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Winter 2021

January 5 – March 2

Note: Some classes (especially those with arts and crafts) may require each family to purchase some supplies.  Instructors will send out lists before classes begin. 

First Period – 10:30-11:15

Winter Wildlife Art (ages 7-11) (FULL)
Focusing on the native plants and animals active in the Winter months, let’s create art inspired by this snowy habitat. Those that stay and withstand winter have adapted to deep snow, darker days, and cold temperatures in fascinating and wondrous ways.

We will draw and paint deer, rabbits, owls and the pine, birches, frozen lakes and streams they live. ($10 art fee)

DnD (Ages 9-11) (FULL)
Roll the dice and go off on an adventure with a group of friends!


Science (Ages 7 and under)
We know that all of you love to learn about the world around you from bubbles to volcanoes.  Join us for lots of fun learning all sorts of things in a very hands on way.

Cat Science (Ages 9-11)
Cats are amazing!  How can they fall and always land on their feet?  What allows them to jump so high?  How do they see in the dark?  In this class we will study the science of their incredible design.

Social Group – Sports Talk


Second Period – 11:30-12:15

Murals and Street Art (Ages 9+)
Have you ever looked up at a building and seen a large work of art? Mural and Street Art are ways to add beauty and pride to a community. In this class we will look at and draw murals from around the world and learn about Street Artists of today. We will also design your own murals and learn about the painting process. ($10 art fee)

DnD (Ages 12+) (FULL)
Roll the dice and go off on an adventure with a group of friends!

Economics and Personal Finance (Ages 12+)
Bank accounts, credit cards, retirement savings, supply and demand.  These things affect all adults.  In this class, we will learn how they work and how you can take control of your own finances!

American Sign Language (Ages 6-8) (FULL)
Have you always wanted to learn American Sign Language? Do you know a little ASL and want to learn more? Numbers, letters, foods, animals- we’ll learn these and more together in this fun class, and discover a little about Deaf history and culture as well.

Social Group – Art


Third period – Lunch! – 12:30-1:15

Social Groups for parents

Kid led clubs


Fourth Period – 1:30-2:15

Abstract Art (Ages 9+) (FULL)
Sometimes art can be just about color, line and shape. Let’s explore the Elements and Principles of Art in this class all about creating abstract works of art. From Picasso’s crazy portraits, Pollock’s splatter paintings and Kadinsky’s kite like forms, we will look at Masters of Modern Art for inspiration. ($10 art fee)

DnD (Ages 9+) (FULL)
Roll the dice and go off on an adventure with a group of friends!

Storytime (Ages 6 and under) (FULL)
Join us as we read some fun stories!  Each week will also have a craft or a snack to prepare based on our story. You can craft or “cook” along live with with the class, or just watch and make the craft or snack later…

Graphic Novel Enthusiasts (2 sections: Ages 7-9, 9-11)
Do you love graphic novels?  So do we!  In this class we will read them, discuss them, and create our own!

Social Group – Pets


Fifth Period – 2:30-3:15

Drawing (9+) (FULL)
One of the fundamentals of art, strengthen your skills in drawing with projects each week focusing on different subjects such as animals, portraits, castles and our favorite objects. We will learn how to shade, develop perspective and push our imagination to new limits. ($10 art fee)

American Sign Language (Ages 12+)
Have you always wanted to learn American Sign Language? Do you know a little ASL and want to learn more? Numbers, letters, foods, animals- we’ll learn these and more together in this fun class, and discover a little about Deaf history and culture as well.

Lego Engineering + (Ages 7-9) (FULL)
We will use legos, and other building materials to learn about and create simple machines and  structures that capture our imaginations and creativity through engineering.

The Military’s Secret Weapon: Engineering (Ages 11+)
Throughout history, armies have used engineering to gain the upper hand on the battlefield.  In this class we will learn about the amazing engineering designs that have been used as both weapons and defense.  From Catapults to arches and everything in between!

DnD (Ages 9+)
Roll the dice and go off on an adventure with a group of friends!

Social Group – Game Talk

  

Fall 2020 —

October 6 – November 24

Note: Some classes (especially those with arts and crafts) may require each family to purchase some supplies.  Instructors will send out lists before classes begin. 

First Period – 10:30-11:15

Dungeons and Dragons for ages 9-11: Let’s roll the dice for a classic adventure.  We will start with level three characters and meet at the Yawning Portal for some role playing fun.  First timers welcome and D&D Beyond has a create your character link to help you with creation.  Come play!!

