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Compass Arts Creativity Project classes, ensembles, events and camps are created for the Beacon and surrounding communities for the purpose of building those communities. Our vision is a big one. As a creativity project, we believe that communities are stronger when problem solving skills are encouraged at every age level and that the best way to build problem solving skills is through creativity. Through creative arts exploration students are given opportunities to think, and to think for themselves--to feel empowered by coming up with a story plot twist or an ending to a play or to discover the joy of being able to improvise over a musical accompaniment. We believe that our best work involves encouraging contribution, whether it is a colorful swipe of a brush, a melody or an idea. The essence of what we hope to do at Compass Arts is this, that those sometimes large and sometimes small contributions allow students to evolve into something the world desperately needs--individuals with vision.


SPRING IS COMING, AND Team Creative Directions (TCD) is expanding!

Compass Arts Team Creative Directions

There are so many ways to tell a story; to express an idea, a thought, a feeling; to share your own unique voice and speak out about what's important to you. What do you want to say? How do you want to say it? In this pilot program students will meet to explore a variety of art forms and tools they can use to express themselves, tell a story, and create independently or with others. Team Creative Directions is an explorative, mind-opening, individuality-celebrating, multi-arts experience for teens like no other!

VIEW TEAM CREATIVE DIRECTIONS HERE


We have lots of exciting classes starting in April (meet in person!)

Musical Stew, Beginning Modern Dance, Beginning Cartooning, Intermediate Cartooning, Rompatom Music Skills and Ensemble, Theater Skills and Improv Games, Beacon Rising Chorus...

VIEW SPRING CLASSES HERE




Compass Arts Calendar

Upcoming events

    • 04/12/2021
    • (EDT)
    • 06/14/2021
    • (EDT)
    • 9 sessions
    • Compass Arts, 12 Hanna Lane (backyard), Beacon, NY
    • 0
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    Rylomi

    RYLOMI and The Bone God's Curse (pilot program)
    An adventure in role playing games and memory palaces
    For students in 3rd to 5th grade
    Taught by Allyn Peterson and assisted by Gina Samardge
    Mondays, 4:00pm-5:00pm, April 12 to June 14, 2021 (no class May 31)

    Storytelling changes with time. Campfire tales turned into comic books that turned into streaming series. Our ability to share amazing adventures with each other has improved so much, but... did we miss something??? Did our stories forget anything that they really should have remembered? We are looking for four brave souls to seek the answers within the pilot of a cooperative, interactive myth. Full of monsters, treasures and new friends, explorers will also unearth why we tell great stories, the wisdom of our ancestors and how each of us can contribute to the insight passed down. Utilizing well-established techniques such as the Method of Loci, travelers will gain powerful social and academic skills as they work together to save the day. Together, we'll also have open discussions about out-of-game activities, such as personal projects and community service, so kids can practice what they're learning in real life situations.

    View our covid-19 policies here

    • 04/12/2021
    • (EDT)
    • 06/14/2021
    • (EDT)
    • 9 sessions
    • Compass Arts, 12 Hanna Lane (backyard), Beacon, NY
    • 0

    Intro To Modern Dance Compass ArtsBeginning Modern Dance
    For students in Kindergarten to 3rd grade
    Taught by Chelsea Acree
    Mondays, 4:00pm-5:00pm, April 12 to June 14, 2021

    Modern Dance began as a rebellion of ballet in the early 20th century which encouraged a universal goal to move our bodies in endless ways possible. This class will begin with a warm-up that includes strength, flexibility, floor work and standing exercises. We will learn technical combinations as well as improvisation and composition. Dancers will learn to express themselves by combining movement, music, dance steps and improvisation. We will travel like animals, jump like popcorn, dance our emotions, all while growing our creative and technical skills.

    View our covid-19 policies here

    • 04/12/2021
    • (EDT)
    • 06/14/2021
    • (EDT)
    • 9 sessions
    • Compass Arts, 12 Hanna Lane (backyard), Beacon, NY
    • 4
    Register

    Creativity Art Music Theater Writing Dance Film AnimationTeam Creative Directions (TCD)
    For 5th through 8th grade students
    Led by Gina Samardge and Gwynne Watkins
    Mondays,  5:00pm-6:00pm, April 12 to June 14, 2021 (no class May 31)

    In this pilot program students will meet online to explore a variety of art forms and tools they can use to express themselves, create, and tell a story. Students may find they want to work independently on a song, a poem, a painting, collage, or animation; or they may desire to collaborate with others in writing a skit, composing, or creating a dance. Perhaps one student writes a poem and another composes music to go with it....the possibilities are only as limited as our imaginations.

