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.


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!


Compass Arts Soneritos Lisa Marie MartinezSoneritos - Spanish Through Play and Adventure for 2-4 year olds
Taught by Lisa Marie Martinez
Class dates: Tuesdays, 10am-10:45am, September 20 to December 20 (no class 11/8 or 11/22)
FREE DEMO CLASS Tuesday, September 13th, 10am (register here)

¡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 Lets Get Exploratory in the Laboratory Kate DaleyLet's Get Exploratory in the Laboratory - Art and Science class for 3-5 year olds (drop off)
Taught by Kate Daley of Whistle Pig Studio
Class dates: Tuesdays, 11am-11:45am, September 20 to December 20 (no class 11/8 or 11/22)
FREE DEMO CLASS Tuesday, September 13th, 11am (register here)

Young scientists and artists unite! Perform science experiments that are also works of art. In this interdisciplinary class, we'll learn about simple chemical reactions using everyday materials. We'll sculpt our own volcanoes that erupt, concoct milky paint explosions and more!

Compass Arts Garabatitos Lisa Marie Marinez¡Garabatitos! Spanish Exploration Class for 3-5 year olds
Taught by Lisa Marie Martinez
Class dates: Fridays, 10:30am-12pm AND 1pm-2:30pm, September 23 to December 16 (no class 11/25)


¡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.

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, 9:30am-10:15am, October 17 to December 19
FREE DEMO CLASS, Monday, September 26, 9:30am (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 Graphic Novel I Deb LuckeGraphic Novel I for 10-14 year olds
Taught by Deb Lucke
Class dates: Wednesdays, 5pm-6:30pm, September 28 to December 14 (no class 10/12 or 11/23)


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 Cartooning I Ed MurrCartooning I for 4-7 year olds - No Registration Required!
Taught by Ed Murr
Class dates: Thursdays, 4pm-4:45pm, September 29 to December 15

Drop in any week you choose for just $15. Parents welcome to stay and draw too!

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!

Please email Gina@CompassArts.org for a drop in reservation.

Compass Arts Graphic Novel Lab Deb LuckeGraphic Novel Lab - FOR ADULTS!
Taught by Deb Lucke
Class dates: Wednesdays, 7pm-8:30pm, November 2 to December 21, (no class 11/9 or 11/23)


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 Studio Art Kathy MossStudio Art: Foundational Skills for 7-9 year olds (2nd - 4th grade)
Taught by Kathy Moss
Class dates: Tuesdays, 5pm-6:30pm, November 8 to December 13


This foundation class for students grades 2-4, children ages 7, 8, and 9 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 Studio Art Kathy MossStudio Art: Drawing Into Painting for 10-14 year olds
Taught by Kathy Moss
Class dates: Mondays, 4:30pm-6:30pm, November 7 to December 12


This class is open to all students 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!


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