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Beginning Guitar 1 for Teens/Adults

Quarter 1: Starts on September 7, 2018

Class Time: 12:00 pm      Duration: 55 min

Instructor: Lee Nathanson

Grade Range: 5th-8th

Prerequisites:

Learn the fundamentals of playing the guitar! In this class, students will learn basic melodies, such as Ode to Joy, Happy Birthday, etc Teens will learn to play chords and strumming patterns for familiar songs chosen by the instructor and students. Students are encouraged to bring in music they are interested in learning. New chords and new songs will be added each week as students also learn to read music and basic music theory. Students will also learn how to hold, tune, and care for their guitars. Students should plan to practice at home several times each week. Each student will need a least a beginner level acoustic guitar. There is a materials fee of $5.00 payable to the instructor on the first day of class for a music notebook. Compass parents are welcome to register for the class to work alongside their teens, or to work on their own, while their teen is in another Compass class. Students should expect to spend 20-30 minutes per day most days practicing chords and melodies from class. Homeschool families may wish to count this course as a component, or partial, credit in fine arts for purposes of a high school transcript.

5 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $153.00

Director's Chair: Behind the Scenes of The Three Musketeers

Quarter 1: Starts on September 7, 2018

Class Time: 10:00 am      Duration: 55 min

Instructor: Bette Cassatt

Grade Range: 8th-12th

Prerequisites:

“All for one, one for all!” The Musketeers had their own motto for teamwork. Have you ever wondered about the team behind the scenes that brings a production to stage? Have you seen a play and been dazzled by the set, amazed by the costumes, and thrilled by the fight scenes? It takes a team of people to put on a show: stage managers, costume designers, set designers, props designers, lighting designers, sound designers, choreographers, actors, and a director to guide them all. This class will explore the different elements of production team, designers, and crew responsibilities as students analyze a script and make decisions as if they were the director and design team.

Students will learn how a production and design team bring a show to life while working with a professional director/ fight choreographer/ actor/ costumer/ playwright/ dramaturg. Students will begin with script analysis and developing the director’s vision. The group will consider stage management, casting, set design, costume design, and dramaturgy (cultural, artistic, and historical insight into a play). As their vision takes shape, the class will continue to explore the jobs of director and stage manager. They will consider the roles of working with actors, planning fight/dance choreography, selecting props, and designing technical elements such as lighting, sound, and music. Example activities for our student design team include creating an aesthetic concept, establishing a production calendar, setting casting requirements, and writing an audition notice. The team may sketch set concepts, design character costumes, and identify and research historical elements of the show. The group will learn to block scenes, plan action sequences, and identify sound effects and music for underscoring.

This class is good for beginners as well as continuing theatre and production students. Every play is different and offers new sets of challenges. The emphasis in this course is on the vision, design decisions, and the teamwork required to bring a performance to stage, but the class will not be putting on an actual performance.

Second semester will analyze a humorous adaptation of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's classic “The Hound of Baskervilles” called “Baskervilles: A Sherlock Holmes Mystery.” Homeschool families may wish to count this course as a component, or partial, credit in fine arts (drama) for purposes of a high school transcript.

6 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $145.00

Intermediate Guitar 1 for Teens/Adults

Quarter 1: Starts on September 7, 2018

Class Time: 11:00 am      Duration: 55 min

Instructor: Lee Nathanson

Grade Range: 7th-12th

Prerequisites:

Intermediate Guitar is a continuation of Beginning Guitar. Students will continue to build on the fundamentals of playing the acoustic guitar! In this class, students will continue learn basic melodies to familiar songs and will add new chords and strum patterns each week. Students are encouraged to bring in music they are interested in learning. The class will continue to learn to read music, use tablature notations for guitar, and cover basic music theory. As an intermediate level class, most students will have had 14-30 weeks of instruction through Compass, or equivalent. The pace of the class and material covered will be adapted by the instructor once he has assessed enrolled students. Students should plan to practice at home several times each week. Each student will need a least a beginner level acoustic guitar. There is a materials fee of $5.00 payable to the instructor on the first day of class for a music notebook if the student does not have one. Compass parents are welcome to register for the class to work alongside their teens, or to work on their own, while their teen is in another Compass class. Students should expect to spend 20-30 minutes per day most days practicing chords and melodies from class. Homeschool families may wish to count this course as a component, or partial, credit in fine arts for purposes of a high school transcript.

