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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.

SUMMER CAMPS!

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

REGISTER HERE

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.

theater acting Compass Arts Eric Saiet Gina Samardge improvisation acting comedy musicImagination Playhouse Theater Camp for 8-14 year olds
Taught by Eric Saiet and Gina Samardge
Monday through Friday, 9am-3pm, August 19 to August 23

REGISTER HERE

Join us for a super fun filled week of theater! Led by Eric Saiet and Gina Samardge, this camp will have the students up on their feet playing theater and improv games, exploring character work, skit writing, and creating original material, as well as looking at scenes from existing plays. They will also get experience on percussion instruments (xylophones, drums and small percussion) as a tool for underscoring their writing or creating a song for a skit.

Come experience all of the benefits that theater has to offer: meeting lifelong new friends, team building exercises, research, working with props and costumes, exploring movement and percussion instruments as ways to help bring writing to life, and other fun activities!



Compass Arts Calendar

Upcoming events

    • 09/23/2019
    • 12/16/2019
    • 10 sessions
    • Compass Arts, 395 Main Street (back entrance), Beacon, NY
    • 8
    Register

    Sing & Move Jamboree Compass ArtsToddler Art for little ones 18 months-3 years with a caregiver
    Taught by Romina Robinson
    Mondays, 10:30am-11:15am, September 23 to December 16 (no class  9/30, 10/14 and 11/11)

    Come play alongside your little one with new materials each week! Through open play and inviting set ups, your child will become familiar with both art materials and new sensory experiences, such as a big bin of rice, water or sand. Each class will include moments of structure and moments for exploration, offering the right balance for little ones to enjoy learning and playing together.

    • 09/23/2019
    • 01/27/2020
    • 16 sessions
    • Compass Arts, 395 Main Street (back entrance), Beacon, NY
    • 15
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    Compass Arts Imagination PlayhouseTheater Crafters (semester 1)
    For students in 5th/6th** - 8th grade
    Taught by
    Eric Saiet and Gina Samardge
    Mondays, 4:00pm-5:30pm, September 23 to January 27 (no class 9/30, 12/23, or 12/30)
    Dress Rehearsal and Performance the week of January 21-26, 2020

    Theater Crafters builds upon the skills learned in Imagination Playhouse to give the students the opportunity to craft their own original work in a variety of capacities. Through the improvisation and theater games, students will continue to hone not only their acting skills but their ability to create on their feet and in the moment. They will learn how to improvise beyond simple games and use these improvisations as springboards for writing original work.

    Over the course of the year, the students will work on original pieces, both in smaller groupings and as an ensemble. The exact course of the final production will emerge organically with the students' interests and under the guidance of Eric and Gina. Music, dance, and design of costumes, set, and props will continue to be part of the students' creative journey, with the potential of an additional class developing to focus more intently on the theatrical design and build.

    **Students in the 5th grade who have never participated in Imagination Playhouse should register for Imagination Playhouse, not Theater Crafters.

    • 09/23/2019
    • 12/16/2019
    • 12 sessions
    • Compass Arts, 395 Main Street (back entrance), Beacon, NY
    • 10
    Register

    Drawing, Painting and Beyond!Drawing, Painting and Beyond! for 1st-5th grade
    Taught by Romina Robinson
    Mondays, 4:30pm-5:15pm, September 23 to December 16 (no class 9/30)

    With a blank "canvas" and a selection of media (acrylic, tempera, watercolor, ink, charcoal, and pastel), the options are endless! In this class, students will explore many approaches to drawing, painting, and printmaking. Through invitations to explore and experiment, as well as some guided skill building, each artist will learn some new tricks and find inspiration in this rich, shared studio environment.

    • 09/24/2019
    • 12/03/2019
    • 10 sessions
    • Compass Arts, 395 Main Street (back entrance), Beacon, NY
    • 10
    Register

    Sing & Move Jamboree Compass ArtsSing and Move Jamboree! for little ones 6 months-5 years and a caregiver
    Taught by Jessie Shaffer
    Tuesdays, 9:30am-10:15am, September 24 to December 3 (no class 11/5)

    Sing and Move Jamboree is a singalong-style class that will get your child moving! Welcoming children ages 6mos -5yrs, this 45-minute class combines classic children’s songs and yoga-inspired movement with the exploration of rhythm and melody through props and small instruments. This class also exposes your child to the banjo and violin through fun, American folk tunes tailored for children.

