Welcome to our Classes & Events page!

Please Note: The Life Enrichment Center will close on Wednesday, December 20, 2017 at 2pm and will reopen on Wednesday, January 3, 2018 at 8:30am. 

Please scroll down to view a listing of all classes and events, along with their descriptions. To register for a class please contact us at (813) 932-0241 or info@lectampa.org


Please click here for a printable PDF of our December calendar! 


Our full calendar is also located on meetup.com:

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New Classes

New Class! Intermediate Drawing with Elizabeth Jenness Burge*
Thursdays, 1pm-3pm
$10 per class LEC Members / $12 Non-Members

With an emphasis on structure and proportion, learn an approach to drawing through observation from life with Elizabeth Jenness Burge. Work on mastering the tools, understanding the process, and learning the language of drawing. Elizabeth spent four years at the Boston Museum School of Fine Arts, received an Associates of Commercial Art, has attended numerous workshops, and most recently, a classical academic training at the Southern Atelier. She has a regular studio practice, exhibits and teaches, is commissioned for portraiture, and has been awarded in plein air events. Her exploration of the world, and its rhythms and structures, through the practice of drawing and painting continues to unfold and to deliver awe and inspiration to her. The focus for her personal work is primarily to create the illusion of space through the relationships she finds before her. The relationships, through the quality of light, are the impetus and the acceleration of the work. The goal is a graceful conveyance of gesture, harmony and atmosphere. She continues to believe in the pursuit of artistic practice as a way into the ultimate in conscious expansion, joy and personal truth. *Please contact us prior to your first class for the list of suggested materials, and please register at (813) 932-0241 or info@lectampa.org

New Class! Acrylic Painting 101 and Art Open Studio with Tim Gibbons*
1st Wednesday of Each Month, 6pm-8:30pm
$8 per class LEC Members / $10 Non-Members

Join us on the first Wednesday of each month as we explore the basics of acrylic painting. Students will learn the color wheel, blending and shading, and how to work with values. A continuing class for the beginner and the intermediate acrylic painter. *Please contact us prior to your first class for the list of suggested materials, and please register at (813) 932-0241 or info@lectampa.org

New Class! Beginning Drawing and Art Open Studio with Tim Gibbons*
2nd Wednesday of Each Month, 6pm-8:30pm
$8 per class LEC Members / $10 Non-Members

Join us on the second Wednesday of each month as we explore the basics of drawing. Students will learn perspective, and continue on to understand contour line drawing, shading, shadowing, and texture using a variety of drawing materials. Please bring a 14″x17″ drawing pad. *Please register at (813) 932-0241 or info@lectampa.org

New 2018 Class! Beginning Square Dancing with Ron Reardon*
Tuesdays, Beginning January 23, 2018, 3:30pm-5pm
$8 per person, per class

Learn how to Square Dance! During this 12-week class you will learn the basic square dance movements and how to take direction from a “caller”. Square Dancing is an excellent way to meet new people, exercise, and have fun at the same time! A square dance is a dance for four couples (eight dancers) arranged in a square, with one couple on each side, facing the middle of the square. The various square dance movements are based on the steps and figures used in traditional folk dances and social dances from many countries. In most American forms of square dance, the dancers are prompted or cued through a sequence of steps by a caller to the beat of music. *Please register at (813) 932-0241 or info@lectampa.org


Featured Classes and Special Events

Art Talk! Signing Your Art with Maureen Murphy
Wednesday, December 13, 2017, 12pm-1pm
Free

Did you know that signing your art is an important part of the creative process? The moment you apply your name to a piece of your art, you declare it to be officially done. Regardless of what your signature looks like, what form it takes, or where you put it, no work of art is complete without one. Join us as Maureen Murphy provides information and pointers on how and where to sign a piece of art.  Art talks are free and open to the public. Brown bag lunches are always welcome!

