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CLASSES FOR OLDER CHILDREN (k-5th grade)

    • 09/17/2018
    • 2:00 PM
    • 05/27/2019
    • 3:00 PM
    • Hudson Hills Academy, 850 Wolcott Ave., Beacon, NY
    • 14
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    Compass Arts Band and Orchestra program Hudson HillsHudson Hills Band and Orchestra Program

    Compass Arts is thrilled to be working with Hudson Hills Academy to bring our amazing band and strings program back for a third year. And if you are one of Hudson Valley's many parents engaged in homeschooling we are hoping that this year your child will join us!  Justin Keller, Daniel Frankhuizen, Larry Moses, and Bryan Kopchak, are our brilliant, inspired teachers. They love their craft and are active professional Broadway/classical/indie/jazz performers who bring their unique energy and flair to this innovative and fun program.

    • 01/07/2019
    • 05/20/2019
    • 18 sessions
    • Compass Arts, 395 Main Street (back entrance), Beacon, NY
    • 0
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    Compass Arts Imagination Playhouse II Gina SamardgeImagination Playhouse II: Folk Theater Ensemble for 3rd-8th 
    Taught by Eric Saiet and 
    Gina Samardge
    Mondays, 4pm - 5:30pm, January 7 to May 20
    No class January 21, or April 15
    Bonus writing session Monday, February 18, 1:30-5:30pm
    Required Tech Rehearsals and Performances May 13-18

    Imagination Playhouse II uses improvisation and theater games to nurture the creative minds of students while teaching theater terminology, character development, plot, and story creation. Over the winter and spring trimesters, students will be writing an original show that will include original music, dance, and even the possibility of stage combat. Students will be guided through the story writing process, and explore and create dialogue through improvisation and writing sessions. They will also have the opportunity to work with the student design team in the design and creation of sets, props, and costumes. The culminating performances will include the students in Imagination Playhouse I and will take place on the magical University Settlement Camp barn theater stage here in Beacon.

    • 01/31/2019
    • 05/23/2019
    • 16 sessions
    • Compass Arts, 395 Main Street (back entrance), Beacon, NY
    • 1
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    Compass Arts Imagination PlayhouseImagination Playhouse I: Folk Theater Ensemble for K-2nd
    Taught by Gina Samardge
    Thursdays, 4:15pm-5:15pm, January 31 to May 23
    Required Tech Rehearsals and Performances May 13-19

    A wonderful introduction to the world of theater, Imagination Playhouse I nurtures the vast, creative minds of children. Through the use of improvisation and theater games, creative play, singing, instruments, art, design, and movement, students will help to bring an original story written by Imagination Playhouse II to life. 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; designing and making parts of their costumes, set pieces, and props; helping to write some of the music and lyrics; and creating dances. The final production is a unique theatrical experience, with students not only acting, singing and dancing, but playing percussion instruments as well. A truly one-of-a-kind production of which each child can be proud.

    • 02/12/2019
    • 06/04/2019
    • 16 sessions
    • Compass Arts, 395 Main Street (back entrance), Beacon, NY
    • 10
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    Compass Arts Rompatom Ensemble Gina Samardge and Justin KellerRompatom Ensemble I for 1st-3rd grade
    Taught by Gina Samardge with Justin Keller
    Tuesdays, 4pm-5:30pm, February 12 to June 4 (no class 4/16)
    Tech and Dress Rehearsal May 15, 16 & 17, Performances May 18 and 19

    A vocal, instrumental, and creative musical ensemble, Rompatom I preps younger students for the advanced Rompatom II ensemble, introducing playing technique, rhythmic, melodic, and harmonic work, and improvisation on xylophones and drums, with some introduction to ukulele and recorder. Over the course of the semester, students build skills while learning parts of some of the material played by Rompatom II, 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 combines the two ensembles joining forces to 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!

    If a 90 minute class is too long for your first or second grader, we will gladly offer a discounted rate for the first hour only which will not include recorder or ukulele. Payment plans are also available. Email Gina@CompassArts.org to inquire about either of these.

    • 02/12/2019
    • 06/04/2019
    • 16 sessions
    • Compass Arts, 395 Main Street (back entrance), Beacon, NY
    • 1
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    Compass Arts Rompatom Ensemble Gina Samardge and Justin KellerRompatom Ensemble II for 4th-8th grade
    Taught by Gina Samardge with Justin Keller
    Tuesdays, 5pm-6:30pm, February 12 - June 4 (no class 4/16)
    Tech and Dress Rehearsal May 15, 16 & 17, Performances May 18 and 19

    A vocal, instrumental, and creative ensemble for students in 4th-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 quite like this!

    There is no audition, however, all interested students for Rompatom II are required to attend an intro rehearsal and info session on Tuesday, February 5th, from 5-5:45pm to learn about the material being covered and the expectations of each participant. Payment plans are also available. Please email Gina@CompassArts.org to RSVP for this or to inquire about payment plans.