    • 09/25/2019
    • 01/29/2020
    • 15 sessions
    • Compass Arts, 395 Main Street (back entrance), Beacon, NY
    • 15
    Register

    Compass Arts Imagination PlayhouseImagination Playhouse Theater Ensemble (semester 1)
    For students in 2nd-4th/5th** grade
    Taught by Gina Samardge and Eric Saiet
    Wednesdays, 4:00pm-5:30pm, September 25 to January 29 (no class 10/9, 11/27, 12/25, or 1/1)
    Dress Rehearsal and Performance the week of January 21-26 2020

    Imagination Playhouse builds upon the foundational skills developed in Romp and Play while nurturing the vast, creative minds and emerging understanding of plot and story structure in children of this age. Through the use of improvisation and theater games, creative play, singing, instruments, art, design, and movement, students will take an existing story, poem, or song and create an original work framed around that piece. Throughout the semester, students will work on creating the production while also honing their acting skills and learning how to collaborate effectively while creating in ensemble.

    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; writing original dialogue created through improv and writing exercises; designing and making parts of their costumes, set pieces, and props; helping to write some of the music and lyrics; and creating dances.

    **Students in the 5th grade who have never participated in Imagination Playhouse should register for this class, not Theater Crafters.

    • 09/26/2019
    • 12/12/2019
    • 10 sessions
    • Compass Arts, 395 Main Street (back entrance), Beacon, NY
    • 7
    Register

    Compass Arts Musical StewMusical Stew for little ones 6 months-3 years and a caregiver
    Taught by Gina Samardge
    Thursdays, 9:30am-10:15am, September 26 to December 12 (no class 10/31 and 11/28)

    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.

    • 09/26/2019
    • 12/12/2019
    • 10 sessions
    • Compass Arts, 395 Main Street (back entrance), Beacon, NY
    • 6
    Register

    Compass Arts Musical StewMusical Stew for little ones 6 months-3 years and a caregiver
    Taught by Gina Samardge
    Thursdays, 10:30am-11:15am, September 26 to December 12 (no class 10/31 and 11/28)

    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.

    • 09/26/2019
    • 12/12/2019
    • 10 sessions
    • Compass Arts, 395 Main Street (back entrance), Beacon, NY
    • 10
    Register

    Cartooning Comics Ed MurrCartooning I for 2nd-4th/5th grade
    Taught by Ed Murr
    Thursdays, 4:15pm-5:30pm, September 26 to December 12 (no class 10/31 and 11/28)

    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!

    If you have questions about the class curriculum, please contact Ed directly at ed@edmurr.com.

    • 09/26/2019
    • 01/30/2020
    • 15 sessions
    • Compass Arts, 395 Main Street (back entrance), Beacon, NY
    • 14
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    Compass Arts Imagination PlayhouseRomp and Play: Explorations in Music, Movement, and Theater (semester 1)
    For children in Pre-K - 1st grade (4-6/7 years-old)
    Taught by Gina Samardge, with help from CACP staff
    Thursdays, 4:15pm-5:15pm, September 26 to January 30 (no class 10/31, 11/28, 12/26, or 1/2)
    Dress Rehearsal and Performance the week of January 21-26, 2020

    This creative music and theater ensemble class prepares students for both Rompatom and Imagination Playhouse. Using stories, songs, games, movement, and rhymes, students will begin to build both a musical and theatrical vocabulary while laying a foundation of skills in acting, singing, movement and percussion instrument playing. Students will develop basic techniques on the percussion instruments; explore musical concepts and character development through stories, movement, and music; design and build parts of their own costumes and props; and create an original retelling of an existing story. Pre-K students must be 4 years old by September 26th to participate in this class.

