Scale: $300-$400

About the Instructor: Emmett DuPont (they/them) has had a lifelong interest in fiber arts of all types, starting as a very young child. They have studied floor looms at the CT Finnish American Society, and are a graduate from the Camaj School of Fiber Arts. They are still new to certain aspects of handling and processing fiber, and have years of experience in others. They are excited to share the process of learning and exploring together.

Register

Led by Angelica Lopez

Whether you are a new student or an advanced practitioner, Yoga Flow brings something to the mat for everyone. This active, flowing practice makes yoga accessible by emphasizing alignment and offering variations to poses that allow students the opportunity to challenge their bodies at their own pace. This class is a great option for anyone seeking to balance mindfulness and self-awareness with flexibility and strength through the self-care that is yoga.

Sliding Scale: $65-$115

About the Instructor: Angelica (she/her) was drawn to the beauty of yoga in her early teenage years. However, it wasn’t until college while struggling with grief and a history of trauma that she learned the healing power of yoga. After a decade of committed practice, Angelica decided to pursue yoga teacher training in order to assist others in finding tools to heal themselves. She is a graduate of Yoga Sanctuary’s 200-hour yoga teacher training program. She has also completed a Mindful Resilience Yoga teacher training with the Veteran’s Yoga Project, Yoga4Cancer teacher training, Transcending Sexual Trauma through Yoga training and a course on Yoga for Self-Regulation and Trauma. Angelica uses movement and alignment cues in her classes to help her students feel a sense of agency and empowerment.

Register

Led by Ashley Goodfellow-Sulock

Recently, a wave of interest has washed over the true crime community. Documentaries, books, podcasts, and movies have become so popular that the “armchair detective” has been created. These “armchair detectives” study, research, and analyze these true crime stories and speculate on the who, what, when, where, why, and how’s of the case.

Through studying true crime, these armchair detectives learn about profiling, police procedures, and court proceedings. It also facilitates problem solving and critical thinking skills. In order to analyze true crime, the armchair detective must be willing to always think outside of the box and keep an open mind.

In this summer program, we are going to solve 4 mock cold cases that all contain different aspects. We will be solving one case per week. If you took the Ash Files class, you will be ready now more than ever to put on your detective hat and get to work. However, no detective experience is required.

So, who wants to be my fellow armchair detective?

Sliding Scale: $85-$135

About the Instructor: Ashley (she/her) became a Core Staff member at LightHouse in the fall of 2018. Ashley graduated from the University of Massachusetts with a B.A. in Legal Studies and B.A. in Psychology; along with minors in Italian Studies and Sociology. She is also a licensed social justice mediator in the state of Massachusetts. She has taught classes such as, Criminology, Constitutional Law, Social Psychology, and others.

Register

Led by Epi Arias

Look, it’s a reality that even Stephen King needs to brush up on his writing every now and again. Because, guess what? Writers who don’t improve on their craft eventually fall by the wayside- guaranteed. It’s no different with you or me. Brushing up on one’s skill set is crucial to writing well…or at all, if you’re struggling with writer’s block. So get right with writing by joining the this workshop this summer at LightHouse!

In this workshop, we’ll be crafting, polishing, and producing good, engaging pieces of writing towards a final project of your choosing! So whether you’re trying to outshine Stephen King’s spooky short stories or getting ready for your first year of college, we’ve got you covered! The goal of the workshop is to get cracking on some awesome, heartfelt writing and set you up with a solid foundation for the near future. The only requirements are curiosity and a willingness to roll up your sleeves and get those creative valves pumping! Are you ready? Yes?! Good! Let’s do this! All levels of experience welcome.

Sliding Scale: $60-$110

About the Instructor: Epi Arias (he/him) is Program Director and teacher at LightHouse. He received his BA for Creative Writing at the University of Massachusetts in Amherst (BDIC) and is currently working on his capstone towards an MA with the American Public University System. An author, consultant, educator, and independent researcher, Epi has worked as program coordinator in a number of fields and disciplines over the last 15 years. He strongly believes that a conscientious, personalized education is key in helping students find their own paths and hopes that his experience and expertise will continue to facilitate that belief.

Register

Led by Ryan Carnes

A course for both beginners and advanced students looking for a refresher. This last week will be dedicated to working on a group mural, the theme of which will be decided in class.

Cost: $140-$190 includes materials

About the Instructor: Ryan Carnes (he/him) is a visual artist from Baltimore. He earned a BFA in Fine Art from the College of Santa Fe and has been teaching at LightHouse since 2018.