5 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $153.00

Mosaic Masterpieces: Whimsical Works in Wavy Glass

Quarter 1: Starts on September 7, 2018

Class Time: 1:00 pm      Duration: 115 min

Instructor: Mylene Nyman

Grade Range: 7th-12th

Prerequisites:

Mosaics is run as a studio art class where students create unique compositions and work at their own pace under the guidance of an experienced mosaic artist. Each quarter, students are taught new design, cutting, layout, and finishing techniques and are introduced to new mosaic materials which they can incorporate into inspired, original pieces. Throughout the quarter, the instructor will suggest possible themes for projects based on the featured materials, but students are always welcome to pursue a different direction.
First quarter, students will learn to work with colored water glass, Van Gogh glass, and cathedral glass. Students will learn to use wavy cut techniques to create flowing patterns. Possible projects include a mosaic-framed mirror or a water scene in which wavy water glass gives the impression of a lake, pond, or ocean.

Each project will expand a student s understanding of color, pattern, rhythm, texture, and spacing as they complete rich, dimensioned compositions. Students will be able to incorporate other glass and ceramic tiles into their compositions and may select feature elements such as beautiful glass gems, millifiori, sliced stone, metallic ornaments, mirrored bits, or shells, to serve as focal points in their mosaic piece. For each project, students will be able to choose from a variety of substrates- rectangular, square, shaped, or circular backboards, or special forms such as mirrors, pots, or small boxes.

There is no prerequisite for this class. Students who are new to mosaics will complete a quick checkerboard project (complete with wooden checkers) to teach pattern, layout, and lines before starting their specialized projects. The number of projects completed each quarter depends on the student s work speed and attendance in class. Compass parents are welcome to register for the class to work alongside their teens, or to work on their own, while their teen is in another Compass class.

There is a $40.00 per student material and supply fee payable to the instructor on the first day of class. Topics in this year s studio series include: Whimsical Works in Wavy Glass (1st quarter), Creative Compositions with Curvy Class (2nd quarter), Winter Works in Ceramic and Porcelain (3rd quarter), and Spring Sampler with Cut China (4th quarter). Homeschool families may wish to count this course as a component, or partial, credit in fine arts for purposes of a high school transcript.

5 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $149.00

Paint Studio: Botanicals- Line, Color, Shape, and Texture

Quarter 1: Starts on September 7, 2018

Class Time: 10:00 am      Duration: 55 min

Instructor: Luc Atangana

Grade Range: 7th-12th

Prerequisites:

Students will be introduced to painting with acrylics in a relaxed, informal studio setting under the guidance of a professional paint instructor. Students will work on framed canvas and easels and will learn elements of art and principles of design in addition to methods in painting.
First quarter, students will begin painting botanicals such as flowers, plants, or leaves. Through the botanical study, painters will learn techniques with acrylic paints such as blending, stippling, and broad stroke to help them replicate the different effects in natural subjects. Elements of art introduced in the first quarter projects include line, shape, form, space, color, value, and texture. Students will complete two 16 X 20 canvases this quarter.
This class is suitable for beginners who have never painted before, or returning art students who have worked in any medium and are interested in expanding their knowledge and abilities with acrylic paint. Compass parents are welcome to register for this class to work alongside their teens, or to work on their own, while their teen is in another Compass class. Painting can provide a relaxing, needed mid-day break between rigorous academic classes and over-scheduled lives in a fun, supportive environment with an instructor who will meet students where they are with art skills.
There is a $16.00 per student material and supply fee due payable to the instructor on the first day of class for two canvases, acrylic paint, a sketch book, a 5x7 pad of acrylic paint paper, and use of shared class supplies (desktop easels, brushes, paper products, etc.). Topics in this year s class (or studio) series include: Botanicals Line, Color, Shape, and Texture (first quarter); Still Life- Values, Form, and Space (second quarter); Landscape Composition, Unity, and Repetition (third quarter) and Create Your Own- Balance, Emphasis, and Proportion (fourth quarter). Homeschool families may wish to count this course as a component, or partial, credit in fine arts for purposes of a high school transcript.