    Each meeting will start with some kind of creative warm up to get the juices flowing, sharing examples and ideas of different creative avenues that could be explored, and then letting the students discover where their passions lie. There will be idea shares, partnering for collaborative projects, opportunities to share work and receive feedback and guidance from teachers (if desired by the students), and moments to connect as a community and support one another. Students may have clear thoughts about what they want to create or may just want to explore a different medium each class or help another student work on their idea; each person will be supported in their own process as they uncover the skills they have to offer and are encouraged to stretch themselves and play. Students who have participated in Rompatom Music Ensemble and Theater Crafters Ensemble will both still be able to work on those projects this spring on Tuesdays and Wednesdays, respectively, as part of TCD.

    We're envisioning after school programming possibilities, so it is important for us to have the chance to co-create with the students and center their voices in its development. Come be a part of this vision!

    View our covid-19 policies here

    • 04/12/2021
    • (EDT)
    • 06/14/2021
    • (EDT)
    • 10 sessions
    • Compass Arts, 12 Hanna Lane (backyard), Beacon, NY
    • 0
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    Choir Singing Adult Music EnsembleBeacon Rising Choir - In Person/Hybrid
    Directed by Gina Samardge
    Mondays, 7:30pm-9:00pm, April 12 to June 14, 2021

    This is the "sing outside with masks as much as possible and Zoom when it rains" choir class for spring  2021.

    Beacon Rising Choir was conceived out of a combination of a Women's Singing Circle led by Kim Chase and Gina Samardge, and an impromptu Resistance Choir inspired by what has become the anthem of the Women's March, MILCK's "I Can't Keep Quiet." The choir performs an annual winter concert as a fundraiser for a local non-profit doing the good work in our community, as well as participating in community events, protests, and other area fundraisers in the fall and spring. The choir sings a variety of styles and genres that focus on resistance, peace, and bringing voice to issues we are facing as a society and planet, with an eye toward interesting, beautiful, and artistic literature. New members will need to attend a voice placement with the director.

    No experience is necessary for either choir, however some prior experience is helpful. Email Gina@CompassArts.org to schedule your 15 minute voice placement and interview.

    View our covid-19 policies here

    • 04/13/2021
    • (EDT)
    • 06/15/2021
    • (EDT)
    • 10 sessions
    • Compass Arts, 12 Hanna Lane (backyard), Beacon, NY
    • 0
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    Compass Arts Musical StewMusical Stew
    for little ones 6 months-4 years and a caregiver
    Taught by Gina Samardge
    Tuesdays, 9:30am-10:10am, April 13 to June 15, 2021

    Rooted in music education approaches such as Orff-Schulwerk, Kodaly and Dalcroze, Musical Stew provides adults with 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.

    View our covid-19 policies here

    • 04/13/2021
    • (EDT)
    • 06/15/2021
    • (EDT)
    • 10 sessions
    • Compass Arts, 12 Hanna Lane (backyard), Beacon, NY
    • 0
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    Compass Arts Musical StewMusical Stew
    for little ones 6 months-4 years and a caregiver
    Taught by Gina Samardge
    Tuesdays, 10:20am-11:00am, April 13 to June 15, 2021

    Rooted in music education approaches such as Orff-Schulwerk, Kodaly and Dalcroze, Musical Stew provides adults with 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.

    View our covid-19 policies here

    • 04/13/2021
    • (EDT)
    • 06/15/2021
    • (EDT)
    • 10 sessions
    • Compass Arts, 12 Hanna Lane (backyard), Beacon, NY
    • 8
    Register

    Rompatom Music Compass ArtsRompatom Music Skills and Ensemble 
    F
    or students in 3rd to 5th grade
    Taught by Gina Samardge and Jessie Shaffer
    Tuesdays, 4:00pm-5:00pm, April 13 to June 15, 2021

    Rompatom Music Skills and Ensemble focuses on active music making with xylophones, drums, ukulele, voice, and recorder while building skills in improvisation and composition . Basic literacy in Western European classical notation, including rhythm notation and treble clef note names, will also be introduced, but the focus will be on ear training, rhythmic work, and basic technique through ensemble playing.

    View our covid-19 policies here

    • 04/13/2021
    • (EDT)
    • 06/15/2021
    • (EDT)
    • 10 sessions
    • Compass Arts, 12 Hanna Lane (backyard), Beacon, NY
    • 5
    Register

    Creativity Art Music Theater Writing Dance Film AnimationTeam Creative Directions (TCD)
    For 5th through 8th grade students
    Led by Gina Samardge and Gwynne Watkins
    Tuesdays,  5:00pm-6:00pm, April 13 to June 15, 2021

    In this pilot program students will meet online to explore a variety of art forms and tools they can use to express themselves, create, and tell a story. Students may find they want to work independently on a song, a poem, a painting, collage, or animation; or they may desire to collaborate with others in writing a skit, composing, or creating a dance. Perhaps one student writes a poem and another composes music to go with it....the possibilities are only as limited as our imaginations.

