Once children learn how to learn, nothing is going to narrow their minds.

Fall Schedule

Art, Music, Theater, Cartooning, Yoga, and Arts Holidays

There is something for the whole Family!

Discounts for additional family members and multiple classes.

To inquire about drop-ins or prorated registration for classes already in session,

email Gina@CompassArts.org

Gift Certificates are Available Too!

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

Welcome to Compass Arts

Two Great Classes Taught by Marvel & Topps
Comic book illustrator and professor,
Ed Murr

Characters, Cartooning & Comics: Ages 8 -14 years old

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! No experience necessary.
Thursdays, November 5 - December 17, 2015 - 4-5:30pm
No class November 26th for Thanksgiving

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Comic Book & Sequential Art: Adults and Teens 15 &
Ever have a story that you would love to get out? Perhaps you have an interest
in finding out where all of those big screen heroes come from? Curious about how comics and cartoons are created? If so, then this is the class for you!

In this class, Ed will break down what it takes to design, develop and produce characters. Based on their own life experience & interests, students will develop and construct their ideas into drawings with life and personality. Students will then study comics, illustration and film to learn the visual language of comics and sequential art while developing their own stories with both writing and drawing. Join us on this fantastic journey through both narrative and sequential illustration!

Thursdays November 5 - December 17, 2015 - 6-7:30pm
No class November 26th for Thanksgiving

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Two Fabulous Classes Taught By
Artist, Illustrator, and Graphic Novelist, Deb Lucke

Graphic Novel Workshop II: Ages 8 -14 years old
In this workshop students will explore creating characters through writing, drawing, and acting. They will turn real life people into characters (each other), animals into characters, and inanimate objects into characters. They'll learn how to build a character from the inside as well as from the outside through movement and games.

Students will work with story structure in a fun and physical way, cutting and pasting as well as drawing. Characters will be in peril. Characters will be in conflict. Stories will emerge. Funny stories will emerge.

First time students will focus on exploration with an emphasis on character and sequence. Returning students have the option to develop a story over the course of the workshop. Attend the Low Cost Demo and 1 person will be the lucky winner of free tuition for the 6 week Lab!

Low Cost Demo Class: Tuesday, November 3rd, 4:30-6pm  Register Here

Session Dates: Tuesdays, November 10 - December 15, 4:30-6pm
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Family Yoga with Alice Sipple of Dancing Tree Yoga

Dancing Tree classes use playful themes -- such as "animals" or "colors"-- to explore breathing exercises, relaxation techniques and yoga postures. In family classes, parents are encouraged to participate by partnering with their children during certain poses and by stretching, breathing and dancing alongside their children throughout the class. This session will be directed towards children ages 2-6, but children of all ages are welcome to register. Siblings receive a discount!

Session Dates: Wednesdays, September 30 - December 2, 4:15-5pm

Prorates and Drop-in possible. Email Gina@CompassArts.org

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Graphic Novel & Illustrated Book Development Lab: Teens and Adults

Start on day 1 with an idea or a character and develop it into a mini-comic over this six-week course. We will work on character, plot, and style. Focus is on completing a sketched-out book. The lab could also be used to develop a picture book. For those who want to develop longer stories the lab will continue on a month-by-month basis in winter and spring 2016. Adults and teens with some experience drawing, writing, or being funny. Or if you like drawing, writing and being funny. Attend the Low Cost Demo and 1 person will be the lucky winner of free tuition for the 6 week Lab!

Low Cost Demo Class: Tuesday, November 3rd, 6:45-8:15pm  Register Here 

Session Dates: Tuesdays, November 10 - December 15, 6:45-8:15pm Register Here
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 Howland Cultural Center in 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.



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