Register

Led by Joshua Newman

Join the Makerspace to build your own electronic music controllers! We’ll all learn from each other as we build musical instruments to trigger samples, play notes, or change any other aspects of your musical composition on your computer live. The Makerspace cares more about your curiosity than you knowledge and we’ll supply any parts and materials you don’t have! We’ll build and code everything together, so we can learn from each other while we teach each other how to make cool things!

Sliding Scale: $140-$190 includes materials

About the Instructor: Joshua (he/him) is an experienced teacher, having taught courses at both UMass Amherst and Hampshire College. He has been teaching at LightHouse leading their Maker Program for three years.

Register

Led by Emmett DuPont

Ever wanted to improve your cooking skills, or imagined yourself taking part in a cooking show? Now is your chance! This innovative, participatory, fast pace, hands-on course requires no cooking experience, but is designed to push each student’s ability to the max, while improving cooking skills and learning new techniques.

At the beginning of the week, you will receive a delivery of five daily challenge baskets containing foods- both familiar, and unfamiliar. A daily Zoom cooking lesson will teach you how to work with these ingredients in recognizable and extraordinary ways! We will learn techniques for preparing, seasoning, and plating, as well as serve safe practices, knife skills, and the preparation of food you’ve never even heard of. At the end of each day, a staff member will do a no contact pickup of your delicious (or bizarre!) chopped Masterpiece, and bring it back to LightHouse, where a panel of staff will taste test it (after microwaving for safety) and serve as judges on a live Zoom call with all of class!

Ingredients are included in the price of the class, but students should be equipped with their own stovetop, oven, and basic kitchen supplies such as a knife, cutting board, frying pan, and cooking trays. Help is available to source kitchen supplies if needed.

This workshop requires a two week minimum commitment, so that we can explore these skills more adequately, and to allow for certain larger tools to circulate where applicable.

Cost: $230-$280

About the Instructor: Emmett DuPont (they/them) is ServSafe Certified, and has spent many years working in kitchens, from high-end restaurants to cafeterias. Emmett, who grew up in a vegan household, is no stranger to eating and preparing strange foods. Emmett is now happily a carnivore, and has a passion for cooking and experimenting in the kitchen. One day, they hope to own a food truck (and, irrelevantly, a laundromat).

Register

Led by Carlos Peña

Relief Printmaking is an artistic process consisting of cutting away a print surface in such a way that all that remains of the original surface is the design which is “inked” and printed/stamped onto paper, thus creating multiple copies of the design. This class will introduce students to relief printmaking using linocut. Linocut is a process that utilizes linoleum, a soft rubber like material. We’ll learn basic elements of design applied to printmaking, how to transfer a design to a plate, carving techniques, and how to print single plates using registration techniques.

This class is open to all levels. Materials will be supplied by the instructor. Students in this class will have the opportunity to win a chance to have their design printed on a shirt and be sold in the store Paper City Clothing Company Storefront.

This workshop requires a two week minimum commitment, so that we can explore these skills more adequately, and to allow for certain larger tools to circulate where applicable.

Sliding Scale: $300-$400 includes materials

About the Instructor: Carlos (he/him) is a founding staff member and a key contributor to the success of the program. Carlos has a degree from UMass Amherst, and is an artist, screenprinter, and poet. He lives in Holyoke and is very involved in the community.

Register

Led by Tyler Perrone

Many of us believe that we are bad at math… But what if we are wrong? What if we are secretly so good at math that schools don’t even know how to teach us? We are too genius for the system. We are told that we have to get all of this nonsense crammed into our heads before we can get into the good stuff, but that is not necessarily correct. Mathematics is one of the only areas of knowledge that can objectively be described as “true,” because its theorems are derived from pure logic. The nonsense that we are taught is just a language with which to perform that logic.

With this in mind, this math workshop will be about getting into the juicy math of reality. We jump right into what makes math interesting and relevant to the real world, and cover some of the basic skills as needed. This just might include some of the world’s most notorious unproven theorems, and mathematical conundrums.

No mathematical expertise required. This just might change how you feel about math itself!

This workshop will be structured with one hour for group discussion and collaborative inquiry and the second hour for more individualized attention from the instructor, either to work on the ongoing work, or for one-on-one math help. This is a great opportunity to work on SAT or MCAS prep, or get in some summer math credits/catch up.

Sliding Scale: $100-$150

About the Instructor: Tyler (he/him) has been an adjunct math teacher at LightHouse for two years and has focused on algebra, geometry, trigonometry, and calculus. He is currently a student at UMass, where he is majoring in Economics and Finance.

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“I know not what the future holds,
but I know who holds the future.”

-Ralph Abernathy