    Each meeting will start with some kind of creative warm up to get the juices flowing, sharing examples and ideas of different creative avenues that could be explored, and then letting the students discover where their passions lie. There will be idea shares, partnering for collaborative projects, opportunities to share work and receive feedback and guidance from teachers (if desired by the students), and moments to connect as a community and support one another. Students may have clear thoughts about what they want to create or may just want to explore a different medium each class or help another student work on their idea; each person will be supported in their own process as they uncover the skills they have to offer and are encouraged to stretch themselves and play. Students who have participated in Rompatom Music Ensemble and Theater Crafters Ensemble will both still be able to work on those projects this spring on Tuesdays and Wednesdays, respectively, as part of TCD.

    We're envisioning after school programming possibilities, so it is important for us to have the chance to co-create with the students and center their voices in its development. Come be a part of this vision!

    View our covid-19 policies here

    • 04/14/2021
    • (EDT)
    • 05/12/2021
    • (EDT)
    • 5 sessions
    • Compass Arts, 12 Hanna Lane (backyard), Beacon, NY
    • 0
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    Creativity Art Music Theater Writing Dance Film AnimationElements Outside!
    For 3 to 6 year-olds with caregiver, but little siblings welcome
    Taught by by Jessie Shaffer, Chelsea Acree, Patti DeBonis and Romina Robinson
    Wednesdays,  10am-11am, April 14 to May 12, 2021

    How can we see the wind? How can we feel the earth? Join Romina, Jessie, Chelsea, Patti and their children for Elements Spring Family Addition as we explore these questions and more. Designed for children ages 3-6, this class gives caregivers the opportunity to learn alongside their children as we explore the four elements of nature: earth, wind, fire, and air. We will learn and play through song, dance, art and sensory activities!

    This stellar team of educators range in backgrounds from professional dance, to art history, yoga, art, music, and early childhood education. They have come together as a dynamic group to support and learn together as a truly intersecting arts education team and are very excited to work with the Beacon community.

    View our covid-19 policies here

    • 04/14/2021
    • (EDT)
    • 06/16/2021
    • (EDT)
    • 10 sessions
    • Compass Arts, 12 Hanna Lane (backyard), Beacon, NY
    • 0
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    Compass Arts Imagination PlayhouseTheater Crafters
    For students in 3rd through 5th grade

    Taught by Gina Samardge and Gwynne Watkins
    Wednesdays, 4:00pm-5:00pm, April 14 to June 16, 2021

    In this class, we'll be playing improv and theater games that work well under COVID safety guidelines, and explore scene work and writing skits.

    Online classes will occur when the weather is too poor to be outside and will continue the aspects of in person class that work online, as well as using the online time to explore other aspects of the acting world, from watching relevant videos to exploring other related subjects, such as directing, radio theater and foley sound, and acting/theater/film styles and genres. 

    Students will be required to follow all COVID safety guidelines as set by Compass Arts.

    View our covid-19 policies here

    • 04/14/2021
    • (EDT)
    • 06/16/2021
    • (EDT)
    • 10 sessions
    • Compass Arts, 12 Hanna Lane (backyard), Beacon, NY
    • 0

    Intro To Modern Dance Compass ArtsBeginning Modern Dance
    For students in Kindergarten to 3rd grade
    Taught by Chelsea Acree
    Wednesdays, 4:00pm-5:00pm, April 14 to June 16, 2021

    Modern Dance began as a rebellion of ballet in the early 20th century which encouraged a universal goal to move our bodies in endless ways possible. This class will begin with a warm-up that includes strength, flexibility, floor work and standing exercises. We will learn technical combinations as well as improvisation and composition. Dancers will learn to express themselves by combining movement, music, dance steps and improvisation. We will travel like animals, jump like popcorn, dance our emotions, all while growing our creative and technical skills.

