10 Years & Up
Develop skills of visual communication. Express your unique point of view. Communicate your thoughts and feelings. Explore the world around you . . . all through the camera lens. With help from fun weekly assignments, we explore metaphor, point of view, composition, movement, abstraction, self-expression, and more! Students need to bring a digital camera to class (or a phone with an extra large view screen) and have the ability to print at least one image at home each week.
1 hour Wednesdays, 11:30 am – 12:30 pm
History of Rock includes a more immersive understanding of music, its construction, its execution, and how that has impacted world events including politics, style and fashion, cultural evolution, and the rethinking of art itself. This will include examining music of last 100 years.
In addition to reviewing various artists, discussing their contributions and what effect they had on our culture, a basic understanding of music theory will also be taught, as well as a familiarization of the tools used throughout the history of music. This includes various instruments AND recording devices and techniques. We plan on giving the students a hands-on experience.
The goal is to impart a more comprehensive understanding of music, its creators and listeners, and how it has changed and been changed by important historical, technological, and cultural events.
1.5 hours Tuesdays, 12 – 1 pm
Explore the elements of improvisation in this engaging class. You learn some of the core fundamentals and principles of improv, focusing on various games and exercises that encourage trust, communication, agreement (“yes and”); active listening, character, status, and making your scene partner look good. All of these practices are things kids will carry with them into everyday life!
1 hour Mondays, 12 – 1 pm
1.5 Hours Mondays, 9 – 10:30 am
This class will focus on learning to use grammatical terms correctly and understanding what they mean, but through the process of writing. Students will familiarize themselves with parts of speech and other grammatical structures while imitating the style of great writers past and present, and will have abundant opportunities to develop their own style of writing for various purposes. Writing and word games will be involved. Fun will be had!
1 hour Mondays, 1 – 2 pm
A class for those who want a little variety in their artistic pursuits. Some of the projects you tackle include collage, plaster gauze mini sculptures, layering wet media, drawing into wet paint, and found object sculpture.
1.5 hour class Wednesdays, 1 – 2:30 pm
$476 + $35 materials fee
Students get an understanding of the law, practice critical thinking, and gain greater confidence with public speaking by assuming the roles of attorneys and witnesses in a criminal or civil trial provided by a Mock Trial organization. Students experience first-hand difficulties that judges, lawyers and juries face in determining which facts are relevant, and what legal arguments are effective. Participation requires some work outside of class. Please do not sign up for this class unless you are willing to support your student with this work.
1.5 hour Mondays, 2 – 3:30 pm
This class is designed for musicians of all instruments who have mastered the fundamentals of playing, and now want to explore the very different skill of playing in a band. If your student would like to take this class, please contact us to arrange a tryout.
Two bands have been formed by members of this class in past years, and one of them is currently writing their own songs, and playing out in Los Angeles.
1.5 hours Tuesdays, 1:30 – 3 pm
Learning an instrument? Want to be in a band? Grab your friends and come join Christian Nesmith (of our popular History Of Rock classes.) This class is created for younger kids to have fun together while learning the art of band-hood. Do you play guitar? Learn the difference between your role as rhythm and lead. Play bass? Find out why you need to become very close friends with the drummers! Play piano? Keyboard is incredibly versatile in a band. Are you a singer? Dan helps you find you inner Rock God (or Goddess)!
Jump start your sewing savvy! In this weekly class we will get to know your sewing machine, learn to use commercial sewing patterns, create your own simple sewing patterns, discover the secrets of fabric selection, and much more. Students will work on class projects or bring in their own.
Tools and Materials
Sewing machine or optional equipment fee*, fabric scissors, tape measure, 18” transparent ruler, tailor’s chalk and/or fabric marker, straight pins, pin cushion, seam ripper. Pattern and fabric requirements will be discussed in class.
Materials Fee $25
*Optional Equipment Fee $35 – For students who opt to use a classroom machine instead bring in their own. This fee covers wear/tear and servicing of classroom sewing machines.)
2 hours Tuesdays, 10 am – 12 pm
$543 + $25 materials fee and optional equipment fee, $35
Let’s explore social problems and issues, their root causes, and society’s response. Students work together to make a difference, locally and globally, through a series of philanthropic and community service projects. This class is not only philosophical–it’s hands-on Action!
1 hour Mondays, 10:30 – 11:30 am
This class introduces basic woodworking skills like measuring, marking, cutting and screwing using boards the students cut themselves. The emphasis is on learning techniques and developing safe work habits with tools.
1 Hour Fridays, 1:30 – 2:3- pm
$340 + $35 materials fee
Designed for students with woodworking experience, this class is for students looking to expand their skill set. In this class students build projects of their own design, or use other’s plans. Students are introduced to a wide range of tools and are encouraged to begin collecting their own tools.
1.5 Hours Friday
$476 + $35 materials fee