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Acting- Kids Theater: Improv Games

Quarter 4: Starts on March 20, 2019

Class Time: 2:00 pm      Duration: 55 min

Instructor: John Waldon

Grade Range: 4th-6th

Prerequisites:

This fun class will feature team building and improv games that encourage students to think fast and work as a team to "play off each other" as they create hilarious and witty moments. Featured games include alphabet improv and entrances and exits. Improvisation is the art of entertaining with connected, unpredictable twists and turns often seen from the great comedians and best live entertainers. Drawing on their favorite improv games, 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.

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

Acting- Young Actors' Playhouse: Our Own Fairy Tale

Quarter 4: Starts on March 20, 2019

Class Time: 12:00 pm      Duration: 55 min

Instructor: Hayley Dandreaux

Grade Range: 1st-3rd

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Acting is an adventure! Young actors will take a step into their very own Fairy Tale land where they will take part in creating an original storyline and unique characters. Together, they will help bring their own fairy tales to life on stage with an original play about fairy tale 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).

6 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $99.00

Acting-Teen Stage: Mystery on Demand

Quarter 4: Starts on March 20, 2019

Class Time: 1:00 pm      Duration: 55 min

Instructor: John Waldon

Grade Range: 7th-12th

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Students will create a unique, improvisational "Who Dunnit" mystery. As a group, the teens will select a unique theme and a intriguing location for their own, original mystery. Will it be a luxury cruise ship, a crowded mall, an Italian restaurant, or bomb shelter- who knows? Over the course of the workshop, students will develop their own characters including suspects and investigators- all who have a motive- and a victim. The cast will guide the audience along the path to solve the mystery. The final class will showcase their process and performance, where students will enjoy the artistry of putting it all together in a group setting. The question, Who done it? remains until the final performance, where no one knows until the final reveal. Every quarter is completely new and offers students their opportunity to bring their story development, acting, and improv skills to the next level. Students benefit from experimenting with public speaking in this safe, supportive environment, and enjoy the satisfaction of working as a team. Students will receive positive, constructive feedback which helps them develop acting skills, such as facing the audience, projecting their voice, and dramatizing their character through their voice, body language, and movements. Expectations: This class is best suited for students who are active listeners, are flexible and easily adapt, have a sense of humor, and enjoy working 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.

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

Art: Painting Fun with Acrylics

Quarter 4: Starts on March 20, 2019

Class Time: 3:00 pm      Duration: 55 min

Instructor: Lorrie Herman

Grade Range: 7th-9th

Prerequisites:

Learn to paint with acryllics- a versatlie medium that can be thick and bold or lightly washed to mimic watercolor. Students will leatn to mix colors in the initial "Get to Know Acrylics" lesson. Each week students will learn different techniques and will see examples from artists who featured those tecniques. Techniques include a value study and the use of light and shadow, creating textures, stamping, pointillism, and creating transparent/translucent effects. Painted projects will include an impressionistic painting in the style of Monet or Cezanne, a pointillism painting in the style of Seurat, a fish painting, an abstract, a stained glass windown (in paint), and a pet portrait.

Acryllic paints do not come out of fabrics, so students should bring a smock, apron, or large cover-up t-shirt each week. There is a $10.00 material fee due to the instructor on the first day of class.

6 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $129.00

Art: Painting Fun with Acrylics

Quarter 4: Starts on March 20, 2019

Class Time: 1:00 pm      Duration: 55 min

Instructor: Lorrie Herman

Grade Range: 3rd-4th

Prerequisites:

Learn to paint with acryllics- a versatlie medium that can be thick and bold or lightly washed to mimic watercolor. Students will leatn to mix colors in the initial "Get to Know Acrylics" lesson. Each week students will learn different techniques and will see examples from artists who featured those tecniques. Techniques include a value study and the use of light and shadow, creating textures, stamping, pointillism, and creating transparent/translucent effects. Painted projects will include an impressionistic painting in the style of Monet or Cezanne, a pointillism painting in the style of Seurat, a fish painting, an abstract, a stained glass windown (in paint), and a pet portrait.

Acryllic paints do not come out of fabrics, so students should bring a smock, apron, or large cover-up t-shirt each week. There is a $10.00 material fee due to the instructor on the first day of class.

