Wesley "Wes" Shiflett graduated a few weeks ago from The Key School and is ready to ride off into the sunset, just like that iconic scene from many movies. Only, it won't be the end of Shiflett – or the movies he's created or the ones down the road that will someday bear his imprint.


Adult Education Classes

Key School is pleased to offer the following classes and seminars for adults.

Seminar Series for Adults

Join Key teachers for spirited intellectual conversations about novels, poems, films, and more. This year's theme is Meaning and Meaninglessness: The Purpose of Life in Literary and Philosophical Texts; providing seminar participants the opportunity to enjoy and discuss works such as The Myth of Sisyphus by Albert Camus, Notes from the Underground by Fyodor Dostoevsky, and Academy Award winning film Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind.

Information & Registration

Ceramic Bells and Chimes

The ceramic bells and chimes class for adults will meet on the following Thursdays from 6:00 - 7:30 p.m.

March 2, 9, 16, 23, 30.

Cost - $140 per student, includes materials and firing fee.

Learn how to make your own unique ceramic bells and chimes from professional ceramic bell-maker and Key School Art Educator, Dawn Malosh. Dawn will demonstrate basic hand-building techniques, assemblage methods and finishing methods. Students will have the opportunity to glaze their bells for extra resonance and beauty.

Conversational French

Conversational French, for adults or students who have completed at least two years of French, will meet on the following Tuesdays from 6:30-7:30 p.m.

January 17, 24, 31
February 7, 14, 28
March 7, 14, 21

Cost: $300

This program is designed to give the participant an opportunity to practice and converse in French to help them become more comfortable using the language and gain the confidence to speak the language. There will be a theme for each conversational session such as current news stories or movies as well as conversations about necessary expressions for traveling, dining, shopping, etc. Participants should have two years of French experience. Current Key School French teacher Lucia Vong will lead this class.

Write Well: For Memoirs, Blogs, Magazines

Write Well: For Memoirs, Blogs, Magazines
Wednesdays, Noon – 1:30 p.m.
February 15 - March 22, 2017

Lunch will be served
Cost: $525 for six courses

Instructor: Iris Krasnow, American University professor, Huffington Post columnist and bestselling author.

Write Well is designed to teach the fundamentals of journalistic, clear writing in a variety of forms—journaling, memoirs, personal essays, blogs, opinion pieces—as well as how to market stories for publication. While students will analyze a variety of works by well-known writers, the heart of the course is about developing YOUR voice and expressing that voice in clear and powerful sentences.

This is a perfect course for students interested in writing memoirs.

Writing enriches our lives in so many way, it sharpens our minds and excavates our emotions and spirits, which ultimately leads to healing and growth. Write Well also offers instruction in the media pitching processes that includes writing a book proposal, as well as a broad overview of all publishing opportunities, including self-publishing.

Questions? Contact Iris Krasnow at Iris@american.edu

Watercolor Painting

Watercolor Painting class for adults will meet on the following Mondays from 7:00-9:00 p.m.: March 20, 27, April 3, 10, 17, 24.

Contact Jane Flanagan (410) 263-9231, jflanagan@keyschool.org to register.

Cost: $180 not including supplies or $225 including basic supplies.

This class is for adult artists beginning to paint in watercolor and for those that would like to “begin again.” Each class will have a demonstration by Linda Luke and time for the students to try what was demonstrated. The remaining class time is for students to work on paintings of a subject of their choice or a subject using techniques suggested by Linda. The following week these class paintings will all be critiqued and the next technique will be taught.

The course will cover topics such as:

  • Mixing color with a limited palette to create fresh, clean colors
  • Watercolor techniques - lifting, scoring, spraying, masking and splattering
  • Using a variety of tools in watercolor paintings; sponges, brushes, tapes, sticks and spray bottles
  • About Linda Luke: An internationally recognized fine arts professional, Linda recently moved to Annapolis. Her realistic style of painting began in the Brandywine Valley with her first teachers in Chadds Ford Pennsylvania. She then studied for many years with the master colorist, Zoltan Szabo. She has enjoyed a long career as an artist, owned her own gallery and has been commissioned by a variety of professional and private clients such as the Hersey Trust, Hilton, Westinghouse and General Electric to do paintings for them in this country, Europe and Africa. Her works hang in public and private collections and museums here and around the world.