    View our covid-19 policies here

    • 04/14/2021
    • (EDT)
    • 06/16/2021
    • (EDT)
    • 10 sessions
    • Compass Arts, 12 Hanna Lane (backyard), Beacon, NY
    • 2
    Register

    Creativity Art Music Theater Writing Dance Film AnimationTeam Creative Directions (TCD)
    For 5th through 8th grade students
    Led by Gina Samardge and Gwynne Watkins
    Wednesdays,  5:00pm-6:00pm, April 14 to June 16, 2021

    In this pilot program students will meet online to explore a variety of art forms and tools they can use to express themselves, create, and tell a story. Students may find they want to work independently on a song, a poem, a painting, collage, or animation; or they may desire to collaborate with others in writing a skit, composing, or creating a dance. Perhaps one student writes a poem and another composes music to go with it....the possibilities are only as limited as our imaginations.

    Each meeting will start with some kind of creative warm up to get the juices flowing, sharing examples and ideas of different creative avenues that could be explored, and then letting the students discover where their passions lie. There will be idea shares, partnering for collaborative projects, opportunities to share work and receive feedback and guidance from teachers (if desired by the students), and moments to connect as a community and support one another. Students may have clear thoughts about what they want to create or may just want to explore a different medium each class or help another student work on their idea; each person will be supported in their own process as they uncover the skills they have to offer and are encouraged to stretch themselves and play. Students who have participated in Rompatom Music Ensemble and Theater Crafters Ensemble will both still be able to work on those projects this spring on Tuesdays and Wednesdays, respectively, as part of TCD.

    We're envisioning after school programming possibilities, so it is important for us to have the chance to co-create with the students and center their voices in its development. Come be a part of this vision!

    View our covid-19 policies here

    • 04/15/2021
    • (EDT)
    • 06/17/2021
    • (EDT)
    • 10 sessions
    • Compass Arts, 12 Hanna Lane (backyard), Beacon, NY
    • 1
    Register

    Cartooning Comics Ed MurrBeginning Cartooning
    F
    or students in 2nd to 5th grade
    Taught by Ed Murr
    Thursdays, 4:00pm-5:00pm, April 15 to June 17, 2021

    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.

    Students should bring  a sketch pad and their favorite drawing utensils so we are not sharing materials. If you have questions about the class curriculum, please contact Ed directly at ed@edmurr.com

    View our covid-19 policies here

    • 04/15/2021
    • (EDT)
    • 06/17/2021
    • (EDT)
    • 10 sessions
    • Compass Arts, 12 Hanna Lane (backyard), Beacon, NY
    • 5
    Register

    Cartooning Illustration Comics Ed MurrIntermediate Cartooning and Illustration
    For students ages 10 and up
    Taught by Ed Murr
    Thursdays, 5:00pm-6:00pm, April 15 to June 17, 2021

    Building upon Beginning Cartooning, students will continue the process of character creation using shape construction, while considering the personality of the character and how it informs the shape.  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. Students do not have to have taken Beginning Cartooning to participate in this class, but it will be helpful for them to have some drawing experience. 

    Students should bring a sketch pad and their favorite drawing utensils to class so materials are not being shared. If you have questions about the class curriculum, please contact Ed directly at ed@edmurr.com.

    View our covid-19 policies here

    • 04/15/2021
    • (EDT)
    • 06/17/2021
    • (EDT)
    • 10 sessions
    • Compass Arts, 12 Hanna Lane (backyard), Beacon, NY
    • 6
    Register

    Creativity Art Music Theater Writing Dance Film AnimationTeam Creative Directions (TCD)
    For 5th through 8th grade students
    Led by Gina Samardge and Gwynne Watkins
    Thursdays,  5:00pm-6:00pm, April 15 to June 17, 2021

    In this pilot program students will meet online to explore a variety of art forms and tools they can use to express themselves, create, and tell a story. Students may find they want to work independently on a song, a poem, a painting, collage, or animation; or they may desire to collaborate with others in writing a skit, composing, or creating a dance. Perhaps one student writes a poem and another composes music to go with it....the possibilities are only as limited as our imaginations.

    Each meeting will start with some kind of creative warm up to get the juices flowing, sharing examples and ideas of different creative avenues that could be explored, and then letting the students discover where their passions lie. There will be idea shares, partnering for collaborative projects, opportunities to share work and receive feedback and guidance from teachers (if desired by the students), and moments to connect as a community and support one another. Students may have clear thoughts about what they want to create or may just want to explore a different medium each class or help another student work on their idea; each person will be supported in their own process as they uncover the skills they have to offer and are encouraged to stretch themselves and play. Students who have participated in Rompatom Music Ensemble and Theater Crafters Ensemble will both still be able to work on those projects this spring on Tuesdays and Wednesdays, respectively, as part of TCD.

    We're envisioning after school programming possibilities, so it is important for us to have the chance to co-create with the students and center their voices in its development. Come be a part of this vision!

    View our covid-19 policies here

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