ARVADA, COLO. -- The Arvada Center offers a wide variety of classes for students of all ages in the visual arts, performing arts, and the humanities. The Center provides courses dedicated to educating and stimulating creativity in each of the participants. The following are just some of the many classes offered at the Arvada Center that begin January:
Acting and Performing Arts
Fans of “Saturday Night Live,” “Whose Line is it Anyway?” and “Second City TV” will love this class that teaches participants how to make people laugh through improvisation, the art of creating scenes without a script or preconception. Students learn to trust themselves and their scene partners, and have fun participating in basic improvisation games and exercises. The course challenges participants to think creatively. The instructor has studied with members of Second City and directed Denver’s first improvisational theater troupe.
Held: Tuesdays, Jan. 7-March 11, 8:30-10:10 p.m. (10 weeks)
Instructor: Dr. Lee Gallup
Acting for the Camera
This class for kids focuses on monologues and commercial auditions. It covers on-set etiquette and scene work for film and television in a fun, supportive atmosphere.
Held: Wednesdays, Jan. 8-March 12, 4:00-5:30 p.m. (10 weeks)
Instructor: Kevin Craft
Auditioning for Stage, Film and Commercials
This class is designed to help students learn the audition process for stage, film and commercials. Students learn how to find and work with an agent. They also discover how to prepare for an audition and what to do at the audition. This workshop covers everything from warming up the voice to handling the “sides” (script) for cold readings.
Ages: 16 – Adult
Held: Saturday, Jan. 11, 9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. (one-day workshop)
Instructor: Bob Woolsey
Monologue and Scene Study
This class is perfect for beginning and intermediate actors who are interested in developing believable characters and relationships on-stage. Different acting methods are presented. Early classes focus on improvisational exercises designed to loosen students’ inhibitions. The majority of class time is spent selecting and workshopping scenes and monologues. Some outside rehearsal time is required for this course.
Held: Wednesdays, Jan. 15-March 5, 6:00-7:45 p.m. (eight weeks)
Instructor: Tracy Ayers
Students who are interested in learning about cartooning or just want to improve their drawing skills will enjoy this fun and exciting course. Participants learn pencil and ink techniques, and discover some of the secrets and methods used by professional cartoonists.
Held: Tuesdays, Jan. 7-Feb. 25, 4:00-5:30 p.m. (eight weeks)
Instructor: David Sullivan
Sculpture books possess a three-dimensional quality that provides artists with an endless array of adjacent and overlapping planes to use as design surfaces. These are visually exciting structures and are a wonderful way to display art and photographs. This course teaches how to create sculptural books with an emphasis on the structure and basic bookbinding techniques. No previous experience is required.
Held: Thursdays, Jan. 9-Feb. 6, 6:30-8:30 p.m. (five weeks)
Instructor: Alicia McKim
Painting, Passion and Presence
This workshop uses painting exercises to help facilitate a shift from past and future thought patterns to the experience of seeing and feeling in “the now.” The instructor believes that it is only when one’s attention is in the present that creative expression can be accessed completely. Students learn how to move through fear and inhibition, and open up to spontaneity, self-confidence and passion. Whether students have always painted or have never painted before, this class offers them the opportunity to redefine their creative processes and, in doing so, the way they live their lives.
Held: Saturday, Jan. 18, 12:30-5:30 p.m. (one-day workshop)
Instructor: Chuck Ceraso
Sculpture for Kids: 3-D Exploration
While assuming the roles of artist as dreamer, observer, storyteller and decorator, young artists learn how to generate ideas and have fun by creating three-dimensional sculptures. Through such diverse projects as animal masks, figurative sculptures, mobiles, clay vessels and abstract constructions, students learn how to work with plaster, armatures, wire, clay and found objects. In this fun, nurturing environment, participants discover the thrill of creation while building their self-confidence as artists.
Held: Wednesdays, Jan. 8-March 12, 4:00-5:30 p.m.
