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Teen and Youth Courses - SPRING 2018 @ 57 ORNAC

All Teen and Youth courses (except ceramics) are being held at The Umbrella Annex @ 57 Old Road Nine Acre Corner (ORNAC)



Theater Around the World: Passport to Africa - NEW (Ages 8-10) 
In the first our “Theater Around the World” series, we’ll focus on the beautiful traditions of African theatre. We’ll begin with storytelling using words and movement. Focusing on fun and creativity, we’ll explore African theatre conventions including rhythm and call-and-response circles. The course culminates in a student-devised storytelling showcase. 
Instructor: Melissa Charych
8 Weeks; Mondays, 4:30-6:00pm

Paperback Playhouse – NEW (Family, Ages 3-5)
Each class we will read a different children’s book. Then we’ll use voice, body, and imagination to explore the fascinating world created by each author/illustrator. Through theatre games, music, props, and creative movement, we’ll bring each story to life. In the Paperback Playhouse, the focus is creativity and fun! Located at Concord Public Library.
Instructor: Melissa Charych
4 Weeks; Tuesdays, 10:00 – 11:00am

Lyrics Alive! – NEW (Ages, 12-15)
In Lyrics Alive, we’ll use theatre to reinvent alternative texts like poems and songs. Through “playing” and experimenting with diverse written pieces, the class will focus on voice, movement, characterization, blocking, and script interpretation skills. We’ll create dramatic interpretations of prescribed and self-selected texts, all culminating in a performance showcase. Located at Concord Public Library.
Instructor: Melissa Charych
8 Weeks; Wednesdays, 4:30 – 6:00pm


Making Marks, Moves, and Mindfulness – NEW (Ages, 9-14)
Embodiment is a form of mindfulness where we explore and honor the wisdom cultivated through movement, the body, sensory perception, and mind-body connections.  This course is inclusive for all bodies, forms of mobility, and artistic experiences. We will utilizes two interdisciplinary frameworks: on some days, we will engage in movement activities and create artwork about our movements, and on others we will create art that actively utilizes our movement and vice versa. The class will consist of yoga and movement exercises, interdisciplinary art workshopping creative writing, expressive drawing, painting, and more! For example, invent a movement phrase; then simultaneously practice the moves and paint the phrase with a giant paint brush!
Instructor: Dani Schechner
8 Weeks; Saturdays, 1:00 – 2:30pm


Explorations in Drawing & Painting (Ages 9-14)
Students will begin by exploring different ways of seeing and drawing, from what they see to drawing from imagination, from realistic to abstract. They will then transition these skills into painting. Projects include a simple still-life, landscapes, as well as abstract art and “designs”. Students will learn basic drawing and painting skills and get to experiment with different materials and techniques.
Instructor: Joanne Stowell
6 Weeks; Wednesdays, 4:30-6:00pm

High School Drawing and Painting Intensive
(Ages 14-17)
For serious high school art students interested in art training. Portfolio completion can be tailored to your particular college applications, or you opt to hone your art training in the direction of your strengths. Drawing, painting, color theory, etc. Class content can be personalized to your levels and directions.
Instructor: Lois Andersen
6 Weeks; Tuesdays, 4:30-6:30pm


Youth Ceramic Classes found HERE!


Film Festival (Ages 10-14)
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! In addition to working on their own films, students also work together on each other’s films as camera operator, gaffer, and grip. Students shoot on digital video cameras and learn how to compose, direct, and edit using digital editing software.
Instructor: Dermot Smyth
8 Weeks; Mondays, 4:30-6:30pm

Documentary Filmmaking (Ages 12-15)
Students will be given the chance to plan and produce short documentary films and engage their creativity through the art of storytelling. While learning the basics of film production, they will also explore the value of seeking out stories and observations from their own experiences and discover the power of their own voice.
Instructor: Dermot Smyth
8 Weeks; Wednesdays, 4:30-6:30pm


Artful Animal Adventures – NEW (Ages, 8-12)
The arts provide an invaluable avenue of self-expression for children and the hands-on opportunity to experiment, play and create. This class will provide needed access to creative art experiences for children with Autism Spectrum Disorder and other special needs by exploring a variety of mediums. Discover drawing, painting, and sculpting your favorite animals in all their extraordinary colors and forms. Each day will be a new art adventure as we explore different themes through art-making activities, sensory experiences, and participants’ own personal interests. Be inspired by the roar of a lion, the screech of a hawk, and the call of the wild! Parents and caregivers are asked to remain on site.

This class is in Partnership with Concord Recreation. Please follow this link to register:
Instructor: Dani Schechner
8 Weeks; Tuesdays, 4:30 – 5:30pm

Conveying & Conversing! – NEW (Ages, 8-12)
Practice, develop, and apply communication, social skills, and awareness through multitiered two dimensional and three-dimensional projects.  For example, practice active listening, cooperation, perspective taking, and visual literacy skills while exploring comic book illustration techniques.  Learn about non-verbal communication while building sculptures! Our carefully-sequenced long-term projects support growth in cognitive reasoning and executive functioning while having lots of fun!
Instructor: Dani Schechner
8 Weeks; Saturday, 3:00 – 4:30pm

Toddler Arts (Family, Ages 1-3)
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; Thursdays, 10:00 – 11:00am.

Artful Equations - NEW
Math is a subject that involves visualization, experimentation, and creativity.  It draws on skills integrated in visual arts practices.  Artful Math classes are fun, build spatial relationship skills, and generate feelings of confidence as children create complex and beautiful art. Form tessellations like MC Escher. Make cubistic creations. Play with numbers to create stars and spirals. The possibilities are endless. This class draws on the new widely recognized and respected educational movement of STEAM – Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math
Instructor: Alicia Herman
8 Weeks; Thursdays, 4:30-5:30pm (Ages, 5-8) OR 5:45-6:45pm. (Ages 9-12)


Woodworking Craft
In this hands-on workshop, students will have the opportunity to explore their creative ideas through building with wood. We'll start with small projects, such as building boxes, help them to learn basic woodworking, tool use and safety. After that they can 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: Ashley Schwebel
8 Weeks; Tuesdays, 4:30 – 5:30
(Ages, 5-7) OR 5:45 – 6:45pm (Ages, 8-10)

Curious Carpenters
(Family, Ages 3-5)
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
8 Weeks; Thursdays, 3:30 – 4:15pm


Kids Sew! (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. Sewing machines in good working order are to be brought from home or contact Umbrella office for options.
Instructor: Kate Wellen
8 Weeks;Thursdays, 4:30– 6:00pm

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