6 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $105.00

Teen Open Mic/Jam Session

Quarter 1: Starts on September 7, 2018

Class Time: 1:00 pm      Duration: 55 min

Instructor: Lee Nathanson

Grade Range: 8th-12th

Prerequisites:

Teens will have fun playing their instruments and performing- and jamming- with other musicians under the guidance of a professional musician/guitarist. Songs can range from simple melodies to full, popular songs. Students can bring music to class from any genre that they are working on or would like to learn, and the instructor can provide some selections for the group to work on together. This class will be creative and fluid with the direction driven by the teen musicians.

All instruments are welcome. Students must have a basic level of proficiency on their respective instrument: Guitar players should know most of their open chords. Piano players should be able to read simple melodies and play chords. Bass players should know how to play simple bass lines. Other instruments should be able to play notes and some scales. Guitarists with electric guitars should have a small amplifier so they can be heard. This session will repeat each session, but music will change each week. Homeschool families may wish to count this course as a component, or partial, credit in fine arts for purposes of a high school transcript.

5 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $153.00

Acting- Kids' Theater: The Wizard of Oz, Act 1 of 2

Quarter 1: Starts on September 12, 2018

Class Time: 2:00 pm      Duration: 55 min

Instructor: John Waldron

Grade Range: 3rd-5th

Prerequisites:

Students will not want to miss the chance to play a part in this delightful musical classic which generations of children have enjoyed since it hit the big screen in 1939. This story begins when Dorothy and her little dog Toto are swept away in a cyclone and land in the mixed-up, magical world of Oz. The Good Witch of the North sends Dorothy on a magical journey homeward where she meets the Scarecrow, the Tin Man, the Cowardly Lion, and the Wicked Witch of the West. Together, the new friends sing, We re off to see the Wizard, the wonderful Wizard of Oz. Act One (and quarter one) ends in a cliffhanger when the witch reveals that she will stop at nothing to stop Dorothy and her friends.

Students will want to continue in this class for second quarter where they will play all new roles and continue the adventure. The group will learn Act 2 of the story which takes the gang from the perilous journey to the Emerald City through Dorothy s and Toto s safe return home. This is a story of friendship, courage, and the realization that, there s no place like home.

Young actors will further their theatrical skills and stretch their imaginations by working on characters, envisioning settings, and exploring the plot as they develop scenes in which everyone has a role. Students will benefit from experimenting with public speaking through acting in a safe, supportive environment and enjoy the satisfaction of working as a team. Students will be coached on acting basics such as facing the audience, projecting their voices, and dramatizing their character through body language and movements. The final class will be a class performance which showcases what they have learned. This class is best suited for students who are active listeners, can follow directions, can collaborate with others, do their best to memorize lines, and enjoy working in a group. Students should be able to read on grade level in order to follow the script. The cost of the class script is included in the class fee. Topics in this year s class series include: Wizard of Oz, Act 1 of 2 (first quarter); Wizard of Oz, Act 2 of 2 (second quarter); The Jungle Book (third quarter), and Treasure Island (fourth quarter).

6 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $110.00

Acting- Teen Stage: 1 Minute Plays

Quarter 1: Starts on September 12, 2018

Class Time: 1:00 pm      Duration: 55 min

Instructor: John Waldron

Grade Range: 7th-12th

Prerequisites:

Imagine a scene on a long airplane flight, in a Chinese restaurant, at an awkward class reunion, a doctor s waiting room, a kooky family reunion, an English pub, a football game, or even the mall. Envision those scenarios all in one zany production, as a collection of one-minute plays! The class will race through at least twenty super-short scripts featuring a range of zany mini stories. The class will cast, practice, and perform them in a rapid-fire form called tiny theater and flash fiction. One-minute plays are popular around the country in venues such as college theater, indie stage, and countless festivals such as the annual Gone in 60 Seconds event.

