Mesalands begins Community Education classes

October 24, 2017

Heather Aragon makes a wood floral arrangement, during a spring community education class at Mesalands Community College.

Mesalands Community College is pleased to announce that the Fall 2017 Community Education classes will begin this month.

Fine Arts Faculty members Yousif Del Valle and Joel Kiser at Mesalands Community College, will be teaching a variety of the art classes for community education this semester. Del Valle says these classes will give the community an opportunity to try something new.

“If it’s something that you’ve always wanted to do, this is the perfect time to try it. These are introductory basic Fine Arts classes,” said Del Valle. “There’s no right or wrong, it’s just a good time for you to play with the material and have someone there that can help you and answer questions.”

Fall 2017 Community Education classes at Mesalands includes: exploring the sand mold process and conducting an aluminum pour (Sand Block Casting Workshop – Saturday, November 11 and Sunday, November 12), creating a watercolor winter landscape painting (Watercolor Workshop – Saturday, December 2 and Sunday, December 3), learning the basics of welding to complete a finished sculpture (Steel Nail Art Welding Workshop – Saturday, November 4 and Sunday, November 5), creating Christmas décor utilizing recycled wood (Country Christmas Wood Art – Tuesday, November 7 and Thursday, November 9), designing a dream website utilizing free sources (Design a Website for Beginners – Friday, November 10 and Friday, November 17), participating in a free writing workshop (Creative Writing Workshop – ongoing throughout the semester on alternating Tuesdays), and making quality hair accessories in a variety of styles and colors (Bow Making 101 – Tuesday, November 14).

Kiser explains what students can expect to learn from the Sand Block Casting Workshop.

Joel Kiser, Fine Arts Faculty at Mesalands Community College, discusses basic techniques to community education students in a Watercolor class.

“Sand block casting is great! Students will get to see the entire casting process from the inside out,” Kiser said. “If they like the process and enjoy it, then they may return later and take a full-semester class.”

For a complete list of Fall 2017 Community Education classes, visit:, or call Donna M. Garcia, Director of Academic Affairs at (575) 461-4413, ext. 176.