Lego for ages 9-11: We all love building with Legos, and this class invites you to learn more with them.  Build crazy contraptions that utilize the power of gears, study the architecture of some famous buildings and try to build what you discover, build something out of your own imagination to share with your classmates, but most of all, share your love of building with your friends.

Storytime for ages 6 and under (FULL):  Join us as we reads some fun stories!  Each week will also have a craft or a snack to prepare based on our story. You can craft or “cook” along live with with the class, or just watch and make the craft or snack later…

Exploring a Theme in Art with Jen Swan for ages 9+ (FULL):  Each week we will focus on a chosen theme to explore in the medium of your choice (drawing, painting, clay, etc.) Prior to the first class, each student will submit their chosen theme for one of the classes. Working from each other’s themes will promote creative thinking and encourage new artistic challenges to overcome and learn from. At the beginning of each class we will brainstorm ideas together, have support from the instructor and class throughout the session and have an art share at the end of class. Prior to class a collection of imagery and suggested materials list will be sent to each student. Note: this class has a $10 fee.

Social Group for ages 7-8

Second Period – 11:30-12:15

Dungeons and Dragons for ages 12+ (FULL):  We have a homegrown adventure for you.  Cursed twins and doomed towns await the brave adventurers. Experienced players come meet me at the Yawning Portal with 5th level characters.

Lego for ages 7-8:  It’s a house, a train, a dog, a What-cha-ma-call it.   Let your imagination run wild and your fingers be busy.  Come build with LEGOS!  Each week we will spend time building and sharing our creations.  What are the best ways to create a sturdy base?  What can you build out of LEGOS?  How do you add wheels?  What is your favorite mini-figure?  What do you do if you don’t have any ideas on what to build?  What do you want to learn about LEGOs?  Come build and find out. 

Animals for ages 7-8:  We know many of you are animal lovers.  This class will be for you!  Learn about the creatures you love, near and far, huggable and not so huggable, and all the wonderful things they do!

Drawing 101 with Jen Swan for ages 9+ (FULL):  One of the fundamentals of art, strengthen your skills in drawing with projects each week focusing on different subjects such as large scale animals, portraits, trees and fantasy creatures. We will learn how to shade, develop perspective and push our imagination to new limits.  Note: this class has a $10 fee.

Social Group for ages 9-11

Third period – Lunch! – 12:30-1:15

Social Groups for all ages

Kid led clubs

Fourth Period – 1:30-2:15

Horses in Art with Jen Swan for ages 9+:  Horses have been a source of creative inspiration and a symbol of freedom and strength in art from Prehistoric times to Modern Art. We will look at imagery of horses from diverse cultures and famous artists as we study the movement, dramatic poses and body proportions of these powerful animals. Projects may include cave art inspired charcoal drawings, watercolor and acrylic paintings and ceramic or other sculpture material studies. Prior to class, a collection of imagery and necessary materials list will be sent to each student. Note: this class has a $10 fee.

Clay Working for ages 6 and under: Pinch pots, figurines, animals and even your own trinket container! Let’s get messy making all sorts of things out of clay. We will shape and mold and decorate and even try to make our own clay from scratch! Come use your imagination and let’s see how creative we can get!

Dungeons and Dragons for ages 9-11 (FULL): Let’s roll the dice for a classic adventure.  We will start with level three characters and meet at the Yawning Portal for some role playing fun.  First timers welcome and D&D Beyond has a create your character link to help you with creation.  Come play!!

Animals for ages 9-12:  We know many of you are animal lovers.  This class will be for you!  Learn about the creatures you love, near and far, huggable and not so huggable, and all the wonderful things they do!

Social Group for ages 12+

Fifth Period – 2:30-3:15

Clay Working for ages 7-8: Do you love working with clay?  What about making art that can serve a purpose?  If so, then Clay Working is for you!  In this class, you will sculpt many things, including trinket boxes, pinch pots, hanging birds, flowers, and maybe even a bejeweled dragon egg!  You will also learn how to use colorful paints and sculpting tools to bring your creations to life.

Film Making Club for ages 11+: Talk about different types of film and filming techniques.  Edit your film, and share it with your friends.  Critique each other’s creations and make your filming even better!

Collage with Jen Swan for ages 7-8: Using a variety of handmade papers and found imagery, we will create a series of collages. With their splendid array of colors, textures, and patterns, collages have an alluring beauty unlike any other artform. We will learn the art of Chigiri-e, Japanese paper collage using washi and mulberry papers. Also, we will look at contemporary collage art and learn techniques in layering, adhesives and adding personal items such as photography and maps.  Note: this class has a $10 fee.

TedTalks for ages 11+: Watch a TedTalk and discuss it with your friends.

Social Groups for all ages

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