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 Spring 2021 classes are being held outside and in person in the magical backyard of 12 Hanna Lane (Formerly Hudson Hills Montessori Primary School). In the event of bad weather, we will meet online through Zoom. Huge thanks to LNJ Tech and Jason and Carly Hughes for the use of their space during this challenging time.
Compass Arts Creativity Project offers payment plan options for all of our classes and ensembles. If you are interested in a payment plan for one or more of our classes, please email email@example.com to set this up.
Team Creative Directions (TCD)
For 5th through 8th grade students
Led by Gina Samardge and Gwynne Watkins
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!
Students may register for ANY or ALL days being offered!
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
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.
For little ones 6 months-4 years and a caregiver
Taught by Gina Samardge
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.
For 3 to 6 year-olds with caregiver, but little siblings welcome
Taught by by Jessie Shaffer, Chelseqa Acree, Patti DeBonis and Romina Robinson
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 and early childhood education. They have come together as a dynamic group to support and learn together as a truly intersectional arts education team and are very excited to work with the Beacon community.
Beginning Modern Dance
For students in Kindergarten to 3rd grade
Taught by Chelsea Acree
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.
For students in 2nd to 5th grade
Taught by Ed Murr
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Intermediate Cartooning and Illustration
For students ages 10 and up
Taught by Ed Murr
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 email@example.com.
Rompatom Music Skills and Ensemble
For students in 3rd to 5th grade
Taught by Gina Samardge and Jessie Shaffer
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.
Theater Skills and Improv Games
For students in 3rd through 5th grade
Taught by Gina Samardge and Gwynne Watkins
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.
Drawing in the Wild
For students 5 to 10 years old
Taught by Romina Robinson
A 5 week “plein-air” style drawing class for elementary aged kids. In this course, students will engage in observational drawing of the outdoor environment through a variety of exciting lenses. We will look closely at tiny textural details, zoom out to capture the big picture, and incorporate some “wildlife” to keep things playful! Each class will wrap up with some time for reflection and sharing of work, allowing students of a mixed age range to engage in meaningful dialogue together.
Intro To Flow, Hula Hoop Series
For students in grades 3 and up
Taught by Heather Davies
This series is for older elementary and middle school students to begin or continue their hula hoop practice. We will cover basic hoop skills, do mindful stretching, have mini-circle chats, and build a little community. Hoopers will be developing their mind-body connection while learning about the importance of exercise, movement, and expression. "I’m most excited to share about what I refer to as a 'flow state' of movement and sharing tools for accessing that kind of individual and inspired dance. Each week we will use the elements as inspiration for movement and learn hoop tricks that facilitate flow. " - Heather