    • 09/26/2019
    • 12/12/2019
    • 10 sessions
    • Compass Arts, 395 Main Street (back entrance), Beacon, NY
    • 11
    Register

    Cartooning Comics Ed MurrCartooning II for 5th/6th-9th grade
    Taught by Ed Murr
    Thursdays, 5:30pm-7pm, September 26 to December 12 (no class 10/31 and 11/28)

    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.

    If you have questions about the class curriculum, please contact Ed directly at ed@edmurr.com.

    • 09/27/2019
    • 12/20/2019
    • 12 sessions
    • Compass Arts, 395 Main Street (back entrance), Beacon, NY
    • 11
    Register

    Compass Arts Elements Romina Robinson Gina SamardgeElements: A Multi Sensory Exploration of Art & Music
    Taught by Romina Robinson and Gina Samardge
    Fridays, 10am-11:30am (extension 9am-10am*), September 27 to December 20 (no class 11/29)

    For the second year running, Romina and Gina are excited to continue this STEAM-based experience on Friday mornings for 3-5 year olds. Using a thematic approach, students will be guided in magical explorations of music and art through stories, music, movement, art-making, 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.

    This is a drop-off class. However, if you have concerns about your child transitioning to a drop-off scenario, please contact Romina and Gina to discuss options. Romina - Romina@CompassArts.org and Gina - Gina@CompassArts.org

    *NEW this year, we will be offering a one-hour open play extension before class! Students enrolled in this option will arrive at 9:00 to participate in open ended, thoughtfully curated play stations, and enjoy a "fruit cafe" snack area. At 9:45 we will wrap up and prepare for the arrival of the rest of the class at 10:00. This extension is only available to students registered in Elements and is an additional $10 a week.

    • 10/01/2019
    • 01/28/2020
    • 16 sessions
    • Compass Arts, 395 Main Street (back entrance), Beacon, NY
    • 15
    Register

    Compass Arts Rompatom Prep EnsembleRompatom Prep Ensemble
    For students in 2nd - 4th/5th** grade
    Taught by Gina Samardge and Jesse Shaffer
    Tuesdays, 4pm-5:30pm, October 1 to January 28 (no class 12/24 or 12/31)
    Extra Rehearsals and Performance the week of January 20-26, 2020

    All new students MUST attend the Introductory Class on Tuesday, September 17th from 4-4:45pm.

    Rompatom Prep continues to build upon the foundational skills developed in Romp and Play and prepare students for the Rompatom Ensemble. Over the course of the session, students will learn to read basic rhythms; play a variety of musical styles and genres in ensemble on percussive instruments like xylophones, drums, and small percussion; experience versatility with their voices and bodies through singing and movement; be introduced to beginning soprano recorder and ukulele technique; improvise and create simple melodies, movements, rhythms, and rhymes. This holistic approach to learning music and performing based in pedagogies such as Orff-Schulwerk, Kodaly, and Dalcroze immerses students in the process of active music making, allowing them to embody musical concepts while building skills, exploring, creating and having fun. Students in Rompatom Prep will perform on the same two concerts with Rompatom and be invited to perform with Rompatom at some community events!

    We are an inclusive community and a safe space and seek members with a love of music, movement, theater and play, and an interest in connecting in positivity and spreading that into the community!

    **Students in the 5th grade who have never participated in the Rompatom program are recommended to register for Rompatom Prep, but may talk with Gina after the introduction class to see which group is the best fit for their child. Please email Gina@CompassArts.org with any other questions.

    • 10/01/2019
    • 01/28/2020
    • 16 sessions
    • Compass Arts, 395 Main Street (back entrance), Beacon, NY
    • 16
    Register

    Compass Arts Rompatom EnsembleRompatom Ensemble
    For students in 5th/6th** - 8th grade
    Taught by Gina Samardge
    Thursdays, 5:00pm-7:00pm, October 1 to January 28 (no class 12/24 or 12/31)
    Extra Rehearsals and Performance the week of January 20-26, 2020

    All new students MUST attend the Introductory Class on Tuesday, September 17th from 5-5:45pm.