New and returning acting students will have fun and be challenged to think on their feet with the rapid-fire pace of these super-short plays as they connect with the audience, bring their character to life, and tell their story... in just one minute. Students will change characters and plots in quick succession and have to bring the audience along with them. If they forget a line, they ll improvise! From story to story, students will develop clever transitions and sequence the short scenes to a coherent class production.

In this class, actors will learn the art of a cold read in front of a director. If a student would like to write a script for the class, he/she should bring a hard copy to the first day of class to review and edit with the instructor before the script is offered to the class.

The students will perform for family and friends at the end of the quarter. This class is best suited for students who are active listeners, are flexible and easily adapt, have a sense of humor, and can work in a collaborative group. Students need to be able to stay in sync with the flow of the class. This is not an "anything goes" or free-for-all class.

Topics in this year s Teen Stage series include: One Minute Plays (first quarter); Wednesday Afternoon Live (second quarter); Improv Theater Games (third quarter); and Mystery on Demand (fourth quarter). Homeschool families may wish to count this course as a component, or partial, credit in Fine Arts for purposes of a high school transcript.

6 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $109.00

Acting- Young Actors' Playhouse: Safari Adventure

Quarter 1: Starts on September 12, 2018

Class Time: 12:00 pm      Duration: 55 min

Instructor: Rebecca Wahls

Grade Range: 1st-2nd

Prerequisites:

Acting is an adventure! Young actors will embark upon an imaginary Safari journey where they will create an original storyline and unique characters for their very own original play about wacky animals, wily adventurers, and the wild sarengeti.

Students will think about the actions, voices, and personalities of characters as they develop their own through exercises and games. Students will explore skills such as sensory awareness, listening, stage movement, character development, emotional development, and observation/concentration while learning to perform their own unique character. Young actors will learn aspects of acting by script read-through, blocking, costume/prop discussion, and planning the show. Through individual and group activities, young actors build confidence in preparation for a final sharing for parents.

This program has been specially adapted for Compass from Acting for Young People's curriculum, and is ideal for students with any level of experience.The script will be developed and customized uniquely for this class by the instructor with input from the students. All actors must be at least age 6 to sign up for this class. Topics in this year's class series include: Safari Adventure (first quarter), Outer Space Race (second quarter), Magical Monsters (third quarter), and Our Own Fairy Tale (fourth quarter).

6 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $90.00

Art: Fundamentals of Drawing- Charcoal and Color

Quarter 1: Starts on September 12, 2018

Class Time: 1:00 pm      Duration: 55 min

Instructor: Lori Goll

Grade Range: 2nd-4th

Prerequisites:

veryone can learn to draw! In this class, students will complete fun exercises which will build confidence and teach basic drawing fundamentals that they can use in the future. This class will combine classical drawing techniques in pencil, charcoal, and pen-and-ink as well as basic color drawing with colored pencils. Students will learn drawing fundamentals such as perspective, composition, shading and blending while they practice the essential elements of art (value, gesture, perspective, proportion, etc). Basic color theory will also be introduced. More importantly, students will learn to "see" as artists, and to draw what they see instead of what they think they know. Lessons will include important art vocabulary and visual references of classical and contemporary art. We will draw from both life and photographic references and our possible subject matter will include still life, figures, portraits, animals, birds, and landscape

6 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $113.00

Art: Fundamentals of Drawing- Charcoal and Color

Quarter 1: Starts on September 12, 2018

Class Time: 2:00 pm      Duration: 55 min

Instructor: Lori Goll

Grade Range: 5th-6th

Prerequisites:

veryone can learn to draw! In this class, students will complete fun exercises which will build confidence and teach basic drawing fundamentals that they can use in the future. This class will combine classical drawing techniques in pencil, charcoal, and pen-and-ink as well as basic color drawing with colored pencils. Students will learn drawing fundamentals such as perspective, composition, shading and blending while they practice the essential elements of art (value, gesture, perspective, proportion, etc). Basic color theory will also be introduced. More importantly, students will learn to "see" as artists, and to draw what they see instead of what they think they know. Lessons will include important art vocabulary and visual references of classical and contemporary art. We will draw from both life and photographic references and our possible subject matter will include still life, figures, portraits, animals, birds, and landscape

