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Classes meet on Wednesdays and Fridays in Oakton, VA. Filter by subject or grade below.

Quarter beginning January 9, 2019

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Wednesday Classes (Click here for Friday Classes)

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Sanctuary

Acting- Young Peoples' Playhouse: Magical Monsters Acting- Young Peoples' Playhouse: Magical Monsters - Acting is an adventure! Young actors will embark upon an imaginary encounter with Magical Monsters where they will create an original storyline and unique characters. Together, they will create their very own original play about magical monsters, curious creatures, and a silly sequence of events. 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).

12:00 pm-12:55 pm

1st-3rd

Acting-Teen Stage: Improv Scenes, Long Form Acting-Teen Stage: Improv Scenes, Long Form - This is a fun improvisation class for teens to learn ways to interact spontaneously within character to create a scenes. Students will work on long form improv, which is taking an idea and creating a multi-character and multi-scene play. The art of developing a scene with a partner will be explored. Students will learn the components of scene building such as character development, environment, listening skills, accepting ideas from your partner, and building upon those ideas. A random or unusual setting can be a catalyst for wild and funny ideas.
Popular improvisational techniques such a Scene Jump and Columns will be performed. Students who took the scripted One-Minute Plays class and all new students, will have fun going script -free and strengthening their improvisation skills, with games such as "Two-Minute Stories." Students cooperative work will result in a scene full of fascinating facts, objects, and relationships. Students will improve their ability to think and react "on the fly." Actors' creative thinking and interpersonal skills will be strengthened as they work "out-of-the-box." This class will enhance cognitive development, imagination, and listening skills.
Drawing on their favorite improv games, including long form improv, the students will perform for family and friends at the end of the quarter. There is no prerequisite for this class. 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. This class is an excellent warm-up, for the Mystery On Demand class coming in 4th quarter, where students will improvise their way through a mystery story (setting, characters, plot) created cooperatively by the class.

1:00 pm-1:55 pm

7th-12th

Room2

Sculpture Studio: Funny Faces Sculpture Studio: Funny Faces - Young sculptors will enjoy working hands-on in 3-dimensions with a variety of sculpting materials. Sculpture is multi-sensory, and student sculptors enjoy the tactile experience of shaping, stacking, forming, flattening, and layering a selection of materials into unique, personal projects. Sculpting engages a different artistic skillset than coloring, drawing, and writing and encourages creativity to represent objects in three dimensions. In this workshop, students will create original hand-made pieces inspired by different artists and sculpting techniques.
During third quarter, students will be creating faces in many styles! Young sculptors will experiment with collage, papier mache, air-dry and polymer clays, wire, etc. to create their own versions of funny faces, masks, and vessels. The class will create a functional project featuring a “regular” self-portrait juxtaposed with a creative variation rendered in collage. Other projects will include a papier mache mask, a silly animal pinch pot, and a clay face magnet. Some projects will take two weeks to complete with one week dedicated to forming and shaping the base sculpture and the second week focused on finishing techniques such as painting and embellishing. An additional “bonus” wire sculpture project may be introduced if time allows. Each week, the instructor will show examples and introduce an artist who served as inspiration and worked in a similar style such as Romare Bearden (collage), Picasso (faces), and Alexander Calder (wire).
Topics in this class series include: Funny Faces (third quarter), and Springtime Sculptures (fourth quarter.) There is a $40.00 per student material fee due payable to the instructor on the first day of class.

10:00 am-10:55 am

1st-3rd

Sculpture Studio: Funny Faces Sculpture Studio: Funny Faces - Young sculptors will enjoy working hands-on in 3-dimensions with a variety of sculpting materials. Sculpture is multi-sensory, and student sculptors enjoy the tactile experience of shaping, stacking, forming, flattening, and layering a selection of materials into unique, personal projects. Sculpting engages a different artistic skillset than coloring, drawing, and writing and encourages creativity to represent objects in three dimensions. In this workshop, students will create original hand-made pieces inspired by different artists and sculpting techniques.
During third quarter, students will be creating faces in many styles! Young sculptors will experiment with collage, papier mache, air-dry and polymer clays, wire, etc. to create their own versions of funny faces, masks, and vessels. The class will create a functional project featuring a “regular” self-portrait juxtaposed with a creative variation rendered in collage. Other projects will include a papier mache mask, a silly animal pinch pot, and a clay face magnet. Some projects will take two weeks to complete with one week dedicated to forming and shaping the base sculpture and the second week focused on finishing techniques such as painting and embellishing. An additional “bonus” wire sculpture project may be introduced if time allows. Each week, the instructor will show examples and introduce an artist who served as inspiration and worked in a similar style such as Romare Bearden (collage), Picasso (faces), and Alexander Calder (wire).
Topics in this class series include: Funny Faces (third quarter), and Springtime Sculptures (fourth quarter.) There is a $40.00 per student material fee due payable to the instructor on the first day of class.

