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COMPASS ARTS was built upon the idea that learning and creating are best accomplished through exploration, improvisation and play, Compass Arts seeks to expand the minds of children and adults and empower each individual through its interactive arts classes. Currently housed in the Compass Arts Enrichment Center in the heart of downtown Beacon, NY and drawing from the talents of professionals in a variety of arts fields, Compass Arts continues to grow its offerings, enabling you to find YOUR direction.

Announcements

Compass ArtsOur location is 395 Main Street in Beacon (Enter from the parking lot in the back)

Compass ArtsDiscounts are available for additional family members and multiple classes.

Compass ArtsTo inquire about drop-ins or prorated registration for classes already in session, email Gina@CompassArts.org

Compass ArtsGift certificates are available! Looking for that perfect gift for a special person in your life? What better than the gift of creativity. Give a gift certificate for Compass Arts HERE.

Compass ArtsLooking for a space for your event? Ask us! The Compass Arts spaces are available to rent with various rate packages tailored to your needs. Consider us for your upcoming birthday party or any other event. We can provide many levels of event support so let's talk!


FEATURED CLASSES AND CAMPS

Compass Arts Musical Sous Chefs Gina SamardgeNEW CLASS: Musical Sous Chefs for 2.5-4 year olds with a caregiver
Taught by Gina Samardge
Session dates: Thursdays, 12:30pm-1:15pm,  January 5 to March 23
REGISTER HERE

For the little ones who are not quite ready for drop-off Musical Chefs class. This class bridges the gap between Musical Stew and Musical Chefs, offering curriculum similar to Musical Chefs but having caregivers present. Singing, moving, playing instruments, and having fun are always at the core, teaching musical concepts all along the way.

Compass Arts Cartooning I Ed MurrCartooning I for 4-8 year olds
Taught by Ed Murr
Class dates: Thursdays, 4pm-4:45pm, January 12 to March 30

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Learn the basics of drawing cartoon characters! Using shapes as a foundation, students will experiment with creating their own characters for comics. Attention to beginning technique will be given while fostering students' creativity and character ideas!

Compass Arts Afro-Modern Fusion I Michelledana ShafranAfro-Modern Fusion I for 4-6 year olds
Taught by Michelledana Shafran with live accompaniment by Bryan Kopchak
Class dates: Thursdays, 4pm-4:45pm, January 12 to March 30

FREE DEMO CLASS, Thursday, January 5, 4:30pm (register here)
REGISTER HERE

West African, Modern, and Creative Dance infused Movement Class accompanied by LIVE drums for Kids! Do your kids have an endless supply of energy that needs releasing? Do they love jumping, twirling, twisting and whirling? Then this is the perfect class for them! Together, we'll explore West African rhythms and movements while we physically navigate our feelings through creative and imaginative self-expression.

Compass Arts Cartooning II Ed MurrCartooning II for 8-12 year olds
Taught by Ed Murr
Class dates: Thursdays, 5pm-6:15pm, January 12 to March 30

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For both returning and new students! Explore the fundamental process of character creation using shape construction to develop the form of the character, while considering the personality of the character and how it informs the shape. Students will turn these characters into a cartoon drawing with a world created entirely by them.  A full character has a world in which they live and students will explore perspective as a tool to build their character's individual world. From there they will introduce these characters into a story of their own creation as they explore the language of comics and sequential storytelling. Perfect for kids interested in comics, cartooning, animation and storytelling!! Rate includes a pad of specialty drawing paper for each student.

Compass Arts Afro-Modern Fusion II Michelledana ShafranAfro-Modern Fusion II for 7-9 year olds
Taught by Michelledana Shafran with live accompaniment by Bryan Kopchak
Class dates: Thursdays, 5pm-5:45pm, January 12 to March 30

FREE DEMO CLASS, Thursday, January 5, 4:30pm (register here)
REGISTER HERE

West African, Modern, and Creative Dance infused Movement Class accompanied by LIVE drums for Kids! Do your kids have an endless supply of energy that needs releasing? Do they love jumping, twirling, twisting and whirling? Then this is the perfect class for them! Together, we'll explore West African rhythms and movements while we physically navigate our feelings through creative and imaginative self-expression.

Compass Arts Studio Art Kathy MossStudio Art: Foundational Skills for 7-10 year olds (2nd - 4th grade)
Taught by Kathy Moss
Class dates: Tuesdays, 4pm-5:30pm, January 17 to April 4

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This foundation class for students grades 2-4, children ages 7 through 10, familiarizes young artists with the language and concepts of two dimensional art forms at an introductory level. This is accomplished through exploration of materials combined with exposure to master works (from reproductions in books) and experiences with different genres (still life, life drawing, collages). The students will learn observational drawing techniques while experimenting with materials such as pencil, charcoal, ink and ink wash, and watercolor, and concepts such as positive and negative space, additive and subtractive mark making and color mixing, while acquiring skills of seeing and drawing gesture, proportion, scale, weight, volume, and considering composition, subject, narrative. The students are encouraged to challenge themselves in a fun and supportive environment.

Compass Arts Movement Makers Clara LiberovMovement Makers for 6-10 year olds
Taught by Clara Liberov
Class dates: Wednesdays, 4pm-4:45pm, January 18 to March 22

FREE DEMO CLASS, Wednesday, January 11, 4:00pm (register here)
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Rooted in jazz and modern techniques, students will explore various improvisational methods each week (not limited to): contact, embodied metaphor, physical theater. Essential observation and composition skills will develop. Class will dwell on styles that are most resonant.