6 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $113.00

Art: Fundamentals of Drawing- Charcoal and Color

Quarter 1: Starts on September 12, 2018

Class Time: 3:00 pm      Duration: 55 min

Instructor: Lori Goll

Grade Range: 7th-9th

Prerequisites:

veryone can learn to draw! In this class, students will complete fun exercises which will build confidence and teach basic drawing fundamentals that they can use in the future. This class will combine classical drawing techniques in pencil, charcoal, and pen-and-ink as well as basic color drawing with colored pencils. Students will learn drawing fundamentals such as perspective, composition, shading and blending while they practice the essential elements of art (value, gesture, perspective, proportion, etc). Basic color theory will also be introduced. More importantly, students will learn to "see" as artists, and to draw what they see instead of what they think they know. Lessons will include important art vocabulary and visual references of classical and contemporary art. We will draw from both life and photographic references and our possible subject matter will include still life, figures, portraits, animals, birds, and landscape

6 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $113.00

Beginning Guitar 1

Quarter 1: Starts on September 12, 2018

Class Time: 2:00 pm      Duration: 55 min

Instructor: Lee Nathanson

Grade Range: 5th-8th

Prerequisites:

Learn the fundamentals of playing the guitar! In this class, students will learn basic melodies, such as Ode to Joy, Happy Birthday, Jingle Bells, etc Kids will learn to play chords and strumming patterns for familiar songs chosen by the instructor and students. Students are encouraged to bring in music they are interested in learning. New chords and new songs will be added each week as students also learn to read music and basic music theory. Students will also learn how to hold, tune, and care for their guitars. Students should be able to read at grade level for this class, and should plan to practice at home several times each week. Each student will need a least a beginner level acoustic guitar. There is a materials fee of $5.00 payable to the instructor on the first day of class for a music notebook. Students should expect to spend 20-30 minutes per day most days practicing chords and melodies from class.

5 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $153.00

High Energy Hip Hop

Quarter 1: Starts on September 12, 2018

Class Time: 11:00 am      Duration: 55 min

Instructor: Velocity Dance

Grade Range: 4th-8th

Prerequisites:

Get moving to high-energy Hip Hop mid-day! Break-up your child's sit-down, quiet, or serious time with this popular urban dance class. Focusing on Hip Hop and Street Jazz styles, while using clean edits of popular music (rated E for everyone), students will learn new choreography each week. We begin with a welcome, stretching and across the floor dancing. A game transitions to center floor work of choreography combinations, techniques, and tricks. Over the session dancers will put together video clips to create a class music video to showcase their new skills to family and friends. The last class of the quarter, students will perform a group routine for parents. Hip Hop is a co-ed dance style that accommodates kids who have not danced before and those who don't want the structure of more traditional dance formats while providing a fun, creative physical and cardio work out.

7 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $141.00

Junior Art Studio: Craft Art of the Masters

Quarter 1: Starts on September 12, 2018

Class Time: 11:00 am      Duration: 55 min

Instructor: Kerry Deiderich

Grade Range: K-2nd

Prerequisites:

This class is a multi-media art sampler for our youngest artists! Each week students will learn a few fun facts about a type of art or artist, view sample works, and then will create a project in the style of the artist using a wide variety of materials and representative colors, patterns, textures, and embellishments. Young artists will have the opportunity to work with a different media each week such as tempera paint, various papers, color pencils, markers, tissue paper, translucent tracing paper, cray pas, oil pastels, charcoals, and watercolors.

