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
Soneritos - Spanish Through Play and Adventure for 2-4 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.
Let's Get Exploratory in the Laboratory - Art and Science class for 3-5 year olds (drop off)
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!
Rumberitos - Spanish Through Music and Play for Children under 2 years old & a Caregiver
Vamos a bailar y cantar juntos! Come and explore the world around you with your little one in Spanish. This music and movement series will give you the vocabulary and tools to incorporate Spanish in your child’s daily activities. Children under 2 with an adult will cuddle, sing, dance, and play with familiar children’s songs, and music and rhythms from Latin America as well.
¡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.
Sign and Sing for Babies and Toddlers with a Caregiver
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.
Pompatom Ensemble for 9-13 year olds
To discuss joining this ensemble, please contact Gina@CompassArts.org prior to registering. A vocal, instrumental, and creative ensemble for students ages 9-13, this ensemble draws heavily from Orff-Schulwerk and Kodaly pedagogies, and includes singing, movement, speech, drama, and instrumental play + improvisation on xylophones, recorders, and drums. Students who play another instrument may have an opportunity to bring it in to the ensemble as well. Over the course of the 12 week trimester, students will explore an eclectic mix of material, from world music pieces on percussion instruments to musical theater; poetry and movement to pop and rock, in each 90 minute class. The end performance will weave together these various explorations and pieces into a magical journey of music, humor, theater, mystery, dance, and joy. There is nothing out there quite like this!
Graphic Novel I for 10-14 year olds
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.
Cartooning I for 4-7 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!
Cartooning II for 8-12 year olds
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!!
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 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.