    Rompatom ensemble includes singing, movement, theatrics, and instrumental work on xylophones, ukulele, recorders (sopranino, soprano, alto, and tenor), and drums. Technique and reading; complex rhythmic, melodic, and harmonic work; and improvisation and composition will all be developed during the course of the school year through a variety of exercises, games, and explorations. 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, folk, classical, rock/pop, jazz and musical theater. The performances 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!

    This is a co-collaboration between students and director and part of the process will be focused on positive ensemble collaboration, empowerment, and leadership development with the students. Students in Rompatom have two concerts they produce during the school year as well as some community performances, such as Newburgh Illuminated and Spirit of Beacon Day. We are an inclusive community and a safe space and seek members with a love of music, movement, theater and play, and an interest in connecting in positivity and spreading that into the community.

    **Students in the 5th grade who have never participated in the Rompatom program are recommended to register for Rompatom Prep, but may talk with Gina after the introduction class to see which group is the best fit for their child. Please email Gina@CompassArts.org with any other questions.

Past events

08/19/2019 Imagination Playhouse Theater Camp
08/12/2019 Rompatom Music Camp
07/29/2019 Forts, Tunnels and Structures!
07/22/2019 Art and Movement Camp
07/15/2019 Circus Camp
07/08/2019 Playful Performers Camp
06/24/2019 Cartooning Camp
06/24/2019 Fantastic Voyage Camp
06/17/2019 Magicarium Camp
06/13/2019 Musical Stew Drop In
06/13/2019 Musical Stew Drop In
06/06/2019 Musical Stew Drop In
06/06/2019 Musical Stew Drop In
06/06/2019 Musical Stew Drop In
04/05/2019 Elements
04/04/2019 Cartooning
04/01/2019 Beacon Rising Women's Choir
04/01/2019 Mixed Media Art Studio - homeschoolers
04/01/2019 Rigamajig For Homeschoolers
04/01/2019 Shake and Make
03/29/2019 Rigamajig For After School
03/28/2019 Musical Stew
03/28/2019 Musical Stew
03/28/2019 Musical Stew
03/26/2019 Sing and Move Jamboree!
03/23/2019 Parents' Night Out
03/14/2019 Musical Stew Drop In
03/14/2019 Musical Stew Drop In
03/14/2019 Musical Stew Drop In
03/07/2019 Musical Stew Drop In
03/07/2019 Musical Stew Drop In
03/07/2019 Musical Stew Drop In
02/12/2019 Rompatom II
02/12/2019 Rompatom I
02/01/2019 Parents' Night Out
01/31/2019 Imagination Playhouse I
01/09/2019 Studio Art II: Drawing Into Painting
01/09/2019 Studio Art: Drawing Into Painting for Adults
01/07/2019 Imagination Playhouse II
01/07/2019 Group Ukulele Class
01/07/2019 Shake and Make
01/04/2019 Elements
12/13/2018 Musical Stew
12/13/2018 Musical Stew
12/13/2018 Musical Stew
12/06/2018 Musical Stew Drop In
12/06/2018 Musical Stew Drop In
12/06/2018 Musical Stew Drop In
12/02/2018 Creative Childcare: Print It, Paint It, A Paper Extravaganza! Workshop
11/29/2018 Musical Stew Drop In
11/29/2018 Musical Stew Drop In
11/29/2018 Musical Stew Drop In
11/17/2018 Creative Childcare: Potions Workshop
11/11/2018 Creative Childcare: Felting Workshop
10/15/2018 Group Ukulele Class
10/15/2018 Shake and Make
10/05/2018 Elements
10/03/2018 Studio Art II: Drawing Into Painting
10/03/2018 Studio Art: Drawing Into Painting for Adults
