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.
Musical Stew for little ones 6 months-3 years and a caregiver
Musical Stew is a 45 minute music and movement class. Rooted in music education approaches such as Orff-Schulwerk, Kodaly and Dalcroze, the class provides adults songs, rhymes and activities to help nurture their child's musical development and allow the little ones to begin an integrative musical journey that lets music work its magic-helping children develop cognitively, physically and emotionally.
Imagination Playhouse II: Folk Theater Ensemble for 3rd-6th grade
A wonderful continuation through the world of theater and storytelling, Imagination Playhouse II uses improvisation and theaters games to nurture the creative minds of students while teaching them theater terminology, character development, and story creation. Over the fall trimester, students will be building a foundation and community through the weekly improv and theater games. They will also have breakout sections in music, movement, and set and costume design, giving them a window into most aspects of the theater.
Halloween Costume Design House: a 4-part workshop
Join experienced set and costume designer Sophia Jackson and arts educator Romina Robinson on a creative voyage to make your costume dreams into reality! Come spend some FUN time with your child creating and crafting your own Halloween costumes OR drop off your child (ages 7 and up only, please) and have them work with us to complete their unique vision. The sky's the limit and we are here to help. Over the course of 4 sessions, we'll help you think about clothes and things you may have from home, that can be upcycled transformed: a scarf that can become a tail, or screen printing stripes on a less worn t-shirt. Together we'll design and combine found things with multimedia materials from our studio. Let your imaginations come to life!
Imagination Playhouse I: Folk Theater Ensemble for K-2nd
A wonderful introduction to the world of theater, Imagination Playhouse I nurtures the vast, creative minds of children. Through the use of improvisation and theater games, creative play, singing, instruments, art, design, and movement, students will bring folk tales, fairy tales, and other stories to life. In the spirit of the oral tradition of storytelling, each child has the opportunity to help make the story their own: creating their own character within the story; designing and making parts of their costumes, set pieces, and props; helping to write some of the music and lyrics...
Cartooning for 3rd-5th grade
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!! All supplies included.