Downtown Learning

Educational opportunities downtown are constantly expanding. Looking for opportunities for you and  your friends to learn craft beer together and enter into a home brewing competition? We got it. Want to learn about Fresno’s Chinatown and explore underground tunnels? We got it. Want to learn painting techniques and have your artwork featured at Art Hop? Got that too. Break out your pencils and start planning your summer and fall schedule.

Below is a roundup of summer and fall courses offered at Fresno State Downtown Center, conveniently located at Bitwise South Stadium, 700 Van Ness Avenue.

Fresno State Downtown Center: 2018 Summer & Fall Courses

More details about each course listed below.

 


Craft Beer 301: Sensory and Styles

July 5 – August 16, 2018
Thursdays, 6:00 – 7:30 pm

  • Who: Beer enthusiasts, homebrewers
  • What: Tioga-Sequoia Brewing Company will discuss different beer styles, microorganisms in beer, different methods used in commercial brewing, and identify how to prevent off flavors from occurring. Students must be 21 and older.
  • When: July 5 – August 16, 2018 / Thursdays / 6:00 – 7:30 pm
  • Where: Downtown Center, Bitwise South Stadium (700 Van Ness Ave.) and Tioga-Sequoia Brewing Company (745 Fulton St.)

For more information and to register, CLICK HERE.

Project Management for the Workplace

July 16 – 19, 2018
Monday – Thursday, 6:00 – 8:00 pm

  • Who: Anyone who needs project management skills, but does not have time or need for PMP certification
  • What: Students will be trained in the basic principles of project management, including concepts from the initiating, planning, executing, monitoring & controlling, and closing process groups. The course will also provide training and experience with project management tools and techniques, including work breakdown structures, network diagrams, risk management, earned value management, and other tools.
  • When: July 16 – 19, 2018 / Monday – Thursday / 6:00 – 8:00 pm
  • Where: Downtown Center, Bitwise South Stadium (700 Van Ness Ave.)

For more information and to register, CLICK HERE.

Fresno’s Chinatown: The Heart of our Cultural Diversity

August 2 – September 1, 2018
Thursdays, 6:00 – 7:30 pm / Saturday (Sept. 1), 10 am – 12 pm

  • Who: Anyone interested in learning about the local heritage of Fresno’s Chinatown
  • What: Each class will focus on a specific ethnic community (such as Chinese American, African American, and Germans from Volga, Russia) that called Chinatown home. The final session on Saturday, September 1, will feature an underground tour of Chinatown tunnels and a hosted lunch in the area. Each class will have a guest speaker(s) from the respective community to share their stories, memories, and personal artifacts.
  • When: August 2 – September 1, 2018 / Thursdays, 6:00 – 7:30 pm / Saturday (Sept. 1), 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
  • Where: Downtown Center, Bitwise South Stadium (700 Van Ness Ave.) and Chinatown (various)

For more information and to register, CLICK HERE.

Ready, Set, Launch!

August 13, 2018
Monday, 6:00 – 8:00 pm

  • Who: Entrepreneurs looking for strategic and tactical planning to launch a new packaged product idea
  • What: The class will discuss brand vs. product names, how to trademark your name, UPC codes, package sourcing, budget basics, marketing basics, and how much you can do yourself. By providing information on branding, copyrighting, creating a launch flowchart, and finding and sourcing packaging materials, the instructor will show you how to create a checklist for launching your product.
  • When: August 13, 2018 / Monday / 6:00 – 8:00 pm
  • Where: Downtown Center, Bitwise South Stadium (700 Van Ness Ave.)

For more information and to register, CLICK HERE.

So, You Think You Can’t Paint

September 6 – October 4, 2018
Thursdays, 6:00 – 8:00 pm

  • Who: Anyone interested in increasing their understanding of methods, processes and techniques of painting
  • What: Students will learn to develop and finish paintings for critique in class, with a focus on personal and individual development. This is a fine art based painting class based on historical and modern standards and aspects. It will cover composition, drawing, design, perspective, and color. A supply list will be provided upon registration. Student artwork produced in this class will be included in KJWL’s art gallery (1415 Fulton Street, Fresno) for ArtHop and will remain on display at the station through the end of the month.
  • When: September 6 – October 4, 2018 / Thursdays / 6:00 – 8:00 pm
  • Where: Downtown Center, Bitwise South Stadium (700 Van Ness Ave.)

For more information and to register, CLICK HERE.

Craft Beer 201: Home Brew Challenge

September 6 – October 18, 2018
Thursdays, 6:00 – 8:00 pm

  • Who: Anyone interested in growing their skills in the home brewing process
  • What: The series begins with a full brewing demonstration, followed by a refresher on ingredients and processes. Under the guidance and supervision of 411 Brewing staff, your team will develop a custom recipe and brew your own beer using home brewing equipment. (Bring your own team, or we’ll set you up with one in class.) At the culmination of the course, each team’s brew will be evaluated by a BJCP (Beer Judge Certification Program) judge to determine the best recipe, which will then be produced by Full Circle Brewing.
  • When: September 6 – October 18, 2018 / Thursdays / 6:00 – 8:00 pm
  • Where: Downtown Center, Bitwise South Stadium (700 Van Ness Ave.) and Full Circle Brewing Co. (620 F St.)

For more information, CLICK HERE.

Package Design and Implementation for Small Business

September 10 – October 15, 2018
Mondays, 6:00 – 7:00 pm

  • Who: Small business owners, entrepreneurs
  • What: In this class you’ll determine packaging needs, resource and resolve production processes, develop a look and feel, design and refine, create a budget, and determine implementation strategies. At the end of the course you will have a final mockup of your new design and know how to put it into production.
  • When: September 10 – October 15, 2018 / Mondays / 6:00 – 7:00 pm
  • Where: Downtown Center, Bitwise South Stadium (700 Van Ness Ave.)

For more information, CLICK HERE.

Perspectives on the Architectural History of Fresno’s Public Buildings and Historic Homes

September 11 – October 2, 2018
Tuesdays, 6:00 – 7:30 pm

  • Who: Anyone interested in learning about the architectural history of Fresno’s public buildings and historic homes
  • What: During this four-week course we’ll discuss the original owners of some of Fresno’s historic homes—such as the Brix Mansion—and learn their architectural significance. A number of downtown buildings that once housed prominent Valley residents have been repurposed as commercial locations for law firms, accountants, and funeral homes. Both Fresno City Hall buildings were controversial when designed—yet both garnered worldwide attention for their architecture.
  • When: September 11 – October 2, 2018 / Tuesdays / 6:00 – 7:30 pm
  • Where: Downtown Center, Bitwise South Stadium (700 Van Ness Ave.)

For more information, CLICK HERE.

Introduction to 3D Modeling & Animation

September 24 – October 31
Mondays & Wednesdays, 6:00 – 9:00 pm

  • Who: Anyone interested in learning about 3D modeling and animation
  • What: This workshop will include lessons on how to model, rig, animate, and render in Blender. A final project will be produced that brings together the student’s work in an animated sequence representative of something one might do for a real estate visualization project. Additionally, this workshop will explore how content created in Blender can be exported for use in other applications.
  • When: September 24 – October 31, 2018 / Mondays & Wednesdays / 6:00 – 9:00 pm
  • Where: Downtown Center, Bitwise South Stadium (700 Van Ness Ave

For more information, CLICK HERE.

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