First quarter, Junior Artists will learn about the unique Craft Art of famous artists! We will work on art projects that have craft themes such as Van Gogh s Sunflowers, torn paper rainbows, Faith Ringold s story quilts, and sand painting, to name a few. Through weekly projects, junior artists will learn about and make their own Craft Art while learning about the artist, the technique, and the subject matter. There is a supply fee of $20.00, payable to the instructor on the first day of class which covers consumable class materials such a specialty papers, watercolor pencils, and paints. Topics in this year s studio series include: Unique Craft Art (first quarter); Seascape Art (second quarter); Famous Abstract-Inspired Projects (third quarter); and Animals in Art (fourth quarter).

6 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $113.00

Little Hands Music

Quarter 1: Starts on September 12, 2018

Class Time: 12:00 pm      Duration: 55 min

Instructor: Kathy Preisinger

Grade Range: Age 0-4

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Little Hands is a family music and movement classes for parents and children, aged infant to 5 years old. Be part of an engaging musical world while building confidence, coordination, and communications skills. Singing, imitating sounds, rhyming, and object identification foster language skills. Creative movement to various musical moods develops a sense of balance, timing and spatial awareness. Listening and taking turns encourage blossoming social skills. Children and parents meet weekly for a 30-minute class and enjoy singing, moving, listening, and playing simple, specially designed instruments. Structured time runs from 1:15-1:45 pm, with time before and after for gathering and transitions.

8 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $96.00

Music Makers- Rhythms

Quarter 1: Starts on September 12, 2018

Class Time: 1:00 pm      Duration: 55 min

Instructor: Kathy Preisinger

Grade Range: K-2nd

Prerequisites:

Music Makers explores many facets of the musical experience- singing, moving, dancing, listening, and playing instruments. The class will explore musical stories, famous composers, and different genres of music while playing a variety of percussion instruments (drums, sticks, triangles, woodblocks and more!). Students will learn to play a beginning pitched instrument on glockenspiels (a small barred instrument like the xylophone). Using an Orff-based approach, students will learn to read and write beginning musical notation and learn musical terminology all in the context of fun and play. Music Makers classes provide a fun, pressure-free environment to experience music and movement with the goal of general musicianship and excellent preparation for further, individual instrument lessons if desired. Music Makers helps every child acquire the essential building blocks for a future of musical learning!

8 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $123.00

Pottery Workshop: Ancient Vessels and Modern Vases

Quarter 1: Starts on September 12, 2018

Class Time: 10:00 am      Duration: 55 min

Instructor: Andrew Cummins

Grade Range: 1st-3rd

Prerequisites:

Young sculptors will enjoy working hands-on with clay and experiencing the many forms this medium can take. Working with clay is multi-sensory, and young sculptors enjoy the tactile experience of pounding, pinching, rolling, flattening, squeezing, coiling, stretching, squashing, and bending clay into many forms. Working with clay engages a different artistic skillset than coloring, drawing, and writing and encourages creativity to sculpt and represent objects in three dimensions.

In this workshop, students will create original hand-made pieces inspired by different themes and clay construction techniques. During first quarter, students will sculpt vessels and vases: a Greek amphora vase using the coil pot technique; a square or triangular vase using the joined slab technique; and a textured cup using a single slab with an added handle. During week seven, students will paint a modern, abstract bowl that the instructor pre-formed on the pottery wheel and bisque fired in his studio.

Students will sculpt projects in weeks one, three, and five and paint/glaze projects in weeks two, four, and six each quarter. Students will use natural, low fire white clay and non-toxic glazes on their pieces. They will experiment with different textures and patterns formed in clay with tools, found objects, and with a variety of glaze colors. Clay projects will be taken to back to a studio to dry and be fired. All pieces are considered food safe once they are glaze fired and returned to students.

Each quarter, students will further develop hand building techniques and painting skills with each new lesson and project. Topics in this class series include: Ancient Vessels and Modern Vases (first quarter); Hanging Creations (second quarter); Funny Faces (third quarter), and Springtime Sculptures (fourth quarter.) There is a $35.00 per student material fee due payable to the instructor on the first day of class.