Compass Arts Graphic Novel I Deb LuckeGraphic Novel I for 10-15 year olds
Taught by Deb Lucke
Class dates: Wednesdays, 5pm-6:15pm, January 18 to March 22

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Learn how to turn a funny drawing into a story. Students will develop an understanding of narrative through an accordion book method created by Deb herself. Through the use of fun exercises in character development, relationships, conflict escalation, and sequence, stories will emerge. Often times they will be quite hilarious. With Deb's method, stories can be edited and developed over time, allowing students to have a true experience of what it takes to develop a graphic novel, comic strip, storyboard, or just to tell a really good story. At the end of the trimester, an anthology of the resulting student comics developed in the class will be published for students to take with them.

Compass Arts Graphic Novel Lab for Adults Deb LuckeGraphic Novel Lab for Adults
Taught by Deb Lucke
Class dates: Wednesdays, 7pm-8:30pm, January 18 to February 22

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A six-week lab in visual storybuilding. Students can start with a blank page, or bring in a story that you’ve been working on with developed characters. Half-baked ideas are allowed. We’ll do exercises to build characters, relationships, connections, and strife. We will physically structure stories with cutting and pasting. We will figure out how we tell a story with drawings, dialogue, sound effects, and captions. We’ll work on comic timing. The focus is on making a rough comic with a beginning, middle and end. Anyone interested in storytelling is welcome.

Compass Arts Drum Talk Bryan KopchakDrum Talk for 3.5-5 year olds
Taught by Bryan Kopchak
Class dates: Thursdays, 3:30pm-4pm, January 19 to March 23

FREE DEMO CLASS, Thursday, January 12, 3:30pm (register here)
REGISTER HERE

Drum Talk is a hands-on introduction into the fascinating world of rhythm. Designed to explore drumming as a means of communication, this class focuses on developing your child's instinctive understanding of rhythm by means of listening, identifying, anticipating and repeating. Class will also include aspects of dance/movement, and craft making for building small instruments.

Compass Arts Sign and Sing Lydia Adams DavisSign and Sing for Babies and Toddlers with a Caregiver
Taught by Lydia Adams Davis
Class dates: Mondays, 10:00am-10:45am, January 23 to March 20 (no class 2/20)
FREE DEMO CLASS, Monday, January 9, 10:00am (register here)
REGISTER HERE

Moms and pre-language little ones learn to communicate through basic sign language! Included are lively, cuddly songs, guitar and puppetry. Learn American Sign Language together with your baby or toddler, understanding your child's needs, wants, and feelings in a sweet and supportive morning breakfast class.

Compass Arts Studio Art Kathy MossStudio Art: Drawing Into Painting for 10-14 year olds
Taught by Kathy Moss
Class dates: Tuesdays, 4:30pm-6:30pm, January 23 to March 27

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This class is open to all students in grades 5 through 8 who want to draw and paint from observation, and is appropriate for all levels of experience. Learn observational drawing techniques while exploring materials such as pencil, charcoal, ink and ink wash, watercolor and oil painting; concepts such as positive and negative space; additive and subtractive mark making; and the picture plane. Students will be introduced to the works of old and new master artists through reproductions while acquiring skills of seeing and drawing gesture, proportion, scale, weight, volume, and considering subject and narrative. Students will learn, and hone their skills in color mixing, value, and composition related decision making. All aspects of making a compelling picture will be discussed - shape, size, format, surface, in addition to having fun!

Compass Arts Studio Art Drawing into Painting for Adults Kathy MossStudio Art: Drawing Into Painting for Adults
Taught by Kathy Moss
Class dates: Mondays, 7pm-9:00pm, January 23 to March 27

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This class is open to all students who want to draw and paint from observation, and is appropriate for all levels. Learn observational drawing techniques while exploring materials such as pencil, charcoal, ink and ink wash, watercolor, oil painting, concepts such as positive and negative space, additive and subtractive mark making, color theory, and the picture plane. Students will be introduced to the works of old and new master artists through reproductions, while acquiring skills of seeing and drawing gesture, proportion, scale, weight, volume, and considering subject and narrative. Students will learn, and hone their skills in color mixing, value, and composition related decision making. All aspects of making a compelling picture will be discussed: e.g. shape, size, format, surface.

Compass Arts Soneritos Lisa Marie MartinezSoneritos - Spanish Through Play and Adventure for 0-4 year olds
Taught by Lisa Marie Martinez
Class dates: Tuesdays, 10am-10:45am, January 24 to March 28 and Fridays, 11am-11:45am, January 27 to March 31
REGISTER HERE FOR TUESDAY CLASS
REGISTER HERE FOR FRIDAY CLASS

¡Así aprendemos español! Come discover the world of Spanish through play and adventure. Lisa Marie will lead this experiential musical play space for children ages 2-4 with an adult.  Let’s sing, pretend and explore the world around us while developing the foundation for a lifelong Spanish learning experience. Come ready to stretch, dance, paint or play as each week we will have a full sensory engagement together.

Compass Arts Garabatitos Lisa Marie Marinez¡Garabatitos! Spanish Exploration Class for 3-5 year olds
Taught by Lisa Marie Martinez
Class dates: Fridays, 1:00pm-2:30pm, January 27 to March 31

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¡Garabatitos! is a NEW hour and a half drop off Spanish class for preschoolers age 3-5 at Compass Arts. This session ¡Garabatitos! will be all about the exploration of sounds and materials that inspire sentimientos, feelings! What does it feel like to paint with the tides of the ocean? What might it look like to sculpt in a buffalo stampede? How might a flamenco dancer sound if she danced to the rhythm of the berimbau. We will talk about all of this and more at a weekly drop off play and exploration space led by Lisa Marie on Fridays.

ALL UPCOMING CLASSES AT A GLANCE

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