courses taught in english

In general, the language of instruction in the courses is Finnish. This may not apply to all the courses, in many courses the teacher is also able to instruct in English or another language.

Please contact the teacher in charge to find out the languages possibly used for helping foreign students in the course you wish to participate in. (Study guidance)

If the course description is in some other language than Finnish, the course is taught primarily in the language which is the subject of the course. You may register for the course if you feel that your knowledge of the language in question is good enough for participation in the course.

CALLIGRAPHY

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Calligraphy As You Like It
119825
Graphic designer Susan Reed
Sat-Sun 10.00–16.00 (7 lessons, includes 45 minutes lunch break)
15.–16.11. (2 times)
14 lessons, 79€
During this course you can practice whatever calligraphic style you want and do your own project(s) – for example Christmas cards or calendar for 2015. The teacher will suggest projects and styles to practice if you want an input, but this is also a chance to practice a style, or styles which are taught less often, and benefit from the interaction of an enthusiastic group which likes to experiment (as our other courses have been). The teacher will also suggest various techniques and the use of color, paints and various papers which can enrich anyone’s basic calligraphy skills. For more information contact the teacher. Instruction in English and Finnish.

Calligraphy As You Like It – Spring Course
119849
Graphic designer Susan Reed
Mon 17.00–19.15. (3 lessons)
12.1.–16.3. (9 times), not 16.2.
27 lessons, 145 €
This course is for both beginners and more advanced calligraphers. Beginners will be introduced to the basics of broad-nibbed calligraphy and more experienced students may review these as needed to improve their skills. At the beginning of the course we’ll take a look at the history of Calligraphy (mainly in the Western world) and some work of modern calligraphers. More experienced calligraphy students may do projects in the style(s) that each prefers. In the first weeks of class we’ll plan our goals for the course together. We’ll experiment with different materials and techniques. Many materials can be purchased from the teacher, please reserve 5 to 20 euros for nibs, pen-holders, inks, papers, etc. Instruction in layout and design will also be offered. The course will be conducted in both English and Finnish.

HANDCRAFTS

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Let’s knit a beanie
1104058
New knitting course!
Pirjo Surakka-Cooper
Wed 17.00–19.15 (3 lessons)
11.–25.2. (3 times)
9 lessons, 53 €
Are you never quite happy with the woolly hats that you buy from the shops? Have you ever wondered just how hard it would be to make your own? Come and find out – it isn’t as hard as it looks! On this course we design and make our own beanies. An English speaking teacher is there to help you with your design, materials and techniques. You do not need to be an expert knitter to join the course, but a little experience would be helpful. You can bring your own wool or buy it from the teacher.

How to make woolly socks
1104071
New knitting course!
Pirjo Surakka-Cooper
Wed 17.00–19.15 (3 lessons)
8.–22.4. (3 times)
9 lessons, 53 €
Woolly socks, or villasukat, are everywhere in Finland. Some love the ones their granny made, others prefer more modern versions, but virtually everyone thinks that making them is tricky. This is not of course entirely true. So if you’ve ever wanted to have a go at it, and have knitted before, this is the course for you. No need to be an expert knitter, an English speaking teacher is there to help you with the materials and techniques. Together we will make traditional (Finnish) woolly socks. You can bring your own wool and needles or buy them from the teacher.

Make your own Notebooks: Basic Bookbinding Techniques
1104075
New course!

Aleksandra Kretova
Thurs 17.00–20.00 (4 h)
16.4., 23.4. and 7.5. (3 times)
12 h, 69 €
Making your own notebooks gives you endless possibilities in choice of colors, sizes and page count. Handmade notebooks can also make unique and personal gifts. This course will teach you how to make your own notebooks using three basic bookbinding techniques. The course includes three practical sessions. In the end of each session you will walk out with a ready notebook and a new skill. The course is taught in English and is designed for beginners, no previous experience is required. Examples of the work of the teacher www.paperplanestationery.blogspot.com)

MUSIC

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Guitar playing in English
110154
Musician and music pedagogue Antonio Narciso
Thurs 17.00–19.30 (3 lessons)
22.1.–9.4. (10 times), not on 19.2., 2.4.
30 lessons, 160 €
Taivallahti Elementary School,
Eteläinen Hesperiankatu 38
Study electric or acoustic guitar from beginner to advanced level. Learn the basic scales and chords. Study chromatic exercises and learn easy songs and melody lines. More advanced students continue to the basics of chord progressions, advanced modes and scales. Learn easy jazz standards, folk and Latin American music. Both individual lessons and group meetings are combined in the teaching. You have to bring your own instrument to the lessons.

