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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.

HEY! COMPASS ARTS' BEACON RISING CHORUS HAS AN UPCOMING PERFORMANCE! : : :
Beacon Rising performance

FEATURED CLASSES

Compass Arts Rompatom Ensemble I and II Gina Samardge Justin KellerRompatom Ensemble I for 2nd-3rd grade AND
Rompatom Ensemble II for 4th-8th grade
Taught by Gina Samardge with Justin Keller
Tuesdays, February 12 to June 4 (no class 4/16)

Rompatom I - REGISTER HERE
Rompatom II -REGISTER HERE

A vocal, instrumental, and creative ensemble for students in 2nd-4th and 5th-8th grade, Rompatom ensemble includes singing, movement, theatrical elements, and instrumental play + improvisation on xylophones, recorders, and drums. Students who play another instrument may have an opportunity to incorporate it into some pieces in the ensemble as well. Over the course of the  semester, students will prepare an eclectic mix of material, including a wide range of traditional world music-influenced pieces, classical, rock/pop, and musical theater. Movement and dance will also be explored and possibly incorporated into some of the musical numbers. 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 like this!

Compass Arts Mixed Media Art StudioMixed Media Art Studio for K-5th homeschoolers
Taught by Amanda E. Gross
Mondays, 1:00pm-2:30pm, March 4 to April 1

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Each session, students will have fun exploring and creating in a different art medium. With a focus on natural and recycled materials, our experiments in mixed media will include printmaking, sculpture, textiles, natural dye, and more! First, we’ll investigate the art technique and creative process used by professional artists or a particular culture, along with the social context of the work. Students will interpret artworks, discuss how media is used to tell stories or makes functional objects, and do warmup art exercises. The majority of each session will be time for students to develop and express their own ideas through play and making art. At the end of each session, students will present their pieces to share.

Compass Arts Imagination BuildImagination Design House Theater Design 3rd - 8th grade
Taught by Romina Robinson and Sophia Jackson
Mondays, 4:30pm-5:30pm, March 4 to May 13
Installation and Performances:  May 15-19

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Imagination Playhouse is putting on a show and we need some creative minds to help design and create the set, props, and costumes for the production! This is the perfect outlet for students who love art, design, and making things, and have a love of the theater as well. Because it's not just the actors who make a show! The visuals are their very own character!

Compass Arts Mixed Media Art StudioMixed Media Art Studio for K-5th after-school
Taught by Amanda E. Gross
Fridays, 4:00pm-5:30pm, March 8 to April 5

REGISTER HERE

Each session, students will have fun exploring and creating in a different art medium. With a focus on natural and recycled materials, our experiments in mixed media will include printmaking, sculpture, textiles, natural dye, and more! First, we’ll investigate the art technique and creative process used by professional artists or a particular culture, along with the social context of the work. Students will interpret artworks, discuss how media is used to tell stories or makes functional objects, and do warm-up art exercises. The majority of each session will be time for students to develop and express their own ideas through play and making art. At the end of each session, students will present their pieces to share.

Compass Arts Magicarium Camp Romina RobinsonMagicarium Camp for 4-10 year olds
Taught by Romina Robinson
Monday through Friday, 9am-12pm, June 17 to June 21

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In this half-day camp, children ages 4-10 will explore the magic of the world we live in. Inspired by local lore and legend, as well as the mighty powers of nature, projects will open the eyes of even the most skeptical kids, prompting the question: do you believe in magic? Children will start the day with open play in throughtfully presented stations that highlight themes and content for the day. A morning meeting will follow, including an introduction of the day's project. We will break for snack before we spend the rest of the morning engaged in making!

Compass Arts Rompatom Gina SamardgeRompatom Camp for 8-14 year olds
Taught by Gina Samardge
Monday through Friday, 9am-3pm, August 12 to August 16

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Students will be immersed in a variety of challenging instrumental and vocal material, learning about improvisation, theory, and composition, and creating a vibrant performance that will be shared that Friday at the end of the camp. A focus on rhythmic work and ensemble playing, combined with movement and theatrical elements, brings a deeper understanding to musicianship and music making that is enthralling for this age.