LEC Photography Club with David Beebe*
Wednesday, December 13, 2017, 1:30pm-3:30pm
Free for LEC and NTAL Members / $5 Non-Members

The Life Enrichment Center’s Photography Club is for beginners as well as seasoned photographers. The club meets once a month for open discussions, demonstrations, and workshops. The group will select a field trip location for a separate day and then review field trip results at the next meeting. Bring your camera, camera manual, and sense of adventure! *Please register at (813) 932-0241 or info@lectampa.org

LEC Rocks! and Abandoned Art Project Painters Club*
Wednesday, December 13, 2017, 4pm-6pm
Free for LEC Members / $5 for Non-Members

Simple acts of kindness can make a big impact on a community! The “LEC Rocks! and Abandoned Art Project Painters Group” meets monthly with the intent of spreading cheer throughout the Tampa Bay area — one colorful rock or piece of abandoned art at a time!  We’ll gather to paint rocks and other small items (tiny canvases, book marks, etc.) and then on a separate day we’ll place these items in the community for others to find an enjoy — at parks, museums, markets, libraries, and other places where people gather. All materials will be provided! Food and beverages are welcome! *Please register at (813) 932-0241 or info@lectampa.org

Photo Club Field Trip! Sunken Gardens with David Beebe*
Friday, December 15, 2017, Leave from the LEC at 9am
$10 Adults / $8 Seniors (62+)

Join us a we explore Sunken Gardens with local photographer David Beebe! Sunken Gardens is a botanical paradise in the midst of a bustling city. As St. Petersburg’s oldest living museum, this 100-year-old garden is home to some of the oldest tropical plants in the region. Bring your camera, your camera’s manual (if you have it), comfortable shoes, and your sense of adventure! The carpool will leave from the LEC at 9am, or meet at Sunken Gardens at 10am. *Please register at (813) 932-0241 or info@lectampa.org

Annual LEC Holiday Potluck Lunch
Wednesday, December 20, 2017, 12pm-1:30pm
Free (Please bring a dish to share)

Bring your favorite appetizer, finger food, or tapas and join us a we celebrate the holidays! 

Free Health Event! Free Hearing Screenings and Presentation with Dr. Constance Green, Audiologist*
Wednesday, January 3, 2018, 12:45pm-1:45pm
Free

Dr. Constance Green, Audiologist with Newsom Eye, will be providing free hearing screenings (12:45pm-1:15pm) and an educational hearing presentation (1:15pm-1:45pm). Join us for fun giveaways and learn about your hearing! *Please register at (813) 932-0241 or info@lectampa.org

Plein Air Urban Sketching and Watercolor with Gaston McKenzie*
Saturday, January 13, 2017, 10am-1pm
Free for LEC and NTAL Members / $5 Non-Members

Learn how to sketch and paint in watercolor at a variety of locations throughout Tampa! This month the class will first meet at the LEC at 10am and then relocate to TBD for the Plein Air portion of the class. Whether you’re a beginner or a seasoned painter who would like good company and encouragement in your watercolor painting, you’ll benefit from quick sketching and painting outside while capturing the essence of Tampa’s natural and urban environments. This class is made possible by a generous grant from the Hillsborough County Board of County Commissioners (BOCC). *Please contact us prior to your first class for the list of suggested materials, and please register at (813) 932-0241 or info@lectampa.org

Art Show! Fun Friday Art Market at the Babe Zaharias Golf Course Clubhouse
Friday, February 2, 2018, 5:30pm-8:30pm
Free

Presented by The Life Enrichment Center for the Arts and the Forest Hills Neighborhood Association, the Fun Friday Art Market at the Babe Zaharias Golf Course Clubhouse will take place on the first Friday in February! Join the festivities and #shoplocal as Tampa artists showcase original pieces of handcrafted art! Enjoy $4 burgers, $3 well drinks, and $2 domestic drafts. The Babe Zaharias Golf Course is located at 11412 Forest Hills Drive, Tampa, 33612. For more information please contact the Life Enrichment Center for the Arts at (813) 932-0241 or info@LECtampa.org


Mondays

Tai Chi for Beginners with Dr. Marianne Chen
Mondays, 10am-11am
$6 LEC Members / $8 Non-Members
Forest Hills United Methodist Church, 904 W. Linebaugh Ave., Tampa, 33612

Yang Style Tai Chi helps improve balance, stamina, and bone density. It reduces blood pressure and provides overall health benefits. All levels of students are welcome. Wear comfortable clothing for ease of movement.

