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.
Our location is 395 Main Street in Beacon (Enter from the parking lot in the back)
Discounts are available 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! 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.
Looking 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
NEW CLASS: Musical Sous Chefs for 2.5-4 year olds with a caregiver
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.
Cartooning I for 4-8 year olds
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!
Musical Chefs for 3-5 year olds - not just music!
Come on an adventure! Singing, theater games, tales and stories, props, creative movement, and instrument playing all instill musical and theatrical concepts on a physical level while tapping into the budding imaginations of the young child. Students will begin to lay foundational skills in music and theater in an engaging and supportive environment.
Musical Chefs is is a drop-off class for 3-5 year olds. However, parents and caregivers are welcome to join and may be asked to remain in the classroom in order to help with the transition process for the younger children, especially if they are still learning to follow directions. If you have any questions regarding this transition and the best option for your child, please contact Gina at Gina@CompassArts.org.
Soneritos - Spanish Through Play and Adventure for 0-4 year olds
¡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.
¡Garabatitos! Spanish Exploration Class for 3-5 year olds
¡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.
Imagination Playhouse Music and Theater Class for 5-8 year olds (K-2nd)
A wonderful introduction to the world of acting and role playing merged with music and movement, Imagination Playhouse nurtures the vast, creative minds of 5-8 year-olds. Through the use of improvisation games, creative play, singing, instruments, movement, and props, students will bring well-loved stories to life, create dances and music, and learn new songs to be performed at the end of the course for family and friends.
Studio Art: Drawing Into Painting for 10-14 year olds
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!
Studio Art: Drawing Into Painting for Adults
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.