Three of the instructors for fall classes being offered by Waxahachie ISD Lighthouse for Learning belong to the same family.

Waxahachie resident David Smith and his son, Daniel Smith, will teach art history from 6-7:30 p.m. Mondays from Sept. 24 to Oct. 15. Students in this class will get a father and son’s view of art history as they engage in lively discussions about the aesthetics of the past, including images of the earliest works by man as well as efforts from the Renaissance. The Impressionists and contemporary times also will be presented during the four-week class.

David’s sister, Waxahachie resident and Dunaway Elementary teacher Susan Howard, will teach cake decorating from 6:30-8 p.m. Mondays from Oct. 22 to Nov. 12. Students will learn basic cake baking and decorating skills, use of decorating equipment as well as making borders and flowers. Students will be asked to bring baked items each week (one dozen cupcakes the first week).

In addition to the class he teaches with his son, David will teach another course with Don Simpson. Both are on the Ellis County Museum board of directors and will teach a course entitled, “Waxahachie - The City,” from 6:30-8 p.m. Monday, Oct. 29. This one-night course will inform students about “all that’s great about living in Waxahachie.”

The class targets the newcomer to Waxahachie but also is for the long-term resident who is interested in learning more about his or her hometown. Class topics include the city’s history, events, organizations and culture.

The fall semester of Lighthouse for Learning begins Monday, Sept. 24, with more than a dozen courses beginning that evening.

Several other courses begin Thursday, Sept. 27, with others beginning Monday, Oct. 1, and into November. The lineup of instructors for this semester includes almost 40 people who will teach computer-related courses, Spanish-language classes and gardening workshops, among numerous other subjects.

For more information about Waxahachie Lighthouse for Learning, call Melissa Cobb at (972) 923-4631, ext. 142.

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