Instructor: Katie Martineau-Caron
Clay for Teens
This course offers teens an adventure in making art from earth, air, fire and water. Students translate their ideas into clay using the hand-building techniques of pinch, coil and slab. They progress into throwing on the wheel if that is where their interests lie. Participants finish their pieces with glaze, paint and other surface treatments. Some projects may extend into mixed media.
Held: Mondays, Jan. 6-Feb. 3, 4:00-6:00 p.m. (five weeks)
Instructor: Katie Martineau-Caron
Parents and children work together to make functional vessels and whimsical clay objects. The basic techniques of working with clay are covered, and some projects may extend into mixed media. Potential projects include (but are not limited to) musical instruments, family portraits, whimsical sculptures, functional pieces and tableware.
Ages: 6-13 plus Adult
Held: Saturdays, Jan. 11-Feb. 8, 9:00-11:00 a.m. (five weeks)
Instructor: Carla Fletcher
Students learn and practice the basic structure of conversational Spanish in this introductory course. Through an easy step-by-step approach, participants learn to speak simple phrases from the first session. The class includes an introduction to grammar, vocabulary, numbers, daily expressions, regular verbs and use of the present tense. Students also learn everyday terms and receive cultural tips from the instructor. This class is useful to professionals who travel to Spanish-speaking countries and to anyone interested in the Spanish language and culture.
Cost: $80 + $14 for book
Held: Mondays, Jan. 6-Feb. 17, 7:00-9:00 p.m. (seven weeks) OR Tuesdays, Jan. 7-Feb. 18, 7:30-9:30 p.m. (seven weeks)
Instructor: Américo Moscoso
American Sign Language
This course introduces students to basic sign vocabulary, classifiers, facial expression and sentence structure. Through demonstration and participation, students develop an understanding of Americal Sign Language as a meaningful language.
Held: Fridays, Jan. 17-Feb. 28, 6:00–8:00 p.m. (seven weeks)
Instructor: Christopher Blatto
Teen/Adult Tap I
This course teaches students to tap dance while providing a good workout in a fun atmosphere. Designed for the beginning tap dancer, this class teaches basic skills. By the end of the 12-week session, students will have learned short routines.
Held: Tuesdays, Jan. 7-March 25, 7:00-8:00 p.m. (twelve weeks)
Instructor: Russ Canino
Adult Hip Hop I
This class introduces students to the dance technique of hip hop as they learn the culture and history of this urban dance form. No previous dance experience is necessary. The difficulty level will be adjusted for each individual student.
Held: Wednesdays, Jan. 8-March 26, 6:45-7:45 p.m. (twelve weeks) OR Wednesdays, Jan. 8-March 26, 8:00-9:00 p.m. (twelve weeks)
Instructor: Summer Kinsey
Adult Jazz Dance I
This beginning class is for students with no experience in dance, or for those who want to return to this dance form at a basic level. Students learn basic positions, stretches, rhythm, different styles of jazz and simple combinations.
Held: Wednesdays, January 8-March 26, 7:45-8:45 p.m. (twelve weeks)
Instructor: Russ Canino
Beginning Adult Ballet
This beginning level class covers basic ballet vocabulary and techniques, and builds movement sequences from simple steps. Students learn to dance in a friendly atmosphere with no strict dress requirements.
Held: Thursdays, Jan. 9-March 27, 8:15-9:45 p.m. (twelve weeks)
Instructor: Molly Holberton
To register for classes or to request a complete catalog, call the Arvada Center box office at 720-898-7200 or visit the Center’s website at www.arvadacenter.org. For additional information, contact Lisa Leafgreen, education coordinator, at email@example.com or 720-898-7236.
The Arvada Center for the Arts and Humanities is the metro area’s 12th largest cultural attraction, devoted to all aspects of the arts. Located two and a half miles north of Interstate 70 on Wadsworth, the Arvada Center is just a short 20-minute drive from downtown Denver. For more information call the Arvada Center box office at 720.898.7200 or visit the Center’s website at www.arvadacenter.org. For media requests, contact Kristin Stork, director of media relations, at 720.898.7272 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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