10/02/2018 Rompatom II Ensemble
10/02/2018 Rompatom I Ensemble
10/01/2018 Beacon Rising Women's Choir
09/27/2018 Imagination Playhouse I
09/26/2018 Halloween Costume Design House
09/24/2018 Imagination Playhouse II
09/17/2018 Hudson Hills Band and Orchestra Program
08/13/2018 Rompatom Music Camp II
08/06/2018 Rompatom Music Camp I
07/12/2018 Musical Stew
07/12/2018 Musical Stew
06/25/2018 Tri-Arts Camp
06/18/2018 Magicarium Camp
05/08/2018 Imagination Design House
04/09/2018 Rompatom Prep
04/09/2018 Musical Chefs
04/05/2018 Cartooning II
04/05/2018 Cartooning I
04/05/2018 Musical Stew
04/05/2018 Musical Stew
04/05/2018 Musical Stew
04/04/2018 Afro-Modern Fusion II
04/04/2018 Afro-Modern Fusion I
03/29/2018 Musical Stew Drop In
03/29/2018 Musical Stew Drop In
03/29/2018 Musical Stew Drop In
03/23/2018 Musical Stew Drop In
03/22/2018 Musical Stew Drop In
03/22/2018 Musical Stew Drop In
03/22/2018 Musical Stew Drop In
03/15/2018 Imagination Playhouse II
03/14/2018 Afro-Modern Fusion II Drop-in
03/14/2018 Afro-Modern Fusion I Drop In
03/12/2018 Studio Art: Drawing Into Painting for Adults
02/27/2018 Rompatom Ensemble
02/26/2018 Beacon Rising Women's Choir
02/26/2018 Studio Art II: Drawing Into Painting
02/26/2018 Little Buds
02/22/2018 Imagination Playhouse I
01/31/2018 Studio Art I: Foundational Skills
01/31/2018 Little Buds: FREE DEMO
01/29/2018 Rompatom Prep
01/25/2018 Cartooning I
01/22/2018 Musical Chefs
01/11/2018 Cartooning II
01/11/2018 Musical Stew
01/11/2018 Musical Stew
01/11/2018 Musical Stew
12/21/2017 Musical Stew Drop In
12/21/2017 Musical Stew Drop In
12/21/2017 Musical Stew Drop In
12/14/2017 Musical Stew Drop In
12/14/2017 Musical Stew Drop In
12/14/2017 Musical Stew Drop In
10/13/2017 Rig-ama-jig Builders' Club
09/28/2017 Cartooning II
09/26/2017 Creative Movement Fusion
09/25/2017 Studio Art: Foundational Skills
09/25/2017 Hudson Hills Band and Orchestra Program
08/21/2017 Tri-Arts Summer Workshop (August)
07/31/2017 Rompatom Music Camp II
07/24/2017 Rompatom Music Camp I
07/06/2017 Afro-Modern Fusion I
07/06/2017 Musical Stew
07/06/2017 Musical Stew
06/26/2017 Tri-Arts Summer Workshop
06/19/2017 Once Upon A Time
06/12/2017 YOGABUNDANCE
06/10/2017 Musical Stew Drop In
04/28/2017 ¡Garabatitos!
04/20/2017 Afro-Modern Fusion II
04/20/2017 Cartooning II
04/20/2017 Afro-Modern Fusion I
04/20/2017 Musical Sous Chefs for 2.5-4 year olds
04/20/2017 Musical Stew
04/20/2017 Musical Stew
04/18/2017 Musical Chefs for 3-5 year olds - not just music!
04/07/2017 ¡Garabatitos! Drop-in
04/06/2017 Musical Stew Drop In
04/06/2017 Musical Stew Drop In
04/06/2017 Musical Stew Drop In
04/03/2017 Free Demo: Crafty Connections
04/01/2017 Soneritos Drop In - Spanish Through Music and Play
03/11/2017 The Women's Choir
02/27/2017 Studio Art: Drawing Into Painting for Adults
02/25/2017 Accordion Books for 5-10 year olds
02/24/2017 ¡Garabatitos! - Spanish Exploration
02/24/2017 Soneritos - Spanish Through Music and Play
01/17/2017 Musical Chefs
01/12/2017 FREE DEMO: Afro-Modern Fusion 7-10 year olds
01/12/2017 FREE DEMO: Afro-Modern Fusion for 4-6 year olds
01/12/2017 FREE DEMO Drum Talk
01/11/2017 FREE DEMO Movement Makers
01/09/2017 FREE DEMO Sign and Sing
01/05/2017 Musical Sous Chefs
11/02/2016 Graphic Novel Lab - FOR ADULTS!
08/13/2016 Creative Completion Workshop
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