Classes + Events

The next full session takes place in February 2014.

Upcoming classes

Wednesday
10 December
2014

YULE-O Party: Get Your Ugly Sweater On with KCDC

KCDC Event time 5 p.m. Registration is open

Come out in your best ugly sweater for KCDC’s YULE-O Party. 

👤 Instructor: Knowledge Commons DC

Recent classes

Saturday
22 November
2014

Make Your Vacation Look Better Than It Actually Was, Through Photography

time 1 p.m.

Learn how to take such awesome pictures that your Facebook friends will be jealous even of your trip to Des Moines!

user Instructor: Michael Temchine

Friday
21 November

Make a Camera Obscura

time 6:30 p.m.

Learn what happens inside a camera by making one big enough that you can put your head inside.

user Instructor: Diana Sanchez

Thursday
20 November

Be Your Own Best Critic: Judging Your Photography

time 6:30 p.m. 📷 Documentation

What makes a good photograph? Have you been taking good photos? If not, join us to improve.

user Instructor: Yonas Hassen

Wednesday
19 November

The Details in the Dark: Low-Light Photography

time 6:30 p.m. 📷 Documentation

Use a flash in a dark setting, and everyone looks like a ghost, a shadow, or a red-eyed demon. So go without.

user Instructor: Kerrin Nishimura

Tuesday
18 November

A Brief History of Photography

time 6:30 p.m.

Eadweard Muybridge's studies of horse gaits (above), Cindy Sherman's bizarre self-portraits, and the horrifyingly toxic chemicals used in early photography are all stops along the way.

user Instructor: Diana Sanchez

Monday
17 November

Exposed DC / KCDC Happy Hour

KCDC Event time 6 p.m.

Meet local photographers and learn about Exposed DC, our photography intersession partner.

user Instructor: Knowledge Commons DC

Sunday
16 November

A Feast for the Eyes: Food Photography

time 2 p.m. 📷 Documentation

Shooting food isn't easy, especially in dim restaurant settings.

user Instructor: Kristen Finn

Thursday
23 October

Me Oh My, Basic Computing With My Raspberry Pi

time 7 p.m.

A Raspberry Pi is a teeny tiny computer. By configuring one, you'll learn how computers work in general.

user Instructor: Adam Schaeffer

Saturday
11 October

Cleared for Takeoff: Photographing Airplanes at Gravelly Point

time 4:30 p.m.

It's like that scene in "Wayne's World," but with a camera! Learn how to photograph aircraft up close as they take off and land at Reagan National Airport.

user Instructor: Chris Williams

This Isn’t Your Grandma’s Roller Derby!

time 10 a.m.

Especially since your grandma probably didn't do roller derby. If she did — you go, Gran!

user Instructor: DC Rollergirls

Thursday
9 October

3D Printing From Idea to Creation: A Two-Class Workshop

time 7 p.m. 📷 Documentation

At the end of the second class, you will hold in your hand proof that the future is now.

user Instructor: Adam Schaeffer

Tuesday
30 September

Anesthesia Through the Ages

time 7 p.m.

You will be SO GLAD you live in the 21st century after this class.

user Instructor: Jason Fehr

Monday
29 September

Making Minicomics and Zines

time 6:30 p.m.

Paper, pens, creativity and a photocopier: That's all you need. And maybe scissors, if you want to get crazy.

user Instructor: Josh Kramer

Conflict Resolution With a Difficult Person

time 6:30 p.m.

Learn how to deal with that coworker/relative/roommate who pushes all of your buttons at once. And not with a passive-aggressive note. Or arsenic.

user Instructor: Chris Geyer

Dance Like a Fool and Love It

time 6:30 p.m.

Learn some sweet moves, and immunize yourself against the judgments of others.

 

user Instructor: Victoria Rocha

Sunday
28 September

To the Point: The Basics of Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine

time 2 p.m. 📷 Documentation

Very important: There will be no needle-sticking involved.

user Instructor: Seth Shamon

Uyghur for Foodies

time 2 p.m.

Who are the Uyghurs? And what do they eat? And how do you pronounce "Uyghur"? Find out!

user Instructor: Ashley Thompson

Group Meditation

time 10:30 a.m.

Join like-minded KCDCers and meditate as one.

user Instructor: Dawn Quintanilla

Saturday
27 September

Geocaching: The Hidden World Around You

time 2 p.m.

You could be standing on or near a geocache RIGHT NOW. Find out why you should care.

user Instructor: Rodney Phelps

Cancelled
Basic Foot Care for Diabetics: Preventing Ulcers and Amputations

time 1 p.m.

Part of diabetes management is taking good care of your feet, thus avoiding severe, difficult-to-treat foot ulcers.

user Instructor: Brandy Schobey

How to Capture “Fleeting Reality”: A Street Photography Primer

time 10 a.m.

