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

Quarter beginning September 7, 2018

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Acting- Teen Stage: 1 Minute Plays Acting- Teen Stage: 1 Minute Plays - 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.

1:00 pm-1:55 pm

7th-12th

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

2:00 pm-2:55 pm

3rd-5th

MP Room

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

2:00 pm-2:55 pm

7th-12th

Room 2

Pottery Workshop: Ancient Vessels and Modern Vases Pottery Workshop: Ancient Vessels and Modern Vases - 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.

10:00 am-10:55 am

1st-3rd

Pottery Workshop: Ancient Vessels and Modern Vases Pottery Workshop: Ancient Vessels and Modern Vases - 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.

11:00 am-11:55 am

4th-6th

Room 5
Music Room

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 (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.

11:00 am-11:55 am

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Mosaic Masterpieces: Whimsical Works in Wavy Glass Mosaic Masterpieces: Whimsical Works in Wavy Glass - 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.

1:00 pm-2:55 pm

7th-12th

Room 10

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

10:00 am-10:55 am

7th-12th

Music Room

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

10:00 am-10:55 am

8th-12th