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Teen and Youth Courses and Workshops - SPRING 2017



Beginner Explorations in Drawing (Ages 9-11) and (Ages 11-14)
Students will explore different ways of seeing and drawing, from drawing what they see to drawing from imagination, from realistic to abstract.  They will practice drawing a simple still-life, landscapes and portraits, as well as “designs”. Students will learn basic drawing skills and get to experiment with different drawing materials.
Instructor: Joanne Stowell

6 Weeks; Wednesdays, 4:00-5:00pm
(Ages 9-11) OR 5:00 – 6:00pm (Ages, 11-14)


Drawing into Watercolor (Ages 6-7)
In this beginner’s watercolor drawing class, students will learn the basics of watercolor painting drawing and watercolor painting as well as several fun techniques, including watercolor resist. Projects will be different every week, ranging from sunset landscapes to abstract paintings, with a new technique to learn each time.
Instructor: Joanne Stowell
6 Weeks; Tuesdays, 4:00-5:00pm
Special NOTE: Ages 6-7yrs for this class.  Misprinted on section and catalog.

Introduction to Painting – NEW! (Ages 9-12)
In this beginner’s painting class, students will learn the basics of painting including how to begin, mixing colors, and making different types of brushstrokes. Students will practice different ways of giving their painting depth and making the objects in the painting appear 3D through an assortment of projects.
Instructor: Joanne Stowell

6 Weeks; Tuesdays, 5:30-6:30pm


Introduction to the Wheel
(Ages 8-12)
There are few things more amazing than creating a useful object out of a lump of spinning clay. Learn to use the potter’s wheel in this beginning class that will cover bowls and cylinders. We will also explore ways of altering the clay surface and adding hand built items to wheel thrown vessels.
Instructor: Alexa Mattes
8 Weeks; Mondays 4:00-6:00pm or Tuesdays, 4:00-6:00pm

Introduction to Hand-building
(Ages, 4-7)
Get your hands dirty with this beginning hand-building ceramics course where we will learn how to create slabs, coils, and pinch pots out of lumps of clay.  Once each of these techniques is mastered, they will be combined to make creative objects that are functional or decorative!
Instructor: Joanne Stowell

8 Weeks; Thursdays, 4:00 – 5:00pm

Basics of Wheel-throwing
(Ages 9-13)
This beginner’s class will focus on the main points of working at a potter’s wheel which include centering a ball of clay, pulling and thinning clay walls, and shaping different vessels. Students get to glaze their own pieces as well!
Instructor: Joanne Stowell
8 Weeks; Thursdays, 5:15-6:15pm


Filmmaking: The Next Level (Ages 13-15)
Through film, students can bring creative ideas to fruition in a fun, collaborative and exciting environment. Each student writes, directs, and edits their own short film with the goal of entry into local film festivals! Students shoot on digital video cameras and learn how to compose, direct, and edit using digital editing software.
Instructor: Dermot Smyth
8 Weeks; Wednesdays, 4:00-6:00pm

 Filmmaking for YouTubers (Ages 9-12)
With smartphones, tablets, and software exposing kids to the tools of filmmaking at younger ages, this class is structured to help immerse kids in the essentials of filmmaking while creating a fun and supportive environment in which they can pursue their passion. Students will concentrate on making short, creative content that they can post and take with them to become the next YouTube sensation. 
Instructor: Dermot Smyth
8 Weeks; Mondays, 4:00-6:00pm


Creating Characters (Ages, 5-7)
Explore all of the elements of creating a unique character in this theatrical program. Create masks and puppets and make them come to life through improv and acting games. The youth will have a chance to show off these creative characters in an original final sharing for families.
: Molly Gilbert
6 Weeks; Wednesdays, 4:00-5:00pm

Modified Fairytales (Ages, 8-11)
We will use theatre games and puppets to explore classic fairy tales and turn them on their head.  What if the wolf had not tricked red-riding-hood? Or what if Peter Pan wanted to grow up? (Yeah, right.) Explore these classic tales and create new classics of your own.
Instructor: Molly Gilbert
6 Weeks; Wednesdays, 5:00 – 6:00pm