6 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $129.00

Art: Painting Fun with Acrylics

Quarter 4: Starts on March 20, 2019

Class Time: 2:00 pm      Duration: 55 min

Instructor: Lorrie Herman

Grade Range: 5th-6th

Prerequisites:

Learn to paint with acryllics- a versatlie medium that can be thick and bold or lightly washed to mimic watercolor. Students will leatn to mix colors in the initial "Get to Know Acrylics" lesson. Each week students will learn different techniques and will see examples from artists who featured those tecniques. Techniques include a value study and the use of light and shadow, creating textures, stamping, pointillism, and creating transparent/translucent effects. Painted projects will include an impressionistic painting in the style of Monet or Cezanne, a pointillism painting in the style of Seurat, a fish painting, an abstract, a stained glass windown (in paint), and a pet portrait.

Acryllic paints do not come out of fabrics, so students should bring a smock, apron, or large cover-up t-shirt each week. There is a $10.00 material fee due to the instructor on the first day of class.

6 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $129.00

Beginning Guitar 4

Quarter 4: Starts on March 20, 2019

Class Time: 2:00 pm      Duration: 55 min

Instructor: Lee Nathanson

Grade Range: 5th-8th

Prerequisites:

Students will continue to 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 for new students payable to the instructor on the first day of class for a music notebook. Students who wish to enroll 4th quarter should have at least 15-20 hours of prior instruction in order to match the pace of the enrolled students.

5 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $165.00

Decorative Arts Studio: Spring Sampler

Quarter 4: Starts on March 20, 2019

Class Time: 10:00 am      Duration: 55 min

Instructor: Shona D\'Cruz

Grade Range: 1st-3rd

Prerequisites:

Young artists will enjoy working hands-on in 3-dimensions with a variety of crafting and building materials. Creating decorative art is multi-sensory, and student artists enjoy the tactile experience of shaping, stacking, forming, flattening, and layering a selection of materials into unique, personal projects. Functional, decorative art 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 through different techniques.

Inspired by spring, our artists will make a variety of projects that bring the outdoors in and brighten your outdoor garden, deck, or patio. Students will create intricate decorated birdhouses, an outdoor hanging spinner, and a concrete stepping stone. They will build a moss and rock fairy or gnome home. Students will also craft a paper flower bouquet using a variety of specialty papers and learn the art of quilling paper into spirals, swirls, and circles that will be used to decorate a photo frame. There is a $40.00 per student material fee due payable to the instructor on the first day of class.

7 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $197.00

Decorative Arts Studio: Spring Sampler

Quarter 4: Starts on March 20, 2019

Class Time: 11:00 am      Duration: 55 min

Instructor: Shona D\'Cruz

Grade Range: 4th-6th

Prerequisites:

Young artists will enjoy working hands-on in 3-dimensions with a variety of crafting and building materials. Creating decorative art is multi-sensory, and student artists enjoy the tactile experience of shaping, stacking, forming, flattening, and layering a selection of materials into unique, personal projects. Functional, decorative art 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 through different techniques.

Inspired by spring, our artists will make a variety of projects that bring the outdoors in and brighten your outdoor garden, deck, or patio. Students will create intricate decorated birdhouses, an outdoor hanging spinner, and a concrete stepping stone. They will build a moss and rock fairy or gnome home. Students will also craft a paper flower bouquet using a variety of specialty papers and learn the art of quilling paper into spirals, swirls, and circles that will be used to decorate a photo frame. There is a $40.00 per student material fee due payable to the instructor on the first day of class.

7 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $197.00

Junior Art Studio: Animals in Art

Quarter 4: Starts on March 20, 2019

Class Time: 10:00 am      Duration: 55 min

Instructor: Kerry Diederich

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.
Third quarter, Junior Artists will learn study animals in art and artists, such as Mary Jo Zarod and her birds and wildlife works. Through weekly projects, Junior Artists will learn about and make their own art focused on horses, hippos, camels, and more, 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: $129.00

Junior Art Studio: Animals in Art

Quarter 4: Starts on March 20, 2019

Class Time: 11:00 am      Duration: 55 min

Instructor: Kerry Diederich

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.
Third quarter, Junior Artists will learn study animals in art and artists, such as Mary Jo Zarod and her birds and wildlife works. Through weekly projects, Junior Artists will learn about and make their own art focused on horses, hippos, camels, and more, 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: $129.00

