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

Upcoming Classes

We are so excited to welcome author and illustrator, Deb Lucke, to our fabulous array of teaching artists. Deb's graphic novel, Lunch Witch, comes out March 15th and just got into the Society of Illustrators' Cartoon and Comic Annual. She'll be teaching 2 classes, one for children 9-14 years old and one for adults and teens 15 and up.

Creating a Character: Intro to the Graphic Novel
for 9-14 year-olds
Demo Class Wednesday, March 18, 4:30-6pm
5 week class Wednesdays, March 25-April 29, 4:30-6pm

A character is just like you and me, except for one thing:
- she travels to imaginary lands in her sleep
- he has to make a choice that affects the fate of the world
- she is an abominable snowman
Something about the character is extraordinary.

In this workshop students will explore creating a character through writing, drawing and acting. They will turn real life people, animals and inanimate objects into characters. They'll learn how to build a characters from the inside as well as the outside. In the last portion of the workshop, students will cut and paste their characters into different scenarios to explore what might happen next. Characters will be in peril. Characters will be in conflict. Stories will emerge

Graphic Novel
for Adults and Teens 15 and up
Demo Class Wednesday, March 18, 6:30-8:30pm
    5 wk class Wednesdays, March 25-April 29, 6:30-8:30pm

For those imaginative types who would like to explore the world of comics, this is a five-week class in telling a story with both words and pictures. Each week we'll do specific exercises to get you started. We'll develop characters, try putting them into settings, and into relationships with other characters and see what happens. You can work with characters and stories you already have or start with a blank page. Artists and writers welcome. Bring a pencil, sketchbook, and sense of humor.

To sign up for the Demo Class or 5 Week Class, please go to our registration page!
Questions? 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

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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