Search out Henri Cartier-Bresson's "decisive moment" in this introduction to street photography.

user Instructor: Gerry Suchy

Thursday
25 September

How to Teach a KCDC Class

time 7 p.m.

Do you teach for KCDC, or are you curious about proposing a class? Just interested in becoming a better instructor? This class will give you a background in learning styles and teaching techniques.

user Instructor: Knowledge Commons DC

Wednesday
24 September

The Future Is in Your Palms!

time 7 p.m. 📷 Documentation

Or maybe not. Learn the basics of palmistry and decide for yourself.

user Instructor: Katherine Jessup

Personal Digital Archiving

time 5:30 p.m.

Will word.docx files open in 2030? Is your phone a good place to store a thousand baby pictures? How do you rescue your 1992 college essays? FIND OUT.

user Instructor: Katharina Hering

Tuesday
23 September

Ail-Gymraeg: Beginning Welsh II

time 6:30 p.m.

Knowing EVEN MORE of this complex Celtic tongue will impress speakers of boring old Germanic and Romance languages. Maybe even Basque speakers!

user Instructor: Adam Roush

Monday
22 September

Hatha Yoga

time 7 p.m.

No previous yoga experience needed.

user Instructor: Dexter Sumner

Career Happiness Is Within Reach

time 6:30 p.m.

Some people like, even love, their jobs. If you're not one of them, there may be hope.

user Instructor: Denise Riebman

Design Your Own No-Fuss Boot Camp

time 6 p.m.

No gym membership? No equipment? No Richard Simmons? No problem!

user Instructor: Gitanjali Borkar

Sunday
21 September

A People’s History of Madonna

time 5:30 p.m.

The story of how our world became Madonna’s dance floor.

user Instructor: Neal Fersko

Coffee: Origins, Roasting, Blending, and Brewing

time 1 p.m.

Join the founders of Café Los Sueños, a D.C.-based specialty coffee roastery, for an introduction to all things coffee. You’ll learn:

user Instructors: Carlos Payes, Elizabeth Ryan

Bánh Mì and Vietnamese Cuisine 101

time 11 a.m.

Eat what happens when a French baguette meets the flavors of Vietnam.

user Instructor: Stephanie Nguyen

Saturday
20 September

Exploring Transformation: An Expressive Writing Workshop

time 1 p.m.

Learn ways to reduce stress and maintain positive well-being through writing. It's cheaper than yoga classes!

user Instructor: Patrice Forrester

Making Places: A Bike Tour of Typography and Vintage Signs in D.C.

time noon 📷 Documentation

Explore DC's history though historic and modern signs!

user Instructor: David Ramos

How to Capture “Fleeting Reality”: A Street Photography Primer

time 10 a.m.

Search out Henri Cartier-Bresson's "decisive moment" in this introduction to street photography.

user Instructor: Gerry Suchy

Thursday
18 September

Fundamentals of Human Figure Drawing

time 6:30 p.m.

Pick up a No. 2 pencil and render the human body in all its glory and imperfection.

user Instructor: Sam Huang

Security 101: Simple Online Security Tips

time 6:30 p.m.

You don’t have to be a hardcore hacker to keep your digital privacy intact.

user Instructor: Patrick Lucey

Wednesday
17 September

What Wine Should I Bring?

time 7 p.m.

Don't be intimidated by the wine aisle. Dig deep into the vines and varietals in this class on the classiest drink of all.

user Instructor: Anna Jinkerson

Medical Spanish

time 6:30 p.m.

Are you a medical professional yearning to communicate better with your Spanish-speaking patients? Guess which KCDC class is for you.

user Instructor: Katherine Dean

Tuesday
16 September

Cymraeg Cyntaf: Beginning Welsh I

time 6:30 p.m.

Knowing even a little of this complex Celtic tongue will impress speakers of boring old Germanic and Romance languages.

user Instructor: Adam Roush

Learning Street Portraiture

time 6:30 p.m.

The goal: Find a subject, ask their permission, and take a great picture.

user Instructor: Jim Darling

Monday
15 September

Discovering and Writing the Spiritual Memoir

time 6:30 p.m.

Pour your soul onto the page.

user Instructor: Becky Zartman

Sunday
14 September

Deck Out Your Apartment Without Stepping Foot in IKEA

time 3 p.m. 📷 Documentation

Be the envy of all your peers with a home full of unique, inexpensive, second-hand finds.

user Instructor: Holley Simmons

Cancelled
A Lifetime in Rosewood: Living in an Institution and Disability Rights

time 2 p.m.

Michael Taylor, an individual with an intellectual and developmental disability, lived in Baltimore's Rosewood Institution for more than 30 years. Hear his story.

user Instructors: Michael Taylor, Ryan Wirth

Saturday
13 September

Make a Camera Obscura

time 2 p.m.

