Calling all skill seekers and lifelong learners!
The Learnery at the Sierra 2 Center provides a variety of quality, local learning opportunities for people of all ages! Discover a new hobby, pursue passions, foster creative talent, or become an expert on an interesting topic with our educational enrichment classes taught by area experts. Our offerings range from the arts to technology, and culinary courses to professional development.
We’ll let you know when new classes are added.
We are developing classes and looking for instructors in the following areas:
- Spanish, French and other language learning
- encaustic arts, watercolor, cyanotype, tie dye and ice dye
- web design, photo manipulation, cyber security, blogging
- woodworking and pyrography
- beer brewing, cocktail making, and wine tasting
- guitar, ukulele, and vocals
- robotics, arts, and STEM activities for kids
- martial arts, drama, and dance
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Saturdays, September 9- October 21 (Skipping October 14th) 12- 1pm in Room 12 Fees: $120 Students should have an acoustic guitar and an electronic guitar tuner. Are you ready to learn how to play guitar? This 6 week introductory course will teach participants tuning, playing position, musical symbols, note reading in the first position, chords, strumming, finger-picking, and simple repertoire. Greg Williams has taught and performed guitar in the Sacramento area for over 25 years. Greg holds Bachelor's and Master's…More Information
Saturday, September 23rd 2:00-7:00 pm in Room 11 Fee: $80/person Materials Fee: $10 Gain mastery of the watercolor fundamentals in this new workshop! In the first half of the workshop, spend time learning about the right kind of paper, paint and brushes to use, and practice a variety of watercolor painting techniques including: wet on wet, wet on dry, glazing, and masking. In the final two hours, you will put your new-found skills to work, completing two small watercolor paintings…More Information
Saturday, September 23rd 2:30-4:30 p.m. in Room 12 Fee: $35 Material Fee: $7 Material fee is for metal sheets; all tools and supplies are provided by instructor for student use. In this class, you'll discover doodling with intention through metal embossing. This technique is sculptural, Zen-like, and simply gorgeous to look at. Instructor Charr will teach participants how to use embossing tools and the various techniques. Then you'll embark on a type of doodling that allowing freedom while creating line and design.…More Information
TUESDAYS, September 19th- November 14th (Skipping October 31st; 8 meeting dates total) 6-7 p.m. in Room 12 Fee: $100; Materials: $15 Build a foundation for greater intercultural communication with this beginner course, for those with little to no experience with Spanish. Learn a new language in a simplified, comfortable and fun environment! Sierra 2 Center Spanish classes are taught by Deborah Fountain, a native speaker with over 35 years of teaching experience. Registration: This class is full. Send an email…More Information
Saturday, September 30th 3-5pm in Room 12 Class Fee: $30 Material Fee: $5 Advanced registration required; attendance capped at 25. Vegetarian Cooking from India- Presented by Heera Kulkarni, "Chef in a Sari." Learn how to make healthy vegetarian dishes with a series of interactive cooking demonstrations. Participants will get to eat the delicious dishes made as well as take home recipes. Heera will also discuss the many healing properties of Indian spices & herbs. The Menu: Rice with Cumin Seeds…More Information
Tuesdays, October 3rd - November 14th (Skipping October 31st) 6:30-8 p.m. Fees: $65 Advanced Registration Required; Attendance capped at 10. Students need to purchase an 11x14 or 14x17 spiral-bound sketchbook (the Canson brand is recommended.) ‘I can’t even draw a stick figure.’ Well, we think you can learn! In this 6- week introduction to drawing, we will start with simple drawing exercises to get comfortable with mark making, then we’ll move onto the fun and excitement of contour line and…More Information
Fridays, October 6th- November 10th 10-11 a.m. in Studio 2 Fees: $120 for the 6-week series (that's just $20/class) Space is limited; advanced registration required. Our ballroom classes are perfect for anyone looking to add dances to their repertoire and new moves to bust out on the dance floor! Instructor Matt is fluent in multiple styles of dance -- come learn rhythm (like Cha Cha, East Coast Swing, Merengue, Salsa) or smooth (Waltz, Tango, and Foxtrot) dances. Beginning with the…More Information
Saturday, October 21st 2-4:30 p.m. Fee: $30/person; $10 materials Seating is limited; advanced registration required. Art gives us a glimpse at the world through another’s eyes, often moving us to action, and inspiring us to express ourselves. We will discuss art that changes the world and analyze “Fearless Girl” by Kristen Visbal and “Persist” by Julia Fernandez-Pol, bronze statues that have inspired many, although not always the way the artist intended. After examining what moves us to action, the participants…More Information
Thursday, October 26th 4:30-7:30pm in Room 12 Fee: $40 Advanced registration required; seating is limited. Are your photos seemingly everywhere on your phone and laptop, with Apple photos and Google photos, and even the "cloud," but you can't seem to locate them? No matter how far gone your image collection may seem – unintelligible file names, photos without dates, too many images clogging up your hard drive or cloud storage – you can reorganize it so that it becomes more…More Information
NEW DATE! Saturday, October 28th 9 a.m. - 2 p.m. Fee: $50 (if you register before Oct. 14th); $60 regular price Advanced registration required; attendance is limited. Bring: Your laptop computer loaded with Photoshop CS5 or higher. Download the free trial or purchase it for as low as $10/month. This workshop will cover the most important tools of Photoshop, such as where things are, basic toning, color, cropping, burning and dodging, using layers, cloning, adding text, sizing for printing and…More Information
Saturday, October 28th 2:30-5pm Class Fee: $35; Materials: $35 Advanced registration required. City skylines serve as a kind of fingerprint of a city, as no two are exactly alike. The Sacramento skyline is iconic in it's own right, thanks in part to the bold Tower Bridge heading into West Sac. Join local watercolor artist Tonja Wilcox as she guides participants through the process of recreating our city's skyline with paint and ink. The Sacramento City Skyline is one of Tonja's…More Information
Saturday, November 11th 1:30 - 3:00 p.m. Fee: $35/ person All materials and molds included. Advanced Registration Required; Attendance is limited. Participants will receive hands-on instruction in casting and curing their own hypertufa trough pottery, an age old craft popular as garden art. Hypertufa is made from various aggregates bonded together using cement. These planters are wonderful for outdoor plants as they encourage healthy growth of plants. These pots will last decades if properly cared for and make perfect homes…More Information
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