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Classes at Compass Arts

The classes we offer at Compass Arts are designed to teach arts and creativity in a broad and developmentally targeted manner. They tend to integrate various art forms in wonderfully untidy ways for the purpose of surprising the student's creativity into wakefulness. They offer children of various ages very cool experiences that incorporate equal measures of structure and self-guidance. The Compass Arts class offerings are certainly not run of the mill, and this is intentional. We are devotees of learning and expansion, creativity, hope and community.

Compass Arts Musical StewMusical Stew Online
For little ones 6 months-3 years and a caregiver
Taught by Gina Samardge

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.

  • Thursdays 10:00am-10:30am, May 7 to June 4, 2020, $50 (drop-in registrations available)

Toddler Art Compass ArtsToddler Art Online
For little ones 18 months-3 years with a caregiver
Taught by Romina Robinson

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.

  • Mondays 9:30am-10am, May 4 to June 1, 2020, $50 (drop-in registrations available)

Compass Arts Drawing, Painting and Beyond!Drawing, Painting and Beyond! Online
For 1st-5th grade
Taught by Romina Robinson

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.

  • Mondays, 4:30pm-5pm, May 4 to June 1, 2020, $50 (drop-in registrations available)

Sing & Move Jamboree Compass ArtsSing and Move Jamboree! Online
For little ones 6 months-3 years and a caregiver
Taught by Jessie Shaffer

Sing and Move Jamboree is a singalong-style class that will get your child moving! Welcoming children ages 0-5, 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. 

  • Tuesdays 9:30am-10am, May 5 to June 2, 2020, $50 (drop-in registrations available)

Compass Arts Elements Romina Robinson Gina SamardgeElements Online
A Multi Sensory Exploration of Art & Music for 3-5 year-olds
Taught by Romina Robinson and Gina Samardge

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.

  • Fridays, 9:30am-10am, May 8 to June 5, 2020, $50 (drop-in registrations available)

Cartooning Comics Ed MurrCartooning Online
For students age 8 and up
Taught by Ed Murr

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

  • Thursdays 4pm-5pm, May 7 to June 4, 2020, $90 (drop-in registrations available)
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As of January 1, 2020 Compass Arts is a nonprofit corporation. Beacon Arts is functioning as fiscal sponsor for Compass Arts while we wait for our 501(c)(3) tax exempt status to be granted. Donations to Compass Arts can be made through Beacon Arts at https://beaconarts.org/donate/.


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Tel: 917.648.4454

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