PHOTOGRAPHY

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Photography Skills – Digital SLR Camera Basics
119827
Alejandro Lorenzo
Wed 17.00–19.15 (3 lessons)
7.1.–25.3. (10 times), not 4.2, 11.2
Sun 15.2. 13.30–15.45 (3 lessons)
Sat 21.2. and 21.3. 11.00–13.15 (3 lessons)
39 lessons, 200 €
The course is suitable for beginners and for those who have already practice for a bit and want to develop their skills from the basics. The course evolves with practices to learn step-by-step including the camera basics, composition, trip photography, portrait and introduction to photography manipulation. The course includes a visit to a high-end professional photography studio. The also course includes distance teaching. The students get access to an online group where they can publish their photos; get analysis, feedback and advice from the teacher as well as to interact with other students. The students can participate on the online group at their convenience and timetable. The students are required to bring their own digital SLR camera from the beginning of the course. The course includes 33 face-to-face lessons and 6 lessons online studies.

Portrait Photography Skills with DSLR Camera
119836
Alejandro Lorenzo
Sun 8.3. 17.00–20.00 (4 lessons)
4 lessons, 28 €
Short workshop where we will learn the basics or portraiture with a model in a high-end photography studio.
The workshop covers the camera use, light, composition and expression with the personal guidance of the teacher. The workshop is suitable for beginners and for people with a bit of experience who are interested on the subject and to practise their basic photography skills too. The students must bring their own SDRL camera to the course! The studio address is Pasilan Konepaja, Vallila. More information on email.

Travel Photography Skills with DSRL Camera
119839
Alejandro Lorenzo
Sat 23.5. 12.00–15.00 (4 lessons)
4 lessons, 28 €
Short workshop where we practise travel photography during a little trip in the Helsinki area. We will take shots of the ambient and of little details following the personal guidance of the teacher. The workshop is suitable for beginners and for people with a bit of experience who are interested on the subject and to practise their basic photography skills too. The students must bring their own SDRL camera to the course! The meeting point will be announced by email to the participants. Examples of the work of the teacher: www.valokuvauskurssi.fi

Lightroom – Introduction to Photography Editing and Photo File Organization
119841
Alejandro Lorenzo
Sun 12.00–15.00 (4 t)
12. ja 19.4. (2 times)
8 h, 48 €
Lightroom is a professional level program that offers quality photography edition tools, helps to keep your photos organized and to share them with ease. During the course the teacher will provide with learning and practise material to be used at the school’s computers. It is optional for the students to bring their own laptops with Lightroom and as well their own photos if they wish.

Street Photography according to Robert Frank
119842
Photographer, Photo-journalist
Alessandra Garusi
Wed 18.00–19.30 (2 lessons)
11.3.–6.5. (8 times), not on 8.4.
16 lessons, 90 €
For beginners and advanced hobby photographers.The course aims at teaching how to shoot street photos. The use of out-of-focus, the rather extreme cuts, the recuperated over-expositions, the apparent randomness of scenes. You will get inspired by Robert Frank’s book: “The Americans”. Examples of the work of the teacher: http://www.alessandragarusi.com/

Henri Cartier-Bresson, the master of composition – Photo reportage course in English
119843
Photographer, Photo-journalist Alessandra Garusi
Wed 18.00–19.30 (2 lessons)
7.1.–4.3. (8 times), not on 18.2.
16 lessons, 90 €
For beginners and advanced hobby photographers.The course aims at teaching how to pick up “the decisive moment” through images. The rule of thirds, the use of guide-lines, the rhythm created by repeated subjects, shapes, patterns. And above all the art of shooting environmental portraits. You’ll get inspired going through Henri Cartier-Bresson’s famous book, “The decisive moment”. Examples of the work of the teacher: http://www.alessandragarusi.com/

2D GAME GRAPHICS

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Introduction to 2D Game Graphics
119845
New course!