Watercolor Techniques with Lionel Sanchez*
Mondays, 10am-12:45pm
$12 LEC Members / $14 Non-Members

Develop your watercolor skills with award-winning painter Lionel P. Sanchez! Lionel holds Signature Member status in the Colorado Watercolor Society, Miami Watercolor Society, and the Gold Coast Watercolor Society. His detailed classes build on the elements and principles of design to help artists master the art of watercolor painting. *Please contact us prior to your first class for the list of suggested materials.

Painting with Pastels with Janice Shindle*
Mondays, 1pm-3:30pm
$15 LEC Members / $18 Non-Members

Join us every Monday as we explore the fun and versatile pastel medium! This class is for both beginners and advanced pastel artists. Students will learn how to use the pastel medium, drawing, underpainting, composition, color, perspective, and blending in an open studio environment. Class includes a thought of the day, a group critique (if desired), and individual attention. *Please contact us prior to your first class for the list of suggested materials.

Crochet and Knitting with Barbara Banks*
Mondays, 1pm-3pm
$10 LEC Members / $12 Non-Members

Once you know the basics about yarns, hooks, needles, and reading patterns – crochet and knitting are very easy to learn! Join us for fun and fast projects! Beginners to advanced students welcome. *Please contact us prior to class for the list of suggested materials, and please register at (813) 932-0241 or info@lectampa.org

Chair Yoga with Natalie Courtney*
Mondays, 4pm-5pm
$6 LEC Members / $8 Non-Members

Chair Yoga is a gentle exercise program especially designed for people who have difficulty getting to the floor. Participants will be guided through a series of stretches and Yoga postures that can be modified to accommodate those with limited mobility and difficulty balancing. Each class includes breathing and guided relaxation. Yoga practice will improve flexibility, strength, balance, and posture. Natalie Courtney is a foodie, wine lover, artist, and Yoga instructor with a unique teaching style. She has over 700 hours of Yoga training and is a registered Yoga teacher with Yoga Alliance. Please wear loose, comfortable clothing. Students will have bare feet during the class to ensure stability. Bring an open mind to stretch and be present! *Please register at (813) 932-0241 or info@lectampa.org

Stamp Collectors Club
2nd and 4th Mondays, 6pm-9pm
Free

Join members of the oldest stamp collectors club in the USA! The Tampa Collectors Club, part of the American Philatelic Society, meets on the 2nd and 4th Mondays of each month. Yearly membership to the Tampa Collectors Club may be obtained at any meeting: $6 for 1st year; $5 for renewals. The public is welcome to take part in the monthly Stamp Auction held the 4th Monday of every month.

LEC Board Meeting
3rd Mondays every other month, 6:30pm-8pm (Next Board Meeting: January 15) 


Tuesdays

Creative Writing (Please note: John Chaplick instructs this class on the 1st, 3rd, and 5th Tuesdays)
Tuesdays, 10am–12pm
$7 LEC Members / $10 Non-Members

All levels welcome, from aspiring writers to published authors! This class encourages the creative side of you, whether you write fiction, non-fiction, poetry, or short stories. Develop your creative writing skills through exercises, creative feedback, and encouragement. Students will also learn about editing and publishing their work.

Low Impact Exercise with Lynn Donofrio
Tuesdays & Thursdays, 10:30am-11:30am
$6 LEC Members / $8 Non-Members

Enjoy a 60 minute total fitness experience under the direction of a certified aerobics instructor, Silver Sneakers instructor, and personal trainer! This class incorporates moderate levels of cardiovascular condition, balance, flexibility, and strengthening.

Watercolor Open Lab with Patricia Beebe*
Tuesdays, 1pm-3pm
$8 LEC Members / $10 Non-Members

Join us for a friendly and engaging open studio environment that allows recent beginners (who have some experience) or intermediate artists (with works in progress or who are just starting new projects) to paint at their leisure. Students are encouraged to bring photo references to work from, or find one in our extensive LEC library. Demonstrations will be given and guidance and critiques are available during class if desired. *Please contact us prior to your first class for the list of suggested materials.