    • 03/26/2019
    • 05/28/2019
    • 9 sessions
    • Compass Arts, 395 Main Street (back entrance), Beacon, NY
    • 7
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    Sing & Move Jamboree Compass ArtsSing and Move Jamboree! for little ones 6 months-5 years and a caregiver
    Taught by Jessie Shaffer
    Tuesdays, 10am-10:45am, March 26 to May 28 (no class 4/16)
    Make-up classes on June 4 and June 11

    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. 

    Jessie Shaffer officially got her start in music playing classical violin as a child, but way before that she was singing and picking out melodies by ear with her mom at home. She used to spend hours alone, listening to her Fisher-Price record player, while her mom got SO MUCH DONE around the house. Now as a mom herself, Jessie is constantly delighting in the joy of sharing music with her daughter, and with the children of other parents. She has also practiced yoga for the past two decades and earned a master’s degree in art history from Brooklyn College that allows her to teach college students in addition to toddlers. Over the years, Jessie has honed her improvisation and songwriting skills, and recently picked up the banjo as her main instrument for singalongs. Since 2015, Jessie has co-led singalongs and taught music classes with the Brooklyn based children’s music group, The Sparrow Sisters. A recent transplant to Beacon, Jessie has been blown away its ultra-creative and welcoming community, as she finds her path here.

    • 03/29/2019
    • 05/10/2019
    • 6 sessions
    • Compass Arts, 395 Main Street (back entrance), Beacon, NY
    • 10
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    Compass Arts Imagination BuildRigamajig for After-School K-5th Grade
    Taught by Danielle Andretta
    Fridays, 4pm-5:30pm, March 29 to May 10

    Rigamajig is a building kit conceived for hands-on free play and learning. It's a collection of wooden planks, wheels, pulleys, nuts, bolts and rope designed to engage the inquisitive mind and creative spirit of children. Through play, they think three dimensionally, create physically, and work collaboratively. Building with this simple set of parts helps children combine imagination with cognitive thinking & invention, embrace process over outcome, and empowers them to be makers of their own world. During the builders' club, the adult "teachers" will present creative play prompts and questions to inspire students in their creations and facilitate problem solving, but not guide students to any particular end. This is experiential and all about the child's creative process! Check out the Rigamajig at https://rigamajig.com/

    • 04/01/2019
    • 05/13/2019
    • 6 sessions
    • Compass Arts, 395 Main Street (back entrance), Beacon, NY
    • 7
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    Compass Arts Imagination BuildRigamajig for Homeschoolers 6 and up
    Taught by Danielle Andretta
    Mondays, 11:15am-12:30pm, April 1 to May 13

    Rigamajig is a building kit conceived for hands-on free play and learning. It's a collection of wooden planks, wheels, pulleys, nuts, bolts and rope designed to engage the inquisitive mind and creative spirit of children. Through play, they think three dimensionally, create physically, and work collaboratively. Building with this simple set of parts helps children combine imagination with cognitive thinking & invention, embrace process over outcome, and empowers them to be makers of their own world. During the builders' club, the adult "teachers" will present creative play prompts and questions to inspire students in their creations and facilitate problem solving, but not guide students to any particular end. This is experiential and all about the child's creative process! Check out the Rigamajig at https://rigamajig.com/

    • 04/01/2019
    • 05/13/2019
    • 6 sessions
    • Compass Arts, 395 Main Street (back entrance), Beacon, NY
    • 7
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    Compass Arts Mixed Media Art StudioMixed Media Art Studio for K-5th homeschoolers
    Taught by Amanda E. Gross
    Mondays, 1:00pm-2:30pm, April 1 - May 13
    No class April 15

    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 makefunctional 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. This class price is reduced by 30% from our regular pricing for a 90 minute art class specifically for the homeschooling community. For questions regarding curriculum, please email Amanda directly @ grossdraws@gmail.com.

    Amanda E Gross is a Beacon, NY-based visual artist and educator. After earning a Bachelor of Fine Arts from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC) and a Master of Art Education from The Rhode Island School of Design (RISD), Amanda taught art in a variety of media - and English as a second language - outside Boston, worked at a children's museum in San Francisco, and designed instructional materials for adults. As an artist, Amanda creates paintings, drawings, and embroideries with a deep reverence for nature and playful irreverence for social mores, often with re-purposed wood, fabric, and tiles. Her artworks have been widely exhibited, including a January solo show at Beacon's Catalyst Gallery, and her illustrations and graphics have been featured in educational and commercial contexts. If not doing something art-related, Amanda is probably petting a cat, brewing kombucha, pad-drumming, or enjoying an awesome Hudson Valley hike or cultural offering with her ecological designer fiancé. For more information, please see amandaegross.com and follow @themagicaeg on Instagram.

    • 04/04/2019
    • 06/13/2019
    • 10 sessions
    • Compass Arts, 395 Main Street (back entrance), Beacon, NY
    • 3
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    Cartooning Comics Ed MurrCartooning for 3rd-6th grade
    Taught by Ed Murr
    Thursdays, 5pm-6:15pm, April 4 to June 13

    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.

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

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