Students who play other instruments (uke, piano, violin, guitar, etc) are welcome to bring them to the camp and we will incorporate them into the performance. Keyboard on site.

Compass Arts Elements Romina Robinson Gina SamardgeElements: A Multi Sensory Exploration of Art & Music
Taught by Romina Robinson and Gina Samardge
Fridays, 10am-11:15am, January 4 to March 22, 2019

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After an amazing first trimester, Gina and Romina are super excited to continue a second trimester of their STEAM-based experience on Friday mornings for 3-5 year olds. And they are extending it by 2 weeks! Using a thematic approach, Romina and Gina create a magical journey for students to explore the elements of music and art through stories, music, movement, and art and natural materials. STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics) concepts will be interwoven throughout the arts experiences, giving children a multifaceted understanding of the world around them that is developmentally on target for their age.

Compass Arts Shake and Make Danielle Andretta Romina RobinsonShake and Make for toddlers with a caregiver AND 3-5 year olds
Taught by Danielle Andretta and Romina Robinson
Mondays, 10:00am-11:00am, January 7 to March 4, 2019 (no class 1/21)
Make up classes March 11 and 18

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Shake and Make is back and will be sure to cure those wiggly winter blues! In this 8 week long, one-hour class, children begin each session in the large classroom with the amazing Danielle. Through gentle guidance, children move about the room in a fun and appropriately challenging obstacle course, working on their gross motor skills and developing physical confidence. Next, they head over to the small classroom to dive into hands-on, tactile arts explorations with Romina. In this environment, conversation and social connections begin to develop as children work side by side in the sensory bin, share paints at the easel, or play with play dough. Lots of easy, low maintenance take home ideas will be presented, but it's always nice to have messy play happen somewhere besides your kitchen floor, right?!

Compass Arts Group Ukulele Gina SamardgeGroup Ukulele Class for Homeschoolers 6 and up
Taught by Choi Fairbanks
Mondays, 10:00am-11:00am, January 7 to March 18, 2019 (no class 1/21)

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This starter ukulele class will include learning chords, strumming patterns, simple melodies, and improvisation basics. Some small percussion will also be used from time to time to create simple ensembles. Students are to provide their own ukuleles and it would be ideal if they had tuners or tuner apps on a phone so they can also begin to learn how to tune their own instrument (Guitar Tuna is good free app for uke tuning).

Main Street Music is offering a special discount for Compass Arts students for ukulele purchases AND can offer rental and rent to own options. Please contact Main Street Music, 393 Main Street in Beacon, 845-765-8548 or Questions@JakesMainStreetMusic.com

Compass Arts Studio Art Drawing into Painting for Adults Kathy MossStudio Art: Drawing Into Painting for Adults
Taught by Kathy Moss
Wednesdays, 11:00am-1:00pm, January 9 to February 27, 2019

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This class is open to all students who want to draw and paint from observation, and is appropriate for all levels. Learn observational drawing techniques while exploring materials such as pencil, charcoal, ink and ink wash, watercolor, oil painting, concepts such as positive and negative space, additive and subtractive mark making, color theory, 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...

Compass Arts Studio Art I Kathy MossStudio Art I: Foundational Skills for 2nd-5th grade
Taught by Kathy Moss
Class dates: Wednesdays, 4pm-5:15pm, January 9 to March 13, 2019

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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...

Compass Arts Studio Art II Kathy MossStudio Art II: Drawing into Painting for 6th-12th grade
Taught by Kathy Moss
Class dates: Wednesdays, 5:30pm-7:30pm, January 9 to March 13, 2019

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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...

Compass Arts Cartooning for 3rd-5th grade Ed MurrCartooning for 3rd-6th grade
Taught by Ed Murr
Thursdays, 5pm-6:15pm, January 10 to March 28, 2019

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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.

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