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

Fall Is Here

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

Art Alive! for toddlers and a caregiver.
Taught by Kate Daley of Whistle Pig Studios

Art comes alive for toddlers and their grown-ups in this colorful play group! Using a variety of traditional and not-so-traditional media, young learners and their adults will immerse their senses in creative play. In this process-oriented class, children will explore the properties and possibilities of materials such as handmade dough, finger paint and stamps, while investigating seasonal themes.

As young children manipulate materials and engage with others while they create, they practice and develop skills in different developmental domains including cognitive, linguistic, social-emotional and physical.

Each class begins with songs, movement and a story that set the theme for the week. During transitions, blocks, puzzles and books are available for free play. We meet on the second floor of the Howland Cultural Center where we have access to both a beautiful, light-filled studio and a casual lounge area.

Session Dates: Tuesdays, September 22-December 1, 2015
No class Tuesday, November 3rd, due to a HAP Arts Holiday

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Musical Stew with Gina Samardge
for babies and toddlers, 6 months – 4 years old

Sing, dance, play and laugh with your little one!  
Musical Stew is a 45 minute music and movement class for children 6 months to 4 years-old and the grown-ups who love them. Rooted in music education approaches such as Orff-Schulwerk, Kodaly and Dalcroze, the classes provide adults with an array of songs, rhymes and activities to help nurture their child's musical development and the little ones to begin an integrative musical journey that lets music work its magic—helping children develop cognitively, physically and emotionally.

Session Dates: Thursdays, September 17-December 3, 2015
No class November 26th for Thanksgiving.

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Come join us this fall for a variety of ways in which you can Find YOUR Direction. With music, art, theater, cartooning, percussion, and more, there are plenty of ways for you and family to explore and create!
Characters, Cartooning & Comics: Ages 8 -14 years old
Taught by Marvel & Topps Comic book illustrator and professor, Ed Murr

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.

Session Dates:
Section I:  Thursdays, September 17 - October 22, 2015 - 4-5:30pm
Section II: Thursdays November 5 - December 17, 2015 - 4-5:30pm
No class November 26th for Thanksgiving

Students may register for either section but receive a discount if they register
for both!

Comic Book & Sequential Art: Adults and Teens 15 &
Taught by Ed Murr
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!

Session Dates:
Session Dates:
Section I:  Thursdays, September 17 - October 22, 2015 - 6-7:30pm
Section II: Thursdays November 5 - December 17, 2015 - 6-7:30pm
No class November 26th for Thanksgiving.

Students may register for either section but receive a discount if they register
for both!

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.



Musical Stew


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