Learn what happens inside a camera by making one big enough that you can put your head inside.

user Instructor: Diana Sanchez

Holocaust History Through a New Lens

time 1 p.m.

Join a U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum educator for a behind-the-scenes look at the exhibit "Some Were Neighbors: Collaboration and Complicity in the Holocaust."

user Instructor: Sonia Booth

Pop Art Sculpture

time 11 a.m.

Pop Art is more than soup cans and huge comic strips. It's also sculptures of giant typewriter erasers.

user Instructors: Claire Howard, Elena Goukassian

Friday
12 September

Flavors of American Whiskey

time 7 p.m.

Taste whiskey. Learn whiskey. Love whiskey. What else could you want from a class?

user Instructor: Spencer Millsap

Thursday
11 September

Playwriting: From Brain to Stage

time 6 p.m.

Through the magic of playwriting, realize your idea for a drama, comedy, dramedy, or something that's not any of those three things.

user Instructor: John Feffer

Wednesday
10 September

Knowledge Commons DC Night at Solly’s Trivia

KCDC Event time 8 p.m.

On Wednesday, September 10, Solly's will donate 10 percent of their Trivia Night proceeds to Knowledge Commons DC. There will be prizes, raffles, and more! Help us raise money to continue to build the best free school in Washington.

user Instructor: KCDC

How to Read and Discuss Poetry

time 7:30 p.m.

Scansion. Does the term give you hives? Calm down — this user-friendly class makes poetry fun and accessible.

user Instructor: Elijah Mendoza

Learning Street Portraiture

time 6:30 p.m.

The goal: Find a subject, ask their permission, and take a great picture.

user Instructor: Jim Darling

Tuesday
9 September

Uncross Your Arms, Dammit: The Secrets of Body Language Explained

time 7 p.m.

Find out what your body is really telling the world. And seriously, uncross your arms.

user Instructor: Chasta Piatakovas

Prisons, Profit, and Human Beings

time 7 p.m.

This follow-up to KCDC’s popular Mass Incarceration in America class delves deeper into the criminal “justice” system by examining profit motives and financial incentives.

user Instructor: Alec Karakatsanis

Monday
8 September

How to Solve a Rubik’s Cube

time 6:30 p.m.

Learn the trick to solving the famous 1980s puzzle. 

user Instructor: Rikki Irwin

Sunday
7 September

Abandoned Schoolhouses Bike Tour

time 6 p.m.

We all know the D.C. public school system is a mess. Learn about its history through its abandoned infrastructure.

user Instructor: Elena Goukassian

Saturday
6 September

Cleared for Takeoff: Photographing Airplanes at Gravelly Point

time 6:30 p.m. 📷 Documentation

It's like that scene in "Wayne's World," but with a camera! Learn how to photograph aircraft up close as they take off and land at Reagan National Airport.

user Instructor: Chris Williams

Make DC Smile and the Power of Positivity

time 1 p.m. 📷 Documentation

Meet the organization that exists soley to make the DMV a happier place, then go out and spread the joy.

user Instructor: Massoud Adibpour

Thursday
4 September

Unbuilt Washington Bike Tour

time 7 p.m. 📷 Documentation

Discover the D.C. that could have been. Shock, relief, bemusement, and disappointment will all be felt.

user Instructor: Patrick McMullen

Cocktail Basics

time 7 p.m.

Impress your friends by playing mixologist at your next party, or step up to your favorite bar and order cocktails like a boss.

user Instructor: Laura Karr

From Idea to Startup

time 7 p.m.

Become a modern entrepreneur or intrapreneur! And learn what "intrapreneur" means.

user Instructor: Maxime Paul

Wednesday
3 September

Mass Incarceration in America

time 7 p.m.

This class will examine our society's use of the criminal "justice" system as a mechanism for producing mass suffering and prisons as a mechanism of control over certain populations.

user Instructor: Alec Karakatsanis

Anatomy of a Website

time 6:30 p.m.

Learn the inner workings of a website and how to build your own from a self-taught programming guru. Laptops not necessary.

user Instructor: Robert Thomas

Czech and Slovak 101 (Includes Swearing)

time 6:30 p.m.

Make friends with speakers of Czech and/or Slovak, then offend them.

user Instructor: Daniela Vesela

DIY Wallets

time 6:30 p.m.

Thin down your wallet — not financially, but by making a really small wallet.

user Instructor: Juliana Rincon

Tuesday
2 September

Cleared for Takeoff: Photographing Airplanes at Gravelly Point

time 6:30 p.m. 📷 Documentation

It's like that scene in "Wayne's World," but with a camera! Learn how to photograph aircraft up close as they take off and land at Reagan National Airport.

user Instructor: Chris Williams