Courses in computing, languages, secretarial skills, cooking, painting, photography, playwriting and pottery are frequently offered. Check out www.artscayman.org and www.nationalgallery.org.ky to see what is going on.
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The National Gallery runs workshops throughout the year for all age groups and skill levels based on their temporary exhibitions series. Workshops for adults cover a wide variety of art-related topics from ceramics to photography, abstract painting, assemblage and more. To view the current programme of events and for a list of workshops visit www.nationalgallery.org.ky.
The Visual Arts Society (VAS) runs day-time, evening and weekend workshops for all age groups and skill levels, throughout the year based on community interest. The workshops cover a wide variety of art-related topics from figure drawing, abstract art, photography, jewellery making, batik, etc. VAS also offers an Open Studio whereby artists can work independently on their creative work and the studio can be rented for private workshops or exhibits. VAS has a strong expertise in ceramics (the studio is equipped with a kiln, tools, glazes and clay can be ordered) and they offer workshops and an open studio to both adults and children. On occasion they offer workshops to artists on how to present your artwork, market yourself, use social media to benefit your art sales and how to prepare for an exhibit. Finally, VAS offers a summer camp for children, an Art Club during the school year and private lessons. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org, visit www.visualartcayman.com or see www.facebook.com/visualartcayman.
Art Nest runs art classes and workshops for a diverse range of arts from a drop-in ceramics workshop to a 6-week graphite drawing course, a writer’s feedback and critique group and classes in improv acting. They also hold jewelry making classes, sewing Sundays and evening art classes with wine and cheese. Visit www.artnestcayman.com for a full calendar of their classes and events or call (345) 949 0107.
Depending on what you are looking for, you can try IMPT (Tel: (345) 943 4678 or email: email@example.com), Esolutions Computer Training (Tel: (345) 943 3765 or www.esolutions.ky) or CompuCay (Tel: (345) 327 5587 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org). CompuCay runs IT bootcamps at their office at #1 Commerce House, Dr. Roy’s Drive.
Nova offers a range of online courses covering Microsoft Office, presentation skills and other business related courses to help careers. Email: email@example.com or call (345) 623 1029. Each library branch periodically offers basic to advanced online computer courses. For more information about course options and fees, please contact the George Town library at (345) 949 5159 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Darkness to Light Training Courses
Darkness to Light (D2L) Stewards of Children is a child sexual abuse prevention programme for adults aimed at empowering individuals and communities to prevent child sexual abuse. Stewards of Children is an evidence-based programme that informs and teaches adults on how to protect the children in their care and community. The CIRC, working in partnership with numerous agencies, offers these courses free of cost to the community. Pre-registration is required.
Diving certification courses for adults are widely available in Cayman and many offer residents’ rates. Once you are an Open Water certified diver, other courses available include Advanced Diver, Nitrox and even Trimix courses.
You can talk to Don Foster’s Dive Cayman (Tel: (345) 945 5132), Divetech (Tel: (345) 946 5658 or 1 (877) 946 5658) or Sunset Divers (Tel: (345) 946 6789 or 1 (800) 854 4767). See the Diving section for more information.
Drama & Storytelling Workshops
The Cayman Drama Society offers regular acting classes for adults and children and they cover training, voice work, performance skills, confidence building and improvisation. They also host summer camps, performance opportunities throughout the year and weekly acting classes open to all. The society occasionally teaches stage management, directing and technical theatre. Their highly respected educational programme is run by a full-time education officer. For more information see their Facebook page: www.facebook.com/caymanacting. They are located at 223B Shamrock Road, Red Bay, email: email@example.com or visit www.cds.ky.
HIV, AIDS, Gender & Sexuality Training
The Caribbean has the second highest rate of HIV prevalence in the world. Red Cross Societies in the region and around the world have been working in the area of HIV and AIDS education for over twenty years. The Cayman Islands Red Cross offers a basic information course on HIV and AIDS, as well as courses on gender and sexuality, healthy sexuality and sexualisation, and stigma and discrimination. Courses are offered regularly, and groups and other organisations can also request special presentations/workshops free of cost. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
There are multiple ways for children and adults to learn to play a musical instrument, whether through school or with a private music tutor. Twice a year examiners from Trinity College London fly to Cayman to offer exams to students who have been preparing according to the Trinity music syllabus. Musical instruments are duty-free and prices of instruments are reasonable.
See the Shopping section for where you to buy musical instruments and the Adult and Children’s Activities section for information on music lessons. For piano tuning and repair services contact Blue Water Productions on (345) 925 4535 or email: email@example.com.
Spanish and French are offered from Kindergarten to A Levels in most of the private schools, however, fewer schools offer French at early childhood level. Most of the government schools now offer Spanish classes as part of the regular curriculum from primary school but classes are limited to one hour per week per year group. For adults or children who would like to learn a new language or need tutoring, there is the Modern Language Institute which offers various courses in Spanish, French, German, Portuguese, Chinese, Arabic and English. They also provide interpreters and translation services. During the school holidays they run language camps. For more information call (345) 943 8254 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Team Building & Leadership Training
The YMCA BesTeams Team Building and Leadership Development Programme builds stronger relationships through fun, insightful, and experiential activities. Participants learn to improve communication, trust and problem solving skills, while boosting camaraderie and decreasing stress in a variety of group settings. The Y ‘Ropes Challenge Course’ opened in 2018 and offers unique team building opportunities for many different groups including corporate, youth groups, civic organisations and visitors. Results lead to stronger relations between team members, agreed upon “shared values”, greater productivity and overall performance. Customised half, full and multiday programmes are available and fees are based on the length and type of programme. Contact the YMCA on (345) 926 9622, email: email@example.com or visit www.ymcacayman.ky.
Water Rescue Courses
Fitness Connection also teaches ASHI CPR /AED courses as well as SAI Safety Training Aquatic Rescue Courses and Starguard Life Guard training. Tel: (345) 949 8485, email: firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.fitness.ky.
Wineschool3, offer wine, spirit and cocktail bartending courses, and provide an internationally recognised certification by the Wine and Spirit Education Trust and a bartending accreditation by Shaker Bar School. The courses, some in partnership with the NWDA, equip students with an in-depth understanding of the industry. The school aims to elevate the standards of the hospitality industry across the Cayman Islands by empowering those on the front line. Courses vary in duration and attract students from restaurants and hotels as well as members of the general public interested in learning more. Visit www.wineschool3.com to see upcoming course dates and discover amazing wine and spirit tastings.