Art Open Studio with Vickie Fisher
Tuesdays, 1pm-3pm
$10
Aston Gardens, 12951 W Linebaugh Ave, Tampa, 33626

Learn the basics of painting in the medium of your choice. Classes explore a range of painting techniques and principles of art to build students’ skills, including instruction on perspective, color mixing, blending, and brush control. Students supply their own materials.


Wednesdays

Oil & Acrylic Open Studio with Tim Gibbons*
Wednesdays, 9am-12pm
$8 LEC Members / $10 Non-Members

The Open Studio environment allows experienced artists who have works in progress or who are just starting new projects to paint at their leisure under the guidance of an accomplished artist and instructor. *Please contact us prior to your first class for the list of suggested materials.

FREE Lunch & Learns @ the LEC
Wednesdays, 12pm-1pm

  • December 13 – Art Talk! Signing Your Art with Maureen Murphy
  • December 20 – Holiday Potluck Lunch
  • December 27 – Closed
  • January 3 – Potluck Lunch (12pm) and Free Hearing Screenings (12:45pm)
  • January 10 – Art Critiques with Maureen Murphy

Enjoy a potluck lunch gathering on the 1st Wednesday of each month, and a free Art Talk, Critique, or other special event on the 2nd, 3rd, 4th, and 5th Wednesdays. Lunch and Learns are always free and open to the public, and brown-bag lunches are always welcome!

Beginning American Mah Jongg with Alice Webb*
Wednesdays, 1pm-3pm
$6 LEC Members / $8 Non-Members

A beautiful blend of dominoes and gin rummy, the game is played with a set of tiles based on Chinese characters and symbols. The goal? Be the first one to put together a hand of 14 tiles. Mah Jongg is a game of skill, strategy and calculation with a generous helping of luck thrown in. Learn the basics with instructor Alice Webb as she guides you into becoming a skilled player. To maximize the learning experience, it is recommended that students complete the entire ten-week class series, and order the official game card from the National Mah Jongg League at: https://www.nationalmahjonggleague.org/league.html *This class is limited to 8 students. Please register at (813) 932-0241 or info@lectampa.org

Mah Jongg Open Play*
Wednesdays, 4pm-8pm
$4

By popular demand, the LEC will be hosting Mah Jongg Open Play every Wednesday from 4pm-8pm beginning July 5th! The cost is $4 per player and attendees are welcome to bring snacks and beverages (adult beverages included!) There will not be an instructor present. This Open Play group is for players who have a good understanding of the game, and who want to play with other friendly, supportive Mah Jongg players. This is not a highly competitive group, however, American Mah Jongg rules (as governed by the National Mah Jongg League) will be followed. Please bring your 2017 card with you. The card can be purchased here. We will have three tables (12 seats) available. *If you would like to guarantee a seat for the duration of the open play session, please either pre-pay at the LEC or pre-pay with a credit card at (813) 932-0241 at least one day prior to the open play session. Attendees who pre-pay will not be required to rotate out. Attendees who “pay at the door” will be provided a seat on a first-come, first-serve basis. If there are more than 12 players in attendance (with players waiting to play), players who did not pre-pay will take turns rotating out after each game.

New Class! Acrylic Painting 101 and Art Open Studio with Tim Gibbons*
1st Wednesday of Each Month, 6pm-8:30pm
$8 per class LEC Members / $10 Non-Members

Join us on the first Wednesday of each month as we explore the basics of acrylic painting. Students will learn the color wheel, blending and shading, and how to work with values. A continuing class for the beginner and the intermediate acrylic painter. *Please contact us prior to your first class for the list of suggested materials, and please register at (813) 932-0241 or info@lectampa.org

New Class! Beginning Drawing and Art Open Studio with Tim Gibbons*
2nd Wednesday of Each Month, 6pm-8:30pm
$8 per class LEC Members / $10 Non-Members

Join us on the second Wednesday of each month as we explore the basics of drawing. Students will learn perspective, and continue on to understand contour line drawing, shading, shadowing, and texture using a variety of drawing materials. Please bring a 14″x17″ drawing pad. *Please register at (813) 932-0241 or info@lectampa.org