Learn to Sing: Best of Disney

Quarter 4: Starts on March 20, 2019

Class Time: 11:00 am      Duration: 55 min

Instructor: Wyndy Frederick

Grade Range: 3rd-8th

Prerequisites:

If you want to learn to sing like Belle, Ariel, Elsa, Aladdin, or even the Beast, this class is for you! This class focuses on vocal development, using music from the best of Disney. Repertoire will include at least one chorus number from a major Disney movie, and students will work on other music as solos, duets, or small group numbers. This introduction to vocal performance will include posture, breathing, intonation, and the principles of blending vocal harmonies. Basic musical notation will be introduced as well as melodic and harmonic intervals. No previous musical experience is required just joy in singing!Prior to the start of class, the instructor will identify song book(s) and accompaniments for students to purcahse. A performance will be held in May at the end of fourth quarter to showcase students' songs from both 3rd and 4th quarter.
There is a $10.00 materials fee for copies, purchased sheet music, and CDs.

6 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $120.00

Music Makers- Tunes

Quarter 4: Starts on March 20, 2019

Class Time: 1:00 pm      Duration: 55 min

Instructor: Kathy Priesinger

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: $141.00

Wizard's Workshop: Harry's Hogwarts Handicrafts, Book 4

Quarter 4: Starts on March 20, 2019

Class Time: 3:00 pm      Duration: 55 min

Instructor: Bette Cassatt

Grade Range: 5th-8th

Prerequisites:

Ever wish you didn t have to live the life of a Muggle? Do you ever dream you went to a certain magical school for witchcraft and wizardry? This quarter, we will be crafting projects inspired by the 4th book of the Harry Potter series! Big things happen in the story, and if you were a part of it, you would need to be prepared! A wand is necessary for any witch or wizard, but particularly if you re a Tri-Wizard champion! Pins and buttons are a great way to show your support for your favorite competitor, or to tell your rival that they stink, or perhaps to gain awareness for a cause you believe in Elfish Welfare! If you want to write something down quick, what better way than to have your very own Quick Quotes Quill a replica of a certain acid-tongued journalist s quill. And of course, you ll want to look stunning for the Yule ball with a one-of-a-kind masquerade mask. So, join us for these magical crafts and more! There is a supply fee of $25.00 payable to instructor on the first day of class. Students should also bring good scissors for cutting paper/fabric and a (low temp) hot glue gun. Earn House Points for the House Cup by remembering to bring your supplies each week!

6 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $163.00

Mosaic Masterpieces: Open Studio

Quarter 4: Starts on March 22, 2019

Class Time: 1:00 pm      Duration: 115 min

Instructor: Mimi Nyman

Grade Range: 6th-Adult

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.
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 (typically first-year students), or special forms or 3D objects (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. A broad pallet of colors is always available, and new colors are added each quarter to reflect the season.
Students will develop a skillset for mosaic artistry over multiple quarters or years. As each student demonstrates mastery of basic skills, safety, and artistic expression, that student will be taught advanced techniques, materials, tools, composition, and color theory. A typical progression in mosaics is:
Flat, rectangular substrate, whole tiles, symmetric design, proper spacing and adhesion
Flat, circular substrate, tile cutting with nippers, themed design and color choice
Flat or curved substrate, cutting sheet glass with pistol grip, breaking pliers, and running pliers, composition and color design
3D substrate, adhesion substances, and techniques
Porcelain and ceramic cutting, special application, advanced design
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. There is a $40.00 per student material and supply fee payable to the instructor on the first day of class.

6 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $170.00

Paint Studio: Create Your Own- Balance, Emphasis, Proportion

Quarter 4: Starts on March 22, 2019

Class Time: 10:00 am      Duration: 55 min

Instructor: Luc Atangana

Grade Range: 7th-Adult

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.
Fourth quarter, students will create a painting of their own choice. Painters will learn techniques with acrylic paints such as shading, blending, stippling, and broad stroke to help them replicate the different effects and contrasting textures. Elements of art taught in the fourth quarter projects include balance, emphasis, and proportion 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.

  Price: $116.00

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