11:00 am-11:55 am

4th-6th

Room 4
Room 5

Junior Art Studio: Famous Abstracts Junior Art Studio: Famous Abstracts - 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. Third quarter, Junior Artists will learn about famous abstract and geometric artists and their art- what designs and patterns will we be able to see in their works? Through weekly projects, Junior Artists will learn about and make their own abstract and geometric art while learning about the artist, the technique, and the subject matter. We will do projects focusing on artists such as Miro and his geometric abstract art; Calder with his whimsical abstract sculptures; Klee and his childlike colorful designs; and Mondrian with his Yellow, Blue, Red and Black Line art. 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).

10:00 am-10:55 am

K-2nd

Junior Art Studio: Famous Abstracts Junior Art Studio: Famous Abstracts - 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.
Third quarter, Junior Artists will learn about famous abstract and geometric artists and their art- what designs and patterns will we be able to see in their works? Through weekly projects, Junior Artists will learn about and make their own abstract and geometric art while learning about the artist, the technique, and the subject matter. We will do projects focusing on artists such as Miro and his geometric abstract art; Calder with his whimsical abstract sculptures; Klee and his childlike colorful designs; and Mondrian with his Yellow, Blue, Red and Black Line art. 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).

11:00 am-11:55 am

K-2nd

Music

Homeschool String Orchestra Homeschool String Orchestra - 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, 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 student 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 instruments, 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 16-week semester program.

10:00 am-10:55 am

5th-10th



 

Friday Classes (Click here to jump back up to Wednesday classes)

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Mosaic Masterpieces: Winter Works in Ceramic and Porcelain Mosaic Masterpieces: Winter Works in Ceramic and Porcelain - 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.
Third quarter, students will practice and improve their skills with a pistol grip scorer, breaking pliers, and running pliers to custom cut ceramic and porcelain tiles. 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. For each project, students will be able to choose from a variety of substrates- rectangular, square, shaped, or circular backboards (new students), or special forms such as mirrors, pots, small boxes, a 3D dress form, or top hat (experienced students).
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, ceramic, and porcelain tiles into their projects 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. The mosaic can be monochromatic, complimentary, or contrasting colors.
There is no prerequisite for this class. 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.
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, 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 Glass (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.

1:00 pm-2:55 pm

7th-Adult

Room 2

Paint Studio: Landscape Composition-Unity & Repetition Paint Studio: Landscape Composition-Unity & Repetition - 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.
Third quarter, students will begin landscapes including trees, rivers, mountains, and moons. Through this landscape study, painters will learn techniques with acrylic paints such as shading, blending, stippling, and broad stroke to help them replicate the different effects in landscape subjects with contrasting textures. Elements of art taught in the third quarter projects include unity and harmony to create a dynamic composition, as well as 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 $18.00 per student material and supply fee due, payable to the instructor on the first day of class for two canvases, acrylic paint, a sketchbook, and use of shared class supplies (desktop easels, brushes, paper products, etc.). Students who are continuing in this class from first quarter can continue using their sketchpad, but there is still a $14.00 fee for the other materials. 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.

10:00 am-10:55 am

7th-Adult

Music

Director's Chair: Behind the Scenes of 'Baskervilles: A She... Director's Chair: Behind the Scenes of 'Baskervilles: A Sherlock Holmes Mystery' - Velcome to Baskerwille; a funny, mad-capped, physical comedy version of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle s 'The Hound of the Baskervilles.' Have you ever wondered how the team behind the scenes brings a production to stage? The answer is anything but elementary! 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 dialect work (selecting & learning accents for the various characters). 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 and aesthetic concept, setting casting requirements, and writing an audition notice. The team may sketch set concepts, design character costumes, and figure out accents. The group will learn to block scenes, create moments of physical comedy, and figure out sound effects. 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 production.

10:00 am-10:55 am

8th-12th