Thursdays

Intermediate/Advanced American Mah Jongg with Alice Webb
Thursdays, 10am-12pm
$6 LEC Members / $8 Non-Members

Perfect your skills, learn more about strategy, and gain insights into mastering this addicting game while playing with other experienced Mah Jongg players. This class is for intermediate and advanced players (players who have completed our beginning Mah Jongg class series, or who have prior experience playing the game). Instructor Alice Webb has played Mah Jongg for twenty five years for entertainment and fun, and has been teaching Mah Jongg regularly for over three years. It is recommended that students order the official game card from the National Mah Jongg League at https://www.nationalmahjonggleague.org/league.html

Low Impact Exercise with Lynn Donofrio
Tuesdays & Thursdays, 10:30am-11:30am
$6 LEC Members / $8 Non-Members

Enjoy a 60 minute total fitness experience under the direction of a certified aerobics instructor, Silver Sneakers instructor, and personal trainer! This class incorporates moderate levels of cardiovascular condition, balance, flexibility and strengthening. 

New Class! Intermediate Drawing with Elizabeth Jenness Burge*
Thursdays, 1pm-3pm
$10 per class LEC Members / $12 Non-Members

With an emphasis on structure and proportion, learn an approach to drawing through observation from life with Elizabeth Jenness Burge. Work on mastering the tools, understanding the process, and learning the language of drawing. Elizabeth spent four years at the Boston Museum School of Fine Arts, received an Associates of Commercial Art, has attended numerous workshops, and most recently, a classical academic training at the Southern Atelier. She has a regular studio practice, exhibits and teaches, is commissioned for portraiture, and has been awarded in plein air events. Her exploration of the world, and its rhythms and structures, through the practice of drawing and painting continues to unfold and to deliver awe and inspiration to her. The focus for her personal work is primarily to create the illusion of space through the relationships she finds before her. The relationships, through the quality of light, are the impetus and the acceleration of the work. The goal is a graceful conveyance of gesture, harmony and atmosphere. She continues to believe in the pursuit of artistic practice as a way into the ultimate in conscious expansion, joy and personal truth. *Please contact us prior to your first class for the list of suggested materials, and please register at (813) 932-0241 or info@lectampa.org

Latin Class with Don Ryan
Thursdays, 6:30pm-8:30pm
Free

Gratis! Lingua Latina est thesaurus incomparandae praestantiae. The Latin language is a treasure of incomparable value. Students of all levels are welcome. For information please email cbracdon@msn.com or call (813) 748-0746.


Fridays

Bridge with Instruction with John Chaplick*
Fridays, 1pm-3pm
$6 LEC Members / $8 Non-Members

Perfect your skills, learn more about strategy, and gain insights into mastering this addicting game. *Please register at (813) 932-0241 or info@lectampa.org 

Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) Open Meeting: North Tampa Young and the Restless Group
Fridays, 7:45pm-9:00pm
Free

Open meetings are for anyone who is interested in AA, Al-Anon or ACOA. Open meetings can be attended by students, professionals, and other non-members interested in learning more about the recovery programs.


Saturdays

Hukyu Bonsai Society of Tampa
4th Saturdays, 10am-12pm Please Note: The Hukyu Bonsai Society will not meet at the LEC in November or December of 2017. Meetings will resume at the LEC in January 2018
Free

The Hukyu Bonsai Society of Tampa meets regularly to study and enjoy the art of bonsai. Club activities include workshops, visiting guest speakers, and demonstrations. Members have a wide range of experience with bonsai and are always happy to have beginners join the group. Creating your own bonsai is easier than you might think.  Their more experienced members are enthusiastic about sharing their expertise, and those with less experience will find many opportunities to learn design and horticultural skills that make creating your own bonsai easy and fun. Have a great time while making new friends and learning about bonsai from each other and visiting experts. Yearly membership is $25 individual/$35 couple but isn’t required for meeting attendance. 


Sundays  

Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) Closed Meeting: Life Enrichment Group
Sundays, 11am-12:15pm
Free

Closed meetings are for A.A. members only, or for those who have a drinking problem and have a desire to stop drinking.