8 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $179.00

Pottery Workshop: Ancient Vessels and Modern Vases

Quarter 1: Starts on September 12, 2018

Class Time: 11:00 am      Duration: 55 min

Instructor: Andrew Cummins

Grade Range: 4th-6th

Prerequisites:

Young sculptors will enjoy working hands-on with clay and experiencing the many forms this medium can take. Working with clay is multi-sensory, and young sculptors enjoy the tactile experience of pounding, pinching, rolling, flattening, squeezing, coiling, stretching, squashing, and bending clay into many forms. Working with clay engages a different artistic skillset than coloring, drawing, and writing and encourages creativity to sculpt and represent objects in three dimensions.

In this workshop, students will create original hand-made pieces inspired by different themes and clay construction techniques. During first quarter, students will sculpt vessels and vases: a Greek amphora vase using the coil pot technique; a square or triangular vase using the joined slab technique; and a textured cup using a single slab with an added handle. During week seven, students will paint a modern, abstract bowl that the instructor pre-formed on the pottery wheel and bisque fired in his studio.

Students will sculpt projects in weeks one, three, and five and paint/glaze projects in weeks two, four, and six each quarter. Students will use natural, low fire white clay and non-toxic glazes on their pieces. They will experiment with different textures and patterns formed in clay with tools, found objects, and with a variety of glaze colors. Clay projects will be taken to back to a studio to dry and be fired. All pieces are considered food safe once they are glaze fired and returned to students.

Each quarter, students will further develop hand building techniques and painting skills with each new lesson and project. Topics in this class series include: Ancient Vessels and Modern Vases (first quarter); Hanging Creations (second quarter); Funny Faces (third quarter), and Springtime Sculptures (fourth quarter.) There is a $35.00 per student material fee due payable to the instructor on the first day of class.

8 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $179.00

Stage Combat Masters: From Sticks to Steel Practice, Precision, Perfection

Quarter 1: Starts on September 12, 2018

Class Time: 2:00 pm      Duration: 55 min

Instructor: Bette Cassatt

Grade Range: 7th-12th

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This is the sword fighting class you ve been dying for! You ve learned the basics (the cuts, the parries, the footwork), now it s time to step it up a notch. Master students will learn a piece of choreography and spend the quarter perfecting the distance, placement, timing, rhythm, tempo, footwork, intention, and acting of the fight. Actors will begin to transition from working solely with practice weapons to working with professional stage combat swords. The goal is to get very comfortable with a piece of choreography and all of its details and bring it up to performance quality. This class demands a high level of personal discipline and focus from the student.

Stage Combat Masters is 'by invitation only" for students who have been recommended by the instructor. Former students who wish to be considered for this advanced class should contact Compass to inquire. Topics in this year's class series include: From Sticks to Steel, Practice Precision, and Perfection (first quarter); Advanced Choreography (second quarter); Dual Wielding (third quarter); and Multiple Opponent Battles (fourth quarter).
Prerequisites: Evaluation from the instructor. The student needs a thorough command of stage combat basics (ex. Cuts, parries, footwork, vocabulary, etc.) as well as demonstrate consistency in targeting, weapon handling, and self-discipline. Parents of students who are not currently enrolled, may inquire by emailing admin@compassclasses.com. Please put Stage Combat Masters: AUDITION INQUIRY in the subject line.

6 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $142.00

Stage Combat: Brawls, Grappling, and Fisticuffs (Unarmed Combat)

Quarter 1: Starts on September 12, 2018

Class Time: 1:00 pm      Duration: 55 min

Instructor: Bette Cassatt

Grade Range: 5th-8th

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Let s fight! In the movies, it doesn t take much for everyone to start throwing punches. A fight between two people could quickly turn into a brawl. This exciting class will explore unarmed stage combat techniques, grappling (close fighting), and brawling with multiple fighters. Stage combat is the art of creating the illusion of violence for storytelling on stage and screen.

