WINTERmester 2023:

Non-credit courses

Are you looking for a way to liven up your winter break? Summer Sessions is offering seven fabulous non-credit courses between January 3-20. Learn something new and express yourself creatively in the new year! WINTERmester courses are open to UAF students and community members ages 18+.

  • Modern Embroidery: Using Diverse Canvases (Waitlist Only)
  • Bicycle Maintenance and Repair 
  • Youth Mental Health First Aid (Waitlist Only)
  • Bookmaking: The Expanding Gallery Box (Waitlist Only)
  • Fly Tying Workshop
  • Advanced Bike Hacking
  • Paint Like Sydney Laurence


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If you have any questions about courses or have ideas for courses you'd like to see us do, please call us at 907-474-7021, or email

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Modern Embroidery: Using Diverse Canvases
Instructor: Lyndsi Harris of Evolutionary Thread
Meets: January 3-12, Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6 PM - 8:30 PM
Location: Gruening 309
Description: Take a step away from traditional fabric embroidery in this introduction to modern embroidery. Students will begin by learning a variety of basic embroidery stitches that will be used later in the class to create a richly textured finished piece. We will start our work on paper and progress to more unusual canvases like birch tree bark. While watercolor painting will not be a main focus of this course, students will be encouraged to experiment with adding paint to their pieces to enrich the depth and texture.
Cost: $175 (Materials fee included in tuition)

Bicycle Maintenance and Repair 
Instructor: Simon Rakower
Meets: January 9-13, Monday - Friday, 6 PM - 9 PM
Location: UPARK 108
Description: Comprehensive and practical, hands-on bicycle maintenance and repair focusing on road and mountain bikes. Emphasis on drive chain, shifting, brakes, wheels (straightening), tires, tubes (flats), steering systems, cable replacement and lubrication. Review geometry and physics of the bicycle, the world's most efficient means of transportation.
Cost: $135

Youth Mental Health First Aid
Instructor: Justine Schmidt
Meets: January 9, January 11, January 16, 6 PM - 8 PM
Location: Gruening 309
Description: Youth Mental Health First Aid is designed to teach parents, family members, caregivers, teachers, school staff, peers, neighbors, health and human services workers, and other caring citizens how to help an adolescent (age 12-18) who is experiencing a mental health or addictions challenge or is in crisis. Youth Mental Health First Aid is primarily designed for adults who regularly interact with young people. The course introduces common mental health challenges for youth, reviews typical adolescent development, and teaches a 5-step action plan for how to help young people in both crisis and non-crisis situations. Topics covered include anxiety, depression, substance use, disorders in which psychosis may occur, disruptive behavior disorders (including AD/HD), and eating disorders.
Cost: $50

Bookmaking: The Expanding Gallery Box
Instructor: Margo Klass
Meets: Friday, January 13th (6 PM - 8:30 PM), Saturday and Sunday, January 14-15 (10 AM - 4 PM)
Description: This 3-dimensional book structure requires the artist to imagine how the book will be experienced in the hands of its viewer - from unlatching the cover, opening the box, unfolding the hinged panels outward in all directions, and discovering at its center the object in a recessed compartment. Each step requires the viewer’s active participation. Although this structure invites the book to be purely visual, text can be added to any of its components. In this workshop we will construct a model, as pictured. We’ll learn how to measure and cut all its parts, use book cloth to cover and hinge together the 4 sets of triple-folded panels around the central recessed compartment, and embed a magnetic closure in its cover. Participants will personalize their models by providing an object to be featured in the central well and papers to mount on the surrounding panels. 
Cost: $225 (Materials fee included in tuition)

Fly Tying Workshop
Instructor: Shann Jones
Meets: Saturday, January 14 and January 21, 10 AM - 4 PM
Location: ART 301 (Native Arts Studio)
Description: This workshop introduces participants to the fundamental artistic skills of fly tying, and provides participants with the necessary knowledge to make educated fly tying tool and material selections.  Participants will also learn how to build and create fishing flies for use in Alaskan waters.
Cost: $140 (Supplies not included)

Advanced Bike Hacking
Instructor: Simon Rakower
Meets: January 16-20, Monday - Friday, 6 PM - 9 PM
Location: UPARK 108
Description: Students will work on bicycle hacking projects of their choosing using the information and techniques covered in the Bicycle Maintenance and Repair course. Familiarity with the subjects covered in the intro class is assumed however, having taken the intro class is recommended but not required. Students are required to meet with the instructor to map out the hack(s) to be completed during this advanced course. Students should bring a bicycle to class to work on. This course is offered face-to-face.
Cost: $140

Paint Like Sydney Laurence
Instructor: Mary Albanese
Meets: January 16 - 20, Monday - Friday, 12 PM - 4 PM
Location: Virtual
Description: Study a collection of paintings by Sydney Laurence and Fred Machetanz up close. Following visual examination, students will create studies of the works through their own drawings and paintings, capturing and recreating elements of the master's work, focusing on elements of composition, color scheme, and brush stroke techniques.
Cost: $200 (Supplies not included)