Nick Sweetman
Mon-Tues 17.00–20.00 (4 lessons)
13.–21.4. (4 times)
Sat-Sun 10.00–14.30 (6 lessons)
25.–26.4. (2 times)
28 lessons, 160 €
This course gives students an introduction to digital graphics and an overview of the complete art process on a 2d games production. Style research, character design, background design and the principles of animation are covered. At the end of the course students will have created graphics for a functional 2D platform level. (This course requires students to purchase a beginners Intuos pen small tablet available from Wacom) Examples of the work of the teacher: http://nicksweetman.com

SWEDISH

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Beginner Swedish for Foreigners A1 Continues
120212

FM Jaana Martikainen
Thurs 18.40–20.10 (2 lessons)
15.1.–16.4. (12 times), not on 19.2., 2.4.
24 lessons, 70 €
Welcome to continue learning the basics of Swedish such as important everyday phrases, how to ask questions and manage in different everyday situations. We will also practise listening, writing and grammar. The teaching languages will be Swedish and English and the coursebook is in Swedish, so you do not need to know any Finnish. The course is suitable for those who have some elementary skills in Swedish. This course is targeted at foreigners living in Finland and it is partly subsidized by Finnish National Board of Education (Opetushallituksen osittaisesti tukema kurssi). Coursebook: Mål 1 Lärobok med CD (4:e upplagan 2012; Althén, Ballardini, Stjärnlöf, Viberg; ISBN 978-91-27-42561-3; publisher Natur & Kultur), units 6-10.
Coursebooks for the language courses can be bought from bookstores, online bookstores and publishers’ online stores. N.B. Please buy the coursebooks just after the first lessons, because receiving coursebooks by foreign publishers can take up to 2–3 weeks if ordered from bookstores and up to 1–2 weeks if ordered from online bookstores.

SPANISH

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Spanish for foreigners
120747

Teacher Jorge Alvarez
Thurs 17.00–18.30 (2 lessons)
15.1.–23.4. (13 times), not on 19.2, 2.4.
26 lessons, 89 €
Continuation of the course started in September. No knowledge of Finnish is required in this course as the teacher uses English when explaining vocabulary, grammar points, and cultural differences. During this course we will continue learning, improving and practising the basic language and structures that are necessary for daily communication needs. This course is also suitable for those with a previous knowledge of basic Spanish. Course material is included in the price. This course is supported by the FNBE (OPH/Opetushallitus) and open for foreigners only.

DANCE

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Salsa – Couple Dancing, winter course
1105313

Milla Kettunen and Viktor Azim
Fri 18.30–20.00 (90 min)
16.1.–20.3. (10 times)
20 h, 160 €
Annankatu 29 B, room 1
On this course you get to know fast-paced Cuban salsa rhythms! Hot and exotic salsa is the most popular Latin dance in the world. We learn different patterns, rhythm, how to use the body and how to lead and follow. There are two teachers, men and women are taught their own steps. Teaching languages English and Finnish. Course fee 160 € / person. On this course you dance with a partner.

Salsa – Couple Dancing, spring course
1105314

Milla Kettunen and Viktor Azim
Fri 18.30–20.00 (90 min)
27.3.–15.5 (6 times)
12 h, 96 €
Annankatu 29 B, room 1
On this course you get to know fast-paced Cuban salsa rhythms! Hot and exotic salsa is the most popular Latin dance in the world. We learn different patterns, rhythm, how to use the body and how to lead and follow. There are two teachers, men and women are taught their own steps. Teaching languages English and Finnish. Course fee 160 € / person. On this course you dance with a partner.

Latin Dance – Couple Dancing, winter course
1105315

Milla Kettunen and Viktor Azim
Wed 19.30–21.00 (90 min)
14.1.–18.3 (10 times)
20 h, 160 €
Annankatu 29 B, room 1
Learn popular Latin dance as couple dancing. Get to know Latin rhythms and movement in a genuine Latin American style. On this course you learn joyful merengue, romantic bachata and sensual cha cha. The course suits for beginners and also those who have danced Latin Dance with a partner. There are two teachers, men and women are taught their own steps. Teaching languages English and Finnish. Course fee 160 € / person. On this course you dance with a partner.

Latin Dance – Couple Dancing, spring course
1105316

Milla Kettunen and Viktor Azim
Wed 19.30–21.00 (90 min)
25.3.–27.5 (10 times)
20 h, 160 €
Annankatu 29 B, room 1
Learn popular Latin dance as couple dancing. Get to know Latin rhythms and movement in a genuine Latin American style. On this course you learn joyful merengue, romantic bachata and sensual cha cha. The course suits for beginners and also those who have danced Latin Dance with a partner. There are two teachers, men and women are taught their own steps. Teaching languages English and Finnish. Course fee 160 € / person. On this course you dance with a partner.