Bollywood Dance!
This dance class introduces children to the fun world of Bollywood. Children get physical activity while learning dance steps to new and old songs from Bollywood movies. Learning dance is a fun way to exercise regularly, and offers a way to be creative while being exposed the culture of India!  We choreograph a dance and keep adding on and practicing each class. At the end of the class we get to perform a dance at a showcase with beautiful costumes, jewelry and scarves!
: Renu Goyal

8 Weeks;
Friday, 4-5pm (Ages 5-8yrs) and Friday, 5-6pm (Ages 9-13)


Toddler Arts (Ages, 1-2)
Your emerging little artist will love experimenting with clay, paint, collage, drawing, and other sensory rich materials.  Enjoy the spontaneous creations children will create as they engage in this developmentally enriching process.  Class will end with a brief circle time, parachute play, and songs.
Instructor: Alicia Herman
8 Weeks; Mondays, 9:30 – 10:30am OR Wednesdays, 10:00 - 11:00am

Preschool Arts – NEW! (Ages, 3-5)
Young artists will love creating artworks with a variety of mediums including clay, paint and other sensory rich materials.  The arts are used as a medium for children to use and develop their skills of discovery.  Children will make beautiful take-home pieces to share with family.
Instructor: Alicia Herman
8 Weeks; Mondays, 11:00am-12:00pm.

Handmade/Machine-made - NEW (Ages, 10-13)
This course uses found materials as a source of inspiration, learning to ink and print them. Through enhancing their drawing skills, students will draw and compare found materials. These drawings will be transferred onto Plexiglas or linoleum to be transformed into a handmade print! Students will walk away from this course with printmaking knowledge and skills, enhanced drawing abilities and many beautiful handmade prints.
Instructor: Alexandra Wollins
6 Weeks; Fridays, 5:00-6:30pm.


Artful Engineering
Children use the arts to build and learn skills related to numbers, shapes, patterns, and mathematical thinking.  Art projects are designed to be fun, visually dazzling, and stress free.  For example, children explore shapes, angles, and reflection while building their own kaleidoscope.  This class draws on the new widely recognized and respected educational movement of STEAM – Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math!
Instructor: Alicia Herman

6 Weeks; Tuesdays, 4:00-5:00pm
(Ages, 5-7) OR 5:00-6:00pm. (Ages 8-10)

Curious Carpenters (Family, Ages 3-4)
Young children light up when given the opportunity to build with simple tools such as small hammers, nails, and hand crank drills.  They experiment with a variety of materials and build alongside a parent or caregiver who helps guide them on how to use tools safely.  The small class size and individualized attention allows young children the space to build and expand their creative possibilities.
Instructor: Alicia Herman
6 Weeks; Tuesdays, 10:00 – 11:00am

Carpenter’s Craft
In this hands-on workshop, youth (3+) have the opportunity to explore their creative ideas through building with wood. Beginner's projects, help them to learn basic woodworking, tool use and safety. They’ll explore their own ideas and make anything from toys to sculptures to simple cars with wheels. This allows them to explore their own creativity in unique and satisfying ways while learning valuable real-world skills. 
Instructor: Suzan Baltozer
8 Weeks; Mondays, Thursdays, Fridays
2:00 – 3:00pm
(Ages, 3-4)
3:30 – 4:30pm (Ages, 5-7)
5:00 – 6:00pm (Ages, 8-10)


Kids Sew! – NEW (Ages, 8-12)
This class is designed to teach children to sew using a sewing machine.  They will make projects and learn to use a sewing machine and simple patterns to make fun projects
Instructor: Kate Wellen
8 Weeks; Mondays, 4:00– 5:30pm


Creating with Clay Together (Family, 5+)
Have a family fun afternoon out at the Umbrella!  We’ll get our hands dirty and create with clay!  Young people and their adults will work together or independently on a hand-built ceramic project of their choosing during the first session and glaze the piece during the second class.
Instructor: Joanne Stowell
Saturdays, 2:00 – 4:00pm, April 1, 8 and May 20, 27

Online registration for this program is currently closed/unavailable. Please contact The Umbrella Community Arts Center for further information.