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.
Cartooning I for K-2nd grade
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!
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Cartooning II 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!! Rate includes a pad of specialty drawing paper for each student.
Rumberitos for little ones 0-4 years old with a caregiver
¡Vamos a bailar y cantar juntos! Come explore the world of Spanish through music and play. This music, movement and play series will give parents the vocabulary and tools to incorporate Spanish into their child’s daily activities. Little ones 0-4 years and a caregiver will stretch, dance, cuddle, sing, explore, and play with familiar children’s songs, music and rhythms from Latin America. ¡Así aprenderemos español!
¡Garabatitos! Spanish Exploration Class for 3-5 year olds
¡GARABATITOS! Spanish for children 3-5 years old is a play-based class where children will explore their everyday lives and environment through play and imagination. They will sing, dance, move, tell stories, craft, and even cook together. Garabatitos was born through the belief that through “doing” together - creating, playing, inventing, imagining- we learn Spanish and spark joy, interest, and familiarity with language and cultures. With this in mind we take a developmental approach to build a love and appreciation not only for Spanish but also a cultural understanding. This hour and a half drop-off class is great for children who are ready to explore a preschool setting.
Studio Art II: Drawing into Painting for 6th-12th grade
This class is open to all students in grades 6-12 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, and surface, in addition to having fun!
Studio Art I: Foundational Skills for 2nd-5th grade
This foundation class for students in grades 2-5 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.