Summer programs are where the Compass Arts staff gets to kind of cut loose and assemble their most creative, offbeat offerings. These experiences are crazy fun while simultaneously encouraging deep learning. They are imaginative spaces designed to thrill and inspire wonder through play-based exploration. Whether building tunnels and forts, adapting a story book for the stage or getting down deep into messy/sciencey what-happens-when-we-do-this scenarios the Compass Arts camps deliver unforgettably expansive experiences.
Beacon Art Journeys!
A five-week site specific "summer camp" curriculum
Guided by the Compass Arts staff
June 29 to July 31, self-directed pacing
Compass Arts presents Beacon Art Journeys! - a five-week site specific "summer camp" curriculum with weekly project materials and audio/visual inspiration brought to you by a magical team of educators.
Here at Compass Arts we've had to think creatively about how to continue our offerings during the time of coronavirus and Beacon Art Journeys is the result. For five weeks this summer the Compass Arts team will distribute "Art Packs" that contain materials, directions, and links to audio and/or video content that will allow participants to embark on a guided journey in the local Beacon area. Each participant will have the chance to create their own artwork over the course of what could most closely be described as a creative treasure hunt (hint: the artworks created by the students are the treasure!). Each week's project will take anywhere from one to four hours to complete!The provided Art Packs will direct participants out of the house to a Beacon area location where you will find inspiration to make and explore! Projects can be completed on location, or sometimes at home, but always at the student's own pace. While the audio/visual component will be targeted to children in the age range of 3 to 6 years old, the open-ended projects provide accessibility and excitement for all elementary aged children. At the beginning of each week Art Pacs will be available for pickup at a predetermined location.
Registration includes all five weeks and includes five Art Packs. Below is an overview of each week's plan.
June 29-July 3 - Long Dock Park - Painted Driftwood Stories
Each piece of driftwood tells its own story. Its shape is affected by water, wind and weather, and we can only guess how far and how long it has traveled. For this week, kids will find a piece of driftwood to paint! Painted pieces can be left at Long Dock to create a display, or taken home to become a part of your private garden collection of art.
July 6-10 - Binnacle/One Nature - Speak for the Trees! a "street art" project
Inspired by the work of the Lorax, as well as this special location in Beacon where literacy meets nature, kids will learn the definition of the word "advocate." What is something important that you feel you need to advocate for? Creative expression will abound in chalk-paint displays this week!
July 13-17 - Railroad Track Park at Fishkill Overlook Falls - Machines from the Past, Inventions of the Future!
Did you know that not long ago, real trains rumbled down these tracks? And that the falls were used to produce electricity!? In this week's project, kids will find materials and guidance to create simple machines and consider...what kind of a machine could be useful today? We can't wait to see what is invented!
July 20-24 - Wee Woods of Memorial Park - Building with Nature
Art Packs and instruction this week will relate to working with natural, found materials and exploring the patterns, shapes, and rhythms of the forest.
July 27-31 - Historical Society - Beacon Families
Our partnership with the Historical Society this week will give kids a peek into Beacon's past! What did kids do 100 years ago in this same place? What are you up to today? Our kit will include all the materials needed to create your own unique family portrait, and submit it to the Historical Society where all work will be bound into a book and archived for future generations!
Romp and Play: Creative Music, Theater, and Dance Journeys (online)
For 3-6 year-olds
Taught by Chelsea Acree, Gina Samardge and Jessie Shaffer
This 5-week class is a lovely companion to the Beacon Art Journey packs. Each week students will meet online for 45 minutes to explore a story, often thematically connected to the Art Pack of the week, through music, theater games, and creative dance. 5 weeks, 5 stories, 5 action-packed adventures from the comfort of your own home.
Stories: Creative Music and Dance Journeys (online)
For 2-3 year olds
Taught by Chelsea Acree and Jessie Shaffer
This 5 week class is a lovely companion to the Beacon Art Journey packs. Each week students will meet online for 30 minutes to explore a story through music and creative dance. 5 weeks, 5 stories, 5 action-packed adventures from the comfort of your own home.
Musical 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.
The Rising Artist, Skill-Based Drawing (online)
For students 8 and up
Taught by Sabrina Williamson
Hone your craft in this classical skill-building course. Whether you are perfecting your existing techniques or learning from the beginning. In this course, you will learn perspective drawing, figure drawing, and classical approaches to line contour, shading and composition. Students will learn how to use tools and utilize techniques to take their work to the next level. Learn the power of the Fibonacci sequence and the magic behind Hyperrealism.
Sabrina teaches upper elementary, middle and high school students so depending on enrollment and ages, it could be possible to add a second class to accommodate smaller age ranges.
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
Beacon Rising Online; Vocal Technique, Ear Training and Sight Singing
Taught by Gina Samardge
This course is geared towards Beacon Rising choir members and others who wish to spend a little focused time enhancing their foundational musical and singing skills during this summer period where we can't easily sing together. Each week students will be taken through an easy physical warm up to engage the full body in the act of singing as well as experience musical concepts like rhythm and dynamics. From there, students will learn exercises for engaging the breath and supporting their tone, as well as a variety of vocal warm ups to address technique and how it impacts timbre and intonation. The last part of the class will focus on western classical notation reading and sight-singing, using a combination of sung and signed solfege and rhythmic counting and syllables. Depending on the number of registrants, there may be a virtual choir video project that will take place over the course of this class.
Those unable to make a weekly commitment may participate in our once a month street choir. This group will learn the simpler protest songs in our once a month rehearsals and be invited to perform on both the concert as well as our various community engagements.
No experience is necessary for either choir, however some prior experience can be helpful. All new members must attend a placement audition on February 24th. Email Gina@CompassArts.org to schedule your 15 minute placement audition that evening.