This class is best suited for students who are focused and have self-discipline, can follow instructions, complete sequential tasks, and work in a group. This class is for beginning and experienced students. Topics in this year's class series include: Brawls, Grappling, and Fisticuffs- Unarmed Combat (first quarter); Weapons of Long Ago and Far Away- broadsword, lightsaber, and rapier (second quarter); and Found Weapons- fights with everyday objects (third quarter ); and Swashbuckling (fourth quarter).

6 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $142.00

Wizard's Workshop: Harry's Hogwarts Handicrafts

Quarter 1: Starts on September 12, 2018

Class Time: 3:00 pm      Duration: 55 min

Instructor: Bette Cassatt

Grade Range: 5th-8th

Prerequisites:

Can't afford a wizard s hat from Madame Malkin s? Can't find the right wand at Ollivanders? Wish you could shop at Scrivenshaft's? No worry- you can still be a properly outfitted Witch or Wizard. In this charming class, you will learn how to create many magical items inspired by the world of Harry Potter. What witch or wizard is complete without a magic wand to wave (or swish and flick)? Or a fashionably pointy hat? This class will unlock the chamber of secret magical crafts including flying keys, bowtruckles, a potion bottle, and other fun and enchanted items. A supply fee of $22.50 is payable to instructor on the first day of class. Students should also bring good scissors for cutting fabric and paper and a low temp mini hot glue gun. Items from home should be labeled with the student's name. These items will be kept in the class supply box for the duration of the quarter so they are not forgotten when needed and will be returned at the end of the quarter.

6 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $143.00

Homeschool String Orchestra

Quarter 1, 2: Starts on September 12, 2018

Class Time: 11:00 am      Duration: 55 min

Instructor: Monika Dorroshef

Grade Range: 3rd-8th

Prerequisites: Private instruction on stringed instrument

Students who play violin, viola, cello, or bass are invited to join this homeschool string orchestra! Musicians will have an opportunity to develop ensemble skills and enjoy the experience of practicing, playing, and performing as a group. The class will start each week with tuning and warm-ups such as playing musical scales and simple exercises. Then the class will work on several group songs each semester where they will improve musical literacy, learn to follow the directions from the conductor, and learn to play in different keys- as a group. During the final class of the semester (week 14), a concert will be held for friends and family.
This orchestra is intended for advanced beginners and intermediate strings students who are currently (or recently) enrolled in private lessons. As a guideline, a students should be able to play a D major scale in two octaves on his/her instrument. Students are expected to be able to locate notes on the their instrument, read music and be able to identify all rhythmical patterns. Students with less experience will be asked to play for the conductor or to submit a brief video to help establish placement.
The instructor will provide the orchestral repertoires, and these arrangements will be specially composed to accommodate the range of abilities of all stringed players in the orchestra. Students will be asked to pay a fee $5.00 for their individual music which will be provided on the first day of class. Participants are expected to prepare and practice at home for at least 15 - 20 minutes per day. This is a 13-week semester program, and the week off will be announced by the instructor.

6 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $264.00

Starting with Strings: Beginner Violin

Quarter 1, 2: Starts on September 12, 2018

Class Time: 10:00 am      Duration: 55 min

Instructor: Monika Dorroshef

Grade Range: 3rd-8th

Prerequisites:

Learn to play the violin! Students will learn the fundamentals of playing the violin: how to hold the instrument, how to correctly hold the bow, parts of the instrument, and the names of the open strings. Technique progresses by adding one finger at a time to each string until the student can play a complete scale. The students will be taught to play in unison from a songbook of arranged works. Music education enhances teamwork skills and provides children with a path for self-expression. Scientific research has shown that music lessons not only improve organizational skills and executive functioning but that they also develop self-confidence. At the end of the semester, the class will be able to play several simple tunes and will perform for the parents.
Class Expectations: Students will be asked to bring their instrument, bow, and case to every class. In order to fully benefit from each lesson, daily practice is required. The instrument should be set up professionally by a local music store or a string luthier. An instrument can be purchased or rented from most music stores. Parents may contact Compass for a list of recommendations from the instructor. No sheet music purchase is required for this class. This is a 13-week semester class, and the week off will be announced by the instructor.

5 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $279.00
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